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Book Quotes

At Book Group we’ve been decorating our favourite book quotes.  Do you recognise any of them?  Does it make you want to read any of the books?

 

“She felt as if she was falling apart…something happened to me at the grimmer.  I have to know. I have to remember…”  Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

“I need her just as much as she needs me.”  Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

“Consider yourself not ready, ill equipped, unprepared to mix with your fellows until you have spent 15 minutes in prayer.  Count it as much a social necessary as washing.”  D-Day.

“Being a pale doesn’t mean you have to give up, Jed.” Pale by Chris Wooding.

“So I have to find a mountain that nobody has ever seen?”  Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

“There is more to life than living it behind a wall your entire life.”  Attack on Titan

“Every second counts.” Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong

 

“The end of the w9orld is one of those things that you will never really expect to wind up being your problem…”

“Love puts itself first, and makes its own plans.”

“One mistake does not define you, you simply must act better next time.”

“Stop poking your nose where it doesn’t belong!”

 

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Books for the Difficult Times!

Books aren’t just for the sunny days when everything is going well.  They are also for the times when you feel everything is too much, everything is changing, or you’re facing the worst life has to offer. They can challenge you and make you think, and they can comfort you.  They can show you lives like yours and characters who tackle problems like yours, and they can be an escape route to an entirely different universe.

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Check out these books, many of which are recommended by Reading Well, be comforted and challenged, uplifted and confronted.  And you don’t have to wait until you have problems to read them!

 

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Reasons to Read a Book

 

Here are some of our top reasons to pick a brilliant book:

  • An intriguing blurb
  • If you have enjoyed the Author before
  • If you want to try a new genre
  • If it was recommended by person who likes the same genres as you
  • If the front cover catches your eye
  • If it is linked to you in some way

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Listmania – Year 8 Book Group’s Top Books

The most frightening book I have read:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Lewis)

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Leon, Josh & Alex)

The Dead by David Gatward (Ben)

The funniest book I have read:

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (Max)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Josh, Alex, Ben)

Tim Vine Jokes (Leon)

Captain Underpants series (Lewis)

The saddest book I have read:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Lewis)

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Leon)

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Ben & Alex)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Josh)

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Marley and Me by John Grogen (Max)

The book with the most surprising ending I have read:

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Max & Lewis)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Josh, Leon & Alex)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Ben)

The best book I have ever read: 

Stand By, Stand By by Chris Ryan (Leon)

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The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle (Lewis)

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The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney (Ben)

The Children’s Quick and Easy Cook Book by Angela Wikes (Alex)

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Josh)

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Max)

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What do we feel when we read?

I asked everyone to give an emotion which they feel when they are reading the book, and then some reasons why they feel like that.

Lewis is reading Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

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Emotion I feel: pity

I feel like this because:

You feel sorry for Charlie as he gets bullied.

His mum never lets him do anything.

He has no friends so he has no one to tell about his hobby.

Chas is reading The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

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Emotions I feel: anticipation & hope

I feel like this because:

Nothing happens at the beginning

I’m always thinking that the boy will find or write for his parents to come back.

Max is reading The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

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Emotions I feel: trepidation & anticipation

I feel like this because:

Will the Emporium be saved before it falls down?

You feel like “Surely they will win” but then you don’t know.

I want to see how it ends.

Declan is reading Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud

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Emotions I feel: anxiety & excitement

I feel like this because:

of the way the book is written, with medium length chapters.

the book uses suspense.

Alex is reading Fantastic Mr Fox

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Emotions I feel: upset and sorry for Mr Fox

I feel like this because:

I was super scared for Mr Fox when they camped outside his house.

I shed a tear when they shot off his tail, because it would have hurt him and his family saw what happened to him.

Josh is reading Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud

Screaming Staircase

Emotions I feel: impatient

I feel like this because:

the character development is slow.

Emotions I feel:interested

I feel like this because:

the plot is really in depth.

Ben is reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox

Emotions I feel: excited & emotional

I feel like this because:

You can’t wait for something to happen

The farmers won’t stop trying to kill them and get outsmarted.

I was upset by what happened to Mr Fox.

Leon is reading Standby, Standby by Chris Ryan

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Emotions I feel: Waiting for Something to Happen

I feel like this because:

I know what will happen because it is the army and it’s a soldier’s autobiography.

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Year 7 Book Group – Writing about books we read.

Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams

What is your character like physically?
Deo is black and has an afro. He is aged 14 years and wears a t-shirt, shorts and trainers.
What character traits has your character got?
He is gregarious, sporty, intelligent, reassuring and friendly.
Which other characters are important to them and why?
Innocent is important to Deo because he is his older brother, but he unfortunately died. He was always there for Deo before he died.
How does the character develop?
Deo develops by growing up, getting braver and starting to persevere.
Is the character believable?
Deo is believable because he reacts to things with human nature.

Leon Yr 7

This book made me think about how poor people’s lives are in other countries.
This book made me feel very sorry for people in other countries and a bit annoyed that no one does anything.
This book made me wish that stuff like this wasn’t happening in other countries.
This book made me realize that in some countries it’s not worth living.

Max Yr 7

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley

This book made me think about what it must feel like to have to steal to survive and how lonely “Creecher” would be.This book made me feel not upset but it made me feel like I had a new view on the world because I know this kind of thing still happens today (i.e. Billy having to steal).
This book made me wish that nobody had to live like Billy or Creecher because no one should have to live like that.
This book made me realize that the author wanted people to realize that people have to live like Billy or Creecher today.
This book made me want to help people who are treated like they’re monsters or have to steal by maybe donating money to charities.

Suzy Yr 7

Goblins by Philip Reeve

This book made me think about what it is like to be in a place where you are different from the others.
This book made me feel it was a hilarious story.
This book made me wish that Skarper could be like all the rest because he wouldn’t have any troubles.
This book made me realize that if you are different, embrace it and find somewhere you belong.
This book made me want to be nice to those that are different.

Kyle Yr 7

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

This book made me think about how hard it must be to be autistic and not being able to see things the way other people can.
This book made me feel a bit sad at what she must be going through, missing Devon, however it was funny in some parts.
This book made me wish that nobody was autistic or special needs.
This book made me realize that there is nothing wrong with autistic people; they just act slightly strange.
This book made me decide to be nicer to autistic people because I never really understood them.

Georgia Yr 7

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Haiku Reviews Year 7 and 8

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

 Ghastly items found

Tense atmospheric moments

Thrilling and scary

By LeonYr 7

 

Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

Hilarious book

An idiotic person

An unwieldy book

By Daniel Yr 7

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Droll and amusing

Humorous storyline twists

Silly Characters

by Daniel Yr 7

 

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

A typical girl,

Who’s unlucky and funny,

Romance and problems.

by Emily Yr 7

 

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Mysterious tale

A courageous character

A shocking surprise

By Emma Yr 7

 

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Hilarious wit

Very upsetting ending

Shocking twists and turns

By Geena Yr 7

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rebellious plot

Thrilling and adventurous

Must read can’t put down

By George Yr 7

If You Are Reading This Book You’re Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

Selfless characters

Mysterious story tale

Rumours spread through truth

By Grace Yr 7

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Dangers journey

Really interesting plot

Heart-breaking story

By Eloise Yr 7

 Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Dramatic to read

Funny tongue-twisting language

Exiting travels

By Harriet Yr 7

 

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix by Kate Saunders

Lots of adventures

Emotional with magic

Ghostly vampires

By Isabella Yr  7

 

Top Gear: The Alternative Highway Code

Top Gear Character

Absorbing Funny Comic

Hilarious Stig

By Liam Yr 7

 

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

It’s a shocking tale

It never gets any worse

Gullible people

By Lewis Yr 7

 

The Shapeshifters: Dowsing the Dead by Ali Sparks

A thrilling story

Filled with hair raising  pages

Adventurous plot

Luke Yr 7

 

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Fantasy suspense

Hilariously punchy

Tooth tingly tale.

By Mel Yr 7

 

Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Amazing Friends

Mysterious Morganville

Will Death Accor Claire

By Ellie Mae Yr 8

 

Bomber Dog by Megan Rix

Extremely intense

Sometimes very suspenseful

Very absorbing

By Oliver Yr 7

 

Girls Under Pressure byJacqueline Wilson

A breath taking book.

Dramatic, fun, fantastic.

 Great, emotional.

By Philippa Yr 8

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

A disease…Terror

Spreads through a Broken London

Vanishing all hope

By Rosie  Yr7

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Down-hearted, broken,

Lead you to believe something,

Plots with ups and downs.

By Sophy Yr 7

 

Usain Bolt – My Autobiography

Fast moving joureny

Of lifes ups and downs

Confirdent runner

Invisible Fiends, Doc Mortis by Barry Hutchison:

Revenge, Successful

Jawdroppingly Suspenseful

Never Is Peaceful

By William Yr 7

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