The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.
It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries." Carnegie set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
First awarded to Arthur Ransome for ‘Pigeon Post’, the winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.
The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals..
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The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010
ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE CHAINS
Bloomsbury (Age range 11+)
Winner: GAIMAN, NEIL THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Bloomsbury (Age range 9+)
GRANT, HELEN THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN
Penguin (Age range 14+)
HEARN, JULIE ROWAN THE STRANGE
Oxford University Press (Age range 12+)
NESS, PATRICK THE ASK AND THE ANSWER
Walker (Age range 14+)
PRATCHETT, TERRY NATION
Doubleday (Age range 11+)
REEVE, PHILIP FEVER CRUMB
Scholastic (Age range 9+)
SEDGWICK, MARCUS REVOLVER
Orion (Age range 12+)
Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds something that makes his heart stop. Curled up deep in the bog is the body of the child. And it looks as if she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the troubled world around him (it is 1980s Ireland), a little voice come to him in his dreams and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.
This is a beautifully written and controlled novel, strong on dialogue but with some beautiful descriptive phrases as well. The dual narrative is deftly done and Dowd is very good on family relationships and the atmosphere of the times. The ending is satisfying, and the whole believable and unflinching.
COLFER, EOIN Airman
Puffin (Age range: 9+)
One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terriblecrime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back - his family, his friends... and his princess.
This is a rollicking read; a terrific tale of derring-do in which Colfer combines brilliant plotting with his customary humour and strong well-rounded characterisation. There is plenty to enjoy in the understated irony and the excellent descriptions of historical gadgets and inventions, but this book also has a convincing and engaging emotional reality.
GRAY, KEITH Ostrich Boys (Definitions)
Definitions (Age range: 12+)
Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey. Stealing the urn that contains the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out to travel 261 miles from Cleethorpes on the English east coast, to the tiny hamlet of Ross in southern Scotland, in a bid to give their friend a proper send-off.
A beautifully realised rite of passage novel, very strong on the relationships between its central characters and accurate about the emotions of teenage boys. The dialogue is particularly powerful and the pace of the plot just right in this authentic book about the end of childhood and the beginning of adult lives.
NESS, PATRICK The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking)
Walker (Age range: 14+)
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, a town like no other where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy and there are no secrets. Or are there? Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. And now he is going to have to run…
A bleak and unflinching novel with fascinating characters and extraordinary dialogue which creates a fully-realised world that the reader really buys into. The dog Manchee is an inspired creation! Ness conveys a real sense of terror and the ending is devastating. A novel that really stands out.
THOMPSON, KATE Creature of the Night (Definitions)
Bodley Head (Age range: 14+)
When Bobby’s mother moves the family into a rented house in the country, a neighbour tells him that achild was once murdered there. Bobby doesn’t care. All he wants is to get back to Dublin and resume his old life stealing cars. But getting his old life back turns out to be difficult, especially as the longer he spends in the old cottage, the more convinced he becomes that something strange is going on there.
A profoundly moving and believable novel by a natural storyteller which really gets the teenage experience. The language is strong but not gratuitous, the story gripping and powerful, and Bobby a character you care about despite his wayward tendencies.
26th June, 2008, London- Here Lies Arthur, by Philip Reeve , casts King Arthur as abloodthirsty tyrant and Merlin as his political spin doctor has won the 2008 Carnegie Medal for children's literature. Some of his characters bear more than a passing resemblance to modern-day political figures.
Merlin (here named Myrddin) is not a magician but a hard nosed, Alastair Campbell type [a hard-headed English political PR spin-doctor who work for ex- Prime Minister Tony Blair] who recognises that the Celts needs a strong leader and sets out to create a myth around Arthur, a "war-mongering, self-interested thug".
One of Merlin's PR stunts is the Lady of the Lake, who turns out to be a young servant girl made to hold her breath under the water with a sword in her hand.
The Carnegie Medal - or "the Booker of the playground", as it is sometimes known - is awarded annually for or an outstanding work of fiction for young people, and is judged by the nation's librarians.
The Carnegie medal shortlist 2008
2008 Winner & Short listed Titles
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Winner: Here Lies Arthur- WINNER Philip Reeve
- Gatty's Tale, Kevin Crossley-Holland, (Age range: 10+)- The magnificent picaresque story of a medievalpilgrimage. Of all the characters in THE SEEING STONE and AT THE CROSSING-PLACES, it is Gatty the village girl - steadfast, forthright, innocent and wise - who has won the hearts of readers.
- Ruby Red , Linzi Glass , (Age range: 12+)- In Ruby Winters' world, colour opens some doors and slams othersshut. Her Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from the streets of Soweto where anger and hatred simmer under the surface. Ruby can't resist the blue-eyed Afrikaans boy who brings...
- Crusade, Elizabeth Laird, (Age range: 10+)- Adam grabs the chance to join the Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem.He burns with determination to strike down the infidel enemy. Salim's father buys him an apprenticeship with a travelling doctor, to keep him safe. But Salim's employment leads him to...
- Apache, Tanya Landman, (Age range: 12+)- Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an...
- What I Was, Meg Rosoff - (Age range: 12+)- 'd been kicked out of two boarding schools and the last thing I wanted was to be here, on the East Anglian coast, in a third. But without St. Oswald's, I would not have discovered the fisherman's hut with its roaring fire, its striped blankets...
- Finding Violet Park, Jenny Valentine (Age range: 12+)
- Narrated by the most compelling voice since Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, this is a quirky and original voyage of self-discovery triggered by a lost urn of ashes. Narrated by the most compelling voice since Curious Incident of the...
Please note that before 2007 the year refers to when the book was published rather than when the medal was awarded i.e. the 2005 winner was announced and the medal presented in July 2006.
2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin
2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books
2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan
2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (New Windmill), Doubleday
2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land (Dance Sequence 5), Bodley Head
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy: 2006 Edition, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction), Andersen Press
1995 Philip Pullman, Northern Lights (His Dark Materials), Scholastic
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard (New Windmill), Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold (Puffin Teenage Fiction), H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies: Play (Plays Plus), H Hamilton
1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody: Play (Plays Plus), H Hamilton
1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf (Oxford Children's Modern Classics), OUP
1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes (Puffin Books) H Hamilton
1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP
1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny Was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm (Yellow Bananas), Heinemann
1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover (Collins Modern Classics), Dent
1983 Jan Mark, Handles (Puffin Books), Kestrel
1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting (Puffin Books), Dent
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows (Puffin Teenage Fiction), Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold and Other Stories from the Old Testament, Gollancz
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings (Puffin Modern Classics), Kestrel
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan
1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold (A Kelpie Paperback), H Hamilton
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
1958 Philipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up
1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children
1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape