Carnegie Long List continued

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….

 

 Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

A surprisingly good read. I had expected it to be overtly ‘girly’ but instead it is the story of Mira and the approaching death of her Grandmother. Full of gentle humour, and looking at the close relationship between them, this story is a really good read, and although I didn’t cry I found the moments when her Grandmother says goodbye for the last time to people and friends as she goes about her dasily life poignant.

Quarry by Ally Kennen

A strange tale. Largely unsatisfying. Scrappy – the lead character recieves increasingly bizarre dares via his phone, so he has a go at doing them. The mystery is who is sending these texts and why. Naturally, set against a background of recent parental separation (why the mother doesn’t do more to look after him I reallt do not understand!) he feels he has no one to turn to – apart from the school bully…. The reveal is both unexpected, and yet such a let down.

 Caddys World by Hilary McKay

I’m fairly sure that if I had read all the books that this prequal links to then Im sure I might have  laughed at the in jokes, and spotted moments of “Oh that’s why….” As it was it was an okay story about four girls as their lives slowly change for a different reasons. If you liked Saffy or Indigos story then you’ll proberably enjoy this book too!

 

 

Books I’ve read so far….

      

  

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Carnegie Long List continued

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….

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

As I suspected in the previous Carnegie Blog spot this turned out to be book one in a trilogy. Which fits in with the three siblings and the three missing books. Sigh. It is a bit of a mixture of Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, but is a poor relation to both of these. I did like the time-travel explanation, and those in KS3 who love fantasy may enjoy this too.

Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David

If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the head of a teenage spoilt brat then this book is for you! It has all the usual teenage coming of age angst:-parents, school work, friendships, siblings, love and sex. All magnified by Lia’s lottery win and the responsibilties that come with it.

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

I really enjoyed this book, and the issue with lack of speech marks was avoided by having all talking in italics, so whilst not normal I was able to read without it being too distracting. The story covers the neglect of the surviving children many years after the death of Rosie, the subsequent breakdown of their parents marriage, alcoholism and the resulting bigotry. A uplifting story of survival, and a satisfying read.

 

I’m currently reading “The Emerald Atlas” by John Stephens and I have a nasty suspicion that this to will turn out to be “Book one” of a series too!

Books I’ve read so far….

     

Carnegie Long List continued

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….

 “Matched” by Ally Condie

An interesting and thought provoking read, it did remind me of another book I read years ago and the name of that one escapes me. Unfortunately “Matched” is the first part of a series so I put it down unsatisfied and disappointed. On those grounds I hope it doesn’t make the short list.

“One Dog and His Boy” by Eva Ibbotson

I found this book to be both preachy and predictable. It is aimed at younger readers, although if you are a dog fan (and I’m not) then you’ll enjoy the dogs points of view.

“Blood Red Road” by Moira Young

This book just annoyed me. Firstly there are no speech marks so I had to stop reading every so often and work out if someone was talking or thinking and who it was – or wasn’t – and this stopped me from ‘getting into’ the book. The second annoying thing is the language used as in “I ain’t sen nutin’ yet” – which as a rule I ‘m fine with when it is used as someone is speaking – as it adds to characterisation. But this was used throughout the story – and not just in speech marks (since there weren’t any!- arrgghh!). The final nail in the coffin was it is the first part of a new series… so it didn’t end satisfactorily and I definitely don’t want anymore! So sad because at the heart of this there was a good story.

I’m currently reading “The Emerald Atlas” by John Stephens and I have a nasty suspicion that this to will turn out to be “Book one” of a series too!

Books I’ve read so far….

   

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

The long list has recently been published and the MRC is currently buying any books on the list that we don’t have already!

Perfect things to Read over the Summer holidays

Students, and staff, are encouraged to borrow books from the MRC over the Summer Break.

The more reading you manage to do over the holiday period the less likely your reading level will drop.

After all practice makes perfect and reading is just like any other skill if you don’t practice you can get rusty.

Radleys book cover

 

Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn’t be uncovered…Rowan and Clara think they are ordinary teenagers. They live quietly with their ordinary Mum and Dad doing all the things that their friends do. But, the Radley parents are hiding a secret; they are abstaining vampires and, one day, their abstinence will fail. Rowan’s teenage anxieties and sense of being an outsider take on a whole new dimension in this insight story of adolescence with a difference.Book cover

 

 

 

A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away in the heart of the Amazon jungle. She’s excited by the prospect of living such an inspiring place but soon finds that life with her twin cousins Gwendolyn and Beatrice is torture. How Maia escapes and thrives with the help of her redoubtable governess is a glorious drama against a magical background.

 

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An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police what he has seen, his life is changed forever. His enemies are ruthless and will stop at nothing to prevent Ty from testifying. Given a new look, new names and a new past, Ty and his mother make a fresh start. But forgetting Ty and remembering to be Joe is hard. Ty tells his story of familiar teenage experiences – school friendships, bullying, falling in love – against a terrifying background in which letting out the secret could mean the end. How Joe survives and grows and, in particular, how he befriends the lonely Claire whose self-harming is an equally important secret, is touching.