Friday, 21 October 2016

Carnegie Medal 2017 nominations announced

It's one of my favourite times of the year (yes, I have quite a few): Carnegie time! And yes, we will be full of it until June 2017 when the winner are announced.

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

Today, the 114 long nominations list for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 was announced (along with the Kate Greenaway nominations which is for picture books). This list consists of nominations from CILIP members (librarians mostly) and there is huge variety on them. In a few months, an official longlist is announced: the judges draw on that from the nominations list. This list is usually much tighter in how it applies the judging criteria. And then, a shortlist of about six or seven books is selected: often, you're splitting hairs between them.

All in all, there are fabulous books in here and it's often one of my go-to's for book-buying.

This year, there should be something mighty special planned as well: it's the Carnegie's 80th anniversary, so it'll enter the realm of octogenarians! Woo.

So here's that nominations list. Where shall I start?

Ainsworth, Eve. Crush
Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407146904

Alexander, Kwame. Booked
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783444656

Altin, Vanessa. The Pomegranate Tree
Publisher: Blanket Press. ISBN: 9781910884058

Angus, Sam. The House on Hummingbird Island
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781447263036

Armstrong, Kelley. The Masked Truth
Publisher: ATOM. ISBN: 9780349002231

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows
Publisher: Indigo. ISBN: 9781780622286

Barnard, Sara. Beautiful Broken Things
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509803538

Bedford, Martyn. Twenty Questions for Gloria
Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406363531

Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781447283836

Bessora (author) Ardizzone, Sarah (translator) Barroux (illustrator). Alpha
Publisher: The Bucket List. ISBN: 9781911370017

Blacker, Terence. Racing Manhattan
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783444014

Blackman, Malorie. Chasing the Stars
Publisher: Doubleday Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780857531414

Bourne, Holly. What's A Girl Gotta Do?
Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474915021

Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780230771376

Boyne, John. The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain
Publisher: Doubleday Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780857534521

Cassidy, Anne. Moth Girls
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405112

Cassidy, Anne. Thicker Than Water
Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781125113

Christie, Sally. The Icarus Show
Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781910200483

Clammer, James. Why I Went Back
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783443772

Clare, Horatio (author) Matthews, Jane (illustrator). Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Publisher: Firefly Press. ISBN: 9781910080283

Cloke, Nicci. Follow Me Back
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405082

Coggin, Linda. The Dog, Ray
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471403187

Cohen-Scali, Sarah (author) Hueston, Max (translator). Max
Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406368253

Conaghan, Brian. The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408855744

Cotterill, Jo. A Library of Lemons
Publisher: Piccadilly Press. ISBN: 9781848125117

Cowell, Cressida. How To Fight A Dragon's Fury
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444916584

Crossley-Holland, Kevin (author) Ray, Jane (illustrator). Heartsong
Publisher: Orchard Books. ISBN: 9781408336069

David, Keren. Cuckoo
Publisher: ATOM. ISBN: 9780349002354

Dawson, Juno. All Of The Above
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404672

de Fombelle, Timothee (author) Ardizzone, Sarah (translator). The Book of Pearl
Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406364620 

Donnelly, Jennifer. These Shallow Graves
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405143

Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming
Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781910200643

Durrant, S.E. (author) Hartnett, Katie (illustrator) Little Bits of Sky
Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9780857633996

Edge, Christopher. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9780857636041

Evans, Kathryn. More Of Me
Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474903028

Fennell, Emerald. Monsters
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404627

Flanagan, Liz. Eden Summer
Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781910989074

Flood, C.J. Nightwanderers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780857078056

Foster, Stewart. The Bubble Boy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471145407

Fraillon, Zana. The Bone Sparrow
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781510101548

Furniss, Clare. How Not To Disappear
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471120305

Gemin, G.R.. Sweet Pizza
Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9780857636300

Gino, Alex. George
Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407158273

Graudin, Ryan. Wolf by Wolf
Publisher: Indigo. ISBN: 9781780622026

Gray, Julia. The Otherlife
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783444229

Grill, William. The Wolves of Currumpaw
Publisher: Flying Eye Books. ISBN: 9781909263833

Haig, Matt. A Boy Called Christmas
Publisher: Canongate Books. ISBN: 9781782117896

Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands
Publisher: Faber Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780571325252

Hapgood, Harriet Reuter. The Square Root of Summer
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509808281

Harrison, Michelle. The Other Alice
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471124273

Heathfield, Lisa. Paper Butterflies
Publisher: Egmont Books. ISBN: 9781405275392

Hennessy, Claire. Nothing Tastes As Good
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405747

Hesse, Monica. The Girl in the Blue Coat
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781447295013

Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue. The Smell Of Other People's Houses
Publisher: Faber Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780571314959

Ho-Yen, Polly. Where Monsters Lie
Publisher: Corgi Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780552569170

Inglis, Lucy. Crow Mountain
Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781910002353

Ivory, Rhian. The Boy Who Drew The Future
Publisher: Firefly Press. ISBN: 9781910080269

Johnston, E.K.. A Thousand Nights
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781447284116

