CILIP Carnegie Shortlist 2016 – First Thoughts



The shortlist has been announced and there are some fantastic reads on it – it was a very strong long list to start with.

lies I was particularly pleased to see that There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake had made the shortlist. I reviewed the book in February and I called it an unexpected, intriguing and unusual read. I particularly liked the voice of the teenager, Shelby, who recounts the story.

One by Sarah Crossan
is very distinctive – it tells the story of Grace and Tippi, conjoined twins.It is a difficult subject to write about but the author handles the subject very well and the twins journey is also a journey of discovery and learning for the reader.

fire Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine studies the relationships between family members and friends and make stye reader think about what relationships are and what they really mean.


That’s three books down – five more to read! They remaining five look fascinating; covering some tough subjects or approaching their subjects from an unusual standpoint.

It is interesting that of the eight shortlisted books, three have the word ‘lie’ in them and Fire Colour One is a story full of lies! Coincidence? Or does this reflect the fact that lies and their effect of people, relationships and lives are fascinating to read about?


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  1. […] The Branford Boase award recognises authors who are publishing their first children’s book aimed at readers aged 7+. Meg Rosoff won back in 2005 and Francis Hardinge in 2006 – both are now established writers of children’s books. Other previous winners and shortlisted authors include Kevin Brooks, Siobhan Dowd, Mal Peet, Philip Reeve, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness, all of whom went on to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal. […]


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