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Year 8 CILIP Carnegie Book Shadowing Group Begin Reviewing Shortlisted Titles 2018

On Thursday 29th March, the STAGS Carnegie group convened for their first meeting following the announcement of the Carnegie shortlist of selected book titles. The current list for 2018 was compiled following a national vote by librarians in the UK.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award and is often described by authors and illustrators as being the gold standard in children's literature. The Medal was established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."
The Carnegie book shadowing club encourages the students to engage in reading and enjoy reviewing and discussing the content of the books. The group of 12 eager readers will be encouraged to read 7 of the shortlisted titles:
‘Wed Wabbit’ By Lissa Evans.
‘After the Fire’ by Will Hill,
‘Where the World Ends’ by Geraldine McCaughrean
‘Rook’ by Anthony McGowan,
‘Saint Death’ by Marcus Sedgwick,
‘The hate U give’ by Angie Thomas and
‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ by Lauren Wolk.
The club meets weekly to compare notes and opinions about each title. Year 8 student Nila Cibu said ‘It’s great to get together in the book shadowing group and share our passion for reading’, she went on to say ’we all love being part of the special reading community at STAGS’.
On Monday the 18th June, students from Loreto and Beaumont have been invited to STAGS to watch the announcement of the winning book. We very much look forward to welcoming them to STAGS for this exciting event.
Rebecca Darbyshire

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