CKG Haikus

Tanja Jennings is the Northern Ireland YLG Judge,

she is the librarian at Wellington College, Belfast.

TJ

 

The magic of books is that they can encapsulate powerful emotions. They are also full of memorable scenes which stay with you after you finish the last chapter just like those special moments captured by haikus. The Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists this year are no exception. From lyrical prose to witty invention to exhilarating science fiction fantasy to evocative settings to vulnerable characters to poignant odysseys to raw and brutal hardships to the ravages of war each book is a carefully crafted journey for the reader. Wed those to the majesty of nature, the tenacity of wolves, woodland antics, the thrill of theatre life, a loving recreation of an idolised magical world, the need to belong, the hunt for a place of refuge and the warmth of a cuddle, and sublime artistry is on display. Every book tells a story that leaves a lasting impression on the eyes and on the psyche.

THE STARS AT OKTOBER BEND

Alice makes music

as her pen speaks of heartbreak

while Manny listens.

 

SALT TO THE SEA

Four strangers haunted

by secrets and lies seek peace

in a metal womb.

 

WOLF HOLLOW BY LAUREN WOLK

Annabelle can’t tell

of cruel Betty waiting

but Toby watches.

 

BECK

Sad orphan travels

through rocky vicissitudes

to a better life.

 

SPUTNIK’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH

Crazy Sputnik comes

to earth searching for wonders

but encounters friends.

 

RAILHEAD

Zen accelerates

through amazing portals on

living machines.

 

THE BONE SPARROW

Friends under the wire

connected by a story

triumph over pain.

 

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES

Wild Alaska home

to four troubled teens striving

to find what they’ve lost.

 

Wild Animals of the North

Majestic animals

are formed through geometry

and leap from the page.

 

The Marvels

Stories come alive

on the stage as family acts

and boy discovers truth.

 

A Great Big Cuddle

Vibrant poetry

enfolds you in a great hug

with gurgles of joy.

 

A Tribe of Kids

Wishing to belong

a boy mimics and searches

until he finds his tribe.

 

Tidy

A woodland story

of a badger in a tizzy

tidying too much.

 

The Wolves of Currumpaw

Crafty Lobo dodges

determined hunters after

his beloved pack.

 

The Journey

Refugees fleeing

from darkness threatening to

swallow them all up.

 

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

Magical journey

of Harry celebrated by

creative artist.

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