Alison Brumwell is a librarian for Booksplus, Leeds and Director of the Morley Literature Festival. She blogs here about her role as a judge for the 2014 Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards.
I have already tweeted about my invitation to visit BBG Academy and their Carnegie shadowing group. We met last Thursday and wow! What a group of articulate and lovely Year Seven pupils (led, very expertly, by LRC Manager Karen McKirgan). The 2014 shadowing group is all-girl: Alice, Iara, Natalia, Orla, Sophie and Alicia. We had quite a lively discussion about whether a plot-driven or character-driven novel is more memorable. They all voted for character-driven novels, so well-done girls! A whizzy, innovative ‘Dan Brown’ plot is great, but reading a plot-driven novel is a bit like eating a bag of Maltesers. Reading the Carnegie short-listed titles is like slowly consuming a hand-dipped truffle; if you take the time to savour each word you are rewarded with a memorable experience. And if you want to know what the BBG Academy Carnegie shadowing group read and recommend, here is their list of titles:
Entangled – Cat Clarke
A Sea of Stars – Kate Maryon
A Spoonful of Jam – Michelle Magorian
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Ketchup Clouds – Annabel Pitcher
Sorrowline – Niel Bushnell
Violet Wings – Victoria Hanley
Mr. Stink – David Walliams
Try reading one this summer!
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