Daily Archives: April 25, 2009

Carnegie Shortlist 2009

Thanks to bookwitch for alerting me to the shortlist for this year’s Carnegie.  While I’d agree with her and Nicolette Jones at the Telegraph that it is very boy-oriented, even more so what strikes me is that it skews older in terms of readership. (Something I love about the Carnegie is that they have a shadowing process — kids read and review the shortlisted books. We wanted to this with the BoB, but didn’t have time to get it organized this year. Next year though — hopefully we can pull it off!)

So here’s the shortlist:

Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic (which I loved, loved loved and can’t wait till it is published here this fall).

Kevin Brooks’ Black Rabbit Summer (which I must admit sounds a bit too darkly realistic for my taste).

Eoin Colfer’s Airman (which I also enjoyed tremendously — steampunk, Verne-ish, great fun indeed).

Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child (admired and respected very much).

Keith Gray’s Ostrich Boys (haven’t read, but sounds interesting).

Patrick Ness’ s The Knife of Never Letting Go (also loved and adored this one).

Kate Thompson’s Creature of the Night (which I have on my to-read shelf because I like so many other of her books  — need to get too it soon).



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