The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The medal is now organized by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. (UK). ANDREW_CARNEGIE

It was established by The Library Association in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."

The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.

2009 Long list | 2008 Winner | 2008 Shortlist | 2007 Winner and Shortlist | Winners 1936 -2006

Nominations for 2009

Please note CILIP are still checking the eligibility of these titles. For more information about how these nominations were selected see the awards process. Also see the Kate Greenaway nominations.

Almond, David My Dad’s a Birdman
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406304862

Almond, David The Savage
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406308150

Blackman, Malorie The Stuff of Nightmares
Publisher: Doubleday ISBN: 9780385610438

Bond, Michael Paddington Here and Now
Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 9780007269402

Boyce, Frank Cottrell Cosmic
Publisher: Macmillan ISBN: 9781405054645

Bradford, Chris Young Samurai: Way of the Warrior
Publisher: Puffin ISBN: 9780141324302

Breslin, Theresa The Nostradamus Prophecy
Publisher: Doubleday ISBN: 9780385613088

Brooks, Kevin Black Rabbit Summer
Publisher: Puffin ISBN: 9780141381459

Browne, N.M. Shadow Web
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780747593454

Buckley-Archer, Linda The Tar Man
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781416917090

Clayton, Emma The Roar
Publisher: Chicken House ISBN: 9781905294633

Colfer, Eoin Airman
Publisher: Puffin ISBN: 9780141383354

Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox
Publisher: Puffin ISBN: 9780141383330

Collins, B.R. The Traitor Game
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780747594383

Dowd, Siobhan Bog Child
Publisher: David Fickling Books ISBN: 9780385614269

Farmer, Nancy Land of the Silver Apples
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781416904663

Finn, Mary Anila’s Journey
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406306590

Gardner, Sally The Red Necklace
Publisher: Orion ISBN: 9781842555743

Gavin, Jamila The Robber Baron’s Daughter
Publisher: Egmont ISBN: 9781405242936

Golding, Julia Empty Quarter
Publisher: Egmont ISBN: 9781405228190

Thompson, Gareth Sunshine to the Sunless
Publisher: Definitions ISBN: 9781862304673

Thompson, Kate Creature of the Night
Publisher: Bodley Head ISBN: 9780370329291


Gray, Keith Ostrich Boys
Publisher: Definitions ISBN: 9780099456575

Hoffman, Mary Stravaganza City of Secrets
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBNL: 9780747592501

Hooper, Mary Newes From The Dead
Publisher: Bodley Head ISBN: 9780370329482

Horowitz, Anthony Snakehead
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406309355

Ibbotson, Eva The Dragonfly Pool
Publisher: Macmillan ISBNL: 9780230704589

Laird, Elizabeth Lost Riders
Publisher: Macmillan IBN: 9780230528956

Landman, Tanya The Goldsmith’s Daughter
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406307078

Lee, Ingrid Dog Lost
Publisher: Chicken House ISBN: 9781905294756

McCaughrean, Geraldine Tamburlaine’s Elephants
Publisher: Usborne ISBN: 9780746078778

McGowan, Anthony The Knife That Killed Me
Publisher: Definitions ISBN: 9781862306066

McKenzie, Sophie Blood Ties
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781847382757

Magorian, Michelle Just Henry
Publisher: Egmont ISBN: 9781405227575

Malley, Gemma The Declaration
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780747587750

Moran, Katy Bloodline
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 978140609386

Muchamore, Robert The Sleepwalker
Publisher: Hodder ISBN: 9780340931837

Ness, Patrick The Knife of Never Letting Go
Publisher: Walker ISBN: 9781406310252

Nicholls, Sally Ways to Live Forever
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books ISBN: 9781407104997

Owen, Joanne Puppet Master
Publisher: Orion ISBN: 9781842555842

Priestley, Chris Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780747589228

Pullman, Philip Once Upon a Time in the North
Publisher: David Fickling Books ISBN: 9780385614320

Rees, Celia Sovay
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780747592006

Valentine, Jenny Broken Soup
Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 9780007229659


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Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur wins the 2008 Carnegie Medal

2reeeve_philip6th June, 2008, London-A book which casts King Arthur as a bloodthirsty tyrant and Merlin as his political spin doctor has won the 2008 Carnegie Medal for children's literature.

Here Lies Arthur, by Philip Reeve (left) , is a dark re-telling of the Arthuhere_lies_arthur_coverrian legend and a far cry from Camelot.

Some of his characters bear more than a passing resemblance to modern-day political figures.

