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:
- Laurie Halse Anderson – Chains
- Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
- Helen Grant – The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
- Julie Hearn – Rowan the Strange
- Patrick Ness – The Ask and the Answer
- Terry Pratchet – Nation
- Philip Reeve – Fever Crumb
- Marcus Sedgwick – Revolver
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?