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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, announced 23rd June, was Kevin Brooks for his novel, The Bunker Diary. The winning book's less than happy ending and subject matter - the teenage protagonist uis kidnapped and held in an underground bunker - weer controversial, with Lorna Bradbury of the Daily Telegraph descriving it as a 'uniquely sickening book' .

Brooks' publisher, Puffin's Shannon Cullen reposnded, ' We are in the business of publishing important, thought provoking books for teenagers. It's clearly a book that is divisive and that comes down to personal reaction. Some people have a different response and we're not in control of that.'




2014 shortlist

All the Truth That's In Me
Julie Berry
All the Truth That's in Me is many things. It is a true romance, a story of desperate yearning and unrequited love. It's a page-turning mystery full of twists and...

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The Child's Elephant
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
When a baby elephant is abandoned on the African savannah, a young boy named Bat takes her back to his village and cares for her. But Bat's grandmother explains that...

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Ghost Hawk
Ghost Hawk (Hardback)
Susan Cooper
In the winter of his eleventh year, Little Hawk goes deep into the forest, where he must endure a three month test of solitude and survival, which will turn him...

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Blood Family
Blood Family (Hardback)
Anne Fine
Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering...

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Rooftoppers (Paperback)
Katherine Rundell
Charles, a fellow survivor and an eccentric scholar, finds Sophie and brings her home to his London bachelor flat. Raised in a quirky home filled with music, words and love...

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The Wall
The Wall (Paperback)
William Sutcliffe
Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities, and the rubble-strewn residue...

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Previous Winners of the Carnegie Medal:

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

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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