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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"'If MCC doesn't exist, but we know his stories for true, there is only one explanation.' Realization fell on her not like a ray of light or a clap of thunder but like a white dust-sheet settling very gradually over a piece of old furniture."

A Pack of Lies

Carnegie winner: 1988
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

On World Book Day, an annual celebration of books and reading, it feels apt to explore a Carnegie winner that highlights the power and impact that stories hold over us.

Clothed in a green corduroy jacket, white cricket flannels and suede shoes, MCC Berkshire, who makes an appearance in Ailsa and her mother's antique shop, is an enigma.  His personality and the extraordinary tales he tells are inviting and infectious as he picks out objects and artefacts, weaving stories around them to encourage customers to buy them.  Fantastical and embellished, the stories capitvate both customers and readers alike.

Each of the stories MCC Berkshire tells sparkles and shines with a crystalline structure and style that perfectly captures the atmosphere and mood of the genre.  As a whole, the collection of tales and its overarching narrative shines a light onto the way stories give shape to our ideas and understanding, helping to illuminate aspects of our lives, allowing a heightened understanding of our thoughts, feelings and encounters.  The lithe writing stimulates audiences to think about sometimes shifting relationships between fantasy and reality, truth and fiction.

A surprising, though thoroughly satisfactory,  twist at the end of the novel makes a big impact on readers challenging thinking about the book and encouraging consideration around the patterns and pathways it has led and misled through...

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