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Carnegie Judge Talks To Students

Carnegie Shadowers had a fantastic treat at the end of Term 5 when they got a very special visit.

Kate Lister, Carnegie judge for the East Midlands, dropped in to take part in a Question & Answer session with the eager readers.

The Carnegie Medal is an annual book award that is shadowed by young people throughout the world and is considered to be the most prestigious of book awards for childen's and young adults. 

Previous winners include Anne Fine, Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett.   Shortlisted books for this year, which CBA shadowers are devouring at present, are: Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve, The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, Rowan the Strange by Julia Hearn, Nation by Terry Pratchett, Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Vanishing of Katherina Linden and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. 


Kate's visit provided shadowers with a unique opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding of the judging process.  Students discussed the shortlisted books in detail with Kate, though unfortunately she refused to tell us who the winner is - even when we offered bribes!   Of course the session wasn't all smiles; students soon bared their teeth and demanded to know why their favourite longlisted books were not shortlisted.  Kate's reasons were very persuasive, but we still all believe it's a travesty that Lucy Christopher's Stolen wasn't shortlisted!


Carnegie related activites planned for next rerm include: making a film, building a website, a German evening and trips to meet other local Carnegie shadowers.  Students who would like to get involved are still welcome to do so and should ask in the Library for details.


Article by Amy McKay - CBA Librarian