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Sir Harry Smith Community College
Peterborough,
Group status: Reading...shhh...
A new group... The books have arrived....Happy readers! Only a few have completed the Carnegie Challenge before, so for most this is our first time! We meet once a week in the library to discuss the books and share our thoughts (and sometimes our sweets!). We are hoping for many lively debates in the weeks to come!

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lucy
Things a bright girl can do is a fantastic and heartening novel all about the story of the battle for equality fought buy the suffragettes and the rol . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Emily
'Things a bright girl can do' is an amazing book that not only shows what a bright girl can do but also gives you a slice of history and how difficult . . .
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Long Way Down by Thomas
Long way down is a book about someones brother dying and him trying to get revenge for the killers of his brother. however i found this book is confus . . .
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Rebound by sydney
I loved the book Rebound by the front cover you think it's all going to be about basketball but it's really not. Personally I think Rebound is the bes . . .
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Long Way Down by Frances
Long way down was quite an odd book. A boy has to deal with his brother being killed but then has to kill the murderer. I think that I find the book . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Edey
Overall, I found this book very good as it had lots of description. Moreover,this book was on a very upsetting topic however, there is still elements . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Carissa
A Skinful of Shadows was a good book with an interesting concept, but it could've been better. It felt like there was something missing, like there sh . . .
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The Poet X by Ocean
(disclaimer: contains mild spoilers) This book, in my opinion, was semi-decent. i feel like the characters could have been developed more especially . . .
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The Poet X by Ocean
(disclaimer: contains mild spoilers) This book, in my opinion, was semi-decent. I feel like the characters could have been developed more especially . . .
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The Poet X by Emily W
This could've been a really good book. The plot and the characters are good but I just didn't enjoy it for some reason. My opinion formed within t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Carissa
I was disappointed by this book. Going into it, I was looking forward to learning more about the Suffragettes, but they didn't seem like the main focu . . .
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The Poet X by Jessica
This book is absolutely amazing. This book is a great balance of emotions,actions and consequences. Elizabeth Acevedo expresses Xiomara emotions towar . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Joe
This book is very unique however I do not like this genre but that does not make it a terrible novel. Others might like these stories of Baba Yaga, I . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lucy :-)
The Land of Neverendings is strange to say the least. Many a time I got completely lost in the book and had to re read other pages to get back up to s . . .
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Long Way Down by Daniel
I thought this book was very compelling. I liked how the author used verse and anagrams. The end leaves you on a cliff hanger. This book is very good . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Emily W
Despite mixed reviews about this book, I thought it was amazing. I'm probably the target audience for this book (teenager, female, interested in women . . .
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Bone Talk by eli
Amazing 10/10 it is really cleverly written and it teaches you all about the Philippine tribes way of living and there gods it is just amazing. . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Danny
This was an odd book. It started strange, and isn't the best at drawing you in. I didn't particularly like the start as it had no relevance to the res . . .
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Rebound by tobias
This book is full of excitment,when it mentioned his dad dying it bought a lump to my throat. Also when he gets into basket ball it makes your heart r . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jess
This book is amazing! I love how it transports you to another dimension as you read. It gets better and better as you read further into this fantastic . . .
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Long Way Down by Ruby
After reading Long Way Down,I feel that the book was good. However, it was quite predictable.Despite this, I found it to be very enjoyable.I believe t . . .
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Long Way Down by caius
When reading long way down I found the presentation of the story similar to Rebound in it being in almost poetic verses. I liked how there was a set o . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Elise
Disappointing. I was promised an angry ghost so dived headfirst in and pushed through the monotony of the first few chapters, only to find all the f . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by tobias
I lost interest in it as its not my type of book #i like the idea with the dead but I found it a bit far fetched that Sabrina was dead. . . .
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Long Way Down by keaton
This is a great book. It is easy to follow and has a great story-line and plot. It is an easy read and is just generally an entertaining book. The fac . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Caitlin
After reading a skinful of shadows, I personally feel that it is not as good as the others.I would recommend this for ages 8-11 years : it has a limit . . .
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Bone Talk by peter
This is my favourite book so far out of all of the ones I have read, and i think it will be my favourite out of them all. The start of the book gets y . . .
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Rebound by Frank
Absolutely brilliant! Loved all of it. At first it was a little slow paced but it soon got interesting with basketball and crime! I would recommend to . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by peter
This book is extremely lacklustre and is not my type of book. It is meant to get better and get you hooked by the 100th page but it didn't. From what . . .
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Rebound by Brooke
This book was too good. I couldn't put it down when I got past a few chapters. Even though I wasn't sure who was speaking at the end, I loved it. I th . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by George
The Land Of Neverendings is a book about escaping the real world into a world of happiness and joy in your mind and dreams from the traumas and terror . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Anna
