Young Quills 2015/16

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  • Anzac Boys by Tony Bradman

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    1. Jheel: This book is about 2 brothers who lived in an orphanage in London where the conditions were just horrible, cold and hard as the war was going to break out soon. One day they thought that there life would be able to change after the priest talked to...

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  • Blitz next door by Cathy Forde

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    1. Ben: Yes I did enjoy the book as it was based around WW2 with Adolf Hitler being the leader of the Germans. There are three main characters; Pete, Beth and Dunny and Beth and Pete go on an adventure in the past to find a box that Beth desperately...

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  • Bomber by Paul Dowswell

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    1. Anaya: This is the first time I’ve read a book by ‘Paul Dowswell’, and overall I quite enjoyed the book. Considering, I don’t really enjoy reading books around war. I think this book was actually a great opportunity to read something different. My favourite character would probably be the...

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  • Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis

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    1. Ellie: It's been a while since I was last so encaptured by a story that I've stayed awake until half past three in the morning, just to finish it. Crow Mountain, however, had me trapped in this world - these world, where everything is the same but slightly different,...

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  • Daniel by Craig Simpson

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    1. Abi: I was happy to read this book but it was not my favourite. The choice of the Stuart period of history when William of Orange invaded England was a good choice as we do not get taught much about it at school. The author had clearly done a...

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  • Darkmere by Helen Maslin

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    1. Abi: Darkmere was a great book to read as unlike most of the other books I have been reading it was horror. The book was set in the present day and you can understand the plot very easily, the reasons why a group of teenagers would want to spend...

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  • Girl on a plane by Miriam Moss

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    1. Labeeb: The girl on the plane moved my heart all the way to the Jordanian desert where this breath taking story took place. I was inspired at it sounded like a thrilling story, but what really excited me was the fact that something similar had happened to the writer,...

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  • Liberty's Fire by Lydia Syson

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    1.Ellie: Liberty's Fire is the story of the Paris Commune which I knew nothing about and I was fascinated to learn about it. I enjoyed this book for several reasons. I loved the two main characters Zephyrine and Anatole and seeing their relationship develop. I also loved  Jules as he...

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  • Mr Sparks by Danny Weston

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    1. Angelika: I enjoyed the book “Mr Sparks” as it was a very original story and had a very interesting plot over all. The characters in the book all had a small description the first time they’re mentioned making you want to continue reading the book to find out more...

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  • Poppy in the Field

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    1. Abi: I really enjoyed this book as I love learning about both of the world wars. There are few books being published about the changing role of women and girls at the same time so this book appended to me. The book follows the story of Poppy who is...

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  • The Beloved by Alison Rattle

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    1. Abi: I thought the idea of the book about joining a religious sect around the middle of the 19th century was good but it was such an extreme topic that it seemed unrealistic. I enjoyed the beginning because Alice Angel was rebellious but when she joined the abode of...

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  • The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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    1. Peter: The book follows an apothecaries' apprentice; Christopher. Apprenticed to Benedict Blackthorn. After a wave of mysterious murders in town, and the death of his own master... Christopher is left to solve and unveil the clues left by his master. With his only allies being his best friend Tom,...

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  • The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

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    1. Molly: I really enjoyed this book, I found it very interesting about how Hannah and her family coped mentally and physically in the states of conditions they were living in. I really liked the character Hanna. She was the little girl who lived with her Mum and her Nan....

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  • To Hell & High Water

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    1. Abi: This was another book about a boy losing one of his parents and looking for them. I just did not enjoy the book, partly because at the beginning the main character, Caleb, was pretty pathetic as he could not do anything without his father. At the end of...

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  • Winners of the Young Quills awards for 2016

    29th June 2016

    The Young Quills awards are for historical fiction produced by adult authors for young readers. The Young Quills awards for historical fiction are presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction for young and youth readers released in the previous year. The Historical Association is...

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  • Young Quills 2015 - Secondary Entries

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    The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage youngsters to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. The Young Quills is, we think, unique in that it is the...

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  • Young Quills 2015 - Secondary Shortlist

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    The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage youngsters to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. The Young Quills is, we think, unique in that it is the...

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  • Young Quills 2015/16

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    The ‘Young Quills' Award for Historical Fiction recognises the powerful role that fiction can have for introducing, informing and exciting young people about historical events, characters and places. The competition is for books that tell a story with a strong and accurate historical setting. There are two categories divided according...

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