Carnegie Long List continued

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….


 Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

A surprisingly good read. I had expected it to be overtly ‘girly’ but instead it is the story of Mira and the approaching death of her Grandmother. Full of gentle humour, and looking at the close relationship between them, this story is a really good read, and although I didn’t cry I found the moments when her Grandmother says goodbye for the last time to people and friends as she goes about her dasily life poignant.

Quarry by Ally Kennen

A strange tale. Largely unsatisfying. Scrappy – the lead character recieves increasingly bizarre dares via his phone, so he has a go at doing them. The mystery is who is sending these texts and why. Naturally, set against a background of recent parental separation (why the mother doesn’t do more to look after him I reallt do not understand!) he feels he has no one to turn to – apart from the school bully…. The reveal is both unexpected, and yet such a let down.

 Caddys World by Hilary McKay

I’m fairly sure that if I had read all the books that this prequal links to then Im sure I might have  laughed at the in jokes, and spotted moments of “Oh that’s why….” As it was it was an okay story about four girls as their lives slowly change for a different reasons. If you liked Saffy or Indigos story then you’ll proberably enjoy this book too!



Books I’ve read so far….