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Welcome to our Anniversary Blog by resident blogger Jake Hope. Jake will be reading and reviewing all of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books during the anniversary year. We are also asking shadowers to "Adopt a Book" and join in reading and discussing the anniversary titles in their shadowing groups.

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15
Nov
2017

Thunder and Lightnings

Carnegie winner: 1976
Author: Jan Mark

Why it's a great book

Despite its often unremarkable events, there is a palpable sense of character and atmosphere built through the novel and a strong awareness of the distinctiveness of adult and child worlds. The shrewd, sharp observation and the stylish manner in which this is relayed made this a remarkable and assured debut.

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10
Nov
2017

A Stranger at Green Knowe

Carnegie winner: 1961
Author: Lucy M Boston

Why it's a great book

There is a familiar, yet otherworldly quality to the lush verdant gardens around Green Knowe, and the sanctuary they present for both Hanno and Ping. An over-arching melancholy looms over much of the book which offers some fascinating Post-Colonial insights. It is, however, a book that also contains hope, a great deal of courage and that comments poignantly on the redemptive powers and depth of true friendship.

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7
Nov
2017

Wolf

Carnegie winner: 1990
Author: Gillian Cross

Why it's a great book

A genre-busting novel that embraces various forms and aspects ranging from fact, mystery, thriller, gritty-contemporary-realism, and the fairytale. The novel innovatively subverts and reframes the fairytale and widens our collective understanding of the wolf in the popular consciousness.

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3
Nov
2017

The Story of Your Home

Carnegie winner: 1949
Author: Agnes Allen

Why it's a great book

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25
Oct
2017

A Grass Rope

Carnegie winner: 1957
Author: William Mayne

Why it's a great book

An engaging treasure hunt that stimulates thought around systems of belief and understand and where characters and story alike grow out from the Yorkshire landscape, rural community and practices that are so convincingly evoked.

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21
Oct
2017

The Making of Man

Carnegie winner: 1960
Author: Dr IW Cornwall

Why it's a great book

A comprehensive, although at times incomprehensible outlining of the evolutionary path of the homo sapien that is likely now dated.

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10
Oct
2017

The Scarecrows

Carnegie winner: 1981
Author: Robert Westall

Why it's a great book

An intense exploration of memory, change and the difficulty that can be had in contending with this. The book captures the boundless and overwhelming nature and force of young emotion and loyalty with incredible efficacy.

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5
Oct
2017

Flour Babies

Carnegie winner: 1992
Author: Anne Fine

Why it's a great book

A tremendously life-affirming novel that succeeds in showing and normalising the emotional capacity of boys. Writing is sharp, deft and incredibly spirited.

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2
Oct
2017

Maggot Moon

Carnegie winner: 2013
Author: Sally Gardner

Why it's a great book

The military precision of the prose and rapid-fire pacing make this a romp of a read, but one that leaves readers contemplating large and complex issues such as freedom, courage, the nature of belief in rule and the importance of rights and compassion, long after the final page has been turned.

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Why we chose this book ...

"The group thought that the cover was intriguing and when they turned the pages, the illustrations were creepy and made them want to read the book!"

28
Sep
2017

One

Carnegie winner: 2016
Author: Sarah Crossan

Why it's a great book

Richly observed and articulated, One, provides insight into the lives of those that might somehow be consider other, building empathy, understanding and providing a heartfelt and lively testament as to the value and worth of life.

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Why we chose this book ...

"Beautifully written novel that is accessible to all readers. I would love to have all of our students read this novel and join the discussion."

25
Sep
2017

Buffalo Soldier

Carnegie winner: 2015
Author: Tanya Landman

Why it's a great book

A poignant novel that deftly explores what it means to be free and the ways that liberty can easily impinge upon others. In equal parts challenging and compassionate, the book shines a light on a turbulent point in American history.

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Why we chose this book ...