Merlin (here named Myrddin) is not a magician but a hard nosed, Alastair Campbell type [a hard-headed English political PR spin-doctor who work for ex- Prime Minister Tony Blair] who recognises that the Celts needs a strong leader and sets out to create a myth around Arthur, a "war-mongering, self-interested thug".

One of Merlin's PR stunts is the Lady of the Lake, who turns out to be a young servant girl made to hold her breath under the water with a sword in her hand.

The Carnegie Medal - or "the Booker of the playground", as it is sometimes known - is awarded annually for or an outstanding work of fiction for young people, and is judged by the nation's librarians.

Speaking by telephone from the ceremony, Philip Reeve expressed his delight at winning. "I felt when I was writing the book that it was going to be my best book," he said, "and it is the one I'm most pleased with out of all the things I've written."

He also confirmed his backing of the controversial plans to introduce age guidance on the covers of children's books, suggesting that it would be "helpful to buyers".

"Most people outside the book world, when they hear of the plans, think the idea is a good one," he said. "Obviously, it's not the only way you'd want to choose a book, but it certainly helps as a rough guideline, and will certainly help make the age advice that individual booksellers do offer their customers to be more consistent."

Reeve's earlier Mortal Cities quartet, the four novels of which mix action adventure and fantasy with a wry humour, won several awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction prize in 2006 for the last book in the series, A Darkling Plain.

Noted for the versatility of his storytelling style and imagination, in Here Lies Authur Reeve uses the legend of the heroic warrior king to introduce his teenage readers to the way the myths are constructed and used for political ends.

Reeve explained that he had wanted to write about the Arthurian legends since his teens, and that his disenchantment with contemporary politics had prompted him to cast Merlin in the role of an Alastair Campbell-esque spin doctor.

"I hope [Here Lies Arthur] will still be being read when our current crop of politicians have been long and justly forgotten," he said.

The judges praised Here Lies Arthur as an "outstanding" work. "Reeve's is a consistent story-telling voice that brings us a subtle and credible re-telling of the King Arthur myth. It is botha page-turning adventure story and a clever historical novel. It also has clear political resonance for our times, demonstrating humanity's need to sustain hope and optimism, and our tendency to favour myth over reality to achieve that end."

Acknowledment & thanks

Report above amalgamated, with thanks, from 'Medal for books of myth and mice'- by Guy Dammann, The Guardian

and 'Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur wins the Carnegie Medal'- by Anita Singh, Telegraph

Here Lies Arthur (book link to amazon- hard back cover right))here_lies_arthur
Philip Reeve (left)
Scholastic (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780439955331

“There’s nothing a man can do that can’t be turned into a tale…”. Britain. AD 500. Gwyna’s new master Myrddin says he’s not an enchanter, yet he works his own kind of magic. He turns Gwyna from a slave-girl into a goddess, a boy, and a spy – and Arthur into a legend. But is Arthur really everything he is cracked up to be?

A page-turner of a novel, with a well-constructed plot and believable characters that engage the reader from the off. The landscape and setting of the time are skilfully drawn. Reeve cleverly makes the story relevant to today by examining the versions of history that are handed down to us, and the ways in which myths are created. An enjoyable and thought-provoking book.

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The Carnegie medal shortlist 2008

21st April- The shortlists have been announced for the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals for 2008.

The Carnegie Medal and its sister award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library in London on Thursday 26 June.

Seven children's writers, including two previous winners and a first-time novelist, go head to head for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Their stories take young readers on exhilarating journeys across two millennia and three continents that are guaranteed to challenge their perceptions of both past and present. Descriptions of this years short listed books can be found below.

2008 Short listed Titles

(links to book description)

Gatty's Tale
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Orion (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9781842552735

Ruby Red
Linzi Glass (photo above right)-
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141382807

Elizabeth Laird -
Macmillan (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9780330443111

Tanya Landman -
Walker (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9781406303315

Here Lies Arthur- WINNER
Philip Reeve (left)
Scholastic (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780439955331

What I Was
Meg Rosoff -
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141383439

Finding Violet Park
Jenny Valentine
HarperCollins (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780007214457

2008 Short List Book Descriptions

(book links below to amazon)

gattys_tale_coverGatty's Talecrossley_holland_kevin
Kevin Crossley-Holland (right)- authors website
Orion (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9781842552735

In the year 1203, nine companions set out from Wales on a great pilgrimage across Europe to Jerusalem. Not all of them will come home. At the heart of the drama is Gatty, a field-girl. Eager, bold and resolute, and wide open to new experience, she has an extraordinary journey of her own to make.

