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The longlist for the 2013 Carnegie Medal has been announced and I was please to see quite a few books I’ve already read on it, plus several in my TBR pile – and of course in an ideal world I’d like to read all of them! The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding book for children and was established in 1936. The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

These are the longlisted books I’ve already read:

  • double shadowDavid Almond – The True Tale of the Monster Billy DeanReview. An intriguing slightly dystopian read, that was marketed to adults too. I didn’t love this book, but do admire Almond’s writing. 6.5/10
  • Roddy Doyle – A Greyhound of a Girl - Review. A book about death seen through the eyes of three generations of women that will make you smile! 8.5/10
  • Sally Gardner - The Double ShadowReview. A complex and fantastical/philosophical novel about memory for teens – I loved it. 10/10
  • wonderSally Nicholls - All fall downReview – The story of a survivor of the Black Death in 1349. Well researched, could have been darker for me, but a good read. 8.5/10
  • RJ Palacio – Wonder - Review. You’re totally manipulated by this ‘issues’ book, but it is done with kindness. Predictable, but I laughed, I cried, and I couldn’t put it down. 8/10

These are waiting in my TBR pile (affiliate links in the titles):

maggot moon

  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Yes, a second nomination, and a very different book narrated by a boy with dyslexia (Gardner herself is severely dyslexic)
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. A short story cycle linked by the moon. Sedgwick is one of my favourite YA authors.
  • Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley – a YA take on Frankenstein. I loved his previous YA book which was a Gothic spine-chiller
  • be-cat-by-matt-haig-hardcover-cover-artTo Be A Cat  by Matt Haig, in which a child wakes up as his bully’s cat. Coming from the author of The Radleys (my review) but written for older children rather than teens, it’s a must for me.
  • Unrest by Michelle Harrison, a spine-chiller about a boy who is afraid of going to sleep – and he has a good reason.

There are many more in the list that sound wonderful, but I shall concentrate on those I already own a copy of. I’ve got some great reading in store I think, and it’ll be interesting to see what makes the shortlist.

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