"This is tough, uncompromising & thought-provoking writing that challenges outward perceptions of the world and questions "airbrushed" history. But, most of all, this is beautiful writing that demands to be read. Plus Tanya is lovely!"

20
Sep
2017

The Bunker Diary

Carnegie winner: 2014
Author: Kevin Brooks

Why it's a great book

Extraordinary and edgy, The Bunker Diary is a masterpiece of control that is as confounding as it is utterly, yet sickeningly, compelling. Philosophical, theological in its presentation of beliefs and psychologically thrilling in its execution.

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Why we chose this book ...

"This book was unanimously chosen by our book group. Half of the group have read it before and want to again, the others are keen to read it. As a group leader I have never had such a diverse and profound reaction to a book from the group. "

15
Sep
2017

Josh

Carnegie winner: 1971
Author: Ivan Southall

Why it's a great book

Stylish, experimental through its stream of consciousness narration and breaking with convention, Josh is a confident, assured and highly unusual novel that comments on the nature of difference and how this is broached and broadened by other views.

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8
Sep
2017

Postcards from No Man's Land

Carnegie winner: 1999
Author: Aidan Chambers

Why it's a great book

An intricately plotted and emotionally sophisticated story that unpicks and uncovers the multifaceted responses and relationships we have to people, places and the past. This is a dense novel that rewards multiple readings which help unfurl the nuanced nature of the prose.

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This book is adopted by

Exeter School
Victoria Park Road, Devon

Why we chose this book ...

"Our Carnegie Shadowers rated this highly on the basis of the blurb and their desire to read on, having read the beginning. The Librarian rated this as her top choice for its memorable and thought-provoking plot for older readers."

4
Sep
2017

The Machine Gunners

Carnegie winner: 1975
Author: Robert Westall

Why it's a great book

A remarkably assured novel that makes astute and lasting comments on the more malevolent and darker aspects of childhood imagination, play and friendship. Gripping and taut in its telling, this is an unforgettable story with a strong sense of place.

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31
Aug
2017

Junk

Carnegie winner: 1996
Author: Melvin Burgess

Why it's a great book

A lyrical quality to the potential and growing freedom of late adolescence, makes the eventual decline that Gemma and Tar’s relationship descends into all the more potent. The writing is scalpel sharp and succeeds in avoiding didacticism whilst shocking with its overall and lasting impact.

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24
Aug
2017

Knight Crusader

Carnegie winner: 1954
Author: Ronald Welch (aka Ronald Oliver Felton)

Why it's a great book

Peppered with historic detail on clothing, culture, landscape and the Chivalric code as well as vivid depictions on the battlefield, this is a powerful and at times, surprising book that offers some context and insight into contemporary and ongoing tensions.

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21
Aug
2017

The Lantern Bearers

Carnegie winner: 1959
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff

Why it's a great book

Vivid writing that does not shy from the brutality of the period, but offers glimmers of makes the character of Aquila leap from the page. A novel that captures the different cultures that are vying against one another and offers a visceral and three-dimensional account of a period of great change in British history.

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18
Aug
2017

Nordy Bank

Carnegie winner: 1964
Author: Sheena Porter

Why it's a great book

Historic detail and fact and the impact these have on the landscape and geography that surrounds u is a pervading factor in this unusual story that explores the way past and present help to influence and affect an emerging sense of identity.

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15
Aug
2017

Sea Change

Carnegie winner: 1948
Author: Richard Armstrong

Why it's a great book

The richly realised, and often uneasy, relationship between Cam and Andy the mate, together with the realism with which jobs and duties are described, the various encounters with fire, pirates and inclement weather ensure readers are ensnared by action and adventure on the high seas, but by a wholly unsentimental account of life on a merchant vessel.

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10
Aug
2017

The Ghost Drum

Carnegie winner: 1987
Author: Susan Price

Why it's a great book

The first book in the Ghost World trilogy, the book has the tone, feel and enduring qualities of a fairy tale, pulling upon universal themes folkloric themes, birth and birth-right, power, violence and death. A gripping, unusual and totally timeless tale.

