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The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded
annually for an outstanding book for children and young people.
The book must be written in the English language
The book must be published originally for children and young
The book must have received its first publication in the United
Kingdom or have had co-publication elsewhere within a three month
time lapse. In the case of e-books and short stories previously
published in a magazine or elsewhere, the point of publication
should be considered as the date when the work is published as
All categories of books for children and young people are eligible
Books by previous Carnegie medal winners are eligible
The book that wins the Carnegie Medal should be a book of outstanding
literary quality. The whole work should provide pleasure, not merely
from the surface enjoyment of a good read, but also the deeper subconscious
satisfaction of having gone through a vicarious, but at the time
of reading, a real experience that is retained afterwards.
All criteria will not necessarily be relevant to every title nominated.
Where appropriate, consider and assess the following:
Is it well-constructed?
Does the author appear in control of the plot, making definite
and positive decisions about the direction events take and the
conclusions they reach?
Do events happen, not necessarily logically, but acceptably
within the limits set by the theme?
Is the final resolution of the plot credible in relation to
the rest of the book?
Are the characters believable and convincing?
Are they well-rounded, and do they develop during the course
of the book?
Do they interact with each other convincingly?
Are the characters' behaviour and patterns of speech consistent
with their known background and environment?
Do they act consistently in character throughout the book?
How effectively are the characters revealed through narration,
dialogue, action, inner dialogue and through the thoughts, reactions
and responses of others?
Is the style or styles appropriate to the subject and theme?
How successfully has the author created mood, and how appropriate
is it to the theme?
Do dialogue and narrative work effectively together?
How effective is the author's use of literary techniques and
How effective is the author's use of language in conveying setting,
atmosphere, characters, action etc.?
Where rhyme or rhythm are used, is their use accomplished and
Where factual information is presented, is this accurate and