Sunday, 13 March 2016

Carnegie 2016 - my personal shortlist

The official CKG shortlists will be announced on Tuesday 15th March, when shadowing groups around the country will suddenly burst into life and twitter will be abuzz with opinions and reviews.  Next year I wont be allowed to tell you my shortlist because I will be one of the real judges (woo), having to look carefully at the criteria instead of just saying whether I enjoyed it or not!  Normally I would have read all the choices before making my list but there were 4* I didn't get to (trying to keep up with things eligible for next year!) so they had no chance of making my shortlist, but those that have are a fabulously diverse range of titles.  I look forward to seeing how many make the real list:

One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss (David Fickling Books)
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin Random House)
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber)
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (MiraInk, HarperCollins)
Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle (Atom Books)

There are a couple there that I think could be winners, the one winner is announced on Monday 20th June!

*I haven't had the chance to read these:
Book by John Agard (Walker Books)
The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis (Usborne)
Panther by David Owen (Little, Brown Book Group)
My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter (David Fickling Books)
so who knows if they're shortlist-worthy?!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Carnegie Kate Greenaway 2016!

This blog was scheduled to 'go live' on Sunday but obviously didn't & I forgot about it! Never mind, means I can add a link to the real list plus BfK reviews which is slightly different to my own...

Dusting off my blog (regular twitter followers will know I have a better excuse than usual for not blogging: I called her Bea) to share my personal longlist for #Carnegie16.  The CKG nominations were announced in October and I had already read about half of the Carnegie, far fewer of the Greenaway, but decided not to read any more before the shortlists as my reading time has been pretty limited lately!  So of those that I'd read, these are my top 20.  Hopefully the official list (announced on the 16th February) includes a few of them...
Benwell, Sarah. The Last Leaves Falling
Crossan, Sarah. 
David, Keren. 
This Is Not A Love Story
Elson, Jane. 
How To Fly With Broken Wings
Fowley- Doyle, Moira. 
The Accident Season
Gayton, Sam (author) Cottrill, Peter (illustrator). 
Hardinge, Frances. 
The Lie Tree
Lake, Nick.
There Will Be Lies
Nadin, Joanna. 
Joe All Alone
Nielsen, Susin. 
We Are All Made Of Molecules
Ness, Patrick. 
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
Nix, Garth. 
Norriss, Andrew. 
Jessica's Ghost
Pratchett, Terry (author) Kidby, Paul (illustrator)
The Shepherd's Crown
Saunders, Kate. 
Five Children on the Western Front
Stratton, Allan. 
The Dogs
Talley, Robin. 
Lies We Tell Ourselves
Wein, Elizabeth. 
Black Dove, White Raven
Wheatle, Alex. 
Liccle Bit
Williamson, Lisa. 
The Art Of Being Normal