Sunday, 15 March 2015

My #CKG15 shortlist!

The official shortlist comes out on Tuesday, & having read all the longlist I thought I'd share my favourites:

My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery (Andersen Press)
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)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books)
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)

There have been 8 on the list in recent years so I picked my top 8, I'm sure they won't all make the cut but I'm really looking forward to seeing how much overlap there is with the real one!

I honestly can't say which is my favourite to win, the judges have a difficult decision to make...

Saturday, 7 February 2015

#CKG15 personal longlist

Tuesday February 10th will see the announcement of the official longlist for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway 2015 medals, woo!  It will also mean schools around the country start shadowing the award in earnest, something I'm not going to be involved in much this year because my maternity leave will begin shortly after the shortlist year I imagine I'll focus more on the Greenaway :-)

Have a look at my post a couple of months ago about the nominations.  I've not done too badly with the reading list but there are still 33 of them that I haven't got to.  Of those there are a few that I think potentially could end up on the longlist, and of course there are some that I've read that will be on the real one, but these are my top 20:

Avery, Tom. My Brother's Shadow
Bedford, Martyn. Never Ending
Booth, Anne. Girl With A White Dog
Conaghan, Brian. When Mr. Dog Bites
Creech, Sharon. The Boy On The Porch
Crossan, Sarah. Apple and Rain
Crowe, Sara. Bone Jack
Dawson, James. Say Her Name
Doherty, Berlie. The Company of Ghosts
Doyle, Roddy. Brilliant
Earle, Phil. The Bubble Wrap Boy
Easton, T.S. Boys Don't Knit
Gardner, Sally (author) Roberts, David ( illustrator) Tinder
Furniss, Clare. The Year of the Rat
Hall, Tim. Shadow of the Wolf
Hardinge, Frances. Cuckoo Song
Ness, Patrick. More Than This
Pratt, Non. Trouble
Rosoff, Meg. Picture Me Gone

Slater, Kim. Smart: A Mysterious Crime, A Different Detective
Of the 60 or so that I read there are only two that I didn't think were really good books so I really struggled to make this list.  I can't wait til Tuesday to see how close to the real list I am!