The 2015 Carnegie Group consisted of : Nicola Hunter 9F; Hannah Pyper 9B; Michael Maddox 9F; Emma Routledge 9B; Piotr Porada 9F ; Meghan Buckland 9F; Flynn Ancrum 9B; Emily Taylor and Katherine Parkes 9F led by Mrs Daniel. We met several times and talked about the different shortlisted books, expressing our own thoughts and preferences on them. We discussed who we thought would win and took a vote near the very end after the winner had been announced and whether we thought ‘Buffalo Soldier’ by Tanya Landman should have taken the crown.
‘Apple and Rain’ was a well written ‘sweet’ book whereas others such as Sally Gardner’s ‘ Tinder’ and Frances Hardinge’s ‘ Cuckoo Song’ had a more eerie feel to them. ‘ The Fastest Boy in the World’ by Elizabeth Laird and ‘The Middle of Nowhere’ by Geraldine McCaughrean were simple and aimed at a younger audience compared to the descriptive complex ‘ More Than This ‘ by Patrick Ness.
The Carnegie Shadowing Group was fun to be part of because we were able to read books we may never have even looked at before and we could discuss our thoughts on them with other people who had also read them. It was fun to be able to watch the announcement of who won and hear the the winning authors thoughts on how they came up with the ideas and other anecdotes like ‘knitting with forks’.
Meghan Buckland 9F