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#28 Sputnik’s guide to life on Earth

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Shamefully, I’ve never read anything by Frank Cottrell Boyce before. I was expecting a light, humorous read. Considering what I knew about the rest of the Carnegie list, I decided to leave it until one of the last; a bit of light relief. I was half-right…

Sputnik’s guide to life on Earth is a story of Prez- a young boy living with a temporary foster family- and Sputnik- an alien who arrives at his door one day with a very important mission. Unless they can come up with a list of ten amazing things on Earth, it will be destroyed… But Prez has a mission of his own.

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Thirteen reasons why

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I actually read Thirteen reasons why back in 2014. I’d just discovered the joy that was YA/ teenage books and I couldn’t get enough. I remember enjoying it, and passing it to a colleague who definitely did not… but apart from that, very little. When I heard that they had dramatised the book on Netflix, I was super excited, if a little wary. I was hoping to re-read the book before writing this but (obviously) no chance…

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#24 Railhead

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If I’m being honest, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading this book. Sci-fi/ fantasy fiction is not generally my cup of tea. That being said, being Carnegie nominated, I was willing to give Railhead a fair shot.

Set in a world thousands of years in the future, Earth has become over-saturated, and the ‘Guardians’ have paved the way into an unexplored Galaxy, through a complex network of sentient trains, routes and gates.  Returning home with a stolen necklace in his pocket, common thief and Railhead, Zen Starling is followed by a mysterious stranger with an interesting proposition…

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#23 Wolf Hollow

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I’ve not got long until the Carnegie prize is awarded (19th June- eek), so I had better crack on with my list. Next up is Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow.

The story is set in a quiet town in Pennsylvania- Wolf Hollow- in the midst of World War II. Annabelle and her extended family live a busy life on their farm, a place where troubled war veteran, Toby spends his days wandering the hills. When blonde, blue-eyed, Betty arrives at Annabelle’s school, everything changes. Hell-bent on making Annabelle’s life a misery, to what lengths will she go? And to what cost?

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#20 Beck

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Beck was Mal Peet’s last novel. Following his death, Beck was trusted to good friend and follow author Meg Rosoff to complete. I’ve been lucky enough to hear them both speak, so I was definitely curious to see how this collaboration would fare.

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