Shadowing in your area: Northern Ireland

What Cool Books @WCB Library
Group Leader: Miss Jennings

Group Status: Friday Carnegie Club. Hilarious game of Carnegie Twister put everyone in a good mood.

..Carnegie and Greenaway Club :) (Wellington College Belfast) In WCB we enjoy reading books! From Action and Adventure to Fantasy to Graphic Novels. In the Carnegie Club we will be discussing the different novels nominated for the awards. We will decide which books we enjoyed the most and which ones we think should be put on the long list and then the short list. Since we are 11-17 years old we like to read a variety of different genres. At the moment we have around 7 members in the club: My Name's Rebecca and it's almost an impossible question to ask me my favourite genre but at the moment I like reading action/adventure, historical fiction and fantasy. My favourite books are those by Terry Pratchett, Chris Ryan and Philippa Gregory. Hello, I'm Giovanna My favourite reads are far too many - it's hard to shortlist them! But I have to mention the Lunar Chronicles (a twisted version of our childhood fairy tales) and the Heroes of Olympus (a brilliant continuation to Percy Jackson with lots of interesting characters). Five Children on the Western Front was the most emotional book I've read in a while (the ties between reality and fantasy are amazing). Hey, my name is Debi, I love to read books as much as I like chocolate-that is a lot. My favourite genre is romance and paranormal, and before you ask yes I even like that- the sappy kind. My favourite reads are Star-crossed and Hush Hush which hits you with action, plot twist and star-crossed lovers. I'm Joshua and this year my team came 2nd in the NI heat of the Kids' Lit Quiz. I enjoy reading- especially mythology (particularly anything by Rick Riordan), fantasy like the Bloodguard series and Darkmouth and historical fiction like Where the World Ends. Hi. I'm Zac. I like historical and war themed books. Some of my favourite reads include 'Salt to the Sea', 'Wolf Wilder', The Machine Gunners' and the Charlie's War series - all amazing books which I thoroughly recommend. Hi. I'm Rose. I enjoy reading dystopia, fantasy and adventure. Among my favourites are the FAYZ series by Michael Grant and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hi. I'm Aine. I like reading books by Jacqueline Wilson. I also like dystopia like 'Divergent' and 'The Hunger Games' because I enjoy plot twists and thrillers and action books.

Featured Shadowing Groups: Northern Ireland

Judge Northern Ireland: Maura Farrelly

I grew up in the worlds created by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, and E Nesbitt. Summer holidays were spent in libraries, or playing out the adventures of the Famous Five and the Walker children with my brothers.

Joining the library profession meant not having to leave those worlds completely behind. I have been a librarian now for almost 30 years and I love it! I have worked mainly in education: in several schools, for the Schools Library Service, and in Academic libraries and have always loved meeting readers of all ages.

After 13 years in Queen’s University, where I worked for Special Collections and the Arts & Humanities team, I was delighted to be appointed as College Librarian for Victoria College, Belfast in January this year. I am responsible for libraries on the Junior and Senior sites, and am also in the enviable position of having a Prep department to look after. With a nursery school also on site, I work with children from the age of 3 right up to 18. This gives me plenty of opportunity to indulge in my love of picture books as well as children’s and teen fiction.

Having avidly followed the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards each year, I feel so lucky to be a part of the process this year and look forward to reading many great books!