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Carnegie Medal shortlist announced

28th March 2012

The shortlist for the 2012 Carnegie Medal has been announced, with eight books in contention for the award, including Andy Mulligan's controversial novel Trash.

The title was exempted from this year's Blue Peter Book Awards after judges claimed the swearing and violence in the novel made it 'unsuitable' for children, though members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals have been more accommodating.

Mulligan's book is up against My Name is Mina by David Almond, who won the Carnegie Medal in 1998 for Skellig, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, who won last year's award for Monsters of Men.

Sonya Hartnett's The Midnight Zoo is also in contention, as well as four debut novels - Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans, Annabel Pitcher's My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis and Rota Sepetys' Between Shades of Grey.

Rachel Levy, chair of the judging panel, described the 2012 shortlist as 'exceptional': 'All eight books are ultimately about the beauty and hopefulness of life and all are beautifully written.'

The winner will be announced on June 14th and receive a gold medal, as well as £500 worth of books to donate to a school or public library of their choice.

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