year 8 Carnegie Book Reviews

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9 thoughts on “year 8 Carnegie Book Reviews

  1. Heather

    The book I read was Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. I thought it was interesting because it is not something I would normally read and it’s about a forbidden relationship where the two people want to be together live seven times. However each time there is always somebody stopping them being together. The book has seven chapters each from a different time period but all of them link together. The cover doesn’t really say much about the book.

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    1. Vicki Patterson

      Midwinterblood
      This is a book about two main characters, which share seven different lives or reincarnations together, in the future, present and past. The structure of this is complicated and can be confusing, so you have to stick with it!
      The plot is set on a very remote island and you can sense the tension throughout, as the author, Marcus Sedgewick writes very descriptively about its isolation and paranoia felt by the inhabitants. I enjoy his style of writing, as he creates a lot of suspense and the intense relationships of the main protagonists; however I personally prefer a few of his other books I have read, including: Revolver which he wrote a few years ago.
      I would rate it as 6/10

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  2. Annabel

    The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

    I chose to read ‘The Weight of Water’ because of the unique style of writing, in a form of a poem. Before I came across this novel, I had never seen a book written in verse, therefore, I was very intrigued to read it. The book is about a polish girl called Kasienka who comes to live in Coventry with her Mother. Kasienka’s Mother is desperate to find her Dad, Tata, who abandoned them when Kasienka was younger.

    When she starts school at Coventry she realizes that the people are very different from those in Gdansk. She instantly gets bullied for everything, being Polish, being pale, having short hair, and the wrong school bag. Kasienka’s Mother is so transfixed on Tata, she often forgets the problems that her daughter is tackling.

    Swimming is one of Kasienka’s passions, and it allows her to be free from all the troubles surrounding her. Kasienka meets a boy called William at her local swimming pool and they instantly become best friends. William teaches her to face her problems and stand up for herself. Kasienka finds that she is able to cope and becomes happier in England.

    In conclusion, the book was really enjoyable and I would like to see how her story ends. However, I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best novels I have read, but I loved the unusual format. I think that the search for her father should have been explored in greater detail, because it made you confused about his absence. Furthermore, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys an unusual, poetic read!

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  3. Charlie

    ‘In Darkness’ by Nick Lane, is about a teenage boy who has been trapped in a hospital during the Haitian Earthquake. I found this book very hard to get into, as the time periods kept changing. The author started to write about what was happening at the time, but then swapped to a previous time. A time before the earthquake. He talks about gangsters and his twin sister, who has been taken from him by the gangsters. This boy is talking about his sister and him having a power that is unbreakable when they are together.

    This book has been nominated for a children’s book award. However there are some swear words in the book, which shouldn’t be in a child’s book. If young people are to read this, they may be offended. Some, may argue the fact that the cover tells the reader how old they should be to read it as it is a very dark, evil cover. But what if this book is in the shop and an eight year old picks it up by mistake, then begins to read it. It is within the first couple of pages that these words come up.

    On a final note then, I believe that this book could possibly win the Clip Carnegie Medal if the judge is of a suitable age. The story is confusing, however a reader who can understand and speak fluent French would be able to read this very easily. But in my opinion, I think that this book should not get the Clip Carnegie Medal.

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  4. Laura peeke

    A Greyhound Of A Girl – Roddy Doyle
    I chose to read this book because the cover looked mysterious and different to the other choices. Also I had never read a book by this author before, so I was interested in finding out what the style of his writing was like. Another reason for my choice was the blurb, this was the first bit I read when deciding. It had bold writing reading “Mary’s great-grandmother IS A GHOST.” This made me interested in book.

    “A Greyhound Of A Girl” is about a girl called Mary who meets a women on the streets on her way home from school. Mary gets to know the women, her name, Tansey. She finds out the strange women is a ghost. Scarlett (Mary’s mother) wanted to meet Tansey after being told all about her. Scarlett uncovers her past; she finds out Tansey was Mary’s great-grandmother. Emer (Scarlett’s mother) is old and dying in hospital but only has one adventure left in her.

    Tansey (Emer’s mother) died young so never had the chance to watch her daughter grow up, now she is back, to see her daughter before she dies, but as a ghost. Scarlett and Mary take Emer out of the hospital to meet Tansey; Emer is shocked but excited to see her. They decide to go back to their old family farm where they grew up, one last time. But when they got there the farm was a mess, weeds everywhere, the house old and falling down. Tansey and Emer cry but they decide to go to the beach at night. Mary, Scarlett, Emer and the ghost have a great time, but it was time to take Emer back. The next morning Emer dies in her sleep and Tansey was never seen again.

