This year’s shortlist reading period seems to have flashed by and today was the day, when we met with our old and new friends from Churchill Academy to debate the merits of all eight books up for the Carnegie medal. It was our turn to host and we made a full day of activities, quizzes and discussion by adding an author talk in the morning. Mimi Thebo lives nearby and we had seen her books nominated for Carnegie (Dreaming the Bear was also Longlisted last year) so thought she would be a good person to enlighten us about book awards. What a great day we had!
After breaking the ice and getting to know one another we settled into teams for the annual quiz – the new round contained a Grab-Bag full of items featured in the books, each one with a bonus question:
Not everyone remembered this from Release – and very few could name the flower, or spell it!
In which book was the Christmas treat, Quality Street? and what was Kenny’s best friend called?
Which story turned with a hairbrush and what was the slogan?
Sorry about this one – but it was obvious – from Saint Death
It was a closely run contest with joint winners choosing a book prize and sharing home-made shortlisted book chox:
Mimi provided the highlight of the day with a fascinating talk looking into the perils of trying to become a published author, let alone one who wins an award. We were left inspired to search out well written books and to share them with others. Students queued up to purchase a signed book (or two) and Mimi spent time chatting with each one. Oh and we loved her bears!
Lunch is always another highlight with our visitors bringing Carnegie themed cake:
And last but not least is our regular big debate on the merits of all 8 shortlisted books and a vote for the best of the bunch. This year our winner was obvious with 2/3 of the votes going to Will Hill’s After the Fire:
So now all we need to do, is hold our breath until Monday 18th June, when the adult judges announce the winner of the best written book for children and young adults for 2018. We shall be live-streaming the event in our Reading Room at lunchtime for anyone who wishes to attend.
On their way home, I asked students to write their view of the day on our new wipe-board, using their initials to begin the words, so I will leave you with them.
We are recommending our group members now try some of the different titles shortlisted for the YA Award (although our favourite, Will Hill won this last week with After the Fire) Click below for details of both lists
Carnegie Longlist & YA shortlist