More exciting news from our publishers! We are pleased to announce that we have the following two titles on short list for the Carnegie Medal:
Established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognizes one outstanding new book for children or young adults.
Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, has also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, which was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.
The winners will be announced in June!
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Abrams, 9781419701689
Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo/HUK, 9781780620091
Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Merle are ritually slain. Their deaths echo a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king was slain, tragically torn from his queen. Their souls search to be reunited, and as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire they come close to finding what they've lost. In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the blood moon - this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice.
Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, 9780340999349
Following on from the fabulous Dust 'n' Bones and Fangs 'n' Fire, comes Pirates 'n' Pistols - ten swashbuckling pirate tales. Come face-to-face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas in these stories about pirates from all around the world. This special giftbook edition is packed full of traditional pirate myths and legends, as well as some new and original tales, re-told and illustrated by the award-winning Chris Mould. Stories include: Davy Jones, Treasure Island, The Tenth Man, The Gold Bug, Dead Man's Ink, Dionysus, Cross-legged Jack, Mochimitsu's Music, Jewel of Bengal and Ghost in the Cupboard. Read more about Chris Mould at http://www.chrismouldink.com/.
The Carnegie medal shortlist in full
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
Wonder by RJ Palacio, Bodley Head
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey
The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist in full
Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books
Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books
King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books