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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"There’s a trap serial killers fall into, namely, the trap of pattern. There’s something the same about each of their killings, and this tells the law that it’s the same person doing them. It also helps the police by saying something about the killer."

Stone Cold

Carnegie winner: 1993
Author: Robert Swindells

Sixteen year old Link makes the decision to leave home when family life with his mum’s new boyfriend Vincent, becomes untenable.  He ends up homeless living on the streets of London and encountering much of the danger, stigma and difficulty that forms part of daily existence.  Contrasting with Link’s narrative is the story of Shelter, relayed through a sequence of regimented Daily Routine Orders.  The juxtaposition between the two styles of writing and approaches to life is often startling - one cold, stark and calculating, the other far more compassionate and questioning in its approach.

Link finds himself caught within the midst of a series of disappearances that have been happening throughout the city when his friend Ginger goes missing.  The homeless are being picked off one by one, demonised for who they are and what they represent.  Link must navigate his way between in his wrangling to uncover the truth of the situation, but when there is doubt around those that can and cannot be trusted, this becomes perilous.

Exploration of the different social strata and the role the media is able to play in inflaming or diffusing popular opinion is achieved with gritty realism and considerable insight.  A tense thriller, told in short sections from two narrative perspectives makes this highly charged and well suited to even less confident readers.

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.


brutal loner / friendships / homeless /


This book is adopted by

Highfield Challengers
Highfield, Herts

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."