Once again we are shadowing The Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most presitigious of the national children’s book awards. This year eighteen year 9 pupils, thirteen year 10 pupils and six members of staff are taking part.  This will involve reading a short list of eight books over a period of just thirteen weeks. The group will meet regularly to see videos of the authors discussing their books, discuss our own views of the books and we will then meet up at the end to vote for the school’s winner and learn if this matches the national winner.

This year’s shortlist is very diverse and includes some high profile children’s authors, including Patrick Ness – who has won twice before with ‘A Monster Calls’ (2012) and ‘Monsters of Men’, from the Chaos Walking trilogy (2011) – and Geraldine McCaughrean and Marcus Sedgwick, who have both won the Medal once before. Two of the shortlist (‘Where the World Ends’ and ‘After the Fire’) are based on true stories, and ‘The Hate U Give’, by teen-rapper-turned-debut-author Angie Thomas, has been inspired by the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Eight books in thirteen weeks is obviously a huge undertaking, so we hope those taking part find it a rewarding experience, which introduces them to new authors and genres.