Ms Dahlke writes:
Congratulations to Frances Hardinge for winning the Costa Book of the Year award for her young adult novel, The Lie Tree. Despite the award being established in 1971, this is only the second time a book for young people has won it. I’m not surprised that it won the overall award, I read it over the summer holidays and have been recommending it to people (of all ages) ever since.
The book is set in Victorian times and begins with Faith, a teenage girl, and her family arriving on an island in order to escape the scandal that engulfed them in London. What was the scandal? And why is her natural scientist father so reluctant to talk about it? Faith is determined to find out.
This book has an original and tightly structured plot, which keeps the suspense going until the very end. Faith – stubborn and spiky, but with a sense of honour that wins out in the end – is a great character. It’s an entertaining read that will also raise questions about the nature of truth and lies.
I would agree that this is a unique and fascinating novel, appealing to all ages. More information is available in an interesting article from Telegraph books
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 shortlist:
- 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!
On Monday 23rd March the Y9 Scholars and Exhibitioners started their shadowing. They enthusiastically chose shortlisted titles to read over the Easter holidays.
On Tuesday 14th October the Booker Prize winner was announced. This year marked the first time non-Commonwealth writers were eligible for the prize. Contrary to the fears of an American takeover it was won by Australian writer Richard Flanagan with his book ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’. The novel recounts the experiences of a fictional surgeon in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on the Thailand-Burma railway. Flanagan’s father was a Japanese prisoner of war in a camp on the Thailand-Burma railway and Flanagan felt compelled to write the book – in fact it took him 12 years and five versions to finish it. Read more about it here and have a browse of the other shortlisted titles. Another brilliant book on this harrowing subject is ‘The Railway Man’ by Eric Lomax. This is a first-hand account of the ordeal of being a prisoner on the Thailand-Burma railway (made into a film in 2013). If this is too much misery I am assured that Booker Shortlisted title ‘We are all completely beside ourselves’ by Karen Jay Fowler is “hilarious and heartbreaking” so definitely some humour amidst the sadness.
For non-fiction and subject specific suggestions don’t forget the Top 10 Books and for more fiction suggestions try Tom Wayman’s Wellington 100 and Middle School Reading List
I’m constantly trying to spread the word about great new books in the library and I hit upon free advertising space in the ladies’ loos. To promote shortlisted Carnegie titles we created laminated A4 posters displaying the book cover image and the opening page. These were placed on the toilet doors. Apart from brightening up the place they have had the desired effect of directing people to the library to borrow the books, intrigued to know more. I am ridiculously pleased that three copies of ‘Rooftoppers’ and two of ‘Blood Family’ have been borrowed by our wonderful support staff. A number of staff have commented on how much they like the idea and enjoy reading about books they wouldn’t normally discover. Two 6th form girls have borrowed the books too having read the opening pages. No sign of any men borrowing these books yet although my male helpers insist they did put the posters up in the mens!
Teaching and support staff get ready for the Summer YA Challenge – more information soon.
Pupils get ready for more book openings on toilet doors and a brilliant summer read coming your way.
I’m already looking forward to National Poetry Day on 2nd October 2014 so we can do ‘WC Poetry’!
The eagerly awaited Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2014 was announced on Tuesday 18th March. This annual book prize is awarded to the writer of an outstanding children’s book. Schools around the UK and the rest of the world shadow this prize – by reading and discussing the 8 books and voting for their favourites. A panel of school librarian judges make the final decision. We will be joining in – with groups of 3rd form pupils reading the shortlist. A number of the books are well-suited to 4th and 5th form too, so do encourage your children to choose some exciting, well-written and compelling fiction for the Easter holidays. Here’s a BBC News article on this year’s prize.
Watch clips of all the authors talking about their books here.
We also have the Kate Greenaway Medal picture book shortlist in library stock.
‘The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs.The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.’ (http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/greenaway/)
These beautifully illustrated and often very humorous picture books make a great addition to our stock for young children. We very much enjoy our visits from the staff babies and toddlers and on Wednesday afternoons a group of pupils read the picture books to the children as their service activity.
Mrs Macgregor has set the 6th form a challenge – to read all six shortlisted Man Booker Prize titles in time to cast their vote when the winner is announced on 15th October. This is no mean feat as the first book ‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton is 832 pages long. However, 12 tenacious 6th form students have taken up the challenge and will be meeting each week to discuss one of the books.
Mrs Macgregor writes:
There was a wonderful interview with the author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour which should provide a good introduction to the novel. As we meet on Thursday 26th September you have a good 11 days to read this tome.
Additional Man Booker links:
NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwean author interview on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Guardian article claiming this is the best shortlist for a decade.
Does Man-Booker-shortlisted novelist Jhumpa Lahiri’s real skill lie in short stories? Review of ‘The Lowland’ (Guardian 12th September 2013)
Guardian Books Blog – Video in which Richard Lea argues that Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ should win this year’s Man Booker Prize. “The shortlisted novel begins with the discovery of a Hello Kitty lunchbox containing the diary of a young Japanese girl washed up on the shore in British Columbia.”
The librarians are attempting to keep pace with the reading and join in the discussions but we also have potential Carnegie longlist contenders to read for a discussion day on 9th October!
The library has copies of the shortlisted books if anyone else wants to join in the reading.
This year’s longlist for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books was announced on 1st June.
Shortlist will be announced in September 2013. Winner will be announced on 25 November 2013
We are hoping to set up student and staff book clubs to read a selection of the shortlisted books and provoke some lively discussion about them next academic year.
We will be buying copies of the books for the Library.
In the meantime why not kickstart your Science reading with last year’s shortlist? All of the titles are available in the Library.
Last year’s winner was The Information by James Gleick
Or if Science isn’t your thing….don’t forget we have plenty of excellent fiction including the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2013
The Carnegie Shortlist for 2013 was announced in April and reading is underway. Join in the book chat and pick up one of the 8 shortlisted titles from the Library today! The winner is announced on 19th June.
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!
To get a flavour of the Books look at the book trailers on youtube:
Wonder trailer | Maggot Moon |In Darkness | Code Name Verity
Interview with Roddy Doyle about his book “Greyhound of a Girl”
5th November – Carnegie Longlist
The longlists for two of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children were announced on 5th November. Awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people, while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 includes Anne Fine, who would be the first ever author to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal three times if Trouble in Toadpool triumphs. She is joined on the longlist by previous winners Melvin Burgess, Frank Cottrell Boyce, David Almond, Philip Reeve, Theresa Breslin, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Robert Swindells and Aidan Chambers who, if they win again, will join a seven-strong group of authors have been awarded the Medal twice – including last year’s winner, Patrick Ness. The 2013 longlist also includes a rare double nomination – for Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon and The Double Shadow. Winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal over the past eight decades reads like a who’s who of the best children’s writers in the past century including Meg Rosoff, Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman and Geraldine McCaughrean. (taken from the awards website)
There is some exciting reading on this longlist. I can thoroughly recommend “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio and “15 Days without a Head” by Dave Cousins.