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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Rani
Just imagine having to fight for every basic right that a man has without any hardships - just because you are a girl in 1914. How can men vote and ha . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Rani
This is a intriguing and fascinating book about the courage wits of the suffragettes in the 20th century. It also expresses their frustration of not h . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Rani
Barnett created a humorous book about a cute petite mouse that encounters a wolf in the forest and is gobbled it up. However in its stomach there's al . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Rani
This is a really breathtaking and moving picture book about a boy called Thomas and his 'friend', Piggy. Thomas is a very toxic friend to Piggy and al . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Rani
This book is about a little boy grieving his grandfather and he remembers the stories that he used to tell him especially the one about the place wher . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Rani
This book is a merge of Monsters Inc and Toy Story in a fun and imaginative way. After Emily's sister dies, she finds everyone around her acting stra . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Rani
This is based on Makepeace, a girl growing up in the puritan community in the past. After her mother's death she is adopted by her father's family . . . .
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Rebound by Rani
This book was set in the 1980s and Charlie Bell is 12 years old and his dad dies from a stroke. He grieves a lot and he feels like he has a hole in . . .
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The Poet X by Rani
This book was absolutely beautiful. Elizabeth Acevedo made this book so relatable to so many more teens. I've really connected to Xiomara in this book . . .
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The Poet X by Arya
I couldn't the stop turning the pages on this book. This book is a book about a girl called Xiomara who lets her fists and anger take control of her. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Mahi
A very divergent book that is connected via death. The protagonist of this story is connected very dearly to her grandmother of which whom she refers . . .
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The Poet X by Riya S
This book was really different to what I would have read but I think that it was very interesting. I loved the storyline because I think it's very dif . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Drashti
You're Safe With Me is an intricate and captivating picture book about baby animals who are afraid.The illustrations are amazing. Every single page is . . .
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Ocean Meets Sky by Drashti
Ocean meets sky is the heartwarming story about Finn who wants to go to the magical place that his granddad used to tell him about in his stories. Thi . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Drashti
This book that explains why the wolf howls at the moon is an intriguing fable unlike any other. The story begins with a traditional picture-book villa . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Drashti
This fun,informative,illustrated fact-book is about the ferocious suffragettes who fought for the vote. I absolutely love David Roberts style of drawi . . .
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Long Way Down by Jinesh
I tried, I really did. I read about 100 pages of 'Long Way Down' and it is clear this book is not for me. I did not like the amount that is written in . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Drashti
"Julian is a mermaid" is a lovely book about abolishing stereotypes and accepting who you are. One day whilst on the Subway Julian is intrigued by s . . .
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The Lost Words by Drashti
"The Lost Words" is a book about the forgotten beauty of nature and it is absolutely beautiful. All over the country, there are words disappearing fro . . .
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Beyond the Fence by Drashti
Beyond the Fence is a simple and sweet story about friendship and freedom. The main character Piggy wants to explore the world but his owner Thomas wa . . .
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Rebound by Arya
I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't put it down. 'Rebound' is a book about a young boy named Charlie whose dad died. On one day he gets into s . . .
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Bone Talk by Harsh
I think this book was really good. I really liked the traditional aspects of this book and to be fair it really was a treat to read. Also I love the c . . .
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The Day War Came by Drashti
This book is about a young girl facing the devastating consequences of war. The main character faces hardships and prejudice until the end and cannot . . .
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Julian is a Mermaid by Rani
I cannot explain how much I have enjoyed this book. It is about a boy called Julian wanting to be a mermaid and his nana helps him find where he bel . . .
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Rebound by Naailah
I found Rebound extremely fascinating and intriguing as it continuously flowed emotion and created a connection with the reader. It also taught me a r . . .
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You're Safe With Me by Rani
This is an amazing book, the amount of detail on each and every page is astounding. I cannot even imagine how long it took to create this work of art. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Diya
I was a little sceptical about the book at first due to everyone being so positive about it. In the end, I truly enjoyed every last page of it. I felt . . .
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The Lost Words by Rani
This book is such a beautiful book. The illustrations are breathtaking. Each spread of pictures have so much detail in them and its minimalistic layou . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Grace
A Skinful of Shadows is a haunting, interesting novel that is really hooking. However, at times the plot did move quite slowly and was slightly comple . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Kamran
This book was extremely fascinating, however it started very slowly. It is about a girl called Marinka, a young, curious girl. Her Grandma is a Yaga, . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Rani
The House with Chicken Legs is a fascinating book. In this book the main girl in this story is a girl called Manrika and all that she wants is to be . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Riya D
I loved this book, the way it was written was magical, I felt as if I was there with Marinka and accompanying her journey. It taught me to look more a . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Subiksha
