Carnegie Long List announced

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

The long list was  published and I could hardly wait!

Last year I set myself the challenge to read all the long list before the winner was announced  – and although it felt like an impossible task at times, I actually managed to do it!

I have stopped myself from starting a new book this half term because I want to start straight away – I’m so keen I kept checking the Carnegie website all morning but there was no news until midday

If I have counted correctly there are 68 books on this years list – that’s a lot of quick reading.

Any books that the MRC doesn’t yet have we’ll be buying in (not just for me) but for all students to have access to as these are likely to be the ‘best’ books published this past year.

Again I’ll be sharing my experiences and thoughts on each book on this blog. Will I be able to predict the overall winner again? Probably not! Will I actually be able to read them all this time?

I’d better get reading!

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 – 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….

Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis

I really liked this book, and as my 9 year old is obsessed with bird watching / Springwatch etc I have passed it straight onto him. I am just wait for the wailing when he reaches the sad part in the middle of the book. This saddness isn’t really resolved in the remainder of the story and this is the books downfall. But a good read for all those bird and nature fanatics.

And that’s it I’m done! The announcement of the winner comes out this week – and I dread “Everybody Jam” winning and hope that Patrick Ness walks away with it again with the fantastic “A Monster Calls”. Our Carnegie group will be doing our own vote before the announcment so I’ll report back.

I am really looking forward to next years long list – it made me read some really good and surprisingly really bad books this year, and now I feel kinda lost!

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

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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….

 

“The Midnight Zoo” by Sonya Hartnett

A well written book that despite being an ‘easy read’, leaves a sense of “What just happened?” I’m not convinced I’ve worked out what the ending meant for the characters – I have several theories and am a bit disappointed that resolution is so absent. I am looking forward to discussing my theories with my reading groups!

 

 

 

my last one to read is Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis – just as soon as a student returns it to the MRC!

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

      The Language of CatSee full size imageHidden

  

   

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….

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff 

Okay so Meg Rosoff had a good idea – “What would happen if God was a teenage boy?” – the answer is this book. I liked the concept – but the execution was lacking, and the ending rushed and unsatisfying. I usually like Meg’s writings but this fell short for me, perhaps my expectations were too high?

 

 

 

HiddenHidden by Miriam Halahmy

Racism, immigration and asylum issues are all covered in this jam-packed book. Alix is walking her dog on the beach when she sees a man being thrown from a boat and being washed up on the shore. An immigrant and a loner from school, Samir, is there too and he persuades her to help hid the stranger. The story goes at a pace addressing and tackling the big issues. A kind of gritty Enid Blyton ‘let’s get the adults out of the way so we can have an’ adventure book – so unbelievable in places – but a good read nevertheless.

 

The Language of CatLanguage of Cat by Rachel Rooney

I loved this book. As the only poetry book on the long list it made a refreshing change. I enjoyed reading them to myself, and reading some aloud to my children. Some of the reminded me of my own poetry, especially those about words and poems and language. Very accessible and a lovely quick read.

 

 

 

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

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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….

 

See full size imageLife: an Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

 I found this book to be educational as well as a good read, having never studied the Cuban Missile Crisis, I know that others, who are more familiar with this topic, found some of the ‘history’ parts to be a bit dry. The overall story is fscinating and provides a glimpse into the impact of changes (internal and external) onto one family. A good read. 

 

Treason by Berlie Doherty

This book suffers by comparison. Having read some of the classic historical novels I found this story to be superficial and a poor relation. As a kiddies version it is okay – but younger children might not engage with the plotline and older students would be better off sticking with Plaidy & Gregory etal.

 

Flip by Martyn Bedford

 Flip is about a 14 year old boy called Alex who one morning wakes up in someone else body.It is 6 months since he went to sleep in his own bed and he has to discover who he is using clues from his ‘new’ family and friends. So this strange story continues with Alex/Flip trying to connect with his old life, connect with his new life – and failing to do either of these, and his struggle to understand what has happened and how to reverse it. A bit of a page turner as it is so different and you can’t help wondering what you would do if…., However I found the ending to be unsatisfactory.

 

 Books I’ve read so far….

      

  

   

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….

 

The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley

An orphaned boy, picked up and taken to an old large house by a previously unknown/spooky benefactor…… where the story ends with fire and flame…. sounds a bit like another book on this list – Anne Fines The Devil Walks, – which I really liked as the twists in the plot were fresh and different. In The Dead of Winter there is no freshness, cliche after cliche is rolled out – madness, shadows, voices and Micheal remains a 2 dimentional puppet. So – not a graet read then!

Buried Thunder by Tim Bowler

A quick read, with very little explained on the way (or indeed at the end) it is left up to the reader to try and work out waht IS going on alongside Maya. Whilst this is refreshing  and it’s great not to have eveything set out in advance – it does leave some dis-satisfaction. A fairly lightweight book despite its attempts at ‘horror/terror’.

The Memory Cage by Ruth Eastham

Alex’s grandfather is suffereing from altzeimers and so Alex feels it is his responsibility to try and help him to remember and be safe enough to stay in the family home. As he creates a memory book he stirs up the secret history of his grandfather, and his own story (his life in Bosnia). The story pulls all these threads together for a satisfying and liberating ending.

 

Books I’ve read so far….