The Carnegie Book Award Shortlist 2016 has landed and our Y9 shadowing group members have collected their first books to read over the Easter holidays. It’s a fantastic shortlist this year including ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge; Costa Book of the Year 2015 and much praised and recommended by both librarians here. I thought ‘One’ was amazing and Sarah Crossan’s trademark style of writing in blank verse works well with the subject matter. Tipi and Grace are conjoined teenage twins and each chapter conveys a poetic snapshot of their life.
Having multiple copies of the shortlisted books enables a large group of students to read the books simultaneously and provokes heated discussions about the merits and drawbacks of all of them. After the award process is over they become useful sets of contemporary fiction which can be read by tutor groups.
The 8 shortlisted books are:
One by Sarah Crossan
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
On 22nd June we had a lovely joint Carnegie Prize Announcement event with Eagle House Y8S. We did a quiz on the Carnegie shortlisted books with a few questions on our reading preferences including e-books and e-readers and voted using cool turning technology responseware devices. Our joint Shadowing groups voted for More than This by Patrick Ness closely followed by Buffalo Soldier. Sarah Crossan’s Apple and Rain was also very popular. We watched the results live as we tucked into great sandwiches and cookies.
I was really excited to see Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman was the winner this year. I thoroughly recommend this moving book to everyone – teens and adults alike.
2015 – 17th March – The shortlist is here!
- Apple and rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
- When Mr Dog bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
- More than this by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
- Buffalo soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)
- Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion Children’s Books)
- Cuckoo song by Frances Hardinge (Pan Macmillan)
- The fastest boy in the world by Elizabeth Laird (Pan Macmillan)
- The middle of nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)
This year’s beautifully colour-coordinated collection of shortlisted books have arrived! We discussed them with Book Chat club on Wednesday and they chose to start reading The Fastest Boy in the World and When Mr Dog Bites first. We have multiple copies of the books and are hoping to shadow the prize with a number of 3rd form tutor groups. 5 of the titles are also available as e-books. Are you up for the challenge of reading all 8 over the Easter holidays? If this is too much you have until 22nd June to read them and choose your winner!
The Carnegie shortlist the books arrived on 18th March. The Book Chat book club boys have chosen the books they’d like to read first. We’re starting with ‘The Fastest Boy in the World’ and ‘When Mr Dog Bites’
On Monday 23rd March the Y9 Scholars and Exhibitioners started their shadowing. They enthusiastically chose shortlisted titles to read over the Easter holidays.
This year rather than just nominations following by a shortlist in March a longlist has been introduced.
Have a look at the longlist and read some of the great books (available in the library)
Here’s a great page of video interviews with the shortlisted authors talking about their books.
Click on the pinterest board to view the shortlisted books.
Mrs Lunnon’s 3rd form class are shadowing the prize and all read one of the books over the Easter holiday. They have named their group “Giveitsomewelly” and have started adding their reviews to the Shadowing page. Ms Williamson’s 4th form tutor group are about to embark on the books.
Join in the debate – which is your favourite? What do you think of the shortlist?
You can tweet your comments/feedback on the books using the hashtag #ckg13
Any 3rd form who would like to join a Library Shadowing group come to a meeting at morning break tomorrow (Friday 19th).
Biscuits and drinks provided!
Here is the shortlist as a pinboard – cover image and brief blurb on the plot.
It would be great if we could all read “Trash” by Andy Mulligan first – a gripping thought-provoking book which reads like a thriller and it’s only 211 pages long!
Here’s a link to video book trailers for the shortlisted books.