The Carnegie Medal is the most prestigious literary award for a book published for young people in the UK during the previous year. The award is judged by librarians. Running in parallel is the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme whereby groups of young people in schools across the country read and discuss the shortlisted titles and vote for their own winner.
The CSG shadowing group this year consisted of 21 keen readers from Year Seven. Being part of the group requires considerable commitment. The students had to read 8 books in as many weeks, and discuss them at our weekly meetings.
The most striking thing about this year’s selection of books was that with the exception of Look Both Ways, all the titles had leading characters who were strong, independent women who were able to overcome whatever challenges life presented them.
Please check the attachment below, all the books are listed along with reviews from the students who took part in the scheme. They would make excellent summer holiday reading. We have several copies of each book available for loan in the school library.