A group of Year 9 students have been shadowing the Carnegie Medal, an award for the best-written children’s novel.
The Amnesty Honour Award is given for the book on the shortlist that reflects best illuminates and upholds human rights.
The star readers and reviewers of the group were Phillip Amson; Erin O’Mahony; Katie Jenkins and Thomas Gymer. Eloise Marshall; Maeve Ellis; Natasha Batten; Sasha Minnis, Ellis Bright and Amelia Cobb also valiantly read, reviewed and contributed to the group. The discussions were at times lively with opinions sharply divided over a few of the books.
The books have been a challenging and diverse list this year ranging across the world and time. The places depicted have included:
Saint Death, a dark emotional novel -the dangerous city of Juraez, Mexico near the border and at the centre of the drug trade;
Where the World Ends -a survival story set on a remote sea stack near St. Kilda’s;
After the Fire a novel that shows the powers of cults partially based on the real life FBI siege at Waco, Texas;
Beyond the Bright Sea the Elizabeth Islands near Massachuetts ;
The Hate u Give set in the ghetto of Garden Heights in America inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter campaign;
Rook a short family story set in a small town in Yorkshire;
Release– a coming out novel set in America and
Wed Wabbit a surreal younger read based in the fantasy world of the Wimbley Woos