After the Fire
Utterly compelling, this book is a real contender for the Carnegie medal. The rich narrative is populated with a host of characters who manage to portray the very best of humanity alongside the very worst. I think this is my favourite of the all the books I've read on the shortlist so far. Moonbeam is such a fighter and she comes through so much over the course of the book - I'd love to know what happens to her when the final chapter ends. An amazing story!
Posted on: 16 May 2018
The Hate U Give
Topical, thought-provoking and utterly relevant, The Hate U Give is truly a story for our time. I found the book slow to start and struggled to relate to the main character throughout the book. Some of the secondary characters were a little thin and at points I felt characters were sacrificed in the name of plot. However, there is no denying the book carries an important message, promoting understanding, tolerance and true equality. Little wonder then, that The Hate U Give is winning accolades across the board and is more than worthy of its place on this list.
Posted on: 22 Apr 2018
My first Carnegie book of 2018 was Release by Patrick Ness and for me, it got the shadowing off to a strong start. It tells the story of Adam Thorn and how his life is inescapably altered by the events of a single day. A second story is woven within the narrative, a ghost story that sings of love and loss and letting go. With echoes of Mrs Dalloway and more than a nod to Judy Blume, Ness spins a tale of acceptance and growth, the weight of first love and the way it echoes throughout a life. Traversing old memories and new heartache, Adam will never be the same again. This was a terrific read with relatable characters that were easy to like. I would whole heartedly recommend this book to older readers, particularly those who haven't read Ness yet and are looking for a place to begin.
Posted on: 29 Mar 2018
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