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Manchester High School for Girls

Group status: We're on holiday and busy reading and writing reviews before returning for some more discussions next week.

We've got 32 pupils and 2 English teachers shadowing the Carnegie shortlist this year, led by 3 librarians. Organised into 6 little discussion groups we read, swap, hold weekly discussions and judge the shortlisted books. We love Carnegie Medal shadowing and look forward to it every year. This year we've also got 6 pupils shadowing the Greenaway shortlist for the first time.

Miss Hawker

Wed Wabbit by Anita
I absolutely loved this book. I definitely would recommend this to somebody. At first glance this book might seem quite childish but when you look dee . . .
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After the Fire by Sajida
I really loved After the Fire because it had an element of history. I am interested in history so it was one of my favourites. I liked the writing sty . . .
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After the Fire by Ellis
After The Fire is definitely a book that I could recommend for ages 11+. It is a tense, fast paced, full of action book. The characters are definitely . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Tilly
I did not enjoy reading this book and I definitely do not think it should have been shortlisted for Kate Greenaway let alone win. The pictures were qu . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Milla
I did not enjoy this book because I thought it was very strange, it was imaginative but was creepy. This book did not have very good illustrations the . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Ms Pride
Although the illustrations reflect the mood and atmosphere of the story and its subject matter of loss, bullying and loneliness, for me, they do not a . . .
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A First Book of Animals by Ms Pride
This is a beautifully illustrated reference book, in which everything works together in an engaging and positive way. You are pulled into every page . . .
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Saint Death by Ms Pride
Following 24 hours of Arturo's life we learn about his life, friendships and country. It brings to life the hardship and horror of their poverty and e . . .
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After the Fire by Ms Pride
A fast moving and thrilling story that uses a variety of ways to tell the story, present time and flashbacks and different type styles to show Moonbe . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ms Pride
A funny and touching book, with elements of adventure, it deals with complex and emotional themes in a positive and fun way. The use of a fantasy worl . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ellie
I really enjoyed Wed Wabbit, I have a younger sister myself so I can relate to a lot of things in the book. I could tell that Graham and Fidge were go . . .
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Thornhill by Tilly
I thought it was very clever how two stories from different times in history merge together to finally turn into one story. One of the stories was tol . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs Heys
I loved Wed Wabbit. It had a lovely plot, focused around the fears of the children;Fidge, Minnie and Graham. The mystery and adventure faced by Fidge . . .
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Rook by Miss Hawker
A great, quick read. This book's target audience is reluctant readers but there was more than enough in it to keep me hooked all the way through. De . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Miss Hawker
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was a lovely tale with engaging characters and I eagerly followed them through the story to find . . .
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Release by Mrs Heys
I enjoyed this book. It gave a good insight into the difficulties of Adam's teenage life and the importance of friendship. The two different stories i . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Mrs Heys
It took me a little while to get into this book, but then I was hooked. I thought it was a lovely story and was a good reminder, especially in today's . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Natasha
I have recently finished reading the book "Beyond the Bright Sea". I absolutely loved following Crow's story on her mission to find who she really is . . .
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DTA Bookclubbers
Manchester Academy
Reading Carnegie
Manchester Grammar School
Which book are you most excited to see on the Carnegie shortlist this year?

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
After the Fire by Will Hill
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
Rook by Anthony McGowan
Release by Patrick Ness
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Winning Year: 2017

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stori


Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick's first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase award for the Best Debut Children's Novel of 2000. His books have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, The Blue Peter Book Award, The . . .



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