Students are invited to join the Carnegie/Greenaway shadowing group that will read and discuss this year’s shortlisted books. Eight books have been shortlisted for each category and our students will have the opportunity to read and vote for their favourite. In June they will attend a shadowing event at Lodge Park when school teams will compete in quizzes and discussions.
The Carnegie medal is given for the most outstanding book written in English while the Greenaway medal is awarded to the most outstanding illustrated book. The awards are considered to be the most prestigious in children’s fiction and are judged solely by librarians. The winner in each category will be announced on Monday 20 June.
Librarian Mrs Adams has a shadowing group for the awards each year. She said: ‘In order to join up then students have to be happy to read most, if not all of the books on the shortlists; eight fiction books and eight picture books. So far I have read three of the Carnegie-shortlisted novels; Fire Colour One, Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. In that book there are a couple of issues about the central character and his sister that emerge gradually. The writing is very clever, you are not really aware it is fantasy because the setting is very suburban but sections of it are full-on fantasy.
‘Fire Colour One is art-inspired and Iris who lives with her incredibly selfish mother in the States. You find out more about her life and her relationship with her father in England. It is very moving. The best one I have read so far is Lies We Tell Ourselves which launches straight into the action and is set in America in 1959. Sarah is one of nine black children who attend an integrated school for the first time. It is really action-packed and written from a dual perspective. The other narrator is Linda, a white girl who initially is anti-integration. Their characters are so well drawn that I couldn’t put it down.
'I am expecting good things from One by Sarah Crossan, which is about conjoined twins. Five Children on the Western Front is an adventure story and it follows on from the classic Five Children and It by E Nesbit. Marcus Sedgwick does creepy chiller-fiction so this shortlist has a range of books and styles. The book group, which meets at 10.05 on Thursdays are discussing all of them. If anyone else wants to join us for the shadowing they will be very welcome and I will probably do some after-school events associated with the Carnegie/Greenaway awards as well.’
Josh Smith and Harry Carter both from Year 7 have signed up for the shadowing scheme. Josh said: ‘ I am reading Fire Colour One and am enjoying it. I read a variety of genres so I don’t particularly have a favourite.’ Harry added: ‘I am reading Five Children on the Western Front. I am looking forward to reading all the Carnegie books particularly as I read lots of books and I don’t really have a favourite author.’