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7
Aug
2017

The Exeter Blitz

Carnegie winner: 1978
Author: David Rees

Why it's a great book

The power of the novel lies in Colin’s development and the vivid contrast that occurs between his happy-go-lucky and somewhat self-absorbed nature at the start of the novel and the actions and endeavours he makes to serve and secure his community towards the end. Exhilarating action during the theatrics of the bombing are balanced by understanding as to the effects wreaked upon the community and city landscape.

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4
Aug
2017

The Lark on the Wing

Carnegie winner: 1950
Author: Elfrida Vipont Foulds

Why it's a great book

A fascinating insight into Quaker life and an exploration of the pursuit of dreams that forms a cultural counterpoint to the many contemporary reality shows around fame and singing. Family, freedom and the capacity music holds to transcend our everyday challenges make this a memorable read.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We are adopting this book because the author went to our school. It is very inspiring to think that a pupil from Manchester High School for Girls went on to be an award-winning author. We will be reading the book during Feb and Mar 2017."

31
Jul
2017

The Circus is Coming

Carnegie winner: 1938
Author: Noel Streatfeild

Why it's a great book

Lively writing and an astute insight into family life and class prejudice make this an exceptional read. The circus is presented as a microcosm which, while having outward elements of the carnivalesque, is a community where all must pull together.

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25
Jul
2017

The Changeover

Carnegie winner: 1984
Author: Margaret Mahy

Why it's a great book

An unsettlingly dark and creepy novel where Laura\'s shift into the paranormal acts as a high impact allegory for the switch from childhood to adulthood with all of the responsibility that this entails.

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17
Jul
2017

The Woolpack

Carnegie winner: 1951
Author: Cynthia Harnett

Why it's a great book

A vivid portrayal into the Mediaeval towns, trades and their people, there’s a well realised sense of character, community and colour in this novel which acts as a window into a past world.

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14
Jul
2017

Stone Cold

Carnegie winner: 1993
Author: Robert Swindells

Why it's a great book

A realistic and uncompromising read, that challenges perceptions and offers a multifaceted insight into the lives, backgrounds and experiences of its characters and of wider society and its treatment of those that are less fortunate.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We would love to adopt this book as many of our older members of the group have read and recommended it. The group members really enjoyed the thrilling plot and are eager to share one of their favourite novels by Swindells."

11
Jul
2017

A Gathering Light

Carnegie winner: 2003
Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Why it's a great book

The landscape of Big Moose Lake and the surrounding Adirondack Mountains is vivid and creates natural boundaries for the small town of Eagle Bay. A Gathering Light captures that startling moment between childhood and adulthood, creates a vivid sense of time and place and shines light onto the concerns, preoccupations and inter-relationships of a small community in ways that are both ingenious and intriguing.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We chose this because it won in the year when most of us were born. It was strongly recommended by the staff running the club as a well-written book with adult ideas handled in a manner appropriate for younger readers. We will read it soon!"

7
Jul
2017

The Last Battle

Carnegie winner: 1956
Author: C S Lewis

Why it's a great book

A powerful conclusion to the Chronicles of Narnia, with lofty ambitions and high intensity and action, the quality of the writing is sadly marred somewhat by some of its representations of other at points.

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3
Jul
2017

Storm

Carnegie winner: 1985
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Why it's a great book

A short, spare piece of writing that effortless achieves nuanced meaning in its exploration of the impact and effects of a storm on a rural family and which uses this as a metaphor for storytelling itself with gradual escalation, crescendo and eventual release. Profound comment is made through all manner of contrasts that include light and dark, young and old, reality and imagination.

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Why we chose this book ...

"The shadowing group in the Library at MPS have chosen this book because it will appeal to both boy and girl readers. We have a small Library group so we have been able to source a copy for each participant to keep as an anniversary memento."

