Keen readers from Brooke Weston Academy joined in the excitement of the Carnegie and Greenaway winners’ announcement as they watched the live screening.
The group of students has been reading and discussing the books over the past few months and also took part in the Trust wide shadowing event, where they voted Poet X and The Day War Came as their favourites. They were 50% right as Poet X was named winner of the Carnegie Award, while The Lost Worlds won the Greenaway Medal for best illustrated book.
The announcement was televised from the British Library and our students were on tenterhooks as they waited for the results.
Librarian Wendy McCabe said: ‘It was great to watch it, especially after having taken part in shadowing over the past few months. Poet X was a popular choice and the author did an amazing speech at the end. She is a slam artist so she did a very powerful poem at the end about empowering girls.'
Student Dylan Smith said: ‘It was really good and the winners were both my favourites. Poet X was the first Carnegie book that I read and it was really powerful. The whole thing was in verse and it was about a girl’s love for poetry through her teenage years. The Lost Words was a really good book and I liked the illustrations. The book is the same size as a pillow so you can tuck it away at night.’
Isabella-Anne Brown said: ‘It was amazing especially the speech that Elizabeth Acevedo gave. It was all about empowering young women. This was unique because of the way it is written and the situation she was in. She did a very empowering speech about how you should express yourself and be who you want to be. The Lost Words uses an acrostic to explain different nature words. The way it is illustrated was good as the colours work perfectly together and the author wants us to become at one with nature and respect it.’