The enthusiastic group of 15 Year 9 students have been shadowing the Carnegie Medal, awarded for the best-written children /teenage book, published last year. The students have been reading, reviewing and debating the shortlist of eight books. The shortlist covered a wide range of subjects with settings from a lift filled with ghosts; the Philippines; a Russian fairy tale; and England in the Civil War.
For the first time three novels written in verse form made it to the shortlist this year including the winning novel Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Poet X won the national shadowing groups choice and was St. Augustine’s Carnegie group’s choice to win. The debate in the library was passionate, and the voting was close with Rebound losing by one vote.