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We're a group of librarians and children's books enthusiasts who are celebrating this year's anniversary. We're currently reading our way through the shortlists!

Hazel

There is a Tribe of Kids by Carolyn
I love when fiction and non-fiction are blurred together, and this book is a fine example. It is gorgeous and simple, educational, clever, and cute. I . . .
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The Journey by Carolyn
This is a beautiful book, and timely. The sparse language is contrasted yet complemented by the bold illustrations that contain both realistic and met . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Carolyn
Like many readers, I hadn't heard of the WWII Wilhelm Gustloff disaster and reading "Salt to the Sea" was enlightening to say the least. In it, we get . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Carolyn
I loved this book! It's described as "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for kids, and that hits the nail on the head. "Sputnik's Guide to Life on Ea . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Carolyn
"The Stars at Oktober Bend" is poetic and experimental, and grazes some modern-day issues like sexual assault, disability, poverty, and refugees. I th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Carolyn
I'm afraid I didn't particularly like this book. The writing style felt disingenuous, and I could not distinguish between any of the narrators, as the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Carolyn
This one took time to grow on me, and while it wasn't my favourite I did end up enjoying it. I can see why Wolf Hollow is likened to "To Kill a Mockin . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Carolyn
After reading the Carnegie shortlist, I think this would be an excellent choice for the win. It is beautifully written, and its touches of magic reali . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alex
This is an oddly quiet story but one I found really enjoyable. Told in intertwining narratives, the book is set in the 70s in Alaska and covers a bri . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alex
This is the story of 9 year old Subhi, who was born in a refugee camp and has lived his entire life there. It was incredible. Subhi has such a capti . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ruth
I can't begin to explain how much this book has affected me. It was deeply disturbing and unsettling. I think it should be required reading in schools . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ruth
This was a really unusual book! 4 stories intertwine beautifully, but I am not sure how teenagers will relate to the Alaskan setting 4 stars . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alex
I hate to say it but this has been my least favourite of all the Carnegie books so far. I wanted to love it, but it just didn't work for me. It had . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alex
I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. This is the story of Alice, a teenage girl who aged 12 suffered a traumatic brain injury - am . . .
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Railhead by Alex
Meet Zen Starling, petty thief picking pockets and riding the K-Rails, inter-planetary train lines, and dreaming of adventure. Meet mysterious strang . . .
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Tidy by Carolyn
I don't think Emily Gravett can do wrong! I really love Tidy for story times. It's got a great, buoyant plot about moderation in all things, even tidy . . .
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Beck by Carolyn
This was undeniably well-written, and it's clear Peet and Rosoff had a great rapport; their writing styles blend well. Overall, however, I was not a f . . .
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Railhead by Carolyn
Railhead is a high speed romp through a wacky, cyberpunk world, where A.I. beings are literal gods and galaxy-jumping trains possess consciousness. Ou . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jane
I love this book. It is evocative and dreamlike and stark all at the same time. It is set not long after Alaska has become the latest of the United S . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jane
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is whimsical, heart-wrenching and hilarious. Prez is a boy whose life has been turned upside down causing him to r . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Hazel
I love this. A beautiful visual treat of a book exploring the power of imagination and adventure. With a clever use of collective nouns Lane Smith tak . . .
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Christ the King Catholic Maths & Computing College
Preston,
UCLan Creative Writers
Preston,
RAMJS
 
Your favourite Read so far?

The Stars at Oktober Bend
57% (4 votes)

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
29% (2 votes)

Railhead
14% (1 vote)

 
Title: Storm
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
Winning Year: 1985

Annie knows the secrets of the great marsh. She's even heard about its ghost. On a terrible night, when Annie must brave the storm alone, not even she knows what to expect.
 

 
 

Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett is a graduate of Brighton University and winner of the 2004 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Wolves, her first picture book was published in August 2005 and marked the beginning of an internationally stellar career creating . .