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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"The eye of the tempest was over Corinth. It glared down with livid anger and turned the wide landscape to a silvered lead. Something was amiss in nature; the heavens were awry. Men prayed frantically to be forgiven their secret sins and mothers hurried their children to the tops of houses, remembering tales of the ancient flood."

The God Beneath the Sea

Carnegie winner: 1970
Author: Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen

A triad comprised of three parts outlining The Making of the Gods before moving on to The Making of Men and concluding with Gods and Men.  As a newborn, Hephaestus is cast from Mount Olympus and his upbringing is left to Thetis and Eurynome.  The pair wean him on the stories of the Greek Myths hoping to settle him his agitated character.  Growing more frustrated at the ignorance he has concerning his identity, Hephaestus is given a hammer and anvil as a pressure valve for his rage and forges an intricately wrought brooch.  Caught in a fury of anger and indignation when his parenthood is revealed, Hephaestus destroys the brooch with half being washed beneath the sea where it is eventually found by Hermes and given to Zeus who fashions Aphrodite in its image.

The creation of men follows, with Prometheus sculpting them from clay.  Attempting to protect his creation from destruction by Zeus, Prometheus guides them in worship of the god.  Mankind develops being gifted fire by Prometheus and having woman created and telling of the later abduction of Persephone and the Olympians attempts to hold Zeus captive leading to the eventual building of Troy.

A triumph of majestic language and storytelling that presents a clear structure and sequence for the Greek myths, establishing elements of these as a frame narrative told with power, style and panache.


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