Carnegie Long List – continuing the challenge to read them all….

I’m setting myself the challenge to read all of the books on the long list before the winner is announced. 52 titles in 6 months. That’s 2 a week….. I’d better get reading!

Since my last post I have read….

We Can Be Heroes by Catherine Bruton

The author has spent a great deal of time researching the childen who lost a parent in the 9-11 attacks, this has clearly fed heavily into this book and provides a realistic touch to an otherwise improbable story. Overactive imaginations, racial misunderstandings and a scattering of broken homes all lead to a hyped up summer adventure., or should that be mis-adventure!


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Another grief striken book. Andi is still grieving for her brother, her mother is isn’t coping and her father is often absent. He does whisk her off to Paris to work on her school work whilst her Mum is in hospital, and that’s where the story really begins. Apart from the clunky consequences that littered the story I really enjoyed reading it. Who else cuold combine grief with ghosts and the French Revolution but Donnelly? A gripping read, that almost went off the rails – but just managed to retain enough realism at the end to be a satisfying and educating read.

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

Another story about grief. (This Carnegie long list is getting really depressing!) This time set in the Australian outback. Danny lost his brother a year ago and no one talks about it, but his sister reveals that she’s pregnant, a so a  ‘Pommie’ comes to stay to help and during the annual Muster, and a drought that threatens their livelihood events take hold of Danny and help him to accept and move on.




 Books I’ve read so far….




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