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Carnegie Shadowing

Students who took part in a Carnegie shadowing event were complimented on their intelligent questions by one of the shortlisted authors.

Six keen readers - Ramandeep Hayer, Hannah Winstone, Joe Smallman, Martha Reynolds,

Ashley Grove and Deborah Entiriwaa - visited Montsaye Academy to discuss the books nominated for the prestigious award.

They joined students from other schools in Kettering and Wellingborough to listen to a talk by Ruta Sepetys who wrote the book 'Between Shades of Gray'. 

They were then split into groups to debate the nominations and eventually voted on 'Between Shades of Gray' as the winner. They had a chance to meet Ruta and each received a signed copy of the book, which is set in 1941 and tells the story of a 15-year-old and her family who are deported to Siberia by the Soviet police.

The actual winner was announced by Carnegie judges the following day - Patrick Ness' 'A Monster Calls'. 

Librarian Juliet Walsh said: "Ruta's book is so thought-provoking so it was great for the students to be able to meet her and ask questions about a subject in history that is not that well known. She complimented our students on the intelligent questions they asked and other members of staff commented on their behaviour and contributions to the discussions."