2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal

15th March 2018

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The Carnegie Medal, awarded anually to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie who set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world. 

Today (Thursday 15th March), the shortlists for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are revealed.

You can see the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Shortlist and Winner here and the 2018 winner will be announced on Monday 18th June 2018 at a special event at The British Library where the winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

Patrick Ness is in the running for his third Carnegie Medal win with Release, which would make him the first author to secure a hat-trick in the Medal’s 81-year history. To date, Ness has been shortlisted for all seven of his children’s books and won twice, with A Monster Calls (2012) and Monsters of Men (2011). He is joined by Geraldine McCaughrean and Marcus Sedgwick – who have both been shortlisted for the Medal for the seventh year (McCaughrean was shortlisted twice in one year in 2011) – with Where the World Ends and White Crow respectively; McCaughrean has won the Medal once before, with A Pack of Lies (1988). Other authors with works included on the eight-strong Carnegie shortlist include teen-rapper-turned-debut-author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), former shortlistees Lauren Wolk (Beyond the Bright Sea) and Lissa Evans (Wed Wabbit), and Will Hill (After the Fire) and Anthony McGowan (Rook).

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Wed Wabbit

You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault. Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it's funny. It's seriously funny.  Written by Lissa Evans. (David Fickling Books) 

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After The Fire

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire? Written by Will Hill. (Usborne)

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Where the World Ends

Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned - cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive? Written by Geraldine McCAughrean. (Usborne)

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Rook

A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. A companion piece to the hugely successful Brock and Pike, McGowan warms hearts once more with the adventures of Nicky and Kenny. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+ Written by Anthony McGowan. (Barrington Stoke)

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Release

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls.The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake... This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love. (Walker Books)

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Saint Death

A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by Marcus Sedgwick. Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez - twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America - the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) - she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian. (Orion)

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The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice, written by Angie Thomas. (Walker Books)

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Beyond the Bright Sea

Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar. But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow's heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Crow sets out to find her lost identity - and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family. Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging. Written by Lauren Wolk. (Corgi)

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