29 Dec 2012

Carnegie Longlist 2013

CKG_CMYK_portraitHey guys, a few days ago, the 2013 Carnegie and Greenway longlist was released. Wooo! I can't wait till 19th March when the Shortlist is released. To find out more about them, go to http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/ .

Soo... Here are the nominations for the Carnegie Award:

Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke
The Traitors by Tom Becker
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne 
Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari
Spy For The Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin 
Naked by Kevin Brooks
Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess 
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy
VIII by H.M. Castor 
Dying To Know You by Aidan Chambers 
The Broken Road by B.R. Collins
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce 
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Scramasax by Kevin Crossley-Holland 
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Saving Daisy by Phil Earle
Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean
The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant
Trouble in Toadpool by Anne Fine
Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn
Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
After by Morris Gleitzman
To Be A Cat by Matt Haig
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Unrest by Michelle Harrison
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Seeing by Diana Hendry
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen
The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird
In Darkness by Nick Lake
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy
Itch by Simon Mayo
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
The Treasure House by Linda Newbery
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
Hitler's Angel by William Osborne
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
Burn Mark by Laura Powell
Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees
Goblins by Philip Reeve
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon
The Flask by Nicky Singer
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A Skull in Shadows Lane by Robert Swindells
A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I have set myself a challenge to read all these books before the shortlist is released.

28 Dec 2012

Book Review #8

Title: We Die Alone
Author: David Howarth
Date Published: May 1955
Publisher: Collins
Age Rating: 12+
Genre: War Biography
Main Character :
     oJan Baalsrud
           Jan Baalsrud and  his three friends attempted to smuggle bombs into WW2 Norway as part of
           a sabotage mission. However, soon after arrival, they were betrayed by a man
         thought to be a friend. The only survivor, Jan is forced to make his way through
treacherous terrain in the hope of finding his way to Sweden.

Firstly, I found this book slightly boring. This was due to the fact that that the story was a bit slow
at times, making reading the book a bit tedious at times.

Another problem with the book was the fact that the story didn’t exactly draw me in. It took me
about a week to read this book because of how little the story appealed to me. Instead of reading
war stories, I was more interested in the latest post/pre apocalyptic story.

However, one of the good points of the story was the writers ability to describe. I loved the
intriguing way the author described Jan’s adventures, as if I was really there.

Overall, this was a good book that tried its best, but just wasn't me in the end.

Rating Out Of 5
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