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Larkmead Secondary School
Abingdon,
Group status: Our 2019 Group are eager & enthusiastic to read the shortlisted books.The books will no doubt be spat out or held in high esteem! Students are travelling along their journey of discovery, reading for pleasure. Are you?

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We're reading and reading, and reading, and reading, reading and reading... Reviewing, reviewing, reviewing... Exploring, Reading and Enjoying!

Kate and Jacob

Long Way Down by Alex
This is a hard hitting, raw story told in verse by a fifteen-year-old boy called Will. Following the death of his brother he relives the deaths of key . . .
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Bone Talk by Alice
Imagine something that you want more than anything in the world, something that you know one day will be yours. But at the very moment that it is bein . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Claudia
The house with chicken legs is about a lonely girl that has trouble making friend because her house is alive with chicken legs. It moves around from p . . .
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Long Way Down by Claudia
This book and the story was very interesting and different to the others. The lay out and the plot were clever and I really felt it was happening in r . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Alex
The house with the chicken legs is a novel about a girl called Marinka (taken from a Russian folk tale) who lives with her grandmother Baba Yaga. Howe . . .
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The Poet X by katie
The Poet X is about a girl called Xiomara who finds a love for poetry. She comes from a very religious family where her mother wants her to be a nun a . . .
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Long Way Down by Kate
Long Way Down is a wonderful book about a boy named Will who is sad after the shooting of his brother and knows he has to do something about it becaus . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Leo
'The Land Of Neverendings'is the best book I had ever read. I enjoyed this book so much, because it is a very interesting and heartwarming story and I . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Kate
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a wonderful book, full of gripping language and great story lines. This book is definitely hard to put down! It is the . . .
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Rebound by katie
After Chucks father died, Chuck was left struggling. With his mother being worried that he will just get himself into more trouble at home she sends h . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by katie
After a traumatic incident involving one of Emily’s family members occurred, she was terrified of ever setting foot in her sister Holly’s room again. . . .
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Rebound by Alice
Going into this book I wasn’t expecting much, it didn’t look like the type of book that I would enjoy. A few pages in I soon realised that I was wrong . . .
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Bone Talk by Alex
Bone Talk is a story about Samkad’s life in the Philippine jungle, based at the end of the nineteenth century. He lives with his father and is nearing . . .
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Bone Talk by Jacob
I personally found bone talk to be an intriguing yet slow paced book about two warring tribes living in the mountains of the Phillipines that meet the . . .
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The Poet X by Jacob
The Poet X was my least favourite book in the Carnegie Shortlist as it was not very engaging at all and most books no matter what genre have at least . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Jacob
A Skinful Of Shadows, an imaginative and creative book set in 16th century England following the story of a young girl named Makepeace. Makepeace is o . . .
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Rebound by Emily
Rebound is a brilliant read! It's about a rebellious young boy who gets sent to his grandparents house and discovers a hidden talent! Books written . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Emily
A Skinful of Shadows had the most appealing cover to me, however, I'm always told not to judge a book by it's cover!! I was most excited to read this . . .
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Rebound by Maia
Charlie Bell (Chuck, best known to his Grandaddy) is in a world of his own. He’s isolated himself after losing his Dad, from everything including his . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Maia
Imagine a world where your childhood toys sprung to life and lived deep in a world that you used to make up when you were little? Well, Emily and neig . . .
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Long Way Down by Maia
Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s normal for Will and everyone else. It’s normal for them to get down on the floor. It’s normal for them to see a dead body whe . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Maia
‘The House With The Chicken Legs’ is a curious, quirky and magical book. It’s a totally unique idea but the title, I personally think, gives the wrong . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Maia
‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’ is a moving novel that gives an insight into the challenging fight for equality. This book demonstrates three girls all . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Rowan
I liked this book where a Baba Yaga and her 'grand daughter' help guide the dead to a new life and how she makes lots of friends in the process. This . . .
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The Poet X by Rowan
This book had me hooked as I followed the story of Xiomora and her family in America. Her parents forced her to do certain things and made her life mi . . .
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The Poet X by Imogen
Everyone was perfect. Until X grew up: her mother became strict and forced X to go to church, X gained too much unwanted attention and yet none of he . . .
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Long Way Down by Fletcher
