Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Carnegie 2013: Shadowing the Longlist

We follow the Carnegie awards with great interest partly because their lists are one of the places we look to for reading inspiration, we often buy books that make the shortlist and also because it's fun. We were obviously delighted then when we won a whole bundle of books that were on the Carnegie 2013 longlist from Random House Children's Publishers. I spent a lunchtime thumbing through these books to see what I thought.Three of them I'd already read and thoroughly enjoyed and my hunch is that at least one of them will make the shortlist (if not win).

Last year, Little M had been involved with shadowing the shortlist at school, but they started late and didn't get very far with it. So, I had a think and, because we have a couple of guest reviewers, voila, We Sat Down has signed up on the Carnegie's official Shadowing Site. We're planning on 'shadowing' the whole of the Carnegie Longlist. We'll be blogging about it on here too, right up until June 2013 when the winner is announced.

Random House Children's Publishers' Carnegie 2013 Longlist
By 'shadowing', we don't promise to read and review every single book. By my count, that'd be 68 and not every one will be to our taste. What we mean is that we'll read and review a great deal of them, but we will have some fun and explorations with each and every single title on the Carnegie 2013 longlist. Because we're not the Carnegie judges, we might occasionally apply our own criteria to the books (but we'll let you know if we do that!).

We'd love to make a really big shadow (although ours will be a shadow of sunshine because we're not going to block out any light nor warmth). So, if anyone is interested in joining us, please get in touch. You can join in by commenting on any of our blog posts that are tagged with Carnegie2013. You can join in by reading or exploring one of the books. We'll have other specific ways to get involved as we go along too.

So to start it all off, which books on the list have you read? Which book would you like to read next?

Here is a list of all the books on the Carnegie 2013 longlist:

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (Doubleday Children's Books)

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett (Macmillan Children's Books)

All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls (Marion Lloyd Books)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Bodley Head)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

The Seeing by Diana Hendry (Bodley Head)

Hitler's Angel by William Osborne (Chicken House)

This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees (Bloomsbury)

The Broken Road by B.R. Collins (Bloomsbury)

Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)

Saving Daisy by Phil Earle (Puffin Books)

Dying To Know You by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)

Spy For The Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin (Doubleday Children's Books)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Children's Books)

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (David Fickling Books)

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (Random House David Fickling Books)

Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil (David Fickling Books)

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)

Itch by Simon Mayo (Corgi Children's Books)

To Be A Cat by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)

Trouble in Toadpool by Anne Fine (Doubleday Children's Books)
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (Macmillan Children's Books)

VIII by H.M. Castor (Templar Publishing)

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle (Marion Lloyd Books)

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner (Indigo)

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walker Books)

Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn (Macmillan Children's Books)

15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins (Oxford University Press)

The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children's Books)

Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (Puffin Books)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)

A Skull in Shadows Lane by Robert Swindells (Corgi Children's Books)

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond (Puffin Books)

A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)

Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury)

Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson (Oxford University Press)

At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber and Faber)

Naked by Kevin Brooks (Puffin Books)

The Traitors by Tom Becker (Scholastic)

Dead Time by Anne Cassidy (Bloomsbury)

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (Andersen Press)

The Treasure House by Linda Newbery (Orion Children's Books)

Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver (Puffin Books)

After by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin Books)

Burn Mark by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury)

The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press)

Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (Walker Books)

Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts (Templar Publishing)

Scramasax by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Quercus Publishing)

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan (Walker Books)

Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess (Puffin Books)

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury)

The Flask by Nicky Singer (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean (Brambleby Books)

Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher (Hodder Children's Books)

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson (Marion Lloyd Books)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Goblins by Philip Reeve (Marion Lloyd Books)

The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon (Profile Books)

Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke (Walker Books)

To find out more about shadowing, have a look at the Carnegie Shadowing Site.

Here is a link to the We Sat Down Shadowing Page.


  1. I've read eight of them:

    Code Name Verity
    This Is Not Forgiveness
    Black Heart Blue
    Daylight Saving
    The Things We Did For Love
    Saving Daisy

    For me, Code Name Verity is the book of the year, and possibly the best book of the last 10 years. The Things We Did For Love is also incredibly good. All of the other six I've read are good to great, as well - there's some strong competition there!

    I have to be honest though, I don't think there's anything else on the list I'm all that interested in reading at the moment. Not sure why, just nothing really capturing my imagination.

    Good luck with the shadowing, I'm sure it'll be fun to do and equally fun for us to read about!

    1. Yes, I think it's a very strong list. I've read 8 too, including Code Name Verity, Wonder, and This Is Not Forgiveness. Like you, I'm a Code Name Verity fan too. I'd love it to win but my hunch is that something else will. I'm currently plumping for Wonder, Maggot Moon or maybe even After the Snow.

      Having looked more closely at the whole list, I think there are still a few contenders in the ones I haven't read and there a quite a few that Little M and I are both really looking forward to reading.

      Thanks for the support, Jim!

  2. WOW, Shadowing looks like such fun and so many of the titles are really good books. Good luck and I look forward to your reviews of the ones you haven't already reviewed.


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