Six authors have been trying to keep quiet about this for some time now, but at long last the world can be told as well. The shortlist for the Carnegie medal for children’s books is Marcus Sedgwick, My Swordhand is Singing; Meg Rosoff, Just in Case; Ally Kennen, Beast; Anne Fine, The Road of Bones; Siobhan Dowd, A Swift Pure Cry; and Kevin Brooks, The Road of the Dead. So, as usual it should be difficult to decide who wins in the end, as these are some very fine authors.
The bookwitch isn’t even going to try any magic this time, but will close her eyes and wait.
And as you seemingly can’t have too many polls or lists they have also come up with a top ten of past winners. A good list, but perhaps too concentrated on more recent books.