Biggest Carnegie Reading Group ever!

The Library Ladiez have been so busy over the last two terms, we have not had time to blog! Our Carnegie Reading Group attracted 43 students this year, with a record number of 35 attending throughout. 27 students finished the course (reading 5 or more of the shortlisted books) and were able to go to the Carnegie Lunch at Churchill Academy to join a similar sized group there to debate the 8 titles shortlisted for the award.

shortlist picture

Click here to go to the Carnegie Shadowing Website to find out much more about the award for the best written book of the year.

We started back at Easter with several sets of the books and just over 2 months in which to read them. We have met weekly, with cakes baked by our lovely readers to fortify ourselves, while we get to know the books, each other (the students range from Y7 – 10) and participate in booky activities.

Small Group

Students have been encouraged to post reviews on our own page of the website and every week Mrs Gibson chooses a Star Reviewer:

Star Review

Read more reviews by our students on our home page by clicking here

We all try to read as many of the books as we can so that we can attend the Carnegie Lunch with Churchill Academy. This year we had to meet earlier because of prior engagements at Churchill, so we went armed with cake and plenty of opinions for a day of quizzes, games, lunch and The Big Debate!

We judged the fantastic T shirts created “in the style of” the shortlisted books, by Churchill students, and it was really hard to choose 3 winners, but here they are:

It was our turn to provide the cakes, also “in the style of”:

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We had a fantastic and often heated debate in the afternoon before casting our votes

  1. Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
  2. More than This by Patrick Ness
  3. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Now all we can do is wait, and catch the winner on Monday 22nd June at 1pm. We’ll keep you posted!


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