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The Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 shortlist

18 Mar

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. 

Here is the shortlist

The Promise by Laura Carlin (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books).


Jim’s Lion by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (author) (Walker Books).


Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books).


Dark Satanic Mills by John Higgins and Marc Olivent (illustrators) and Julian Sedgwick and Marcus Sedgwick (authors) (Walker Books).

Dark Satanic


Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books).


Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books).


 Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children’s Books).



The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hodder Children’s Books)

Rules of Summer


The 2015 Carnegie Medal Shortlist Announced

17 Mar

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. 

So, without further ado, here are the shortlistees for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, the award chosen by librarians and famed for being the medal that authors and illustrators most want to win.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 shortlist

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury).


Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)



Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children’s Books).


 Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books).


The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children’s Books).



Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books).

Buffalo soldier


The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)


More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

More than this


2014 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #3

22 Feb

One of the good things about the HUB Challenge is that it is chock full of graphic novels and audiobooks. I can listen while I drive and whip through graphic novels quickly. So, although I only have one novel on my list, I read 4 books! The two graphic novels were rereads, but the other two were new.

Can I just say, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner blew my mind.


I had checked this out from the library earlier this year, but the first page didn’t grab me, so I returned it and never checked it out again until the Challenge began. I’m glad it was on the list because this is an amazing book. While reading it, I had visions of 1995’s Richard III with Ian McKellan,


set it an alternate fascist England. And that is where this book is set. Dystopian historical fantasy is the genre category I’d give this book. Standish Treadwell lives is Zone 7, a terrible place where where outcasts and political anarchists are sent.  So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And Standish has to decide if  he is willing to risk everything to expose the truth.

I listened to  Etiquette & Espionage  by  Gail Carriger, which I wrote about last week. I enjoyed it so much, I downloaded the second book in the series,  Curtsies & Conspiracies.

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The two graphic novel rereads were  Relish by Lucy Kinsley and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang.

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