Carnegie 2018 – a day of celebration

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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:

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!

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Lunch is always another highlight with our visitors bringing Carnegie themed cake:

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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.

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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

 

 

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Harry Potter Night 2017

assembly-slideAfter the success of our Y7 Battle of the Bookatrons, we have decided to roll out the team quiz format to celebrate Harry Potter Night this year. Teams of 4 are invited from Y8 & Y9. They need a Wizardly name and a plate of magical munchies!

The Quiz will be on February 1st at lunchtime – with PRIZES!

 

Y7 Battle of the Bookatrons

A great day yesterday, fighting it out in the Library to see who are the greatest Bookatrons in Y7. 12 teams of 4 with some great names shared their knowledge of Tom Gates, Hunger Games, Harry Potter and David Walliams and pondered over well known titles produced in different languages. All washed down with Polyjuice Potion, caramel wafers, prawn cocktail crisps and Bogtrotter cake!

With a tie between 3 teams the winners were chosen after guessing how many millions of copies of the Hunger Games have been sold since it was first published in 2008. The Pygmy Puffs were the closest with 7 million (but still way off the actual 65+million copies!!) and so our ultimate winners,  with The Shakespearians and The Bookies close behind.

BIG thanks to the English Department for joining us and providing readings for the David Walliams round, to our 6th form Assistants who kept the scores and to our Headmaster for announcing the winners wearing Christmas Tree glasses!

 Hope you all get a good book in your stocking . Seasons Readings

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The People’s Carnegie

This is the school’s 15th year shadowing the Carnegie Book Award given by CILIP for the best written book published in the UK during the past year. And we were pleased to see such a varied and accessible list of titles:

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After a swelling of numbers last year, our turnout to most meetings has continued to be healthy whilst we have all been reading the 8 books shortlisted this year, with an enthusiastic new contingent from Y7. Eventually 22 students made it to the end, having read 5 or more of the shortlisted titles which qualified them to join our Carnegie Lunch Day with our partner group from Churchill Academy.

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Carnegie Reading Group 2016

We usually share the Medal Day on the actual day of announcement from the adult judges. However this year, due to various reasons, we had to postpone our event until a couple of weeks later. Although we all knew the winner, this did not dampen our fighting spirit and we concentrated on OUR views (which are frequently different to the adult judges anyway!)

So, for The People’s Carnegie Day, we shared a morning of activities based on Truth & Lies (3 of the books had lies in the title and themes) and of course, The Big Quiz which tested teams to the limit.

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We broke for lunch with the traditional highlight being the literary cakes baked by the visiting team, and were not disappointed! See if you can guess which books they are all based on:

This was followed by the Great Debate which this year included EVERY student’s comments. We divided them into small teams and each had to provide a short argument for or against a book winning the award. Students told us later they preferred this to a general discussion which tends to be dominated by the fearless and sweeps over less popular books. Group leaders from both schools were impressed with the imaginative and articulate presentations.

We finished with a vote and the title winning over the most students was The Lies we tell ourselves by Robin Talley which won the the Amnesty CILIP Honour, awarded to the author  that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms.

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In case you are wondering, and haven’t heard, the overall winner as judged by the CILIP panel was One, a novel about conjoined twins, written in free verse, by Sarah Crossan

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