26
Jun
2017

The Twelve and the Genii

Carnegie winner: 1962
Author: Pauline Clarke

Why it's a great book

Drawing upon literary heritage, the boundless expanses of childhood imagination and offering a quest as the figurines flee from attempted capture, this is a book that despite the small-scale of many of its lead characters, is nonetheless big on ambition and aspiration and that continues to hold huge appeal.

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23
Jun
2017

His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights

Carnegie winner: 1995
Author: Philip Pullman

Why it's a great book

The first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy features an impressively expansive sense of the world and the varied and diverse creatures and characters that populate it. One of the exceptional qualities in the novel is the exploration of knowledge, learning and belief which captures the vigour and verve of innovators like Galileo and Darwin. An unforgettable read at the start of an important trilogy that touches upon childhood, belief, goodness and fundamentally, what it is that makes us human.

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Why we chose this book ...

"This was an amazing book, and I hadn't read anything like this before. It was traumatic in places - but it was also full of action and fantasy. Perfect!"

20
Jun
2017

The Other Side of Truth

Carnegie winner: 2000
Author: Beverly Naidoo

Why it's a great book

Exploring the twisting turning paths of freedom and constraint, this is a clever and insightful novel that deftly engages with issues around freedom of speech, social justice, manipulation and coercion. It feels a sad indictment that in many ways, this topical novel of the 1990s is every bit as apposite now, if not more so, as when it was first published.

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This book is adopted by

Woodrush High School
Shawhurst Lane,

Why we chose this book ...

"The Other Side of Truth came first place in our top ten Carnegie Winners of all time. This book comes so highly recommended by everyone who has read, we are challenging every member of the shadowing group to read it by the end of the year. "

20
Jun
2017

Salt to the Sea

Carnegie winner: 2017
Author: Ruta Sepetys

Why it's a great book

Harsh and uncompromising in its visceral depiction of war and the ravages it leaves , the novel shines a light onto a little known aspect of the Second World War and a devastating maritime disaster. It brings history to life, offering astute human observation and serving up a hugely affecting conclusion that is sure to last with the reader long after the final pages have been turned.

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12
Jun
2017

The Little Grey Men

Carnegie winner: 1942
Author: 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford)

Why it's a great book

Lively description and informed knowledge of the natural world radiate from this adventure quest through the English countryside.

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5
Jun
2017

Watership Down

Carnegie winner: 1972
Author: Richard Adams

Why it's a great book

The warren is a microcosm for society, with power struggles and an eager determination among its denizens to thrive and survive. An intricate portrayal of the cycle of life with all of its facets on show, it inevitably encompasses death and loss, but offers readers an intense awareness of the values of existence along the way.

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1
Jun
2017

The Wind on the Moon

Carnegie winner: 1944
Author: Eric Linklater

Why it's a great book

This riotous romp of mischief with its sprinkling of magic has roots in the importance and value of freedom and liberty to all of our lives and to childhood play, safety and imagination.

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29
May
2017

Millions

Carnegie winner: 2004
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Why it's a great book

A funny and frenzied thriller that deftly probes ethical and theological concerns without ever feeling dense or unwieldy. Perfectly measured timing and deliciously crafted dialogue combine to make this a delight to share aloud.

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Why we chose this book ...

"Millions sounds very adventurous and I am interested to find out what happens next. It seems very exciting and funny as the plot could be unexpected. "

24
May
2017

The Edge of the Cloud

Carnegie winner: 1969
Author: Kathleen Peyton

Why it's a great book

The union between two people, two sets of ambitions, two ways of life and groups of emotions makes for a captivating story of first love with all of its trials, tempests and triumphs.

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Why we chose this book ...

"I am looking forward to introducing this book, which I loved as a teenager, to the girls in our reading group. It is a book full of romance , adventure and history with more titles in the series to enjoy. "

15
May
2017

Granny was a Buffer Girl

Carnegie winner: 1986
Author: Berlie Doherty

Why it's a great book

An unusual set of interlocking stories about stories and the impressions they cast and impact they cause in families. A novel of faith and family, stories and secrets, industry and identity.