This enjoyable and beautifully written book, offers us strong, believable characters, with different perspectives and cultures. The roller coaster plot gives the reader a tremendous picture of medieval life. This is a moving and hopeful story that plays with language and offers a wonderful, satisfying ending.

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glass_linziRuby Red ruby_red_cover (book link to amazon)
Linzi Glass (photo left))- authors website
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141382807

In Ruby Winter’s world, colour opens some doors and slams others shut. Her opulent Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from the streets of Soweto, where anger and hatred simmer beneath the surface. Everyone around her is conscious of race, colour and creed; but not Ruby.

A multi-faceted and poignant novel that examines the way events profoundly affect some, whilst disengaging others. Glass builds up considerable tension through her use of language; a thought-provoking read about the extent to which one young person is able to make sense of the seismic events taking place around her.

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Crusade (book link to amazon)
Elizabeth Laird (right)- authors website
Macmillan (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9780330443111

crusade_coverAdam is a Christian who hears that dust from Jerusalem couldlaird_elizabethd save his mother’s soul, and eagerly accepts a Knight’s invitation to be a servant on a Crusade, however it’s not long before he finds himself in the front line. Meanwhile, Salim has a peaceful upbringing as a Moslem in the port of Acre. With invasion imminent, his father apprentices him to a Jewish doctor. He’s just settling to his new life when the mighty Sultan sends for the doctor. Salim finds himself confronting the enemy and coming face to face with a fellow teenager - the young Adam.

This is a beautifully realised story which unfolds with immaculate pace and plotting. The passage of time is convincingly depicted, and the novel gives us well-handled insights into the various characters, their creeds and their concerns.

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Apache (book link to amazon)
Tanya Landman (below left)- authors website
Walker (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9781406303315apache_cover

landman_tanyaSiki is a 14 year-old Apache Indian girl living on the Mexican border.She is orphaned along with her 4 year-old brother Tazhi. When the Mexicans ride against the Apache, Siki witnesses Tazhi’s brutal murder. In seeking revenge for her brother she has no choice but to become a warrior, overcoming all prejudice to fight as a woman alongside the men folk of her tribe.

This well researched novel contains accomplished descriptions of both landscape and character, and perfectly captures the unremitting sadness and tension of the Apache girl’s world. Her grief and sorrow are beautifully handled. A book with lasting emotional impact which gives the reader a rich experience of an unfamiliar culture.

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reeve_philipHere Lies Arthur - Winner
Philip Reeve (left)
Scholastic (Age range: 12+)here_lies_arthur_cover
ISBN: 9780439955331

“There’s nothing a man can do that can’t be turned into a tale…”. Britain. AD 500. Gwyna’s new master Myrddin says he’s not an enchanter, yet he works his own kind of magic. He turns Gwyna from a slave-girl into a goddess, a boy, and a spy – and Arthur into a legend. But is Arthur really everything he is cracked up to be?

A page-turner of a novel, with a well-constructed plot and believable characters that engage the reader from the off. The landscape and setting of the time are skilfully drawn. Reeve cleverly makes the story relevant to today by examining the versions of history that are handed down to us, and the ways in which myths are created. An enjoyable and thought-provoking book.

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what_i_was_coverWhat I Was (book link to amazon)
Meg Rosoff (right) - authors website
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141383439rosoff_meg

A remote boys public school complete with nineteenth century architecture and values to match is the setting for a novel set nearly fifty years ago. It’s 1962 and the understandably reluctant hero, who has already been expelled from two schools, arrives at St Oswald’s to start again. With its code of conduct, and the importance attached to rank, loyalty and cross country runs it provides an unlikely setting for a story of first love; a story that challenges many contemporary perceptions even half a century later.

A beautiful coming-of-age novel with an outstanding sense of time and place, which vividly captures the individual voice of its central character. Full of gorgeous, striking imagery, it is a bold and brave examination of gender and otherness.

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Finding Violet Park (book link to amazon)
Jenny Valentine (below)
HarperCollins (Age range: 12+)finding_violet_park_cover
valentine_jennyISBN: 9780007214457

A teenage boy spots Violet Park, or rather her ashes, in an urn sitting on a shelf in a cab company’s office at 5 o’clock in the morning. This sets him thinking about his Mum, his absent father and what’s right for people when they die. With the help of his Gran he gets hold of the urn and sets about rescuing Violet Park: who is she and where does she really belong? Finding Violet Park turns about to be an extraordinarily revealing coincidence, not just for her.

A comic and enjoyable novel, cleverly plotted and full of dark humour. The first-person style is very appealing, and gives us a lively and believable hero who finds himself in surreal situations. Valentine takes a serious subject and handles it in a realistic way but with a nice light touch. The ending is bittersweet but satisfying.

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Carnegie Medal 2007 Award Winner

Just in Case by Meg Rosoff Penguin (Age range: 14+)Meg Rosoff and Just in Case
ISBN: 9780141380780

15 year old David Case thinks that fate is out to get him. There are so many things you could do in life such as reinvent yourself, change your name and the way you look; leave home and find yourself caught up in a series of strange misadventures and even romance. But what’s the point if you’re not in control and if David isn’t, who is?

A story that deals with anxiety, depression and coming of age that has real emotional resonance. This is a distinctive and outstanding book written in an intelligent, yet spare style. There is an ‘edginess’ to the way the author writes; the result is clever and bold. The character of the teenage boy is conveyed in an interesting way and is not at all stereotypical. This is a story of survival in the modern world that is utterly compelling.


Meg Rosoff wrote her debut novel How I Live Now soon after her sister Debby died of breast cancer at a young age and Meg realised that life was too short to put off writing the novel she'd always been meaning to write. So she asked for a few months leave from her advertising job at J Walter Thompson and set about writing How I Live Now. She sent it to her agent and a few months later Meg found herself at the heart of a furious bidding war between several of the UK's leading publishers. How I Live Now is dedicated to her late sister Debby.

On the verge of publishing glory in August 2004, Meg was also diagnosed with breast cancer. As wonderful reviews and prizes flooded in, she had to turn to the business of survival. She is currently in remission.

Up until securing her much publicised publishing deal, Meg worked most of her life in advertising. She has also worked on People Magazine and The New York Times and did a stint as New York State deputy press secretary for the democrats in the 1988 presidential election. She also had a job writing movie titles and movie posters for Tristar pictures which she says was her best job ever.

Meg is 49 years old. She lives in Highbury, London with her husband, the painter Paul Hamlyn, and their daughter Gloria. She was born in Boston, America but has been living in the UK since 1989 and is a British citizen.


Carnegie Short List 2007

KEVIN BROOKS (left)- The Road of the Dead-  

A story of murder and revenge set in a landscape as dark and forbidding as the characters portrayed. Brothers Ruben and Cole learn that their sister, Rachel, has been murdered. She has been found strangled, hundreds of miles from their East End home. Together they set out to find out what happened to her and retrace her final steps.

This is original, fast paced storytelling that offers teenagers an uncompromising, powerful novel. The hero is untraditional, yet compelling; the story dark and violent, yet the violence is never gratuitous; it warns about the dangers of violence but is never didactic. This is superb writing


Kevin Brooks is the ground-breaking author of the gripping, critically acclaimed novels Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing the Rain, Candy and The Road of the Dead.

He has won the Branford Boase Award and the North East Book Award, and been shortlisted for many other prizes, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal (for Martyn Pig) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Born in Exeter, Devon, he studied in Birmingham and London. He has worked variously as a petrol pump attendant, a crematorium handyman, a civil service officer, a vendor at London Zoo, a post office counter clerk and a railway ticket office salesperson, before leaving the last of these activities to concentrate on his writing.

SIOBHAN DOWD (right)- A Swift Pure Cry (Definitions)
David Ficking Books (Age range: 13+)
ISBN: 9780385609692

Shell’s life has been tough since the death of her mother. Her father’s turned his back on reality, sioobhan_dowdleaving her to look after her younger siblings. She’s bored of church, skips school and shares irreverent jokes and cigarettes with her friends. But when a new priest arrives in this small Irish community, things start to change. A discovery in her father’s wardrobe unleashes a scandal that rocks this small community to its core.

This is beautiful, dramatic writing that deals sensitively with a tough subject. Set in Ireland, the story follows the characters as they stumble through life’s challenges, making the best of tough circumstances. The language is simple, lyrical, and evocative; the storytelling humorous but never sentimental. The take on religion is not predictable and the outcome extraordinarily life affirming.


Siobhan Dowd was born in London to Irish parents. She spent much of her youth in the family home in County Waterford, then Wicklow town.

After attending a catholic school in London, Siobhan gained a degree in Classics at Oxford University. After a short stint in publishing she then joined the writer’s organisation PEN, initially as a researcher and coordinator of the Writers in Prison Committee.

Siobhan went on to be Programme Director of the Freedom To Write committee, based in New York, which included founding and leading the Rushdie Defense Committee USA and co-ordinating Salman Rushdie’s visit with President Clinton in 1993. During her seven-year spell in New York, Siobhan was named one of the "top 100 Irish-Americans" by Irish-America Magazine and AerLingus, for her global anti-censorship work.

