Nine students from Brooke Weston met with counterparts from Lodge Park, Corby Business Academy and Woodnewton to discuss books shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie and Greenaway medals. The students promoted their favourite titles during a ‘book push’ and voting session, and also took part in a quiz with Ben Tansey and Esther Onwuegbuzie, both from Year 10, sharing joint first while Jennariece Robson from Year 8 was placed joint second. Zara Green from Year 9 won the book push for Brooke Weston with her convincing argument for A Monster Calls.
Brooke Weston students have attended the Carnegie/Greenaway shadowing at Lodge Park since 2007 and discuss some of the best contemporary children’s fiction. Each has a chance to stand up and canvass support for their favourite titles with some of the students’ front runners this year including A Monster Calls, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Everybody Jam. Some of the students will meet author Rutya Sepetys who wrote the hard-hitting Between Shades of Grey about a girl imprisoned in a Siberian concentration camp, at an event at Corby Business Academy next week.
The Carnegie Medal is given to the best literary book while the Greenaway Medal is awarded to the best illustrated book. There are eight shortlisted books for each medal this year with one title, A Monster Calls nominated as a contender in both categories. The medals are awarded by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and this year’s winners will be announced later this month.
Mrs Adams, the Librarian at Brooke Weston said: ‘Many of this year’s books deal with themes of death, grief and hardship but they all have life-affirming messages in them which show that the underdog wins in the end; it is about survival and character development. The shadowing process gives students the chance to delve into each of these titles and really think about and discuss why they like them. The books are available from the library in paper versions and are also available electronically on the Kindles.’
Holly Tolhurst from Year 8 said: ‘I think Between Shades of Grey will win. I liked it because it was serious which makes a change from jokey or fantasy books. It was an absolutely fantastic book rooted in real life.’
Jennariece Robson said: ‘I enjoyed the quiz most and I did quite well because I came second in the competition and won four books. My favourite book this year is Everybody Jam because parts of the story are quite funny and parts are over emotional so you can actually connect with the main character.’
Alexandra Allport also from Year 8 added: ‘I liked it because we were able to talk to students from other schools about the books. My favourite was Between Shades of Grey which is one of the best books I have read.’