Monday 10th July 2006 by C. Freeman
Students at Brooke Weston have been debating the merits of different books as they shadow one of this year's top literary awards. The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children's book awards are always fiercely contested and this year there are lots of books vying for the top spot.
A 'shadowing' scheme means that students can read the shortlisted books and discuss what they like about each, before voting for a favourite, from the eight shortlisted for the Greenaway and five for the Carnegie Medal. There is an online poll where the top three in each category are named.
Members of the book groups at Brooke Weston have looked at all the nominations and have come up with their top picks. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is the College's tip for the Greenaway while author Frank Cotterill Boyce may walk away with the Carnegie Medal, according to our students. He actually won the prize last year for Millions so perhaps he can make it two in a row with this year's nomination Framed.
A contingent from the reading groups met up with other shadowing groups from four other schools for a session of lively debate and voting at Lodge Park. Year 8 students Charlotte Hynes and Elizabeth Downey represented Brooke Weston at the event at Lodge Park.
Brooke Weston librarian, Charlie Smith said; 'These awards represent some of the best titles in children's fiction and the shadowing scheme means that we can also feel part of the judging process. It gives students a look at really high quality work, both written and illustrated and the books will appeal to a whole spectrum of readers.'
The range of shortlisted books are available from the College library.