The Carnegie Medal is the longest and most prestigious literary award for a book published for young people in the UK during the previous year. The award is judged by adults. Running in parallel is the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme whereby groups of young people in schools across the country read and discuss the shortlisted titles and vote for their own winner.
As in previous years, The CSG shadowing group consisted of keen readers from Year 7. Being part of the group requires considerable commitment. The students had to read 8 books and discuss them at our weekly meetings. Having chosen their winner, the group then gave a short presentation about this book at a Shadowing Event organised by Camden Libraries for all the secondary schools in Camden.
Our students, in common with the majority of schools throughout the country, chose The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as their favourite book. This hard-hitting novel is about an African American teenager who lives in a poor black neighbourhood where gang warfare and gun crime is endemic, but who attends school in an affluent neighbourhood. When one of her friends is shot by a policeman, her 2 worlds collide. This book has won numerous awards both in the United States and in the UK.
The winner of the Carnegie Award 2018 was Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean. This is a story about survival far in excess of anything that Bear Grylls could come up with. It is set on the remote islands of St Kilda in 1727. A group of men and boys are taken to Warrior Stac to gather as many of the thousands of nesting birds as they can. When a boat to collect them fails to arrive, they are stranded there. The sense of place in this book is fantastic but readers will need a strong stomach!
If you would like to know more about the books and see some of the reviews written by our students (many posted under pseudonyms for anonymity), they can be viewed at
We have copies of all of the 8 books on the Carnegie shortlist available for loan in the school library.
The students involved in the Carnegie shadowing scheme this year were:
Well done everybody.
Ms S Green