Jones, T. Llew (author) Gerallt, Catrin (translator). Captain Morgan and the Pirate Treasure
Publisher: Gomer Press. ISBN: 9781785620683

Kristoff, Jay and Kaufman, Amie. Illuminae
Publisher: Oneworld. ISBN: 9781780748375

Lake, Nick. Whisper To Me
Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408853863

Landman, Tanya. Hell And High Water
Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406356618

Lawrence, Patrice. Orangeboy
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444927207

Leonard, M.G.. Beetle Boy
Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781910002704

Lewis, Gill. Gorilla Dawn
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192739179

Long, Hayley. Sophie Someone
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404801

Manning, Sarra. London Belongs to Us
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404610

Mayhew, Julie. Mother Tongue
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405945

Mayo, Simon. Blame
Publisher: Corgi Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780552569071

McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509803569

McKay, Hilary. Binny Bewitched
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444925432

Millard, Glenda. The Stars at Oktober Bend
Publisher: Old Barn Books. ISBN: 9781910646151

Millwood-Hargave, Kiran. The Girl of Ink & Stars
Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781910002742

Montgomery, Ross. Perijee & Me
Publisher: Faber Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780571317950

Moorhouse, Tom. Trickster
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192743992

Morris, Jackie. The Wild Swans
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781847805362

Moss, Miriam. Girl on A Plane
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783443314

O'Neill, Louise. Asking For It
Publisher: Quercus. ISBN: 9781784295868

Oseman, Alice. Radio Silence
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780007559244

Peet, Mal and Rosoff, Meg. Beck
Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406331127

Pennypacker, Sara (author) Klassen, Jon (illustrator). Pax
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books. ISBN: 9780008124090

Peyton, K.M. Wild Lily
Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781910200506

Pitcher, Annabel. Silence is Goldfish
Publisher: Indigo. ISBN: 9781780620008

Pratt, Non. Unboxed
Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781125854

Priestley, Chris. Anything That Isn't This
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404641

Reeve, Philip (author) McIntyre, Sarah (illustrator). Pugs of the Frozen North
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192734570

Reeve, Philip. Railhead
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192742759

Revell, Mike. Stormwalker
Publisher: Quercus. ISBN: 9781784290696

Rose, Malcom. Connor's Brain
Publisher: Ransom Publishing. ISBN: 9781785911354

Rundell, Katherine (author) Ongbico, Gelrev (illustrator). The Wolf Wilder
Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408862582

Sage, Angie. Sandrider: A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408865194

Savit, Gavriel. Anna and the Swallow Man
Publisher: Bodley Head. ISBN: 9781782300526

Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783443949

Selznick, Brian. The Marvels
Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407159454

Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea
Publisher: Puffin. ISBN: 9780141347400

Sheehan, Nikki. Swan Boy
Publisher: Oneworld. ISBN: 9780192745866

Siebel, Kathryn. Missing Arabella
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192745866

Simon, Francesca. The Monstrous Child
Publisher: Faber Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780571330263

Singer, Nicky (author) Riddell, Chris (illustrator). Island
Publisher: Caboodle Books. ISBN: 9780992938963

Slater, Kim. A Seven Letter Word
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509801121

Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783443192

Stevens, Robin. Jolly Foul Play
Publisher: Puffin. ISBN: 9780141369693

Talley, Robin. What We Left Behind
Publisher: Mira Ink. ISBN: 9781848453913

Thebo, Mimi. Dreaming The Bear
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192745880

Turtschaninoff, Maria (author) Prime, Annie (translator). Maresi
Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781782690917

Vallance, Jess. The Yellow Room
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405815

Welford, Ross. Time Travelling With a Hamster
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780008156312

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behaviour
Publisher: Faber Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780571330447

Wheatle, Alex. Crongton Knights
Publisher: ATOM. ISBN: 9780349002323

Whyman, Matt. Bad Apple
Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471404207

Williamson, Lara. The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair
Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781409576327

Wolk, Lauren. Wolf Hollow
Publisher: Corgi Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780552574297

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything
Publisher: Corgi Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780552574235

Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King
Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783443819

Thursday, 20 October 2016

One - Sarah Crossan

One by Sarah Crossan

Reviewed by M

One - Sarah Crossan
I adored and raved about Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water and bought many hardback copies as gifts for other people. Tumultuous twists and turns of life have taken me a very long time to read One, but I’m sure Tippi and Grace would understand.….

One is Sarah Crossan’s second verse novel and it is wonderful. Short chapters, or mini poems, tell the poignant and thought-provoking story of sixteen year old Tippi and Grace, twin sisters  joined at the hip: a girl with two heads or two girls with one set of legs? One or two? And which is normal?

Told from Grace’s perspective, the novel also draws in the effects that their bodies have on other people: parents, siblings, boys with nut-brown eyes, strangers with phone cameras and doctors who prod and probe.

As deep and moving as the subject matter is, Crossan still manages to deliver it with a charming light touch, and I think I detected slightly more humour in One than The Weight of Water. It is also set in New Jersey, USA and so there are some Americanisms, like ‘mom’ and ‘bangs’.