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12
May
2017

We Couldn't Leave Dinah

Carnegie winner: 1941
Author: Mary Treadgold

Why it's a great book

Family life, school life and the effects of war come together to form an engaging and spirited adventure. Characterisation is strong and ideas of national identity often serve to subvert reader expectations.

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9
May
2017

Tamar

Carnegie winner: 2005
Author: Mal Peet

Why it's a great book

Written with panache, this is a complex and profound novel whose lithe shifts in time, characters and structure creates a deeply affecting and humane story about war, conflict and families.

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Why we chose this book ...

"Secrets- Lies- Jealousy- Betrayal. Can you handle the truth? A gripping tale set during the Hunger Winter of 1944 with a cracking plot twist. 'The past is a dark house and we only have torches with dying batteries.'"

1
May
2017

Collected Stories for Children

Carnegie winner: 1947
Author: Walter De La Mare

Why it's a great book

A rich prose style and other-wordly, often beguiling characters, settings and themes lend make parts of this a mesmerising read. The fable like quality of some stories and a lack of clarity around morals does mean that some stories show their age and shifts in attitudes in ways that are unflattering.

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28
Apr
2017

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Carnegie winner: 2001
Author: Terry Pratchett

Why it's a great book

Brimming with humour and hope, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents takes a fresh and distinct approach to comedy and fantasy, two forms too often maligned and melds them to create an uplifting, life-affirming and inquisitive tales that offer rich pickings for readers.

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23
Apr
2017

The Little Bookroom

Carnegie winner: 1955
Author: Eleanor Farjeon

Why it's a great book

A measured collection of fairy-tales with lyrical language and whose subjects and themes simultaneously embodies and comments upon the ways in which stories enrich and enlarge our lives.

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Why we chose this book ...

"A book that School Librarian Mrs Pollard used to borrow from the Library over and over as a child! Had to buy her own copy as an adult. I'd like to share the magic of this story collection with a new generation."

20
Apr
2017

Radium Woman

Carnegie winner: 1939
Author: Eleanor Doorly

Why it's a great book

Balancing cultural history, personal development and growth and scientific achievement, this charts the life of an extraordinary innovator and makes a profound impression on readers.

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10
Apr
2017

Tom's Midnight Garden

Carnegie winner: 1958
Author: Philippa Pearce

Why it's a great book

A perfectly executed exploration of the ways time acts as a measure for the moments and memories that make up our lives. A sensitive portrayal of the transient nature of time with profound comments upon the formative and imaginative elements of childhood.

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Why we chose this book ...

"A childhood classic and school staple over the years, we want to revisit this treasured tale to see if it would be as loved by our current students as it has been in generations past. "

3
Apr
2017

A Valley Grows Up

Carnegie winner: 1953
Author: Edward Osmond

Why it's a great book

It can be easy to feel complacent about the rich history that surrounds us in our everyday, one of the great achievements of A Valley Grows Up is in forming a narrative that brings these elements and influences together making them easy to understand and engaging.

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31
Mar
2017

Bog Child

Carnegie winner: 2009
Author: Siobhan Dowd

Why it's a great book

Achingly beautiful lyrical writing brings the past and present into union and shows how history is and can be so much more than abject dates and events, but rather stories whose span stretches over lives and many lifetimes.

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Why we chose this book ...

"It's a powerful, beautifully written read set in Northern Ireland. A study of history and conflict and growing up in the 1980s wrapped within an archaeological mystery, it's an important, memorable book."

28
Mar
2017

Tulku

Carnegie winner: 1979
Author: Peter Dickinson

Why it's a great book

An intricately plotted rites of passage novel that examines the relationship and ongoing tensions between China and Tibet. The book offers astute observation as to the collateral damage exerted upon communities and lives when cultures clash and collide.

