Carnegie Cakes, Quizzes, Debate and Friendship.

Whew! What a day!

The Library was closed for the annual Carnegie Lunch with Churchill Academy students and became a very different place from usual!

We mixed ourselves up and worked in groups of 4 on games and quizzes – all based on the 8 shortlisted titles for the Carnegie Book Award. After a break for a delicious lunch, we started our debate about which book should win the final accolade of “the best written book” of the year. To spice things up Mrs Gibson had devised  tableaux (one from each of the books) for the teams to recreate, to introduce each book to be discussed.

Mr Baldwin was able to join us to open the envelope containing the winner as chosen by the adult judges. Unfortunately it wasn’t our favourite, but interestingly it also won the sister award, The Kate Greenaway, for the best illustrated book. This is an historic event, and the Library Ladiez have to say that the awards have gone to two exceptionally talented men, Patrick Ness and Jim Kay for A Monster Calls.


Oh, and did I mention the cakes? Well, they were a sight to behold:

Everybody Jam tarts, Small Change for Stuart telephone box, Midnight Zoo chocolate fudge special, Shades of Gray frosted sponge and Trash Stuppa cupcakes.

….and didn’t last long after Churchill judged Midnight Zoo the winning cake!

Other students had created Book Boxes to promote their favourites – look out for them on display in the library after Activities Week and Emma provided the super hand-made bookcover centrepieces for all the tables. A big THANK YOU to them all!

A monster calls: the winning book box

We were sad to see our new friends leave, but have promised to stay in touch via Skype, until next year!