What I would first start off about the book is how interesting it is and how slowly things get revealed. It gives you a real shock when you find out t . . .
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Rebound by Keane
Where do I start? I could not put this book down. It's really cool how it's written in verse. It starts with a boy called Charlie whose dad dies, and . . .
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Bone Talk by Drashti
I liked the fact that Bone Talk is set in the Philippines when an ancient tribe came face to face with American invaders for the first time because I . . .
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The Day War Came by Rani
This book is about the poor children affected by the perils of war . Written so simplistically but effectively it explains this refugee being excluded . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Drasti
Unlike other books this book was the first of its types to appeal to me as it was something a bit different to what I'd normally read and was a more f . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Drashti
This book is an enchanting tale about a girl who enters a joyous world called Deepest Smockeroon and learns that all toys can come to life with the po . . .
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Rebound by Rohan
This book is absolutely unputdownable,I really could not leave this book alone as when I read the first few pages and I this book is perfect for year . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Tania
This is a very intriguing book and has a good background to it and lots of meanings however I found that this book is aimed more for the younger age r . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Kaiya
This book is full of deep emotions that is full of imagination. It's about a girl called Emily who lived with her disabled sister Holly that recently . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Tanisha
At first I thought this book was going to be boring but it was rather weird than boring.Turns out this book just wasn't for me. I wasn't able to suspe . . .
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The Poet X by Hiya
This book was set out in a very different and interesting format. It did not seem very appealing at first but after I started reading it, I found it i . . .
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Long Way Down by Jacob
Personally, I thought this book was a bit of a drag at the start until the part when Will goes into the elevator and gets to see some people related t . . .
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Bone Talk by Arya
I read about about 80 pages of Bone Talk before I decided to stop reading it. The reason for this is because it wasn't one of those books where I was . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Keane
I found this book very exciting and interesting. It is about a young girl called Emily whose sister tragically died which left Emily heartbroken, and . . .
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Rebound by Drashti
After the loss of his father Charlie Bell feels like nothing will ever make him feel any joy in life, not even his best friends Crystal and Skinny. Bu . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Yash
It is a book that is a twist on a sort of Alice in Wonderland book and it is a book that portrays childish ideas in a sort of mature way. It is a grea . . .
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Bone Talk by Abdi
This week I 'read'Bone Talk' and I don't really have much to say about it. I didn't fully understand the plot so I can't even talk much about it. It's . . .
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The Poet X by Kruti
Poet X has been a really interesting book to read. At times I felt like crying.The book is a about a teen who feels no one cares about her and she isn . . .
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Long Way Down by Kamran
No crying. No snitching . Get revenge. This book is an amazing read and I couldn't put it down. It is about a boy called Will who has lost many family . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Crishdeep
At the start of the book Makepeace (a girl learning to defend herself from spirits) has a dreadful event one day which makes her lose guard allowing a . . .
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Rebound by Abdi
This book is amazing and truly insightful to the boy's life and his parents. Itís 1988 and twelve year old Charlie Bell is mourning the loss of his fa . . .
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Bone Talk by Rani
Samkad is in a Philippine tribe and is worried about getting "the cut" . He is enclosed within his own tribe and hasn't ever left or seen anyone outsi . . .
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Rebound by Tej
This book is very fascinating and interesting. This book is recommended for people who like basketball and P.E in general. The main theme of this book . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Naailah
I found this book extremely fascinating. It has a sense of elegance in the air, with the beauty of fragility. I found this novel enchanting, and reall . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Mitali
A Skinful of Shadows is an adventure-filled and thrilling book. Although it is quite slow-paced at times, it is still very captivating. The way France . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Diya
Things a Bright Girl Can Do. Where do I even start with this? I love how it has two perspectives, it adds flavour but it isn't overpowering nor confus . . .
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The Poet X by Diya
This book is utterly amazing and brought me to tears at points.It's something I personally felt I could relate to which made it so much more appealing . . .
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Rebound by Yash
A great book about overcoming adversity and bad times. Rebound is a book where the child finds their inner self and goes on to do what they want. Some . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ayana
This was an excellent read and I extremely enjoyed this book. It is about imagination and coming out of your shell. I love this book because itís grea . . .
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Rebound by Ayana
Rebound is an amazing and powerful story which is written like a poem. It conveys strong emotions between the characters and the story line is unique . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Grace
This book was amazing. Itís full of fun, laughter and magic mixed in with sadness, loss and tragedy. It really explores the power of imagination and i . . .
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Long Way Down by Grace
Long Way Down is a brilliant and powerful book that I really enjoyed reading. Itís written in verse form so itís quite a quick read and I think it als . . .
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Rebound by Riya S
This book was fantastic. It was written in poem verses so I didn't think I would like it much however soon I found it to be very interesting and I did . . .
