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Christ's College, Sunderland
Sunderland,
Group status: All busy reading. At our lunchtime meeting today everyone shared their thoughts on their current book and we updated the group page.

Our lunchtime readers, The Bibliophiles, are raring to get started on the 2019 shortlist.

Miss C Hodgson

Long Way Down by Ell
‘Will has known about The Rules for a long time. No one he knows invented them, they've just always existed: No Crying, No Snitching, Get Revenge.’ . . .
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Bone Talk by Oliver
Offered an understanding of the culture, traditions and spirituality of an indigenous tribe in Philippines at end of the 19th century. It was an advan . . .
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The Poet X by Oliver
Ultimately, I could not connect with X's struggle and redemption in this story. Her problems are thrust upon her by outside sources (her parents, clas . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Oliver
I feel this book had a good premise and concept but the execution and plot needs polishing. The book had a good idea, base it on toys and the nosta . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Oliver
I thought that "The House with the the Chicken Legs" was a refreshing take on a classic Tale (Baba Yaga). I felt that it was by far the most unique an . . .
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Bone Talk by Beth
Based in the late 19th century, “Bone Talk” is about the life of young boy called Samkad. He is desperate to become a man, like his father, and craves . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Olivia
A Skinful of Shadows is a difficult book for me to review, perhaps because of its uniqueness and how much it differs from the other books or maybe bec . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Charlotte
Unfortunately, I did not feel as if The Land of Neverendings was up to the standard of its competitors. I hate to say, but I felt as if this book was . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ell
Things a Bright Girl can do is a story of the sufferage movement before and during the First World War. We meet the lovely main characters May, Nell a . . .
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Long Way Down by Beth
A clever title, for a story where the main events occur in a lift, ‘Long Way Down’ is about Will, a teenage boy, who has a huge decision to make. Grow . . .
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Rebound by Thomas
I really enjoyed Rebound. It was another book about getting over the loss of a family member. I like that the story is about making mistakes but learn . . .
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The Poet X by Beth
Following the life of 15-year-old girl, ‘The Poet X’ is a story that is written in verse. Xiomara lives in a small flat in Harlem, New York with her m . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Beth
‘Never in all her life would Emily forget the strangeness of what she saw next…’ Emily is sad. Her sister has died, her world is changing and she does . . .
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The Poet X by Beth
A clever title, for a story where the main events occur in a lift, ‘Long Way Down’ is about Will, a teenage boy, who has a huge decision to make. Grow . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Honey
A Skinfull of Shadows is a unique and intriguing novel which explores the themes of loyalty, hope and ambition. When people die, their spirits search . . .
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The Poet X by Elliot
I am not sure what to think about this book. It was very well written and after a while it was hard to know it was in verse. However I did not enjoy t . . .
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Long Way Down by Thomas
I enjoyed Long Way Down. It was a unique story about revenge. I liked how the story was set out because it was different to other books.The style the . . .
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Bone Talk by Thomas
I really enjoyed Bone Talk. It is a story about Samkad and his friend Luki. They both want to be a man but Luki can't because she is a girl and Samkad . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Elliot
I am not sure what to think about this book. I loved the way the writer presented the scene of pre-First World War Britain. I also loved that you coul . . .
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Rebound by Elliot
I highly enjoyed this book. I loved the action and drama and theme. I also loved how the book was in verse and still amazingly written. After a while . . .
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The Poet X by Ell
This book show the power of love, friendship and words. This story follows Xiomara's life as a 15 year old with a highly religious family.This boo . . .
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Long Way Down by Honey
This book was very different to what I would usually pick off the shelf. In this book, Will sets out determined to find his brother’s killer. However, . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Beth
"The House with Chicken Legs" follows the life of a young girl called Marinka, who is next in line to be a guardian and guide the dead through "the ga . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Dylan
A Skinful of Shadows is an excellent book, which kept me reading for hours at a time. The author (Frances Hardinge) describes chilling settings, which . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Charlotte
As an avid reader, I was delighted to endulge in yet another fantastical and intriguingly titled book. The main character Makepeace, was a most loveab . . .
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Long Way Down by Rosie
I believe that this gem of a book is tied with ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ for the title of the best book I have ever read. The unusual . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Dylan
A Skinful of Shadows is an excellent book, which kept me reading for hours at a time. The author (Frances Hardinge) describes chilling settings, which . . .
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Bone Talk by Olivia
This book is quite unlike any I have read before - then again how often is it that you read books detailing the effects of colonisation through the ey . . .
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Rebound by Olivia
This book may be a prequel but it can certainly pass as a standalone, part verse part graphic novel this coming of age story perfectly intertwines gri . . .
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Rebound by Olivia
This book may be a prequel but it can certainly pass a standalone, part verse and part graphic novel the coming of age novel perfectly intertwines spo . . .
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The Poet X by Olivia
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was that every word had a purpose, this is something I feel I key to verse books and is definitely a reason I . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Thomas
I really enjoyed this book because it had a good storyline. It is one of the best books I have ever read and it created a lot of emotions as I read it . . .
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Long Way Down by Oliver
'Long Way Down' is a short poetry book by Jason Reynolds that explores deep and thought-provoking ideas with a sinister tone which draws the reader in . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Beth
"Things A Bright Girl Can Do" is the stories of three young women who all join the fight to win the vote, but go about trying to achieve it in differe . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Rosie
The meaning behind ‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’ is very touching, it teaches equality and fairness for women, and the historical background taught me . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Elliot
I loved this book. It had loads of drama and action lots of conspiracies and plots; murders and ghosts. Whilst all this was happening the English civi . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Olivia
'History's about everyone. We made history' 'Things A Bright Girl Can Do' follows the lives of three young women who join the fight to vote amidst th . . .
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Which book did you least enjoy?

Poet X
Long Way Down
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Bone Talk
Rebound
A Skinful of Shadows
Land of Neverendings
The House with Chicken Legs
 
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
 

 
 

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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