Carnegie – 2012 the end….

Last Wednesday the TDA Carnegie Reading Group voted for their favourite illustrated book on the Greenaway shortlist and their favourite book on the Carnegie Shortlist.

Amazing results – and I actually agreed with them this year.

See our results video!

Imagine our surprise when I was able to reveal the official results on the next day – not only had our favourite book won – it had won both awards!.

I hadn’t this mainly because I had discounted the beautiful illustrations as I had read “A Monster Calls” on  my Kindle App which only includes the cover illustration. (Another downside of e-books!). I think I’ll re-read “AMC” but borrow a real book to enjoy these in context. That’s if there are any left on the shelf to borrow!

Carnegie Long List Challenge

I thought that as I was about half way through my self-imposed Carnegie Longlist Challenge I stop and reflect on my experiences so far.

 

So back when the Carnegie Long List was announced (4th November 2011) I set myself the challenge to read them all before the overall winner is annouced  (14th June) or ideally before the shortlist is announced (27th March). This involves reading roughly 2 books a week.

 

So 12 weeks in, 29 books read, 23 books to go, 5 weeks to shortlist time, and 12 weeks to final result is announced… I feel like I am on target.

 

But…. but I have a confession to make. This weekend I lapsed.

I read a book that WASN’T on the long list.

and…..

 

it was great!

The joy of choosing a book that I wanted to read instead of one I ‘had’ to read… the sense of freedom was amazing!

By the way it was a Non-Fict

ion book about Enid Blyton, someone who was perhaps overlooked in the Carnegie Awards in the past – a bit like the Harry Potter never being recognised in the oscars/baftas! My love of Enid, and the impact of her books on my life… well that’s for another blog!

 

Back to Carnegie longlist – well I’ve really enjoyed reading the books that I couldn’t put down, the ones that I HAD to read in one sitting (Patrick Ness’  “A Monster Calls“, Anne Fines’ “The Devil Walks“, Suzanne LaFleurs’ “Eight Keys” (surely they will be on the shortlist?). At the same time I’ve hated a few – the ones that have slowed me down because I couldn’t get into them, that were a drag to read and took over a week of painful slogging to read through them. (Lindsey Barracloughs’ “Long Lankin“, Frances Hardinges’ “Twilight Robbery” and John Stephens’ “The Emerald Atlas“.

 

(How dare they take up so much of my reading time and offer so little reading thrill in return!)

 

What usually happens with the shortlist is that the one I like the least wins…… so I will watch and wait.

 

So I’ve got straight back on my wagon and have started my next Carnegie Longlist book – this time Kevin Crossley Hollands’ “Bracelet of Bones”. I just hope that over the next 12 weeks and 23 books I have more page turners and fewer tales dull as ditchwater!

 

I’ll keep you posted, and of course feel free to disagree with me!

 

Happy Reading!

Blue Peter Book Awards

 

Blue Peter Book Awards

Blue Peter Book Awards 2012

 

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2012 shortlist was announced just before Christmas.
 
These enormously popular and influential awards have been recognising and celebrating the best children’s authors, the most fascinating fact books and the greatest reads for children since 2000. This year’s shortlist includes: a fact book that contains all there is to know about the 2012 Olympics; a treasure trove of information about the extremes of the planet; a novel that investigates those strange howls in the night; and a tale of friendship, time travel and tragedy. The shortlist was announced on the Blue Peter show on Tuesday 6 December by children’s author Cressida Cowell whose book How to Train Your Dragon was recently made into an animated movie.


The shortlisted books will now be judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK to decide the winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012. This year for the first time, the winner will be announced and awarded a Blue Peter trophy during a special edition of Blue Peter dedicated to children’s books on Thursday 1 March 2012, to coincide with World Book Day.

       Shortlist 

Discover the Extreme World by Camilla de la Bedoyere, Clive Gifford, John Farndon, Steve Parker, Stewart Ross and Philip Steele

Did you know that the temperature at the centre of the earth reaches a staggering  5,400 degrees centigrade; that an unprotected submarine  would be crushed like a tin can at 2,100 metres under the sea, and that the fastest motor bikes can race at speeds up  to 200mph?

Divided into six sections (active earth, awesome animals, incredible science, ultimate machines, super humans and history revealed) this exciting fact-filled book is vividly written, expertly researched and brilliantly designed and will keep you engrossed for hours.

Discover the Extreme World is authored by an expert team of UK-based non-fiction authors including Camilla de la Bedoyere, John Farndon, Clive Gifford, Steve Parker, Stewart Ross and Philip Steele. It is the first in a new series called Discover the World, published by Miles Kelly in association with Discovery Channel.

 The Official Countdown to the London 2012 Games by Simon Hart

Did you know that London is the first city in the world to host the Olympic Games three times? Or that Britain has won a Rowing gold medal at every Olympic Games since 1984? Or that over 200 countries will take part in the London 2012 Games?

You will learn this and much more in this essential guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Follow the mascots Wenlock and Mandeville, who guide you through the history of the games, the different types of sports that compete, who’s who in Team GB, Olympic and Paralympic legends and a quiz at the end to check you’ve absorbed all that information.

Laid out in a fun and accessible way and packed full of photos, this fascinating book will ignite the fire of enthusiasm in you, increasing your knowledge and interest in preparation for next year’s historical sporting event.

The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones

Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer.

On the day of her grandmother’s funeral, 14-year-old Mariel comes face-to-face with the rest of her family for the first time – including seven cousins she didn’t know existed. The welcome she gets isn’t exactly warm and it quickly becomes clear that the Considine cousins are not what you would call normal.

What with Elspeth whispering malicious poetry in her ear, and Gerald telling her to stay away, Mariel would happily just forget they existed and fly back to her friends in Australia. But, the cousins have a dark secret and Mariel’s curiosity gets the better of her – as will yours once you pick up this addictive adventure tale that’s perfect for 10-year-olds. 

 A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

Jenni and Autumn are best friends, even holidaying together. Aged 12, the devastating outcome of that year’s holiday results in Jenni moving backwards and forwards through the three succeeding years trying to prevent the tragedy, and friendships and relationships falling apart.

Kessler combines a chatty tween novel with a serious dose of ‘what if’ in which a disused lift transports Jenni between the present and future years, thereby not only viewing the events but interacting with friends, family and strangers whose lives and relationships have been changed by the accident.

We can read it as a coming-of-age novel, in which Jenni grows up and gains insight into others, but primarily into her own behaviour, and the responsibility she bears for events.