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24
Mar
2017

City of Gold

Carnegie winner: 1980
Author: Peter Dickinson

Why it's a great book

Far more than just an anthology of stories, City of Gold is an astonishing achievement, a web of words whose gossamer strands pull together many profound aspects of humanity – belief, civilisation and social fabric and the ways stories embrace experience, preoccupations and emotion.

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20
Mar
2017

The Owl Service

Carnegie winner: 1967
Author: Alan Garner

Why it's a great book

Drawing on the power of ancient mythology and highlighting the ways their issues and preoccupations exert remarkable power and relevance over our everyday lives, this is both a captivating rites of passage and a novel that showcases the power of storytelling and stories in helping to shape and determine our lives.

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Why we chose this book ...

"This book left a long lasting impression on me many many years ago! It has a fantastically creepy air of menace from the start that I know my current book club members will appreciate. They all seem to like the dark side!"

17
Mar
2017

The Graveyard Book

Carnegie winner: 2010
Author: Neil Gaiman

Why it's a great book

Irresistibly stylish with not a word out of place. A brooding sense of the Gothic combines with the tense qualities of a thriller as the Man Jack seeks to address a mistake from his past, placing the life of Bod in perilous danger.

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This book is adopted by

Swanshurst School
Brook Lane,

Why we chose this book ...

"'The Graveyard Book' won the Carnegie medal before any of our current students started participating in the scheme. We'd love our current generation of shadowers to have a chance to read it!"

13
Mar
2017

The Grange at High Force

Carnegie winner: 1965
Author: Philip Turner

Why it's a great book

A lost statue, the building of a mill wheel and a fervent desire to see cannons in action collide to create a fast, furious and enormously funny story that fizzes and effervesces with a lively energy and exuberance.

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8
Mar
2017

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

Carnegie winner: 1977
Author: Gene Kemp

Why it's a great book

It burns and blazes with the life and laughter of childhood and friendship in school and at home.

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Why we chose this book ...

"This book has a great title! I remember this as being quirky and funny with a twist in the tale. I am looking forward to seeing what our group thinks of a winning book from 40 years ago!"

2
Mar
2017

A Pack of Lies

Carnegie winner: 1988
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

Why it's a great book

This astonishing treasure trove of tales woven around a central idea challenges readers to think about the relationship between characters, creativity and construction.

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27
Feb
2017

Visitors from London

Carnegie winner: 1940
Author: Kitty Barne

Why it's a great book

An insightful story of characters coming together for a common good. It offers insight into the changes and challenges that evacuation posed for children and the communities they were sent to.

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24
Feb
2017

Goggle-eyes

Carnegie winner: 1989
Author: Anne Fine

Why it's a great book

Perfect for readers that love real life, family stories with razor sharp humour.

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20
Feb
2017

Ruby Holler

Carnegie winner: 2002
Author: Sharon Creech

Why it's a great book

The vitality of youth and the experience of the more elderly are brought into union in a fable like sense in a story that maps the way change can exert itself in our lives if we dare to connect with others, allowing them into our lives and, through so doing, arriving at a place of safety and security.

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This book is adopted by

Cardinal Heenan Leeds
Tongue Lane,

Why we chose this book ...

"This book was highly recommended by our English teachers, who have enjoyed sharing it with classes in the past. We are looking forward to reading and discussing it as a group. "

17
Feb
2017

The Borrowers

Carnegie winner: 1952
Author: Mary Norton

Why it's a great book

A tale of tiny people that makes a big impression! This richly imaginative fantasy set in the familiar environment of an everyday household provides a sharply focused, warmly humorous lens on the gradual maturation from childhood to adulthood.

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14
Feb
2017

Dear Nobody

Carnegie winner: 1991
Author: Berlie Doherty

Why it's a great book

Sensitive, lyrical and avoiding any sensation, this is a gripping story that stimulates thinking around the types of choices and the nature of the decision making we face in our lives.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We have chosen this book because we think it will be interesting and moving to look into the lives and feelings of people in different situations to us as we feel that it is inciteful and thought provoking."

