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Photo of Year 8 students at the Islington awards ceremony for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal
Year 8 students at the awards ceremony for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

Step up, young book reviewers

22 June 2017

Our Year 8 students have just attended the Islington awards ceremony for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded to recognise the best of children’s and young adults’ fiction.

Although the medal is judged by a national panel of librarians, our students have shadowed the progress of the award from longlist to final selection – reading every shortlisted book, watching interviews with the authors, writing their own reviews, and finally choosing their own winner.

It’s a huge undertaking, and we were really impressed by our pupils’ commitment and enthusiasm, as well as the quality of their reviews.

The national award ceremony took place on Monday 19 June. This year’s medal winners, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, are author Ruta Sepetys for Salt to the Sea, and illustrator Lane Smith who received the Kate Greenaway Medal for There is a Tribe of Kids.

And the same day, our students attended an Islington award ceremony at IAMS, where they presented their own reviews live on stage to an audience of other Islington secondary school pupils and special guest author Sita Brahmachari.

See one of the reviews here, by Emmanuel Brad-Mathews.

After giving a brilliant presentation of their reviews, our SMMA shadowers chose Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff as their own winner.

You can find out more about the shadowing programme here.

To see more pictures, please click below.