Carnegie Tea

The launch of this year’s Abingdon Schools Carnegie Shadowing Programme commenced with the Carnegie Tea on Monday 19th March, hosted by Larkmead School in our School Library.

Year 7 student Mollie-Mae said of the event:

On Monday 19th March children in years 7 & 8 from local Abingdon schools had their first Carnegie Meeting. There were loads of fun activities including predicting which book we thought would be most intriguing to read!

Gerald Dickens; actor, storyteller and even great, great grandson of Charles Dickens came in to give hints and tips for the book reviews we will have to write after every book we read. Key points were to make it personal with a really exciting opening sentence that makes the reader ask questions.

We were able to make new friends with students from other schools.

Tesco very kindly supplied lush cakes for us to eat – Thank You!

After discussing all of the shortlisted books I am very excited to start reading them and getting to know the people from others schools more, as we work together as part of Carnegie Shadowing.

The Carnegie Medal is a prestigious book prize, which is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children or young people.

The shadowing scheme which we will be taking part in involves reading, assessing and discussing the 8 x shortlisted titles between March and June. We are very fortunate in Abingdon to be able to share the shadowing experience with the other local senior schools. Our next joint event will be a Carnegie Quiz in May.

The shadowing process culminates in a joint schools forum on Monday 18th June with mixed group discussions and final presentations on stage to judges from our local Literary World.

The books on this year’s Carnegie Shortlist are:

After the Fire – Will Hill
Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Rook – Anthony McGowan
Release – Patrick Ness
Where the World Ends – Geraldine McCaughrean
Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk
Saint Death – Marcus Sedgwick