I thought that Long Way Down had a really clever structure and it was an original book; how the author put the story together! However, the book didn’ . . .
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Long Way Down by Jack
Imagine a room in which all of the people you know who have been killed are there. Lovely right? you get to meet again with the ones you miss and love . . .
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Bone Talk by Jack
Bone Talk, a simply brilliant book based on a true time period where thousands of Philipino tribe villages were raided by the Americans. This story de . . .
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Rebound by Alex
Rebound is not just a book about basketball but appreciating family and learning to care for others. To start with Charlie doesn’t appear to love his . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Fletcher
I thought that The Land Of Neverendings was a great book, it was really clever how the author made the book so imaginative in the way that toys came t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Alex
The Land Of Neverendings is a well written book. It explores the story of a girl with who has suffered the devastating loss of her sister Holly. The b . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Alice
The House with Chicken Legs is an interesting delve into Russian folk law. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. My first impression of the cover a . . .
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Bone Talk by Fletcher
I thought that Bone Talk had a unique story line that really draws you in, so much so that I just wanted to keep reading on to find out what happens. . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Fletcher
A Skinful Of Shadows was very imaginative and the storyline was really clever aswell! It was, however, a strange book with unusual and sometimes just . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Fletcher
This magical, adventurous book is a real page turner and I just couldn’t put it down! I thought it was unique and very creative with a well-written st . . .
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The Poet X by Fletcher
I thought Poet X was a unique style of writing and it was the first book I have come across which is a whole story written in poems. It was a great wa . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Maia
Swirling, curling, trying to break into your head, your thoughts, your secrets. Toss and turn all you like but it will be the fight of your life if yo . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Alice
I loved this book. I found it hard to put it down at night. I loved the little conversations that Makepeace has with the ghosts in her head. Also the . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ryan
I really liked this book. It was really good how the women got rights and the vote. I found Evelyn was my favourite character. I would rate this book . . .
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The Poet X by Alex
The Poet X is a book full of wonderful poems about a girl called Xiomara who is trying to find a way through life and her personal struggle with relig . . .
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Long Way Down by Alice
I really enjoyed this book although at times I found it a little confusing. The plot of the story was very interesting and the concept of getting reve . . .
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Long Way Down by katie
Imagine a world where sadness terrorises your city, frequent news of killings. All about the ‘rules.’ Will lives a happy life, with his older brother . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Amy
The Land of Neverendings was such a charming read. We all had toys when we were little – and this book gives you the bittersweet chance to reminisce o . . .
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The Poet X by Amy
The Poet X might be written in verse, but its storyline is portrayed brilliantly in this style. The story is touching, and tells of a girl’s world – X . . .
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Bone Talk by Amy
Bone Talk was more of a history lesson than a story. To me, it didn’t really have a lot of emotional depth – something I always like in a book – it se . . .
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Long Way Down by Amy
Long Way Down was another book written in verse, and I always have my reserves about those, because I prefer rich descriptions. However, every time I . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Katie
When Makepeace is traumatically thrown into the cemetary every week by her mother to ‘toughen her skin’, she gradually learns to defend herself from t . . .
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Rebound by Claudia
Rebound was a good read. It has amazing description and storytelling. The way it is written is very enjoyable and easy to read. It was about a boy nam . . .
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Bone Talk by Claudia
I absolutely love Bone Talk. It has a great story line and also gives you real information on what life was like in the Philippians 100 years ago. The . . .
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The Poet X by Claudia
I enjoyed 'The Poet X' very much. It had a good story and was laid out differently to other books. Although I really liked it I would raise the age ra . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jacob
This book is a rather different book to those that I have read and those in the shadowing shortlist. It is about a girl of about 12 who one day realis . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Jacob
The House With Chicken Legs is a strange but gripping story about a young girl who wishes her life was different. For the first half of the story I di . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Leo
The House With Chicken Legs is a very interesting but sad story and this book left a deep impression on me. The book is talking about a girl called M . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Katie
When Makepeace is traumatically thrown into the cemetary every week by her mother to ‘toughen her skin’, she gradually learns to defend herself from t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Imogen
