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….


See full size imageLife: an Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

 I found this book to be educational as well as a good read, having never studied the Cuban Missile Crisis, I know that others, who are more familiar with this topic, found some of the ‘history’ parts to be a bit dry. The overall story is fscinating and provides a glimpse into the impact of changes (internal and external) onto one family. A good read. 


Treason by Berlie Doherty

This book suffers by comparison. Having read some of the classic historical novels I found this story to be superficial and a poor relation. As a kiddies version it is okay – but younger children might not engage with the plotline and older students would be better off sticking with Plaidy & Gregory etal.


Flip by Martyn Bedford

 Flip is about a 14 year old boy called Alex who one morning wakes up in someone else body.It is 6 months since he went to sleep in his own bed and he has to discover who he is using clues from his ‘new’ family and friends. So this strange story continues with Alex/Flip trying to connect with his old life, connect with his new life – and failing to do either of these, and his struggle to understand what has happened and how to reverse it. A bit of a page turner as it is so different and you can’t help wondering what you would do if…., However I found the ending to be unsatisfactory.


 Books I’ve read so far….