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Whitchurch High School
Group status: Reading furiously

We are a group of 19 girls who are all eager readers and love getting lost in another world. In Carnegie, we come together once a week to read, discuss and have lots of fun and games. We started by getting to know each other and challenging everyone to a game of beat the bell, where you have to talk for a minute about a book without pausing or saying, ‘um’ or ’er’. We also regularly submit book reviews, votes and are in the process of putting a video together. We learn about other people’s interests which gives us a vivid idea of what books they enjoy reading. We also give frequent presentations in pairs on a variety of topics, which help us learn about the authors of the shortlisted books. These presentations really help us consider why the author could write such a book and how it could relate to their lives. We all love reading because we love exploring new worlds and blocking out our busy lives. If it weren’t for books, we’d have no way of escape.

Miss Edwards

Llanishen High School
Cardiff Library Service:Rhiwbina Branch Library
Thornhill Primary Readers
Cathays High School
If any of the shortlisted books could be adapted to a film, which book would you choose?

Apple & Rain
Buffalo Soldier
Cuckoo Song
The Fastest Boy in the World
The Middle Of Nowehere
More Than This
When Mr Dog Bites
Title: The Other Side of Truth
Author: Beverly Naidoo
Winning Year: 2000

This is a moving and topical story of a Nigerian brother and sister fleeing oppression and seeking asylum in the UK. It was written at the time of the killing of the radical journalist Ken Saro-Wiwa by General Sani Abacha. It skilfully blends fact and fic