When I first picked up this book I knew that this book would have lots of historical factors about it which is not what sort of book I would pick up a . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Frances
The House with Chicken Legs At first, The House with Chicken Legs sounded very strange however, once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it d . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Anna
When I first picked up this book I knew that this book would have lots of historical factors about it which is not what sort of book I would pick up a . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Thomas
A skilful of shadows is an interesting book that has an ever-changing storyline. I enjoyed this book because of the changes in the storyline and it ke . . .
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Long Way Down by Alex
From bringing a tear to my eye to making my brain work to piece each puzzle in this book together, 'Long Way Down' has it all. Will begins by explaini . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Megan
Things a Bright Girl can Do appears at first as your average history fiction novel, you would expect to read on the difficulties of the suffragettes: . . .
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Bone Talk by Joe
I did not like this book. But that is only my opinion. I guess the old traditions were interesting but it was a bit slow. I still gave it a good go an . . .
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Long Way Down by Elise
This was a good book. Not great, not exceptional, but good. The poems were a unique touch, but one I've seen before; the protagonist was starkly prese . . .
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Rebound by Harriet
I enjoyed the layout of this book. Its interesting fonts made it enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book highly. . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Livia
It was a good book and explained to the reader how Emily felt about Holly in detail. It takes the reader on a long journey and makes them feel the sad . . .
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Rebound by Joshua
I disliked this book greatly. I believe as well as being based on the unappealing topic of basketball, it is also written in a way that makes it diffi . . .
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Rebound by Jess
This book was amazing.It was easy to read but it made you feel the emotion the writer made Charlie portray.Also,it shows the actions made by twelve-ye . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Joseph
This book was nowhere near as weird as it was made out to be. It would be better if the reader knew more about the mythology behind the story. For e . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Livia
It was a good book and explained to the reader how Emily felt about Holly in detail. It takes the reader on a long journey and makes them feel the sad . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Frank
This book was not for me. I prefer fast paced action books with lots of plot holes and twists. This book didn't include any of these so therefore I fo . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Emily W
When I heard the description of this book, I was full of hope. A book set sometime in the past with ghosts sounds 100% like my sort of thing. Oh, h . . .
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Bone Talk by Joshua
This book gave an informed look into Phillipene community and I believe it is a good book. . . .
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Long Way Down by Emily W
I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about a book written in poem. I thought it'd be too short, or too monotonous, or just repetitive. But . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Rebecca
This book was not what I was expected. I thought it would be more about the suffragette movement and less about the characters lives and issues they . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Danny
Reading this book, from the start I found it a tad strange. The whole concept of Yaga and the mythology itís from feels like it doesnít get much of an . . .
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Bone Talk by Danny
I donít have much to say about this other than it was a good and interesting read. I enjoyed the cultural insight and the portrayal of foreign invader . . .
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Bone Talk by Kiya
Whilst reading bone talk I found that it was very easy to follow, However I did not take much interest to the topic of the book as it did not appeal t . . .
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Rebound by Emily H
When I began this book, I didn't like it because it involves a lot of comics and basketball, but as I carried on the book I started to enjoy it. By th . . .
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Bone Talk by eli
it was extremely interesting about the amayan tribes and it was written so greatly. . . .
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Long Way Down by Emily H
I thought that this book was good until I read the ending. I love that the feeling of his whole life crammed into one tiny lift, but I felt that the e . . .
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Bone Talk by Keaton
This is a great book to read. It is easy to follow and factual about the Mayan tribes. It is interesting and gives us a look at how people lived 100 y . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Jessica
This book is difficult to get into but once you start getting into it the book starts to become exciting.The reason I did not enjoy reading this book . . .
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Long Way Down by Peter
This is a very powerful book all way through. It is in first person but it seems like a whole new one. The way it is written as a poem form but spread . . .
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The Poet X by Rosie
I really liked this book as it covered lots of controversial topics and showed lots of feelings and emotion. The way that the author wrote this book t . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Brooke
I thought the book was dull at the beginning but as I read on it got good. I love Bear because he was always there for Makepeace. There were a lot of . . .
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The Poet X by Caroline
This book has charm. I found the whole novel being in verse uplifting. Elizabeth Acevedo has captured the highs and lows of teen life and the transiti . . .
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Long Way Down by Caroline
Wow! What an amazing emotive read. So powerful. So poignant. So unforgettable! This book will stay with you. It will make you ruminate. It will make y . . .
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Rebound by Caroline
Rebound is a prequel to Kwame Alexanderís book, The Crossover. I love the era itís set in as itís in the time of my youth Ė I remember all the referen . . .
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Rebound by Daniel
