Carnegie shadowing begins…

The Carnegie shortlists were finally announced last month, with a broad range of themes (and THREE titles about lying!) and pupils at Litcham have already begun their shadowing of the awards, which you can read about below:

One of the annual events for the school library is shadowing the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway book award. Our shadowing reading group “The Book Birds” first met last week, the day after the shortlist was announced and we were all super excited. We are a small group of 12 students from Years 7, 8 & 9, with many returning from last year.


Ever heard of the phrase “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? Well that’s exactly what we did do! To start with we looked at the covers of the 8 shortlisted titles and ranked them from 1 (the best) to 8 (the worst). The top books based on their covers were “One” and  “The Ghosts of Heaven”. We then read the blurb and re-judged them. The most popular book changed; it became “Lies We Tell Ourselves”. Many people decided that some of the books sounded better than they looked.

We have chosen to read “The Lie Tree” and “Five Children on the Western Front” first. We chose these books to go together because they are both winners of the Costa Book Award. To begin with they were both quite low in popularity, but now are being read with great enthusiasm. We are only half way through the stories, and there are mixed opinions about the pair, but in general they are being enjoyed.

Look out – we will be blogging our reviews after Easter when we have finished the books. Kyra, Year8

(This entry was originally posted here on Litcham School’s Books and Beyond blog).

Interested in reading the books shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie Award? You can find them all on the Norfolk Library Catalogue- just follow the links below.


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