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….

Magicalamity by Kate Saunders

Tom discovers that his dad is a fairy when he is forced to go into hiding with one of his three fairy godmothers. How can they find the other two and persuade them to help prove his fathers’ innocence? A ‘magic’ book for younger readers. A fairly obvious plot.




 The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

More ‘faction’ than fiction, this story is set, (again) in the trash collecting and sorting of the third world – this time in Egypt. The sense of pride, hope and satisfaction that Aaron grows to feel through the book is a new angle rather than just another story about escaping from this hard and unfair life.  First person /third person kept changing unexpectedly and I’d obviously got a dodgy copy since font size was different as I moved down the page – so these were distracting. Overall it could have been better, Novel take on a (now) familiar setting but lacks a spark.


Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Not quite another animal story by Michael Morpurgo, in fact if you picked this up thinking it was an animal story – you’d be disappointed. Shadow the dog has a bit part in what is a story about a mother and son escaping from the horrors of Afghanistan, and surviving deportation. Written from three different points of view. But the best bits are the fantastic illustrations by Christian Birmingham.



 Books I’ve read so far….