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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"Tyke is the only stable influence in that boy's life. Look at his background. That awful mother, father gone who knows where..."

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

Carnegie winner: 1977
Author: Gene Kemp

Full of mischief,  mayhem and misadventure, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler is a socially astute comedy that shifts its focus between the home, school and family circles of of the eponymous and irrepresible Tyke.

Tyke is best friend to Danny, owner of Crumble the dog, pupil at Cricklepit Combined School - one of the oldest state schools in the country - child to mum and dad and younger sibling to Spud and Beryl.

The varying roles and responsibilities of childhood unfurl in this vivid, good-humoured read which showcases the different perspectives and expectations that lie between adult and child worlds.  

Jokes at the start of each chapter help to keep the tone light and cheerful, tempting readers to progress ever further into the story.

Danny and Tyke's friendship is well-realised, close and endearing in its base.  The two offer one another support and companionship.  Characterand community come together and are brilliantly brought to life.  There's an unexpected turn of events towards the close of the story that may well challenge some of the thoughts and assumptions that readers might have made when reading the novel.

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!"