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Ballakermeen High School
Isle of Man,
Group status: We are enjoying the books very much, and some of us have NEARLY read all the books on the Carnegie list. Some of us have read 'Thornhill' and loved it. Yesterday we made a video, and we hope to post it onto our page very soon!

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 shadowed the Carnegie award, and the Greenaway as well. We think we might be the only active shadowing group on the Isle of Man. We watched the live stream of the awards ceremony and enjoyed it very much. Our favourite book was 'After the Fire', but we also liked the winning book, 'Where the world ends'. Our favourite Greenaway book was 'Night shift', but we all agreed that 'Town is by the sea' is a really beautiful book.


Wed Wabbit by Luka
Fidge is plunged into the world of the Wimbley Woos, small dustbin shaped creatures of varying colours that inhabit a magical land.But recently their . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Rebekah
I didn't like this book, although the drawings were amazing and really realistic. It was different and just a bit odd in my opinion. Praise to the ill . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Rebekah
I found it hard to get into, maybe it was just me but I couldn't always tell what was going on, and also I couldn't tell whether the characters were a . . .
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After the Fire by Rebekah
This book was really gripping at the start. I liked how it went from before the fire to after the fire, although it did confuse me a little from time . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rebekah
I liked the book, it wasn't what I expected at all. It was serious and funny at the same time. The ending wasn't what I expected but it was satisfying . . .
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The Hate U Give by Eleanor
'The Hate u Give' is about a girl called Star who attends a party late one evening and comes home with a friend when a police officer pulls them over . . .
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After the Fire by Eleanor
'After the fire' is a book about a girl named Moonbeam who lived unaware of the outside world ruled by Father John. After a fire Moonbeam has to cope . . .
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After the Fire by Luka
In the middle of the Texan desert lies the 'Lord's Legion', an intensely religious cult controlled by Father John. Moonbeam, having been there since i . . .
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The Hate U Give by Rebecca
I feel this book could be amazing but I was let down by it. It could be so much different and better if written in a different style or possibly by a . . .
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Rook by Rebecca
This book surprised me with how good it was considering it was a really short book. Really well written but I don't think it can win because it is not . . .
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After the Fire by Rebecca
A really good book that made me realise more about what happened and then I liked how it was made more dramatic with the fictional additions. I really . . .
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Where the World Ends by Rhys
Where the World Ends is an amazing book full of mystery, amazement and plot twists. The book is about how a boy called Quill and his friends go out ev . . .
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After the Fire by Mika
After the Fire is a fiction novel based on the real events of a mysterious fire in Texas in a compound of a cult. It tells the story of a seventeen ye . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mika
I picked up Wed Wabbit thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it. It looked like such a young, unsophisticated predictable book similar to the many oth . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amy
The story is about a girl named Fidge who has had a terrible week which ends up with her staying at her cousin Graham's house.. But then something hap . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Jerad
The story is about Crow and the story of when she was a baby and someone pushed her out to sea. She then grows up with a man called Osh who looks afte . . .
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King of the Sky by Leo
The story is about a boy and an old man who races pigeons. Mr Evans gave the boy a pigeon with a white head. Mr Evans and the boy left the pigeon in R . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Rebecca
A beautifully written book that shows her full capabilities of writing. I found it a bit vague and long winded at the beginning, but a really good boo . . .
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After the Fire by Charlotte
This book is very unique, its chapters divided up into what happens BEFORE and AFTER the fire. This caused me some minor confusion as it was not alway . . .
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Release by Rebecca
An amazing book. Written in a really clever way. Could be tricky for some people to understand the inserts but when realised truly magnificent. . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Erin
Despite the beautiful cover art for this book, the rest of the pictures were not as gorgeous. Sadly the plot of the story was far too overbearing and . . .
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Town is by the Sea by Erin
This book seems as though it is building up to a dramatic end and I was biting my lip hoping my guess was wrong, so when I read the ending, I breathed . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rebecca
It was very funny and told from a great perspective. I like how they were imaginative and used how little kids speak with their lisps. Really good. I . . .
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Under the Same Sky by Erin
This book has very beautiful, but simple designs. Its in the mind of a child so all the pictures remind me very much collage. The animals are very si . . .
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Night Shift by Erin
This book, although very simplistic in design and language, has a meaning that is very intricate and deep. It feels as though youre actually inside t . . .
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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


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Will Hill worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19 – the first in a series of five – was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim. He lives in Londo . . .



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