2018 shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 – recommended for children aged 9-16+
This shortlist of books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 is ideal for new additions to a school library, and children’s and teen holiday reading. This page was last updated on .
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
Evil characters, laugh out loud moments and a riveting mystery to solve make this book a sure-fire hit. Add the ‘Wimbley Woos’ and this is probably your eight-year old’s next favourite book.
After the Fire by Will Hill
A story about living in a cult, told through child characters living on the inside. Clever and original and based on a true story. Gripping right up the ending.
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
A group of boys wait for a boat to pick them up from a remote island, but it never arrives. A stunning story of perseverance and survival. Emotional and brilliantly told, this book would be an ideal group reader for Year 7 or 8.
Rook by Anthony McGowan
A gritty and realistic story about growing up, struggles, learning difficulties and bullying. Sharply written and easy to read, this is ideal for secondary aged reluctant readers. This book would be a useful counterpoint or alternative to Kes as a class reader.
Release by Patrick Ness
Set over the course of one roller-coaster day, this book combines raw coming of age themes with a mysterious spiritual presence. The characters are visceral, and this book is a worthwhile LGBT addition to any secondary school library.
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
Faustino is looking for a way out of his gang culture world. But when he comes up short with money that isn’t his, he’s faced with running, death, or a deal with the devil. Edgy and ideal for older teens.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A tense thriller about justice and divided loyalties. Starr inhabits two worlds – the ghetto she grew up in and her upmarket prep school – two worlds which must ever meet. When those two worlds collide, all hell breaks loose. Mature themes throughout.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
An atmospheric story about a girl growing up in a remote island community in the 1920s. Crow doesn’t feel she belongs and seeks to find out more about her background – but that doesn’t go down well with the locals. Beautifully written and poignant.
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