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Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Lancaster,
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30 of our top Year 9 readers will be reading as many books as they can from the shortlist. We will then have a group discussion and vote before live-streaming the awards ceremony.

The Poet X by Tom
I really liked 'The Poet X' as I felt that it had a very powerful message of never giving up and finding the thing that you love to do. Xiomara as a c . . .
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Bone Talk by Daniel
'Bone Talk' Is about a boy who is part of a tribe in the mountains called Samkad and his friend Luki and is about how Samkad wants to become a man. Ho . . .
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Bone Talk by
This was the last Carnegie book I had to read and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It follows the story of a relatable character in a period of tim . . .
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Rebound by Matthew
This book follows a boy called Charlie Bell. It is written in a minimalistic way and is a fairly good book. This book (like quite a few of the other . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Matthew
I can see why people would like this book. It tackles an extremely complicated topic quite well. It talks about the loss of a loved one and how we c . . .
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The Poet X by Ranidu
Poet X is a great book which gives great descriptions of a young teenage girl. The main character is Xiomara who becomes the poet X. As you may have f . . .
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The Poet X by Daniel
This book is about a girl called Xiomara struggling with problems at both home and school and how she overcomes them using poetry. The book appears to . . .
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Bone Talk by Jacob
Bone Talk is a decent book with lots of character development, twist and turns. It starts off fairly slow, however the beginning of the book does set . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Jacob
This book is filled with imagination and wonder. It is filled with secrets, twists and turns. It follows the story of a girl whose house has chicken l . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Daniel
This book is about the story of three girls in the UK during WW1 and their part in the Suffragette movement in the early 20th century. It covers both . . .
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Rebound by Jacob
Rebound is a very good book. From the start you realise the struggles and pain the main character is going through, the pain of losing his Father. The . . .
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Bone Talk by Raphael
In my opinion Bone Talk is an excellent read as it tackles the american colonization from a very different point of view it has an odd set of characte . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Raphael
Personally I believe that a skinful of shadows is a very well written story book that manages to create a powerful atmosphere of mystery and really en . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Raphael
I would say that things a bright girl can do is a very good read, it has an interesting and complex story following numerous plot lines centering arou . . .
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The Poet X by Ola
I'm not normally into poetry however the way how this poetry was presented in the form of a story with different variations of poetry such as haiku wa . . .
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Rebound by Daniel
I think rebound is a nicely written, heartfelt book and I like that it is in verse form so it is quite easy to read and get through. Even though it is . . .
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Long Way Down by Baraa A
Long Way Down is a book about a young boy whose aim was to kill the murderer of his brother and take revenge. The book was quite interesting and gripp . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Faris
This book is all about death and also fitting in.I think that it starts off a little weirdly but as the plot develops it becomes a very good read. Ma . . .
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Bone Talk by Faris
I think this book was okay because it was interesting but also a little confusing. It follows a boy who lives in a tribe with his father.His brother/ . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ben
The Land of Neverendings grips the reader straight away with the sudden death of Holly, the protagonist Emily's sister. The book centers around the lo . . .
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Long Way Down by Matthew
This book is quite interesting. It explores a young boy whose brother Shawn gets killed and this exacts a toll on him. He decides he will kill the per . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Faris
This book is a very emotional book and I think that it is both a unique but familiar story.It is centred around a girl whose disabled sister recently . . .
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The Poet X by Ben
I was a little confused at the plot when I started reading The Poet X, but once I had got into the book it was quite enjoyable. Although the book was . . .
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The Poet X by Matthew
This book wasn't that great to be honest. It is about a young girl who expresses herself in this book given to her by her twin as she feels like she i . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Pratham
This is probably my favourite book by far and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, irrespective of their age. It is, in my opinion, enjo . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Harris
A little slow at times but overall very interesting. Set at the time of the English civil war, the main protagonist has to figure out a secret her fam . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Oliver
There isn't really too much to say about THE LAND OF NEVERENDINGS except that from a 14 year old boy's perspective, it is rubbish. It is, from wh . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jacob
The Land of Neverendings was like a book I had never read before. I had large themes of happiness and death. I thought the book was quite enjoyable an . . .
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Long Way Down by Etienne J
Long Way Down is a novel about a boy dealing with a loss in a rough background, and my first impressions of the novel was that is was a well-written a . . .
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The Poet X by Baraa A
The Poet X is a book about a girl who wants to be heard. The book is quite emotional and the poem structure supports that. I enjoyed reading this book . . .
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Long Way Down by Oliver
I personally found that LONG WAY DOWN was a thoughtful and intelligent book, however not a particularly good story as such, at least in a conventional . . .
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Rebound by Ewan
First of all, Rebound was a very good book. I had never read a poem book before but I found this one very enjoyable. The book was sad to read at times . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ola
I really enjoyed how the settings were described and the storyline really addressed the struggles of women in their many protests to vote, even resort . . .
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The Poet X by Daniel
