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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Kings Heath, Birmingham
Group status: We're making our way through the shortlist and writing reviews!

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Our Year 9 Shadowing group members have exclusive access to the shortlisted books. In our meetings, we discuss (without spoilers!) what we have read so far and exchange our books. We have each read at least one book so far.

Haaniah

The Land of Neverendings by Haaniah
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Land of Neverendings" by Kate Saunders. After her sister Holly's death, Emily, the protagonist is struggling with her grief. . . .
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Long Way Down by Haaniah
I was extremely excited to read "Long Way Down", as the concept of the story seemed thoroughly interesting. After Will's brother, Shawn is shot, Will . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Haaniah
"A Skinful of Shadows" is a book by Frances Hardinge, set during the English Civil War in 17th Century England. The protagonist of the story is a youn . . .
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Bone Talk by Haaniah
"Bone Talk" is a book by Candy Gourlay about a young boy, Samkad and his journey to become a man and fight as a warrior. It is set in the Philippines, . . .
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Rebound by Haaniah
I thoroughly enjoyed "Rebound" by Kwame Alexander. It is about Charlie Bell, a 12-year-old boy, following the recent passing of his father. He is sent . . .
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The Poet X by Haaniah
The Poet X is a verse novel about a teenage girl, Xiomara, and her rediscovering herself. The use of poems as the structure of the book worked extreme . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Victoria
I enjoyed this book as it was a twist on the Russian folk tale character Baba Yaga. This particularly resonated with me as this was the kind of story . . .
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Rebound by Victoria
I didn't like this book. It might just be because I don't like basketball but I think this book is my least favourite out of the Carnegie books I've r . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Yoshita
The Land of Neverendings is definitely an interesting read. It's mainly for a younger audience. But I found it really cute and lovely. It shares a mes . . .
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Bone Talk by Emily
Bone Talk received a bit of bad press before I read it, so I was a little dubious about it, but I have to say I don't think it was as bad as people ma . . .
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Rebound by Sanaa
Rebound tells the story of a young boy, Charlie Bell, who isn't himself after the death of his father. When he spends his holidays with his grandparen . . .
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The Poet X by Yoshita
The Poet X was definitely very interesting. It tackles ideas about religion and faith more than anything else as the main character herself lives in a . . .
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The Poet X by Nishita
The Poet X is an amazing quick read that definitely got me thinking. It touches on sensitive yet important topics such as religion, race, sexuality an . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Victoria
Not too old, not too young; this book is for everyone! This fantastical story helps the reader remember the long hours they inevitably spent making . . .
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Long Way Down by Emily
Long Way Down was the best read on the shortlist so far by quite a bit, in my opinion. I loved the build of tension throughout the book, and it kept m . . .
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Rebound by Emily
Rebound wasn't really my kind of book. It was aimed at younger readers (I'd say KS2 rather than KS3). The story wasn't bad but the fact it was written . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Haaniah
“Things A Bright Girl Can Do” is an interesting book about women’s suffrage during WWI. It tells the story of three young women, from three very diffe . . .
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Long Way Down by Victoria
Losing a family member is hard enough as it is without the added pressure of "the rules". Will questions his decision, of revenge, in an elevator ride . . .
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The Poet X by Ileen
I really enjoyed this book, it IS aimed at older readers, unlike 'Chicken Legs'. I like how it tackles religion in a modern context. It shows Christia . . .
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Long Way Down by Yoshita
Long Way Down is definitely a captivating book. The story is written in free verse, which I was happy about because I got through the book quicker. I . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Emily
I was intrigued to start reading A Skinful of Shadows. I liked the idea of a character being possessed by ghosts and was interested as to how Hardinge . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Annliya
Things A Bright Girl can do is an interesting book about Votes for Women an prejudice against the LGBTQ+ community. It was eye-opening to read a book . . .
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Rebound by Annliya
Rebound is an interesting book, written in poetry, about a by named Charlie who is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer. He is strugglin . . .
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Rebound by Yoshita
Rebound is the first book I read and is honestly quite interesting. The first bit it quite confusing, but as the story builds up, you get more engaged . . .
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The Poet X by Annliya
The Poet X is an emotional book about the trials and tribulations of school life along with being religious. Xiomara's parents don't truly support her . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Nishita
This book wasn't like the genre that I'd normally prefer to read but I do think it persuaded me to be more open to other books like it. The mix of the . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ileen
The plot is very well-constructed and teaches the reader about grief and loss. It is definitely aimed at younger people, but it was still very enjoyab . . .
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Rebound by Asma
'Rebound' is the first book I have read which is entirely set out in verse. I was not sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that . . .
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Bone Talk by Asma
Bone Talk is the coming-of-age story of a young boy called Samkad. It centres around his life in the Bontok tribe, in the Philippines a century ago, a . . .
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Long Way Down by Annliya
Personally, I’m not very fond of poetry based novels but Long Way Down has changed my views on them. Long Way Down is the story of Will as he comes t . . .
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Bone Talk by Annliya
Bone Talk is an nontraditional tale set in the tropical Philippines. Candy Gourlay felt as though the Philippines weren't represented properly in mode . . .
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Long Way Down by Kiera
"Long Way Down" is an intense, thought-provoking read that tells the story of a boy (Will) setting out to avenge his brother's murder, following the r . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Kiera
"Things a Bright Girl Can Do" was one of the titles I was most excited to read, and I am happy to say it lived up to my expectations. It tells the sto . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Victoria
This book was quite similar in genre to what I usually read, yet it stands out from the rest. At first glance the setting seemed not to fit the overal . . .
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The Poet X by Victoria
If you want a book that will make you cry, then READ THIS BOOK! Once the emotional events began, there was no stopping the tears. Every time my eyes h . . .
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Long Way Down by Sofeeya
To me at first "Long Way Down" didn't seem to fit the blurb. Looking back I suppose that was what reeled me in the first place. It would be hard n . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sofeeya
The name Baba Yaga is a familiar name in fairy tales. An ambiguous witch with her infamous house with chicken legs, but this is a different side of th . . .
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The Poet X by Emily
I loved the sound of the Poet X before I started reading and I am pleased to say that the plot of the book lived up to my expectations. The story was . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Haaniah
The House with Chicken Legs is a fantasy book about a young girl, Marinka, who just wants to make a human friend. Instead, she has to help her grandmo . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jude
"The Land of Neverendings" is a poignant story about dealing with the bereavement that comes with the loss of loved ones, and advocates the powerful i . . .
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Rebound by Bryony
Rebound was a warm and simple free-verse book written from the perspective of a young boy named Charlie Bell. The book followed his despair over the r . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Emily
The Land of Neverendings was an enchanting read, full of fun. Whilst I felt the book was aimed at slightly younger readers, (I would say 8-12), it did . . .
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The Poet X by Sanaa
I was excited to read this book because I was intrigued by this new style of writing a book through poetry, and thought it would be really interesting . . .
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Kings Heath, Birmingham
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
King's Heath, Birmingham
BC8 Carnegie
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Birmingham, West Midlands
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Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Winning Year: 2016

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends
 

 
 

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city's tough grit. She is the author of "The Poet X".