Our Carnegie book club is storming through the shortlist of eight books, here they are pictured in the library with their latest book swaps.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, and the only ones with librarians as the sole judges.

The Year 8, 9 and 10 students will vote on their own favourites ahead of the judges’ decision in June. They have given positive reviews on the first novel they have read, Sally Nicholls’ Things A Bright Girl Can Do, which deals with women’s suffrage and friendship across class divisions in 1914:

“It’s an inspiring book as it encouraged you to stand up for what you believe in and think is right”.

“The different women’s perspectives showed how all of their lives were completely changed by war, even thought they were all from different classes”.

“I really like reading books set in wartime”.

“We were able to have an insight into how the war not only affected the soldiers, but the women and men left at home too”.


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