Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

This Carnegie nominated book is actually a collection of 13 short ghost stories, all being told to the main character, Jack. The story begins with Jack opening the door to a candlelit room in an abandoned house, to find twelve people, each one an interesting character, sat around a table with candles in front of… Continue reading Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016

The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

This makes very difficult but compelling reading, it tore my heart out in several chapters and at one point I could not read for crying. This book certainly does not pull any punches.  It is based in Riga, Latvia during the Second World War and is told by a 15 year old girl called Hanna… Continue reading The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

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The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree is a novel which at the moment seems to need no further recommendation, having just won the Costa Book of the Year 2015. This book is a well-deserved winner, Hardinge manages to write novels which are completely original and take the reader on a hauntingly dark yet beautiful journey. Set in the… Continue reading The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

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The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner

This is an interesting mystery with a twist. AJ is finding life hard, he has not done well at school and his mother somehow manages to get him an interview at a law firm. His friends are in big trouble with some very unfriendly characters and life is becoming very difficult. At work he finds… Continue reading The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness has a special knack for writing about the extraordinary in an ordinary way, while at the same time extraordinarily portraying the ordinary.  His latest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the story of a boy named Mikey and his group of friends.  They lead what appear to be ordinary lives,… Continue reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

This is one of the best teenage books I have read recently. A historical novel that really helps you understand the problems of integration during the battle for civil rights in America. This book not only gives you an insight into how the battles were won in the courts but it  really opened my eyes to… Continue reading Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley