Bigwigs slog it out for Carnegie Medal

I’ve always thought that I’d like to be a judge for one of the big children’s literature awards.  Spending months reading every single book on the long-list and whittling it down to a shortlist of 4-6 books sounds like my idea of heaven.  However,  I’m glad I’m not one of the judges for this year’s Carnegie Medal, the award given annually by librarians to the writer of an outstanding book for children.  The shortlist this year includes some of the biggest names in children’s and young adult’s literature:

Patrick Ness is definitely at the top of my list, but I’m also a huge fan of Marcus Sedgwick’s writing and Revolver was a tense and enthralling read.  Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman are also both great writers but both of their nominated books failed to grab me.  It’s interesting to note that my favourites tend to be male writers and I haven’t read any of the female writers on the list (I must remedy this immediately!). 

Have you read any of the shortlisted titles or do you have a favourite title that you would like to win?

3 thoughts on “Bigwigs slog it out for Carnegie Medal

  1. clurbee 28 April 2010 / 11:33 am

    I really enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, but like you, was disappointed with Nation by Pratchet – he’s usually my favourite author. I read Audrey Niffenegger’s Fearful Symmetry shortly after the Graveyard Book and recognised the cemmetry straight away. In fact both Gaiman and Niffenegger mention each other in their acknowledgments. (trivia fact for the day over).

    • bronnypop 28 April 2010 / 3:25 pm

      Ooh, spooky! I read exactly the same journey as you, and found exactly the same thing, and I did try really hard to love Nation. Sigh. And like you, Zac, there’s no way I’d want to be a judge having to choose from all those great authors (even tho it’s always Neil for me!).

  2. Lisa 28 April 2010 / 8:53 pm

    I love The Ask And The Answer so much that it has got to be my top pick, but am I really qualified to judge when I’ve only read 1 of the other ones? I would hate to have to slog through a list of books for an award. Usually being exposed to new authors and genres is a great experience but I am so very fearful of getting stuck with a bad book!

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