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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"And in the dark Noah received his instructions; still on his knees, trembling not from cold but from awe, he listened to these orders till the dawn came. Then the inner vision faltered, and faded, while the voice of his wife rose loud and louder like a cock's crow, to exclaim: 'Old man, whatever are you doing? If you cannot come to bed at once I shall never give you goat's curd so late at night again.'"

The Moon in the Cloud

Carnegie winner: 1968
Author: Rosemary Harris

God forewarns kindly Noah that he intends to flood the earth and instructs him to build an Ark to provide salvation both for his family and the myriad creatures that inhabit the earth.  Noah charges his wayward son, Ham with bringing two cats from Kemi and collecting two lions on the journey back.  Chastising his neighbour Reuben about the oncoming fate that will befall him and his wife, Thamar.  Ham agrees that should they collect the animals, that they will be allowed on the Ark.

Having agreed, Reuben sets forth to Kemi along with his cat Cefalu.  They are captured in the dsert and Cefaulu is taken to a nearby temple where he falls in love with the cat that lives there.  Reuben is enslaved, but dreams of escaping and returning home.  When he does so, it is to discover treachery by the ill-fated Ham, but will things be able to be settled prior to the rains beginning?

Humorous and inventive, the novel offers a new perspective on the Bible story of Noah and the flood, linking this with aspects of Egyptian history and geography.


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