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Bone Talk by Ayana
Bone Talk is a really interesting and hooking story. At first I was quite dubious because the start was boring but the more I read, the more gripping . . .
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Long Way Down by Drasti
From reading this book I have never felt so touched, a story which contains so much grief and pain yet still highlights the causes of violence really . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Harsh
In my opinion this is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. The amount of detail the writer has put into the book is phenomenal. Also, the . . .
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Long Way Down by Litheesh
Long Way Down, for me, is a mixed review. At the beginning, it was kind of dragging and boring with some exciting bits involved such as Will telling u . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Tej
The House with Chicken Legs is a good book because it talks from Marinka's point of view.The book begins with Baba Yaga (her grandmother) teaching her . . .
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The Poet X by Ayana
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Poet X because as it is written in verse, it is quite quick to read. This story is about a girl who canít express what sh . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Grace
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a novel about suffragettes before and during WW1. I liked how it changed between the points of view of three girls who . . .
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The Poet X by Grace
I think that Poet X is a really good book that explores the struggles of a teenage girl growing up in a very strictly religious family. It also is suc . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Riya S
This book was fantastic although it wasn't something I would usually read. To be honest the book didn't grip me in right from the start but as I carri . . .
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Bone Talk by Grace
Bone Talk is a really interesting, cultural novel and even though I think that the plot moved a bit slowly at first and had a slightly quick ending, I . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Kaiya
At first I thought this book would be so boring, so I was interested to see if it would change my opinion. This book is truly amazing and filled with . . .
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Bone Talk by Kamran
Bone Talk is an amazing book that hooks you in right from the start. It is a book from the point of view of a young Filipino boy called Samkad who is . . .
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The Poet X by Riya
This book is a great read, I would recommend to anyone who would like to start reading more as although it does seem thick, it goes faster than you re . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Hiya
This book was by far one of the best books I have read and it has such a deep and important message behind it and it is to appreciate what you have be . . .
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Bone Talk by Kruti
Bone talk has been an amazing book to read. After reading this book I have learnt about a tribe I never knew about. A young boy (Samkad) from the Bont . . .
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Long Way Down by Mahi
DEATH... A unique book and have never read anything like this before. Normally the books I read are leaning towards girly b . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Drashti
'The House with Chicken Legs' is a magical story about Marinka who lives with her grandmother Baba Yaga in their enchanted house. She wants to make f . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Drashti
'Things a Bright Girl Can Do' showed different suffragettes' points of view during the fight for the vote- a pacifist, a rich girl who wants to go to . . .
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Long Way Down by Drashti
Long way down is a novel that deals with issues such as loss and gang culture.It was also a quick read as it was written in verses. I really enjoyed r . . .
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The Poet X by Drashti
From past experiences of reading books, this is the first time a book of this genre has ever made me tear up this much. With two different perspective . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ayana
I really liked reading the House with Chicken Legs because in my opinion, it is a very detailed and hooking story. Throughout the book, you will have . . .
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Long Way Down by Tej
In my opinion this book is the nicest and best book I have read so far. Within 2 days I had finished this book, so that shows how good it is. This bo . . .
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Rebound by Grace
Overall, I think that Rebound is a fantastic book thatís quite quick and easy to read. At first I was a bit dubious about reading a book written in po . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Riya S
An amazing, fantastic read. This book will definitely boost up your imagination with very funny and unique twists. I absolutely loved reading this boo . . .
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Bone Talk by Litheesh
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It had me engaged throughout with all the surprises and sudden plot twists. Personally, my . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Drashti
A Skinful of Shadows is a haunting and thrilling novel and although the plot was slightly complicated and moved slowly, it was vivid and had me hooked . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Mahi
This book was deeply moving and really interesting. It is a remarkable book and I have never read something like this before. The author had put subtl . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Grace
I really enjoyed reading The House with Chicken Legs because I think that itís a wonderfully written story, thatís filled with emotion and meaning. I . . .
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Long Way Down by Rani
I loved the book so much that I finished it in a day. The fact that itís written in verses makes it really interesting to read. Itís also relatable . . .
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The Cedars
Leicester,
Rushey Shadows
Hooked on Books
CJS Reading Champions
Leicester,
Which book is your favourite?

The Land of Neverendings
2% (1 vote)

A Skinful of Shadows
28% (17 votes)

Bone Talk
3% (2 votes)

Long Way Down
22% (13 votes)

Rebound
5% (3 votes)

The House with Chicken Legs
7% (4 votes)

The Poet X
7% (4 votes)

 
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
 

 
 

Poonam Mistry

Poonam Mistry is a British illustrator of Indian heritage with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire. Her style incorporates her love of nature and her Indian roots.

She teaches at our school!