As with The Weight of Water, One is a short novel that delivers all sorts of emotions and moral dilemmas in a compulsive single sitting read. Some people might prefer to take their time and read it more slowly, savouring each delicious morsel. There will be tears.

Highly, highly recommended. I think I preferred it even more than The Weight of Water.

As a heads up, We Come Apart, Sarah Crossan’s new verse novel, jointly authored with Brian Conaghan, will be published in February 2017.

One won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016, so I’m not the only one who loved it.


Publication details:
Bloomsbury, London, 2015, (this paperback edition: 2016)

This copy: mine!

Archiving: CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014

Doing a bit of housecleaning on the blog; archiving CKG14......


Our #CKG14 book adventures
(scroll right down for our guide to shadowing and the judging criteria)

The 2014 nominations list + our initial thoughts on it.
The selected longlist + our thoughts
The shortlist - we predicted 7 of the 8!

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014Winner: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks: a brave choice by the judges; a chilling novel for older readers - and an excellent book for plenty of discussions!

The 2014 Carnegie Shortlist
(links are included for reviews and author interviews)

1. All the Truth That's in Me - Julie Berry (Templar, 14+)

2. The Bunker Diary - Kevin Brooks (Puffin, 14+)

3. The Child's Elephant - Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books, 11+)

4. Ghost Hawk - Susan Cooper (Bodley Head, 11+)

5. Blood Family - Anne Fine (Doubleday, 14+)

6. Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber, 11+)

7. Liar & Spy - Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press, 9+)

8. The Wall - William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury, 11+)

The Shadowing site has interview videos with all the shortlisted authors.


From 1-25 December 2013, we featured each of the 2014 Carnegie nominated titles on our Carnegie Advent Calendar

Our Carnegie Shadowing Guide
The CILIP Carnegie medal award criteria are published on their website.
Our Shadowing aim was to have fun but we also wanted to judge the shortlist for ourselves. For shadowing purposes in 2013, we followed a guide that has been used by some schools. We tweaked it lightly, but it draws very heavily on John Mason School's Review Notes and the Rydens Book Review Form. After considering these points for each shortlisted book, we also drew up a spreadsheet and considered each point as listed in the original criteria.
For 2014, we will also draw on our findings from 2013 to amend our shadowing guide to focus on aspects that we found to be important:
- Flow
- Connection and Emotional Response
- Unanimity (among judges)
Considering all of these elements is fun but rigour can also be very time consuming. Feel free to alter it to suit your preferred needs.

Remember the 3 main criteria for the award: Character, Plot, Style.

1. The Characters
· What was your first impression of the major characters?
· Does the author make you believein them?
· Do any of the characters change or develop during the story?
· Are there any characters who have an important relationship?
· Does this relationship change during the course of the story?
· Are the characters’ conversations believable/using suitable language?
· What do you like or dislike about each of the characters?

2. Style
· Is the language difficult to understand or straightforward?
· Does the story build up slowly or dive straight into the action?
· Is there a lot of dialogue?
· Is there a lot of description?
· What did you like or dislike about the way the story is written?
· Is the story written from one character'spoint of view or from several?
· Does the author create a particularmood clearly e.g. mystery,
gloom, horror, evil, joy?
· Is the place or the time in which the story is set important?
- What kind of genre or theme does the book have ? What makes it this genre?

3. Plot
· Is the plot/story easy to follow?
- Is there a sub-plot? Does this add to the main plot
· Can you sometimes guess what will happen next?
· Which do you think seemed more important to the author - the characters or the plot?
· Did you expect the ending the story gives?
- Did it tie up all the loose ends? Were there any unanswered questions at the end?

Overall impact

Did you enjoy this book? YES/NO

Was the book right for your age group? YES/NO

If not, which age group do you think would enjoy it?

After you finished the book did you feel as if you had lost something, as if

you wanted to pick it up again and carry on reading? YES/NO


Was it a relief to finish the book? YES/NO

Finally, you might think about some of these questions.

· Would you recommend this book to others?
· Did this book leave you feeling happy, sad, depressed, angry....?
· Did it remind you of any of your own experiences, or other people's?

Remember, the Carnegie awards are about outstanding literary contributions. It is not about how popular a book is. Even if you don’t like a book, it might still be making an outstanding literary contribution.
(What merits outstanding literature is a great and controversial discussion on its own!!! )

Please contact us if you would like to join our shadowing group. It's really good fun.
Why Shadow?
Open University research has shown that key benefits of shadowing include:

  • Increased pleasure and enjoyment in reading
  • An enhanced desire to read
  • Wider reading repertoires and an introduction to new genres and authors
  • Engagement in high quality texts and other resources (such as videos on the shadowing website)
  • Increased confidence in voicing views about texts
  • Potential for learning through dialogue
  • Improved discussion and debate skills
  • Skills of interpretation and analysis
  • A wider cultural and historical awareness
  • Working with a wider than usual range of young people in school (e.g. in mixed-age/ -ability groups)
  • A commitment to and interest in writing reviews, the quality of which is likely to be influenced by the shadowing scheme
  • The development of a strong reading community and positive reader-to-reader relationships between group members and between young people and adults.