The CILIP Carnegie Book Award is a National Book Award for teenage fiction and previous winning authors include Patrick Ness and Philip Pullman. There is an annual shadowing scheme where schools sign up to read the shortlisted eight books, write reviews and pick their favourite before the actual winner is revealed. This year it happens at a ceremony in London on June 18th.
We currently have thirty students and four members of staff in our shadowing group all busily reading the shortlisted books. Taking part in the group is a great experience, you get to read a wide variety of books and genres you might not have chosen yourself, you make new friends and have great discussions arguing the case for your favourite.
Individual and group opinions are now being formed and we will wait in great anticipation to see whether our views are the same as the judges’ views in mid-June. Below are some extracts from our students’ reviews, more can be found on our shadowing page: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowing.php then search for Witchford Wonders
Charlie is an unlikeable, as well as bland, hypocrite. He is strictly the basic stereotype of a teenager - angry at their parents unnecessarily, loss of interest in topics and constantly mentioning how nobody understands him. I might have felt empathy at this had he not been such a hypocrite in terms of his want of shoes yet refusal to help his mother/get a job.
I adore this book! The story is based on women in 1914 and how they tried to gain the vote. It also takes place during the war, which continues to make the book exciting and captivating. The three main characters are all women and it is written from their perspectives of the war. These first person accounts just make the book more gripping by every page. I believe everyone should read this book to empower many more women (and men) of this generation into equal rights for everyone.
I thought it was good how the author used the literary device of using Will's journey down in the elevator as, not only a physical journey, but also an emotional journey. Also I empathised with Will, as his brother Shawn, was shot and he wanted revenge so he was going through intense emotional pain.