Carnegie Medal shortlist 2017

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

All eight titles on the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist are now available as reading practice quizzes for Renaissance Accelerated Reader.

In 2017, the Carnegie Medal is celebrating its 80th year of recognising outstanding children’s fiction. This year’s shortlist brings a wide range of stories to young readers – from the funny and fantastical to difficult stories that will challenge readers. This year’s winner will be announced on Monday 19 June.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

When Prez meets Sputnik, a small alien in a kilt, he learns that the Earth will be destroyed unless he can list ten things worth seeing or doing there. But it’s not as straightforward a task as it seems. Cottrell Boyce won the 2004 Carnegie Medal with his novel Millions.

Quiz #231068 | Macmillan Children’s Books | ISBN 9780230771376 | Middle Years | ATOS book level 4

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Life inside a detention centre is all Subhi knows – he was born there, the child of a refugee. But when Jimmie, a girl from outside, starts to visit, he starts to question whether his reality is fair or humane.

Quiz #230558 | Orion Children’s Books | ISBN 9781510101548 | Upper Years | ATOS book level 4.9

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn’t like growing up anywhere else. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation. The plot contains profanity, mild sexual references, and violence. This is Hitchcock’s debut novel.

Quiz #231202 | Faber & Faber | ISBN 9780571314959 | Middle Years Plus | ATOS book level 5.7

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

Alice is fifteen and has a brain injury, the result of an assault. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. When Manny and Alice meet they find the beginnings of love and healing. Contains references to sexual assault and mature themes.

Quiz #231619 | Old Barn Books | ISBN 9781910646151 | Upper Years | ATOS book level 4.9

Railhead by Philip Reeve

Zen is just a petty thief, but his life changes when the mysterious Raven asks him to steal something from one of the safest places in the galaxy. Railhead is the first book in Philip Reeve’s science fiction trilogy.

Quiz #230977| Oxford University Press | ISBN 9780192742759 | Middle Years Plus | ATOS book level 6.1

Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff

Born of a brief encounter between his mother and an African-American soldier in Liverpool in 1907, Beck is orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Contains sexual violence, swearing, and sexual slang. This is the final novel from Peet, which was completed by Rosoff.

Quiz #231616 | Walker Books | ISBN 9781406331127 | Upper Years | ATOS book level 5.4

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

As the Second World War draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull. The plot contains sexual situations and graphic violence.

Quiz #231098 | Puffin | ISBN 9780141347400 | Upper Years | ATOS book level 4.5

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran. Wolf Hollow is Wolk’s first book for children.

Quiz #230602 | Corgi Books | ISBN 9780552574297 | Middle Years | ATOS book level 4.9


Krista Culbertson
Assistant Editor


Posted on 27 March 2017 at 3:00 pm
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