This book is a collection of poems reflecting the thoughts of a girl called Xiomara living in Harlem. It is about how she struggles with life at home . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Daniel
This book is about a girl called Makepeace trying to escape her ancestors with the help of the ghosts inside her. The events of the book take place du . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Daniel
The Land of Neverendings was a fairly short book that is quick to get through although the book seems to be aimed at a younger audience than myself, m . . .
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Long Way Down by Ben U
Long Way Down is a clever and emotive book. The fact that it is written like many poems is clever yet all the poems tell a story about the death of th . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Matthew
The House With Chicken Legs is an amazing book and my 2nd favourite so far. It follows a young girl called Marinka who is a Yaga (A person who guides . . .
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Rebound by Pratham
Rebound, on a whole, was a good book! It is written as a poem like some of the other books in the Carnegie list. However, I felt that this one was wri . . .
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Long Way Down by Ade
In my opinion, this book shows the mental struggles of losing a loved one and shows deep connections to that person. It also being in verse form come . . .
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Long Way Down by Rohan
Long Way Down was an excellent read. Set in a world where people have to follow 'The Rules' fifteen year old Will wants to get revenge for his decease . . .
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Long Way Down by Luke
The Long Way down was not a book I was too keen on. I enjoyed the emotional aspect of the story, however I feel that the book would be better suited o . . .
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The Poet X by Luke
I found the poet X to be a very unique in terms of the book's background and plot. I feel that you really get to know the character whilst reading the . . .
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Long Way Down by Jamaal
I really enjoyed this book as it was unlike anything I've read recently. I found it quite sad as you find out whilst reading through the book that so . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Jamaal
It took me a while to get into this book but I found that it was very interesting. I liked how the characters Evelyn, May and Nell's stories were sepa . . .
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Bone Talk by Jamaal
Bone talk was extremely interesting right from the start. Samkad is a boy who yearns to be an adult. His tribe are at war with the Mangili but everyth . . .
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Rebound by Jamaal
REBOUND by Kwame Alexander is such a good book. It is about a boy called Charlie Bell who is mourning the death of his father and is sent to his grand . . .
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Rebound by Sam
This book was very enjoyable, although it was slow for the first part of the book. I very much liked the sense of comedy and then the realism. Overall . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sam
At first I was intrigued by the title of this book, but it soon became clear why. The book was not my cup of tea but the mix of magic and adventure wa . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sam
I found it very hard to get into this book, I found it slow to begin with but as I carried on it became very enjoyable.I would very much recommend thi . . .
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The Poet X by stephen
The Poet X is about a girl who is part of a very religious family and is currently facing the teenage years of her life. This books shows us how she f . . .
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Bone Talk by Alex
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay is a book about a young boy who lives in a remote mountain tribe. Samkad (the main character)has his life turned upside dow . . .
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Bone Talk by Pratham
Bone talk is an excellent book about a boy called Samkad in the Philippines. The story is set 100 years ago and portrays Samkad as a boy who thinks he . . .
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The Poet X by Jayden
The Poet X is a fantastic read for someone who likes emotional books about the struggles of a person who seems to be ignored by the rest of the world. . . .
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Long Way Down by Muhammad
Within the first 10/20 pages, i was already pretty engaged in this book. I thought that the way it was written was really good and exciting and whilst . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Muhammad
I thought this book was quite a good book. Although it was a bit slow to start, it gradually became more interesting and was quite a different sort of . . .
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Bone Talk by Baraa A
Bone talk is a very interesting book that I enjoyed reading. What makes it a good book is the fact that it's short and gets to the main plot quickly w . . .
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Rebound by Etienne J.
For those who like to read about one's life and struggles, Rebound gives an in-depth story to how a teenage boy copes with his father's death in a tou . . .
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The Poet X by Etienne J.
Recently I have completed Poet X and my thoughts about it are all positive. I loved how the writer used a verse format, and the way they have written . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Raphael .F
I have recently completed reading Land of Neverendings. I personally did not find the book particularly interesting due to its infantile plot line. B . . .
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Rebound by Ben
I had never read books in verse before reading some of the books in The Carnegie Awards, and I have really enjoyed them so far. Rebound is a book tell . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ben.W
I enjoyed 'A skinful of shadows' for two reasons, those being the way new characters were introduced, and the way Makepeace developed. The characters . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ewan
Firstly, the book didn't really fit my demographic so I didn't find it as enjoyable as I could have. I think it would have suited a younger audience. . . .
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Bone Talk by Ben U
I found Bone Talk different to what I expected. I thought it might be slightly Gothic or creepy (possibly I didn't read the blurb...) but it turned ou . . .
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Rebound by Faris
I enjoyed this book because I thought it was a great story of rehabilitation. I thought that he was placed into very realistic situations e.g. his fri . . .
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The Poet X by Pratham
This was an interesting read. It's about Xiomara and how she explores her feelings with the help of her twin brother as well as her friend Cardad. So . . .
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The Poet X by Faris
I thought the Poet X was an intriguing read because it has lots of interesting elements, such as her stormy relationship with her mother, twin brother . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Matthew
