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St Albans Girls School
St Albans, Herts
Group status: Shadowing the 2019 Carnegie shortlist

We are a group of year 8 students supported by our 2 Librarians, Ms Darbyshire and Mrs Fernandes, and we will meet regularly to discuss the books and update our list of what we've read so far. The week before the winner is announced, we will have a one hour meeting to discuss all books and cast our own votes.

Ms Darbyshire

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Pippa
I liked this because the story was told from a variety of perspectives. This made it interesting throughout as every chapter swapped to a character di . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ellie
One thing I liked about this book was how it was written in the style of a folk tale, which set it apart from the other novels on the shortlist. Despi . . .
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Bone Talk by Emily
Picking up this book, i wasn't too sure i would enjoy it as the story line was unlike most books i normally read. However when i read the book i was s . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Amy
I really enjoyed this book and found it both heart warming and intriguing. Although overall theme of the book was quite childish it was very relatable . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Alexandra
I found this book provided an insight into life as a suffragette on many levels; it showed the extremity of the actions lead by Emily Wilding Davison . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sophie
This book is set just before and during WW1 where the suffragettes are after the vote. I thought this book was quite good. The way that it is base . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Samantha
The House With Chicken Legs, was a good book, though aimed for younger readers. It is about a young girl who feels tapped in her path, like she was fo . . .
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The Poet X by Samantha
Wow. Iím speechless. I donít know what to say. This book was............ there are no words to describe it. Profound. Thinking back, I canít remember . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Samantha
The Land of Neverendings is very good. It tells the story of a young girl, who has lost someone close to her, and how she learns to deal with her feel . . .
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Bone Talk by Sophie
Bone talk is about this boy called Samkad who wants to become a man and carry a sword and shield. Its also about finding out who your friends and enem . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Samantha
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge is a compelling read for book-lovers aged 12-15, about struggling to accept who you are. The book is about a . . .
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Rebound by Samantha
This book shows the life of Charlie Bell, a young teenager who lost his father to a stroke. He finds it very difficult to recover from this blow, and . . .
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Long Way Down by Samantha
This book was very deep and thought-provoking. It is about a boy, whose brother was shot and his journey from his apartment, to the elevator, to the l . . .
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Bone Talk by Samantha
This book was highly enjoyable and very well written. It was very interesting to see Americans from a native point of view and how they must have felt . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Samantha
This book was very thought-provoking and touched on deep problems that are still present in our society today. It was highly enjoyable and gave me inc . . .
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Townsend Church of England School
GFS Bookworms
St Albans, Hertfordshire
SCC Carnegie Readers
Which book has had the most impact for you as a reader so far?

Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Bone Talk
The Poet X
Long Way Down
The Land of Neverendings
A Skinful of Shadows
The House with Chicken Legs
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Winning Year: 2010

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, would be a completely normal boy if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts. For it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, a danger that has already killed Bod's family.


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 . . .



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