Carnegie Medal 2014 – highlighting great books for teenagers


The long list for the 2014 Carnegie Medal has been announced. A list of 76 books has been reduced to 20. The short list will be announced on the 18th of March and the winners will be announced in June.

This is the first time that the Carnegie Medal has issued a long list and the idea behind it is to highlight a larger range of good books. The initial nominations are made by librarians who are members of CILIP. The long list, and subsequently the short list and winners, are decided by a panel of judges. Decisions are based on plot, characterisation and style and the ultimate winner is described on the Carnegie website as:

“The book that wins the Carnegie Medal should be a book of outstanding literary quality. The whole work should provide pleasure, not merely from the surface enjoyment of a good read, but also the deeper subconscious satisfaction of having gone through a vicarious, but at the time of reading, a real experience that is retained afterwards”

This is not an accolade given purely on the basis of popularity, and the books are chosen by adults and not by the readers at which the books are targeted. However, the nominations are made by librarians who will be influenced not just by their own views but by the reactions of the children they work with in their libraries. Perhaps you won’t find the book that every child seems to be reading and laughing at or the book that is going to be a major film on this list, but you will find some very enjoyable, well written and interesting books. The twenty books on the current long list cover a huge variety of topics and styles and they will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.

Children are given an opportunity to be involved in the process through the Shadowing site which provides resources, videos. blogs and plenty more information (including the opportunity to create a Shadowing magazine).

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond (Walker Books)
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Penguin)
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)
Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (Doubleday Children’s Books)
Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (Electric Monkey)
Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti (Walker Books)
Hostage Three by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford University Press)
Brock by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
Binny for Short by Hilary McKay (Hodder Children’s Books)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Jonathan Cape)
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)

 

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