    I normally don’t enjoy reading but if I am honest I quite enjoy this book. The only thing I would say is that in the book it has 4 stories that link into the main story. One story is about Tansey when she was younger, one about Emer when she was younger, one about Scarlett when she was younger and the main story about them all. These stories where all muddle up so, it would talk about the main story then it would go to Emer then to Scarlett then back to the main one etc. this sometimes got confusing. I would score this book 8/10. In my opinion this book stands a chance of winning the prize.

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  5. jessica Hamill

    The book i have chosen to read is “A Greyhound Of A Girl” -Roddy Doyle
    I chose this book because, this isn’t the sort of book i would usually go for and, the front cover and the name of the book i found mysterious.Also after reading the blurb i was more interested by the book as so many questions popped into my head like what happened to Mary’s great grandmother?why did it say that she was on a urgent mission?and so on.

    The book starts of introducing us to Mary when here friend moves away and, she feels lonely until, she meets a woman who was very old fashioned in the way that she talks and dresses.Her name is Anastasia but Tansey for short.Some how she knows Mary’s grandmother and asks here to tell her that “it’ll be grand.”After Mary gets to know Tansey she tells her mum scarlet about her.Her mum recognized this name as it was her mums mothers name.They soon discover that Tansey is Emers (scarlet’s mum)mum.However when Emer was 3 her mother had died.Making Tansey a GHOST.

    Unfortunately Emer is dying of old age in sacred heart (the hospital) so Tansey hasn’t got long to see her before she dies.As Tansey died young she didn’t get to she Emer grow up.So Mary and Scarlet decided to take Emer out of hospital to see her mother.Surprised Emer is so happy to see her mother as they decide to visit their old home on a farm.When they arrive the farm is a mess and this makes it a hard time for Tansey and Emer although they had a nice time the day after Emer dies in her sleep and as a result Tansey is never seen again!

    I was surprised that i really enjoyed this story however it was really emotional and not my usual type of book.All together i was happy that i chose this book as, know i know that i don’t have to read the same type of book anymore.

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    1. George Bakewell

      The book i have chosen to read is “A Greyhound Of A Girl” -Roddy Doyle
      I chose this book because, this isn’t the sort of book i would usually go for and, the front cover and the name of the book i found mysterious.Also after reading the blurb i was more interested by the book as so many questions popped into my head like what happened to Mary’s great grandmother?why did it say that she was on a urgent mission?and so on.

      The book starts of introducing us to Mary when here friend moves away and, she feels lonely until, she meets a woman who was very old fashioned in the way that she talks and dresses.Her name is Anastasia but Tansey for short.Some how she knows Mary’s grandmother and asks here to tell her that “it’ll be grand.”After Mary gets to know Tansey she tells her mum scarlet about her.Her mum recognized this name as it was her mums mothers name.They soon discover that Tansey is Emers (scarlet’s mum)mum.However when Emer was 3 her mother had died.Making Tansey a GHOST.

      Unfortunately Emer is dying of old age in sacred heart (the hospital) so Tansey hasn’t got long to see her before she dies.As Tansey died young she didn’t get to she Emer grow up.So Mary and Scarlet decided to take Emer out of hospital to see her mother.Surprised Emer is so happy to see her mother as they decide to visit their old home on a farm.When they arrive the farm is a mess and this makes it a hard time for Tansey and Emer although they had a nice time the day after Emer dies in her sleep and as a result Tansey is never seen again!

      I was surprised that i really enjoyed this story however it was really emotional and not my usual type of book.All together i was happy that i chose this book as, know i know that i don’t have to read the same type of book anymore.
      8/10

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  6. Aaron morrison

    Code name verity -Elizabeth Wein

    I didn’t find my book very interesting because I think the main story line just didn’t draw me in.
    My book is about a girl who has grown up playing with five older brothers reacting the battle of Stirling being William Wallace. The start line of the book it a strong phrase which is ‘I AM A COWARD’ this phrase shows that she has done something wrong which she really wanted to do.

    As well as reading the book I didn’t really understand what was going on in the book as I was reading it. This also put me off the book. By what I have read it sounds like this girl has been caught by the nazis and she is being made to talk about how she got here and how the British war efforts are coming on her friend maddie knows a lot about life since she can speak fluently and flies in the British war.

    As well as what Charlie has said this book is hard to get into since I am very confused on it. Next time I’ll try to choose a more suitable book for me which maybe I can get into and enjoy rather then not enjoy and get bored really easily.

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  7. George Bakewell

    Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick is a unique and interesting read. It is built on the idea that people can live many lives but in different eras, without knowing their past life’s. The book has two main characters, Erik and Merle, who are forever bound to each other. Whenever they die they are reincarnated and always “rediscover” each other in their new life. I quite liked the way Marcus Sedgwick wrote this book, because he imitated the emotions of the characters in his writing; a dreamy, almost spooky feel. However the book was a bit boring after the first few stories, in my opinion the very first story is the best one and the most memorable one, all the other ones drift out of your memory.
    I give this book a 5/10.

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