Cilip Carnegie & Kate Greenaway medals 2014

The nominations for two of the most prestigious prizes in children’s and young people’s writing and illustration have been announced!  The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Notable winners in the past include the famous Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, CS Lewis and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake for their much-loved illustrations.  

Check out this year’s nominations at The Cilip Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Chilren’s Book Awards website. There are a couple that catch our eye: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery…

In the Reluctant Assassin, a Victorian orphan named Riley is apprenticed to illusionist and crook Albert Garrick. One of Garrick’s would-be victims is a scientist from the future and after a failed assasination attempt on the scientist’s life,  Riley is transported through a wormhole to 21st century London with Garrick hot on his heels. Riley meets Chevron Savano, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent and together they must defeat Garrick who is determined to track them down and return to Victorian London to wreak havoc with his 21st century knowledge… 

Eoin Colfer's The Reluctant Assassin
Eoin Colfer’s The Reluctant Assassin

In A Dream of Lights, Yoora is a teenage girl  struggling to survive in a rural village in North Korea. To escape the daily misery of her life, she dreams of the lights of foreign cities. But her world falls apart when she falls in love with the wrong person and her community turns against her. Her father is killed, and she is taken to a mountain prison camp. Will she ever escape? But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms…a powerful and moving novel.

A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery
A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery

Happy reading!

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