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….