I loved this book! I have not read any of Kwame Alexanderís books before. Although this is a prequel it can be read as a stand alone book, although no . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sydney
This is an amazing novel about three wonderful women caught up in a suffragette movement. I just donít think this book is for me. As I didnít understa . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sydney
This is an amazing novel about three wonderful women caught up in a suffragette movement. I just donít think this book is for me. As I didnít understa . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Caius
*SPOILER WARNING* In this book, I enjoyed how it showed the belief(?) of the Yaga who are a type of people that go around sending the dead to the s . . .
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The Poet X by Edey
Overall, I think that the book 'The Poet X' is a very good book. At first when given this book, I didn't want to read it and thought it was going to b . . .
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Rebound by George
Rebound is a book about family, sport and friendship. A boy by the name of Charlie Bell (Chuck) is mourning the death of his father and he misses scho . . .
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Rebound by Jess
The front cover is an automatic hint to what this story features: Basketball! Despite not liking basketball myself, the entire story didnít just go on . . .
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The Poet X by Joseph
I wouldn't go so far as to say I 'enjoyed' this book, but then, I hardly ever say that... There were too many irrelevant aspects to the book - how . . .
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Rebound by Emogen
I found this book incredibly enjoyable and entertaining. Despite the appearance of the book, it was a lovely quick read, and I highly recommend it to . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Emily
This book is a great way to escape reality and join Emily in her adventures in Smockeroon. Kate Saunders portrayed the character of Emily very well an . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Harriet
The Land of Neverendings is a portal to escape reality. The toys in Smockeroon have very different, wild personality's each describe in details. I lov . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Beth
I enjoyed this book and after reading the first few pages I was hooked. This marvellous book allows you to let your imagination run wild, it allows yo . . .
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Rebound by Lewis
Rebound was a very interesting read that I found very entertaining, this was a book unlike the books I would normally read. Instead of a fantasy adven . . .
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Rebound by Benjamin
At first I thought that this book would be slow but as I gradually read more I discovered that this book really made me think about wallowing in my ow . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Danny
Before I read it, I received reviews touting it as this yearís Release but going into it with that in mind just went to show that there is a way to wr . . .
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Bone Talk by Thomas
Bone talk is an interesting book that has unexpected plot twists all of the way through. The reader presumes that something is going to happen and the . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Emily H
This book is so unpredictable and brilliant. I have never read a book as exciting as this. I followed Makepeace's story with anxiety, happiness an . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Alex
For the first Carnegie book that I read, I chose 'Things A Bright Girl Can Do' . This book is full of dilemmas from our three main characters, Evelyn, . . .
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Long Way Down by George
A Long Way Down is a book filled with mourning, reunion and above all revenge. You follow a 15 year old boy named William (Will) as he overcomes the ' . . .
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Bone Talk by George
Bone Talk is a historical interpretation about a turbulent war-torn period in the history of the Philippines enlightening the reader about this time i . . .
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The Poet X by Emily H
The Poet X is an easy read about Xiomara's religion and whether or not she will defy her mothers wishes. Some moments in the book are heartbreaking, b . . .
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The Poet X by Anna
I thought this book was really good and really easy to follow as structured like a poem, loved every minute of reading it and is one of the best books . . .
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Long Way Down by Ocean
I loved this book because of how all we get to see is raw emotions. We get to see the main character struggle and fight with his emotions and coping w . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ocean
I absolutely loved this book. I had previously read 'The lie tree' By Frances Hardinge but I just could not get into it so I was quite sceptical about . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ocean
I absolutely loved this book. I had previously read 'The lie tree' By Frances Hardinge but I just could not get into it so I was quite sceptical about . . .
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Rebound by caius
I liked this book a lot because of the way the story is set out and the way it started. I thought that it was a nice touch when he went to DC to see h . . .
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The Poet X by Danny
I really enjoyed reading this book (despite not being able to relate to many of the issues addressed due to who I am). I enjoyed the writing style whi . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Emily H
The Land of Neverendings is story about the hardship of losing an important person in your life, but also about the magical land of imagination: Smock . . .
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Bone Talk by caius
I thought this book incorporated the history of the Bontok really well in the story of a boy in his home town. I thought it was different compared to . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by joshua
I loved this book it has many twists turns and a gripping story I didn't put it down once I absolutely adore the story twisting your expectations its . . .
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Long Way Down by Danny
As I read this I found it a slightly odd read at first, not really seeing any direction in it but as I read on I found that it really provoked my thin . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Karen
A really thought provoking book about loosing someone close to you. I loved the humour and style of writing. . . .
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Hampton College
Peterborough,
Stanground Academy
Peterborough,
Which book will win?

The Land of Neverendings
11% (38 votes)

Poet X
1% (4 votes)

Rebound
1% (4 votes)

A Skinful of Shadows
5% (17 votes)

The House with Chicken Legs
46% (157 votes)

Long Way Down
30% (104 votes)

Bone Talk
1% (4 votes)

 
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