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Shadowing the Carnegie Medal 2017

11 May 2017

The CILIP Carnegie Medal celebrates outstanding writing for children and young people.

In its 80th year in 2017, it’s the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award, and is often described by authors as ’the one they want to win’. Previous winners include Sally Gardener, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and CS Lewis.

The shortlist is nominated by members of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) but we’re giving our pupils the chance to make their own minds up. Throughout May and June, we’re encouraging our students to ‘shadow’ the award by reading, discussing and writing reviews on the shortlisted titles – you can see a great example in the photos below.

1. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
2. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
3. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
4. The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
5. Railhead by Philip Reeve
6. Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff
7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
8. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

All the shortlisted books are available in our Library. We’d love every student to get involved and read at least one of them. On 19 June, to celebrate the announcement of the Medal winner, our Library hosts a special book club session and award party. Any pupil who’s read a book on the shortlist is invited to join the party!

To see more pictures, please click below.