Carnegie Shortlist 2014

By Ruth Atkinson

Book covers for the shortlisted titles for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal

Every book shortlisted for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal has a reading practice quiz available for Accelerated Reader. The shortlist was announced on 18 March. The winner will be revealed on Monday 23 June.

All the Truth That’s in Me is by Julie Berry. Judith, a young woman who disappears from her small, close-knit town, returns two years later having suffered a trauma that has left her unable to speak. The story contains graphic violence.

All the Truth That’s in Me | Templar | 978-1-84877-914-3 | UY | BL 4.1 | Quiz #225948

The Bunker Diary is by Kevin Brooks. A boy wakes up in a low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six rooms along the corridor. There are no windows. No doors. If he’s right, the lift will come down in five minutes. Only it won’t be empty.

The Bunker Diary | Puffin | 978-0-14-132612-2 | UY | BL 4.0 | Quiz #225669

The Child’s Elephant is by Rachel Campbell-Johnston. Bat adopts a baby elephant after witnessing her mother’s death. The bond they form lasts a lifetime, even when Bat’s world is turned upside down.

The Child’s Elephant | David Fickling Books | 978-0-85756-076-6 | MY | BL 4.0 | Quiz #225054

Ghost Hawk is by Susan Cooper. At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man’s plague, and when Little Hawk dies violently, his spirit remains trapped.

Ghost Hawk | Bodley Head | 978-1-78230-000-7 | MY | BL 5.9 | Quiz #225276

Blood Family is by Anne Fine. Locked away by his mother’s monster of a boyfriend, Edward is seven years old before a neighbour spots his pale face peering out of a window. Rescue comes, but something in his past continues to haunt him.

Blood Family | Doubleday | 978-0-85753-240-4 | UY | BL 5.0 | Quiz #225787

Rooftoppers is by Katherine Rundell. Sophie may have survived a shipwreck as a baby, but her life began when an eccentric but loving bachelor brought her home. When a child services organisation threatens to remove Sophie, she and Charles flee to Paris in search of her long-lost mother.

Rooftoppers | Faber Children’s Books | 978-0-571-28059-9 | UY | BL 3.5 | Quiz #225949

Liar & Spy is by Rebecca Stead. Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and a boy who wants his help spying on another resident. The text contains strong language.

Liar & Spy | Andersen Press | 978-1-84939-507-6 | MY | BL 3.8 | Quiz #223237

The Wall is by William Sutcliffe. In an isolated town that closely resembles the West Bank, thirteen-year-old Joshua discovers his world may not be at it seems, his people may be aggressors rather than the victims and he must forge his own sense of right and wrong.

The Wall | Bloomsbury | 978-1-4088-3745-0 | UY | BL 6.0 | Quiz #224208


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