More brilliant news today as we're delighted to announce that Marcus Sedgwick has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal for his YA book, The Ghosts of Heaven. Congratulations Marcus!
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for young people.
Dawn Finch, president of CILIP, said: “We are without doubt in a golden age of children’s books. From stories set in Victorian times and World War One to a modern day library, from fantasy worlds to the future, these shortlists showcase the enormous talent and unlimited imagination currently to be found in children’s storytelling. There are characters to fall in love and go on adventures with and journeys and discoveries to be made. Each and every one of the books on the shortlists could be a worthy winner and all of them are truly deserving of a global audience.”
Sioned Jacques, chair of the judging panel, added: “These exceptionally strong shortlists reflect the huge range of writing and illustrating talent in children’s publishing at the moment… Our shortlisted writers and illustrators don’t shy away from difficult or big ideas but skilfully introduce them to young readers in ways that are gripping, moving, entertaining but always, without exception, page-turning.”
The winner will be announced 20th June at a ceremony at the British Library. The winner will receive a £5,000 cash prize.
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