Wednesday, 6 November 2013

CILIP Carnegie Nominations List 2014

It’s Carnegie Greenaway Medal nominations time again. Because we enjoyed it so much last time, that means it’s extended-shadowing time for us again. We have all sorts of things planned this time around. If your school or community doesn’t have a shadowing group, give us a shout, you’re welcome to join ours.

The nominations list for the Carnegie this year is a whopping 76 titles long, the longest ever (see below and note: we don’t follow the Kate Greenaway, which is for picture books). There’s a bit of a process shake-up this year too, one which I welcome and tciks boxes for all the 'stakeholders'. Last year, the nominations list was the longlist. That’s changed. This year, the longlist will be selected by the judges from the nominations list in February 2014 and a shortlist will be announced in March 2014. The winner will be announced in June 2014.

There are plenty of books on this list that appeal to us which we look forward to reading between now and June 2014 (and some of them, no doubt, after that!). Between Little M and myself, we’ve already read and reviewed 15 and we could pick a few for the shortlist from those. We’ve started about 9 of the others. I doubt we’ll get through all 76.

So far, some very entertaining and thought-provoking reads. I loved Phoenix but think it might fall down on some criteria for the Carnegie but I’m delighted to see it on the Kate Greenaway list. 

Favourites for the Carnegie medal so far
  • Campbell-Johnston, Rachel, The Child's Elephant
  • Cooper, Susan, Ghost Hawk
  • Kurti, Richard, Monkey Wars
  • Pitcher, Annabel, Ketchup Clouds
  • Stead, Rebecca, Liar and Spy
Based on our reading to date, my current favourite is Susan Cooper’s Ghost Hawk because the storytelling surprised me, swept me along and interested me in finding out about something. Little M is partial to The Child’s Elephant. We’ll see how it goes because there are definitely a few I haven’t read that I have my eye on.

The CILIP Carnegie 2014 Nominations List
Links to our reviews in blue
1.      Almond, David, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (Walker Books)

2.      Almond, David, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas (Walker Books)

3.      Barber, Elke, Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?: Explaining Sudden Death to Pre-School Children in Words They Can Understand (Elke Barber)

