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.



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!

Reading Groups in the MRC

Last years Year 7 reading group has successfully continued into Year 8.


They meet every Wednesday to discuss books, do a bit of creative writing, and share books and read together. It is great to see.

When this was launched we had a couple of lads in Year 11 who wanted a group for something for them. At the same time the Year 9 Carnegie Shadowing group was coming to an end and yet the students wanted to continue reading.


So back in October we launched a KS4 reading group and this has been meeting every Thursday, again reading, discussing and sharing books along with story writing, and doing word searches and other related activities.




There are spaces available in both groups – so if you enjoy reading and talking about books – come along to the MRC to find out more.

Carnegie Shadowing Reading Group knows best?

Yesterday the results of 2011 Carnegie Book Award was announced.

The TDA Reading Group have been shadowing the judges by reading as many of the shortlisted books as possible.

Greenaway TDA Winner

TDA WinnerWe voted for our favourite Carnegie and Greenaway book on Wednesday and “The Prisoner of the Inquisition” came out on top in the Carnegie list, and “Big Bear, Little Brother” led the way for it’s illustrations for the Greenaway Award.

Greenaway winner 2011

Carnegie Winner 2011The actual winners were

Carnegie Winner = Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Greenaway Winner = FaRther illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith