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The Carnegie Medal

Cick to see the Kate Greenaway Medal, for children's picture books, run in parallel with this award

The Carnegie MedalThe Carnegie Medal was first awarded in 1936, having been established in memory of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist. The winner receives a gold medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a school or public library of their choice.

Winners are chosen by a panel of 13 children's librarians, members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who take into account feedback from pupils at selected schools. CILIP also administers the Kate Greenaway Medal, which rewards illustrated children's books, and together these constitute the most prestigious British awards for children's books. They are announced each July, rewarding books published in the previous calendar year.

Ever since its inauguration when it was won by Arthur Ransome, the Medal has rewarded some of the most enduringly popular writers of children's and wider literature. Winners include Noel Streatfeild, Eleanor Farjeon, C S Lewis, Richard Adams, Philipa Pearce, Alan Garner, Robert Westall, Penelope Lively, Geraldine McCaughrean and Terry Pratchett.

Anne Fine, Margaret Mahy, Peter Dickinson and Patrick Ness are the only authors to have won the Medal twice. Ness is also the first author to have all three books in a trilogy shortlisted, although only the final book went on to win. On three occasions - in 1943, 1945 and 1966 - no book was considered sufficiently worthy of an award and so no Medal was presented.

To celebrate the prize's 70th anniversary in 2007, children's book experts, including former Chairs of the judging panel, selected their ten best winners of the Medal. A poll was then conducted to find the most popular winner; this was won by Philip Pullman's Northern Lights.

One of the top ten, Melvin Burgess' Junk, which also won the Guardian Award, provoked consternation in certain quarters for its frank depiction of heroin addiction, but the book has gone on to become his most critically and commercially acclaimed.

The 2014 winner was also controversial, as Kevin Brooks'  features its teenage protagonist being kidnapped and held in an underground bunker. Lorna Bradbury of the Daily Telegraph described it as a 'uniquely sickening book' .

The 2015 shortlist was announced on 17th March. The winner, announced 22nd June, was Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman, an epic and harrowing tale which follows a young woman, who, freed from slavery, dresses as a boy and joins the US Army in order to survive.

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2015 shortlist

When Mr Dog Bites
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Brian Conaghan
 
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 Hilariously touching and outrageously unforgettable: Mark Haddon's Christopher Boone meets Holden Caulfield on one *#@! ...
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Apple and Rain
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Sarah Crossan
 
When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question - why did you go? And she will...
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Tinder
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Sally Gardner; David Roberts
 
A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen...
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Cuckoo Song
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Frances Hardinge
 
A breathtakingly dark and twisted tale from award-winning author Frances Hardinge
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The Fastest Boy in the World
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Elizabeth Laird
 
From an award-winning author comes a story inspired by the 2012 London Olympics, perfectly timed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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Buffalo Soldier
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Tanya Landman
 
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015, this is a beautiful piece of historical fiction told with heart and humanity.
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The Middle of Nowhere
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Geraldine McCaughrean
 
When her mother dies from a snakebite, Comity's life in the Australian outback changes forever. As her father retreats into his work, Comity turns to Fred, the Aboriginal yard boy...
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More Than This
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Patrick Ness
 
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life - or perhaps afterlife - of a teen trapped in a crumbling...
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Recent winners

2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff

2006 No award, due to switch in timing

2005 Tamar by Mal Peet

2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

1999 Postcards From No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers

1998 Skellig by David Almond

1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler

1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess

1995 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin

1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine

1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross

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