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I am on a working party to help choose a shortlist for all our local teachers and librarians to read and vote on, to be put forward for the Carnegie Shortlist for 2006. (see http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/)


Has anyone read a great childrens or YA book that has been published this year, that you think would be worth considering?!


The criteria can be found at the above link too.



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Just in case anyone is remotely interested we chose our short-list last week.


Of the successful novels, I had read and enjoyed:

The New Policeman - Kate Thompson (here)

Siberia - Ann Halam ( here)

Barkbelly - Cat Weatherill ( here)

Seeker - William Nicholson


I haven't read:

Secrets of the Fearless - Elizabeth Laird

Time Bomb - Nigel Hinton

White Darkness - Geraldine McCaughrean


Our reserve is:

Framed - Frank Cotrell Boyce (I enjoyed this too!)


I think I read in excess of 25 novels for this selection process - surprisingly hard going!!!!

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I have been trying to get a copy of "Barkbelly" since I read your recomendation here some time ago. It seems impossible. I live in Ireland so maybe they didnt publish it here yet. I'm on the lookout and will let you know what my 7 year old son and I think.

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Barkbelly is available on Amazon - do they have an Irish website - the UK link to buy is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0141381167/qid=1133648877/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/203-6048076-7596758


Due in paperback in April - so will be available for you soon, if not already!


Let me know what you think if you get hold of it!!!

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Flingo, thanks for info and link. Will get back to you when we have read it . By the way, I do appreciate all yor kid's recommendations - it's not always easy to chose books for a child who really needs to be encouraged to read. All your reviews help!

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Flingo 4th February 2006 02:39 PM


We have the selection meeting next week, so I am reading the last few that I hadn't read at the moment. I will post reviews as I go along.


Hazel 4th February 2006 07:31 PM


Sorry Flingo, I never noticed this thread first time round. Good choices though, I love reading Children/Young Adult novels. Meg Rosoff's was a particularly brilliant one. My personal favourites though are the Lemony Snicket series. I have these on my Amazon wishlist though -


The New Policeman - Kate Thompson


White Darkness - Geraldine McCaughrean


Flingo 4th February 2006 07:40 PM


There is a thread for the New Policeman - I loved it! I will be adding one for White Darkness when I read it at the beginning of next week. When you have read them, I'd love to see know what you think, Hazel.


Edited to say - done, there is now a review.



Flingo 13th February 2006 07:48 PM


Last post on this subject, I promise!


I thought you might like to know how the 70 people attending the day voted. Each person casts 2 votes for their favourite book, and one vote for their second favourite.


Secrets of the Fearless - Elizabeth Laird = 9 points

Barkbelly - Cat Weatherill = 11 points ( :( )

Siberia - Ann Halam = 11 points

Seeker - William Nicholson = 18 points

Time Bomb - Nigel Hinton = 27 points

White Darkness - Geraldine McCaughrean = 50 points

The New Policeman - Kate Thompson = 81 points ( :) )


Some of the results I was more happy with than others - as I am sure you will tell from my comments in the books section! On the day, we were in groups of 8 - one group leader and the other 7 of us each championing a book. We did a mini vote in our group, and amazingly we gave 9 points to Seeker, so half his votes came from us!


The end.

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