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).