4.      Beasley, Andrew, The Claws of Evil (Usborne Books)

5.      Berry, Julie, All the Truth That's in Me (Templar)

6.      Black, Holly, Doll Bones (Doubleday Children's Books)

7.      Blackman, Malorie, Noble Conflict (Doubleday Children's Books)

8.      Bowler, Tim, Sea of Whispers (Oxford University Press)

9.      Bradford, Chris, Bodyguard: Hostage (Puffin Books)

10.    Brooks, Kevin, The Bunker Diary (Puffin Books)

11.    Bryce, Celia, Anthem for Jackson Dawes (Bloomsbury)

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

13.    Carthew, Natasha, Winter Damage (Bloomsbury)

14.    Colfer, Eoin, The Reluctant Assassin (Puffin Books)

15.    Cooper, Susan, Ghost Hawk (Bodley Head Children's Books)

16.    Cossanteli, Veronica, The Extincts (Chicken House)

17.    Cousins, Dave, Waiting for Gonzo (Oxford University Press)

18.    Creech, Sharon, The Great Unexpected (Andersen Press)

19.    Crocket, S. D., One Crow Alone (Macmillan Children's Books)

20.    Cross, Gillian, After Tomorrow (Oxford University Press)

21.    Crossan, Sarah, Breathe (Bloomsbury)

22.    De Quidt, Jeremy, The Feathered Man (David Fickling Books)

23.    Dennis, H.L., The Knights of Neustria (Hodder Children's Books)

24.    Diamand, Emily, Ways to See a Ghost (Templar)

25.    Dickinson, Peter, In the Palace of the Khans (Peter Dickinson Books)

26.    Dockrill, Laura, Darcy Burdock (Corgi Children's Books)

27.    Dowswell, Paul, Eleven Eleven (Bloomsbury)

28.    Drewery, Kerry, A Dream of Lights (HarperCollins Children's Books)

29.    Earle, Phil, Heroic (Puffin Books)

30.    Fine, Anne, Blood Family (Doubleday Children's Books)

31.    Fisher, Catherine, The Obsidian Mirror (Hodder Children's Books)

32.    Flood, C. J., Infinite Sky (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

33.    Gibbons, Alan, Raining Fire (Indigo)

34.    Harris, Carol, Adventures of the Chickalloon: A Bird's Eye View of Earth (Pentre Publications)

35.    Jarratt, Laura, By Any Other Name (Electric Monkey)

36.    Jones, Gareth P., Constable and Toop (Hot Key Books)

37.    Jones, Rob Lloyd, Wild Boy (Walker Books)

38.    Kessler, Liz, North of Nowhere (Orion Children's Books)

39.    Kuehn, Stephanie, Charm and Strange (Electric Monkey)

40.    Kurti, Richard, Monkey Wars (Walker Books)

41.    LaFleur, Suzanne, Listening for Lucca (Puffin Books)

42.    Lake, Nick, Hostage Three (Bloomsbury)

43.    LaBan, Elizabeth, The Tragedy Paper (Doubleday Children's Books)

44.    Mayhew Julie, Red Ink (Hot Key Books)

45.    McCaughrean, Geraldine, The Positively Last Performance (Oxford University Press)

46.    McDowell, Nigel, Tall Tales from Pitch End (Hot Key Books)

47.    McFall, Claire, Ferryman (Templar)

48.    McGowan, Anthony, Brock (Barrington Stoke)

49.    McKay, Hilary, Binny For Short (Hodder Children's Books)

50.    McNeal, Tom, Far Far Away (Jonathan Cape)

51.    Morris, Jackie, East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

52.    Mulligan, Andy, The Boy With Two Heads (David Fickling Books)

53.    Murdoch, Emily, If You Find Me (Indigo)

54.    Mussi, Sarah, Seige (Hodder Children's Books)

55.    Pass, Emma, ACID (Corgi Children's Books)

57.    Pratchett, Terry, Dodger (Doubleday Children's Books)

58.    Prue, Sally, Song Hunter (Oxford University Press)

59.    Robinson, Jon, Nowhere (Puffin Books)

60.    Rundell, Katherine, Rooftoppers (Faber Children's Books)

61.    Said, S. F., Phoenix (David Fickling Books)

62.    Sepetys, Ruta, Out of the Easy (Puffin Books)

63.    Shearer, Alex, The Cloud Hunters (Hot Key Books)

64.    Smale, Holly, Geek Girl (HarperCollins Children's Books)

65.    Stead, Rebecca, Liar and Spy (Andersen Press)

66.    Stiefvater, Maggie, The Raven Boys (Scholastic)

67.    Stroud, Jonathan, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase (Doubleday Children's Books)

68.    Sutcliffe, William, The Wall (Bloomsbury)

69.    Syson, Lydia, A World Between Us (Hot Key Books) (+ book group)

70.    Torday, Piers, The Last Wild (Quercus)

71.    Watts, Helen, One Day in Oradour (A & C Black)

72.    Wein, Elizabeth, Rose Under Fire (Electric Monkey)

73.    Whyman, Matt, The Savages (Hot Key Books)

74.    Wooding, Chris, Silver (Scholastic)

75.    Yancey, Rick, The 5th Wave (Penguin Books)

76.    Yangsze, Choo, The Ghost Bride (Hot Key Books)

What do you think?




  1. I'm also trying to work through the list, but it's a daunting task! Just finished The Wall which I really enjoyed, and am planning to read Ghost Hawk. Honoured to have made your 'short list so far' though!

    1. You're welcome! Monkey Wars was quite different to lots of other recently published children's fiction in the UK (of which I'm aware) and it's very thought-provoking.

      I don't think we'll get through the whole of the nominations list. Although we consider reading every title, we tend to gravitate towards the titles that appeal to us most and it looks like mine and your reading lists are similar. I loved Ghost Hawk and am looking forward to The Wall.

      Our Carnegie reading plans are taking shape. Look out for 1 December 2013!


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