7
Feb
2017

The Family from One End Street

Carnegie winner: 1937
Author: Eve Garnett

Why it's a great book

Inventive and innovative in the way it shone lights on different aspects of society this immensely playful collection of stories set in a single family is affectionate, witty and hugely endearing, a reason why it continues to endure.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We read the review on the blog and we were really gripped by the wide range of characters and the social context of the time. We are looking forward to seeing how our world and Garnett's has changed and evolved."

4
Feb
2017

A Monster Calls

Carnegie winner: 2012
Author: Patrick Ness

Why it's a great book

A tale of power and poignancy that brings together an impressive selection of stories within stories, exploring their interconnections and the capacity they hold to aid our ability to cope, find catharsis and even resilience for some of the most emotionally complex and sensitive of events.

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This book is adopted by

NDAllstars
North Durham Academy,

Why we chose this book ...

"Amazing many- layered storyline, brilliant illustrations. A modern classic. This book has proved THE most popular with my reading intervention groups and we have almost had students coming to fisticuffs to borrow it! "

2
Feb
2017

The Little White Horse

Carnegie winner: 1946
Author: Elizabeth Goudge

Why it's a great book

This book takes us to a netherworld where aspects of our lives, the types of change and growth we experience, can be measured. Descriptions are lyrical and there is a measured sense of control and wonder on every page.

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This book is adopted by

Beaumont Readers
Oakwood Drive,

Why we chose this book ...

"Because it has a unicorn on the front, and one of our members received the book from her grandparents and really enjoyed it."

27
Jan
2017

Skellig

Carnegie winner: 1998
Author: David Almond

Why it's a great book

This spiritual novel explores what it is to be alive, to feel awake to the possibility, to the wonders of the world that we exist in. Written with spare lyricism, it’s one that leaves an indelible impression on the minds of readers.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We're excited to read Skellig as we have heard so much about it!"

24
Jan
2017

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Carnegie winner: 1973
Author: Penelope Lively

Why it's a great book

Uncertainty, humour and playful imagination combine to make this a fresh, engaging and entertaining read with profound comments about the nature of memory and of time.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We decided to adopt this book because it looks like a really good ghost story. Scary but also full of exciting adventure as well"

20
Jan
2017

The Haunting

Carnegie winner: 1982
Author: Margaret Mahy

Why it's a great book

The 1982 winner of the Carnegie Medal is ideal for readers that enjoy chilling stories with a brooding sense of uncertainty.

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Why we chose this book ...

"We can't wait to read and discuss this scary sounding book!"

17
Jan
2017

Whispers in the Graveyard

Carnegie winner: 1994
Author: Theresa Breslin

Why it's a great book

Perfect for readers that want to better understand what it feels like to be an outsider and to be misunderstood.

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This book is adopted by

Wrenn Readers
London Road, Northants

Why we chose this book ...

"Looking forward to our shadowing group reading this modern day classic which tells the plight of a young boy who has dyslexia. "

13
Jan
2017

Monsters of Men

Carnegie winner: 2011
Author: Patrick Ness

Why it's a great book

Perfect for readers who like to be actively involved in the narrative measuring characters and decisions against their own sense of right and wrong and enjoying the twists and turns of a swiftly changing and often unexpected plot.

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Why we chose this book ...

"The Hemel Hempstead School shadowers are big fans of Patrick Ness and the older readers who shadowed in 2011 are keen to introduce our newer members to Monsters of Men. "

9
Jan
2017

Pigeon Post

Carnegie winner: 1936
Author: Arthur Ransome

Why it's a great book

Ideal for readers who want to escape to a carefree, bygone age of adventure and imagination.

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Why we chose this book ...

"Corby Business Academy are looking forward to reading Pigeon Post, the winner of the first Carnegie Medal!"