Carnegie Long List – continuing the challenge to read them all….

I’m setting myself the challenge to read all of the books on the long list before the winner is announced. 52 titles in 6 months. That’s 2 a week….. I’d better get reading!

Since my last post I have read….

Bracelet of Bones” by Kevin Crossley-Holland

This seems like a re-run of “Gattys’ Tale” where a girl goes on a journey. This time it is set in Viking Times. There are a few incidents on the way – but very little character development of Solveig, the central character – a daughter travelling to join her father.

 

 

“Put Out the Light” by Terry Deary

War stories are probably my least favourite genre, so I struggled with this book for that reason. It is based around the night air raids, when two children ( brother & sister) discover that there is a thief who steals  whilst everyone runs to the shelters. Can they solve the mystery without having a bomb land on their head? (Yes). Does the culprit come as a surprise? (No). At the same time two German boys have a scheme of their own and end up rescuing a polish girl. Overall a fairly simple read with some nice references to Shakespeare.

“My name is Mina” by David Almond

I wasn’t a big fan of “Skellig” so when I realised that this was a prequel I was a little apprehensive. However this book is much better than “Skellig”! Based around the life of Mina, a girl who is seen as a strange misfit and is excluded from school, she records her thoughts and her slightly excentric home schooling in her journal. The topics that are covered are at times bizarre at others times thought provoking. A really good read.

 

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

      

  

   

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Carnegie Long List – Excellent, Really Enjoyed, Okay, Arghh

I’m setting myself the challenge to read all of the books on the long list before the winner is announced. 52 titles in 6 months. That’s 2 a week….. I’d better get reading!

in the Excellent  Category:-

 In the Really enjoyed catergory:-

 

 

In the “It was Okay” Category:-

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In the “Arggh, a struggle to read….” Category:-

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Carnegie Long List – continuing the challenge to read them all….

I’m setting myself the challenge to read all of the books on the long list before the winner is announced. 52 titles in 6 months. That’s 2 a week….. I’d better get reading!

Since my last post I have read….

“You Against Me” by Jenny Downham

Is this a ‘love’ story or not? Thrown together by the actions of their siblings, Mikey and Ellie lives are reeling from the two different accounts of ‘that night’, when they meet due to Mikeys’ intentions of revenge. Their subsequent relationship is  fairly predictable and the outcome is satisfying even when the book ends so abruptly. The only thing that kept me going was “What does Ellie know?” and does she have the guts (and parental support) to tell.

“Small Change for Stuart” by Lissa Evans

A book for younger readers. This story is very easy to read, where strange, magical things keep happening to Stuart when he returns to his ancestors town and he dicovers his inheritance in the form of a mystery and some old coins (small change). The story ends well with everyone getting what they diserved, but some of the characters were two dimentional (the ‘girl’ next door for example) and the plot suffers from lack of depth in places.

Search for Wondla” by Tony Diterlizzi

And now for something completly different. Eva Nine is desperate to go beyond the confines of her underground home, and her robotic carer Muthr is slowly preparing her when her homw is invaded and she is thrown into an adventure in a world that bears little resemblance to the world in her training. Where is she? Is she alone? I had several theories as I read the book and not all questions were resolved – yes its another part one of a series,- but this time I do want to know what happens next!

 

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

      

  

   

World Book Day – Book signing opportunity next week

As part of our World Book Day celebrations next week Malcolm Rose will be spending the morning with our Year 8 students.

 

If you are lucky enough to be in Year 8 then you will be looking closer at one of his books in your English Lesson and you will have the opportunity to order books for him to sign on the day! Click here to have a sneak preview of the lesson.

 

So if you want to buy one of these books for a reduced price of £5.00 – just pop into the MRC.

Carnegie Long List Challenge

I thought that as I was about half way through my self-imposed Carnegie Longlist Challenge I stop and reflect on my experiences so far.

 

So back when the Carnegie Long List was announced (4th November 2011) I set myself the challenge to read them all before the overall winner is annouced  (14th June) or ideally before the shortlist is announced (27th March). This involves reading roughly 2 books a week.

 

So 12 weeks in, 29 books read, 23 books to go, 5 weeks to shortlist time, and 12 weeks to final result is announced… I feel like I am on target.

 

But…. but I have a confession to make. This weekend I lapsed.

I read a book that WASN’T on the long list.

and…..

 

it was great!

The joy of choosing a book that I wanted to read instead of one I ‘had’ to read… the sense of freedom was amazing!

By the way it was a Non-Fict

ion book about Enid Blyton, someone who was perhaps overlooked in the Carnegie Awards in the past – a bit like the Harry Potter never being recognised in the oscars/baftas! My love of Enid, and the impact of her books on my life… well that’s for another blog!

 

Back to Carnegie longlist – well I’ve really enjoyed reading the books that I couldn’t put down, the ones that I HAD to read in one sitting (Patrick Ness’  “A Monster Calls“, Anne Fines’ “The Devil Walks“, Suzanne LaFleurs’ “Eight Keys” (surely they will be on the shortlist?). At the same time I’ve hated a few – the ones that have slowed me down because I couldn’t get into them, that were a drag to read and took over a week of painful slogging to read through them. (Lindsey Barracloughs’ “Long Lankin“, Frances Hardinges’ “Twilight Robbery” and John Stephens’ “The Emerald Atlas“.

 

(How dare they take up so much of my reading time and offer so little reading thrill in return!)

 

What usually happens with the shortlist is that the one I like the least wins…… so I will watch and wait.

 

So I’ve got straight back on my wagon and have started my next Carnegie Longlist book – this time Kevin Crossley Hollands’ “Bracelet of Bones”. I just hope that over the next 12 weeks and 23 books I have more page turners and fewer tales dull as ditchwater!

 

I’ll keep you posted, and of course feel free to disagree with me!

 

Happy Reading!