Votes for women? No! All the men have gone of to war and the women are home; starving and building machinery for the soldiers. Do they get any tha . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Alex
The Land of Neverendings is a well written book. It explores the story of a girl with a devastating loss. The book is an imaginative and magical story . . .
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Long Way Down by Imogen
Follow the rules. Do not ever break them? Will's brother; Shawn; has been shot. There is one person Will suspects could possibly have done it. RIGGS . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Amy
Things A Bright Girl Can Do was an eloquently written book. I loved the expressive and, both verbally and philosophically, challenging language it was . . .
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Rebound by Amy
Rebound was an exciting story written in verse, with great use of onomatopoeia and the voice of the main character, Charlie Bell, to make it sound rea . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Amy
What a fascinating book! A Skinful of Shadows had me gripped from the first page. I had come across the author, Frances Hardinge, before, and this boo . . .
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The Poet X by Kate
This is a heartwarming book about a girl called Xiomara who's family, especially her mother, are extremely religious, they end up stripping away who s . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Kate
This is a magnificent story about a girl who's house has chicken legs. Two or three times a month it moves. Every night, her grandmother guides the de . . .
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Rebound by Kate
Rebound is a lovely story written in verse about a boy named Charlie, his father’s death alters his relationship with his mother and causes him to avo . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Maia
Imagine a world where your childhood toys spring to life and live deep in a world that you used to make up when you were little? Well, Emily and neigh . . .
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Bone Talk by Maia
To become a man is the very top of the mountain for Samkad’s tribe and that’s all that Samkad thinks about. He is desperate for the Elders to permit h . . .
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Long Way Down by Maia
Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s normal for Will and everyone else. It’s normal for them to get down on the floor. It’s normal for them to see a dead body whe . . .
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The Poet X by Maia
How would you feel if you wanted to live your life like any ordinary teenager but your family, all you’ve been told to believe in begins to get in you . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Emily
This is a fantastic book. To start with it took me a while to get into then it whisked me away to an imaginary world. The House With Chicken Legs i . . .
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The Poet X by Emily
This is the best book that I have read so far! I found this book very compelling and actually quite realistic. However, some aspects weren't quite age . . .
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Bone Talk by Amy
Bone Talk was more of a history lesson than a story. To me, it didn’t really have a lot of emotional depth – something I always like in a book – it se . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Amy
The House with Chicken Legs was a warm, and, despite its heavy links with folklore and fairy tales, relatable story. There was a somewhat modern touch . . .
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Rebound by Imogen
It's the summer, 1988. Charlie- also known as Chuck-CJ and Skinny are best friends. But are Chuck and CJ more than friends? I found this book lik . . .
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Bone Talk by Kate
Bone Talk is the captivating story of The Philippines 100 years ago. The story follows a boy, who wants to become a man by getting The Cut (a ceremony . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Maia
‘The House With The Chicken Legs’ is a curious, quirky and magical book. It’s a totally unique idea but the title, I personally think, gives the wrong . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Maia
‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’ is a moving novel that gives an insight into the challenging fight for equality. This book demonstrates three girls all . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Kate
This is an imaginative, heartwarming story about a girl named Emily who has lost her sister, but wants to see her teddy bear. A magical world called S . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Emily
I really enjoyed the book. To start with I wasn't sure if it was my type of story, however, I ended up really enjoying it and getting hooked. It’s ful . . .
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Long Way Down by Izabel
I thought that ‘Long Way Down’ was a very good and empowering book. It made me think about the choices we and other people make in this world. It also . . .
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Abingdon School
Abingdon,
European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Fitzharrys Shadows
Oxfordshire,
Europa readers
Abingdon,
Which of the main characters would you most like to meet?

Xiomara- Poet X
Will- Long Way Down
Charlie/Chuck- Rebound
Emily- The Land Of Neverendings
Samkad- Bone Talk
Evelyn or May- Things A Bright Girl Can Do
Makepeace- A Skinful Of Shadows
Marinka- The House With Chicken Legs
 
Title: Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Winning Year: 2011

The third and final volume in the "Chaos Walking Trilogy" finds three armies marching on New Prentisstown, each intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle with no chance of escape or, it seems, of stopping the fighting. But t
 

 
 

Candy Gourlay
Candy Gourlay is of Filipino heritage, and began her career as a journalist for the opposition press during the People Power Revolution before becoming an author. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Award in 2011 and wa . . .