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2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlisted Books

2016 shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 – recommended for children aged 10-14+

This list of shortlisted books for the CILIP Carnegie medal 2016 is ideal for teen summer reading suggestions and class readers for years 8-10. This page was last updated on Apr 14, 2017 @ 7:38 pm.

Featured books:


One by Sarah Crossen

A moving tale about conjoined twins, who after the relative safety and seclusion of home-schooling, are thrust into the cut and thrust of a large school. A moving story with a savage twist. Suitable for Year 7 and older, aged 12+.




The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Faith and her family have had to move because of a scandal but almost as soon as the settle in a new location, her father dies in mysterious circumstances. Can she work out what happened? Suitable for Year 8, aged 13+.




There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Shelby’s life is shattered by a road traffic accident and her mum drops everything to seek a new life on the road. As if things weren’t strange enough, a wild animal starts giving her advice on life, the world and everything. Dark and otherworldly, this book is suitable for young adults.




The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

An interesting and thought-provoking story about Mikey, on the cusp of adulthood between high school and university, who dreams of a life slightly less ordinary. Yet strange things are routine in the life of Mikey in this zany and funny book which will appeal to young adults.




Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

A stunning sequel to Five Children and It by E Nesbit. The children are almost grown up when the sand fairy returns. Set during the First World War, suddenly their childhood memories of magic and intrigue have more meaning in an increasingly real world. This will appeal to children who has read Five Children and It – particularly those aged 11+ and young adults.




The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Conceptually stunning, this time slip novel spans millenia and worlds apart and cleverly twists and turns to bring the main characters and times together. The mythical spiral lies at the centre in this story which isn’t quite the same each time you read it. This book should appeal to enquiring minds aged 11+.




Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

A page turner set in the civil rights movement in 1959. A hostile reception awaits Sarah at Jefferson High, where she is the first non-white student. The ‘lies’ are truths she knows are right, but told painfully from a first person perspective, to young adult readers who will empathise with Sarah’s turbulent life experiences. Ideal as a class reader for Year 9.




Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Feuding family members, long-held secrets, mother, father and daughter clashes and a best friend who just isn’t there when you need them. This book, ideal for young adults, is a rollercoaster of grief, angst and emotional fire.




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