Here's the Carnegie shortlist - but who should win the top prize?

Published on: 16 March 2017

Yes! We finally know who's on the shortlist for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, which celebrates outstanding writing for children and young people. Intrigued? Take a look.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal, along with its sister prize the Kate Greenaway Medal, form the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book awards for younger readers.

They are both marking their 60th anniversary year in 2017, which makes this shortlist even more historic and exciting.

The full 2017 shortlist

Here are the eight books on the Carnegie shortlist, in alphabetical order (by author surname):

  • Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s Books)
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber)
  • The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books)
  • RailHead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
  • Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin)
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)

Eight brilliant books

As you can see, the Carnegie Medal sees a range of Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (upper primary) books make the shortlist.

How many have you read? And who do you think should win? 

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