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Ballakermeen High School
Isle of Man,
Group status: We have had our first meeting with the shortlists and are now busy reading...

The Balla Bookworms with the Carnegie books

We are the reading group from Ballakermeen High School on the Isle of Man. We meet every Wednesday at lunchtimes. We shadow the Carnegie award, and the Greenaway as well. We think we might be the only active shadowing group on the Isle of Man. We have two reading groups which meet every Wednesday at lunchtimes.

Ros

The House with Chicken Legs by Lula
I bought this book a couple of years ago because of the intriguing title. I guessed that it was based off the Baba Yaga stories because when I was lit . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Bethany
This book was a great story, all about women's rights. My favourite character was Evie because she was so determined.This book shows how women were ab . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Aaron
This book was good. My favourite character was Baba because she was a really supportive character. This book helped me to understand that although bad . . .
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Long Way Down by Lucie
Even if you had to, you couldn't stop reading it - it is so amazing in every way. William is my favourite character and when he says, 'if someone kill . . .
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Long Way Down by Kathyrn
This book is a great read. It kept me hooked the whole time and I read it in one go. It was so, so good! It drip fed the information gradually so it w . . .
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Long Way Down by Izzy
This book is great! It is filled with mystery and surprise, and I couldn't put it down. My favourite character was Shawn. This book helped me to under . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Luka
The House with Chicken legs is a wonderful tale of friendship and independence, with memorable characters, an ever-changing plot, and themes of indepe . . .
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Long Way Down by Danielle
I enjoyed long way down and loved how imaginative it is. It is amazing how many people the poor child had lost to street gangs and to witness how his . . .
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The Lost Words by Danielle
I loved this book ever since I set my eyes on it! I love how the drawings are so beautiful and lifelike. The drawings display intricacy, detail and re . . .
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Rebound by Lula
I quite liked this book mainly because it was so poetic. The story line was good but it isnít something that I would usually read. I loved the charact . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lula
This book was so lovable and imaginative! Everybody wishes their toys will come to life and this book makes you wish it even more. The characters of t . . .
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Bone Talk by Danielle
At first I wasnít too sure about this book because I donít usually enjoy books set in the past that much, however this book has shown me the past in a . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Danielle
I really enjoyed the story and felt quite empathetic towards Marinka because I wanted her to experience the joys that friendship brings. I liked the t . . .
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The Poet X by Danielle
This book really helped me to understand what life may be like for other people at home. It also helped me to see how privileged I am to be able to ac . . .
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Rebound by Lula
I quite liked this book mainly because it was so poetic. The story line was good but it isnít something that I would usually read. I loved the charact . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lula
I really enjoyed this book, I loved all of the different backgrounds that the characters came from and the fact that they were all fighting for the sa . . .
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Bone Talk by Lula
This book was so informative and thrilling! I found out so much about the the traditions in the Philippines and the story was so exciting too. This bo . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ivy
I love this book. It has a great storyline, with lots of twists and turns, and on a many occasions, you think you know what will happen, but you don't . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Khaula
I think that The Land of Neverendings was definitely a five star book, which is not easy to achieve. It was sweet, with an underlying sadness that see . . .
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The Poet X by Izzy
This book was OK, but I found it quite hard to follow and a bit confusing, but it had a great story-line. My favourite character was Xiomara because o . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ros
This is an intriguing read and held my attention well. I was slightly wary of the book, as I am not keen on ghost type stories, which I thought this m . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ania
I quite enjoyed this book. Yet it was a bit of a hit or miss for me. On one hand, it was a wonderful, scintillating story, but on the other hand, deat . . .
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Ros
This is a wonderful book! Quirky and funny, a real delight. The story is great, it made me (and everyone I've shown it to) laugh, but it is also a con . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ros
I read this in one go, sitting in my garden, utterly transfixed by the really beautiful, heartrending, exciting story. It is the sort of book you can . . .
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Long Way Down by Lula
This was so powerful and meaningful, some of the lines just blew my breath away. It doesn't really give you much background information about the char . . .
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The Poet X by Lula
I really enjoyed this book, it was very beautiful and poetic, but sort of down to earth at the same time.I loved the way it was written and some of th . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ania
I thought it was a brilliant book! It proves that if you think that something is dead, it doesn't mean that it is completely dead. A part of Holly was . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Kathryn
This amazing book really hooks you in from the start. After the first chapter I couldn't put it down. It's such a gripping story and is filled with th . . .
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Rebound by Bethany
This book was great and very creative. My favourite character was Charlie. This book helped me to understand that you should keep going and never give . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Bethany
This book was great - amazing! I felt like I was right in the story and I could not put this book down! My favourite character was Emily because she h . . .
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Long Way Down by Ania
I thought this was a book to tear your heart into a million pieces - the moment that you realise that you are talking to someone you forgot that you m . . .
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Long Way Down by Ros
A very powerful piece of writing! It's verse form makes it a quick read, but no less compelling for that. I liked the perhaps ambiguous ending... . . .
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Author: Neil Gaiman
Winning Year: 2010

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