I did not enjoy this book. It has an interesting premise but I think it's not written very well. My favourite character was Evelyn. It periodically sw . . .
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Bone Talk by Jayden
Bone Talk feels like a novel version of a feature film with an action packed story with lots of twists and turns throughout, making it a good read for . . .
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Rebound by Daniel
Overall, the book was very good at giving us a good sense of the character of Charlie Bell, which was communicated in more detail than all the other C . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jacob
'The Land of Neverendings' is an amazing book that excites the imagination and plays with the heart. This book is one of the most emotional and imagin . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Daniel
This book was a very interesting book about a girl trying to discover more to life. At first, given the way the book was going I thought it be a very . . .
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Rebound by Joe
Rebound is a book about a boy in America who is in a dark place and gets into trouble.His mother sends him off to live with his granddad where he gets . . .
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The Poet X by Ade
I really enjoyed the fact that it was in verse form, it was quite new to me with that style of writing structure. It shows the struggles of being a t . . .
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Long Way Down by Faris
'Long Way Down' is a very interesting book. It is about a gang culture and Will, a boy whose brother is murdered and Will is ready to avenge his broth . . .
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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by Faris
This book is very thought-provoking, and helps people to understand the struggles suffragettes went through in order to gain equal rights. We follow t . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Matthew
This is an incredibly compelling book with interesting characters like Makepeace, Bear and the Fellmontes. It is based in the 1600s around King Charle . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ben
I was quite unsure about the book when I first began reading as it was a very different book and had a unique plot. The book tells the story of a youn . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Pratham
I read "The House With Chicken Legs" and I thought that it was an enjoyable book. I particularly enjoyed the twist during the mid-point of the story . . .
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Long Way Down by Tom
In my opinion, 'Long Way Down' is an incredible book. It is absolutely unique in its style of writing and story-telling as a way of depicting gang vio . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Daniel A
I liked this book very much as it was fantastical but still was surprisingly deep, as you wonder whether Smockeroon really exists or is actually the p . . .
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Long Way Down by Daniel A
The story was very effective in communicating the theme of living in violent neighbourhoods and addresses the problems with trying to fix such places . . .
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Rebound by Ranidu
The book Rebound is very interesting and draws you into carry on reading the book. The book is about a boy who struggles with the loss of his father b . . .
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The Poet X by Jamaal
This book is my favourite so far. Its about a girl called Xiomara who fights to be heard and to have her own voice. It is written in stanzas which hel . . .
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The Poet X by Jamaal
This book is my favourite so far. Its about a girl called Xiomara who fights to be heard and to have her own voice. It is written in stanzas which hel . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Jamaal
This book was very different to what I normally read and it was really good. It is based around a Russian tale and was a very enjoyable read. Gripping . . .
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Rebound by Jeffrin
Rebound is a great book as it introduces the scene and personalities of characters well and gives the reader insight to what the character wants and n . . .
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The Poet X by Jeffrin
In my opinion, the Poet X is a good book with a clear introduction to characters, but leaves some mysteries unsolved for the reader to find out for th . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ben
I enjoyed the book's settings, mainly for the fact there were settings - having the story move between different places kept it feeling fresh. The con . . .
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The Poet X by Sam
The Poet X was a very compelling book written in a way that is new to me in books.The story was about love and family resolutions, this is not normall . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Pratham
I really enjoyed this book because of the classic concept of toys coming alive. It gives the story a magical touch,whilst still managing to remain uni . . .
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Long Way Down by Pratham
A Long Way Down is written in verse. I wouldn't normally choose a book written in this style,however,the poetry created action and effect.In my opinio . . .
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Rebound by Muhammad
In my opinion, I thought that the book started slowly and didn't really have much of a story for the first 100 pages or so. As well as this, I think t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Jacob
This book,'Things a Bright Girl Can Do', is an extremely good read. The book starts off a little slow but then, as characters develop, becomes very gr . . .
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Bone Talk by Ade
I think 'Bone Talk' was a very exciting interesting and eye catching book, showing a detailed evocation of how the Philippines was 100 years ago with . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Jayden
Absolutely fantastic book. 'The House with Chicken Legs' tells the story of a girl called Marinka, and how she dreams of creating a life outside the o . . .
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Long Way Down by Jayden
'Long Way Down' is a very gripping emotion-oriented story, which for a book of its type I think is fantastic. It takes a very typical, gangster style . . .
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Long Way Down by Ben
The Long Way Down is a book by Jason Reynolds. It is written in verse and although the book is quite short, it is deeply moving. It tells the story of . . .
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Bone Talk by Ben
I think Bone Talk was an exceptionally good read and a real contender for the Carnegie award. The book is set in the Philippines one hundred years ago . . .
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The Poet X by Muhammad
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book that I read in verse form but I thought that it was really well-written. I liked the fact that it wa . . .
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Ripley St Thomas C E Academy
Lancaster,
 
Do you think that the book voted for by the reviewers should win, rather than the one chosen by adult librarians?

Yes
No
 
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something jus
 

 
 

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Crea . . .