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Welcome to our Anniversary Blog by resident blogger Jake Hope. Jake will be reading and reviewing all of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books during the anniversary year. We are also asking shadowers to "Adopt a Book" and join in reading and discussing the anniversary titles in their shadowing groups.

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7
Nov
2017

"‘The what?’ Cassy snorted and put the drawing down on the floor again. ‘That’s just nonsense. Wolves are wolves, and people are people.’ ‘It’s not quite as simple as that.’ Robert looked earnest and pompous, as if he were giving a lecture. ‘The way we think about wolves is twisted up with the way we think about ourselves. We’ve been linked for thousands of years. Perhaps for millions.’"

Wolf

Carnegie winner: 1990
Author: Gillian Cross

Cassy lives with her Nan, her grandmother on her father’s side.  Both her Nan and mother are tight-lipped when it comes to talking about her father and are determined to maintain that silence.  Things change, however, when Cassy is awakened by footsteps in the middle of the night.  The following day she is sent to stay with her mother Goldie, who squats in London.

Goldie and her partner Lyall live with his son Robert, together running Moongazer, an immersive educational experience they put on in schools that pools drama, facts, art and storytelling.  The project they are currently working upon is wolf, a conceit that allows exploration of the different levels of meaning and associations of the ‘wolf’ in history, art and society at large.  Cassy becomes haunting by recurring nightmares which transpose elements of Little Red Riding Hood onto her own life.

 Different ways of life and ways of thinking and believing come into conflict in the book and Cass makes some shocking discoveries about her father.  A powerful and poignant novel that offers insight into courage, fears, learning and family.

A genre-busting novel that embraces various forms and aspects ranging from fact, mystery, thriller, gritty-contemporary-realism, and the fairytale. The novel innovatively subverts and reframes the fairytale and widens our collective understanding of the wolf in the popular consciousness.

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