On her return to the UK, Siobhan co-founded a readers and writers programme which takes authors into schools that are often in more deprived areas, as well as prisons, young offender’s institutions and community projects. During 2004, Siobhan was Deputy Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Oxfordshire, working with local government to ensure that statutory services affecting children’s lives conform with UN legislation.

Siobhan was Deputy Editor of PEN International, a twice-yearly global magazine, and a freelance writer. She held an MA with Distinction in Gender and Ethnic Studies at Greenwich University, authored short stories, columns and articles, and edited two anthologies.
A Swift, Pure Cry was Siobhan’s first novel. Siobhan sadly died on 21 August 2007.

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ANNE FINE (below)- The Road of Bones
Doubleday (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780385610636

Tanne_finehis chilling & dramatic adventure challenges the nature of beliefs and how they can be exploited to justify real acts of inhumanity. Yuri’s grandmother calls it a glorious lie – everyone believes what they’re told and everyone knows who to cheer for now that the Czar has gone. People vanish, never to be seen again. Yuri knows the dangers but never thinks that he too could be considered an ‘enemy of the state’ for a few careless words.

Set in a totalitarian state this is a brave and uncompromising novel. In spite of dealing with brutality in society, it is never negative and it will have political resonance for young people. Incredibly well written, the author stands back enough to allow her characters space to reflect on their actions


Anne Fine was sent to school two years early and she cannot, therefore, remember a time when she couldn’t read. She was a frequent visitor her local library (sometimes twice in the same day) and very soon began to be recognised by the children’s librarians.

Her first book, The Summer House Loon was written when her eldest daughter was a baby. They were trapped inside their freezing cold Edinburgh flat in a blizzard, unable to get to the library so Anne wrote it to cheer herself up.

Many of Anne’s titles are comedies as she can remember that this was her favourite genre when she was growing up - books like the Just William stories, and the Jennings books. Frequently she uses the comic device to great effect exploring weighty issues such as divorce, pregnancy and gender stereotyping. However, books like The Tulip Touchare much darker and more complex in tone and demonstrate her undisputed skill in writing spellbinding stories for children.

Anne’s talent as a distinguished writer for children of all ages was recognised in early 2001 when she was awarded the prestigious post of Children’s Laureate. Anne said she was “sincerely delighted” to take up the position and committed her two years in the role to improve access to good literature for children.

She has over forty books to her credit. An adaptation of her novel Goggle-Eyes has been shown by the BBC and Madame Doubtfire was adapted into the hit film Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams. She has won all of the major literary prizes: the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and the Smarties Prize. She has been twice voted Children’s Author of the Year at the British Book Awards.

ALLY KENNEN (right) - Beast
Marion Lloyd Books (Age range: 12+)ally_kennen
ISBN: 9780439951043

Stephen is a boy with a dangerous secret. For four years he has kept a terrifying creature locked up in a remote hiding place. He has other problems too: a mother he never sees and a father he wishes dead. His foster family are scared of him as he’s not a boy who plays by the rules. His extraordinary struggle to free himself of the ‘Beast’ makes him a hero of our times, who will not easily be forgotten.

Whilst being a tough read this story offers a sensitive portrayal of what it’s like be in care and is incredibly touching. The author balances black humour, farce and emotional truth – a real achievement. The plot is well constructed and full of suspense that keeps you reading.


Ally Kennen grew up on an isolated organic farm on Exmoor, with no toilet, dead tadpoles coming out of the taps and annual rat infestations. Her family fostered 'challenging' teenagers throughout her childhood. After a spell of road protesting she became an archaeologist. Ally reached no. 41 in the UK charts in 2001 with a song she wrote and sang and subsequently toured round the world. She lives in Bristol and has a baby daughter Maeve

MARCUS SEDGWICK (below)- My Swordhand is Singing
Ormarcus_sedgewickion (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9781842551837

This is a story of loss and redemption set in the remote landscape of the seventeenth century, and inspired by the original vampire folklore of Eastern Europe; it offers a unique regeneration of a timeless myth. Thomas is a man with a past that is tracking him with deadly intent. His son Peter doesn’t understand why they have moved to a forest to work as woodcutters in the middle of a cold and unrelenting winter. Nor is he allowed to know the contents of an old battered box that his father carries. Father and son are set to face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny.

This novel has all the components of gothic horror: love, loss, regret and a touch of the supernatural, however it also gives a sense of the folk roots of the original vampire myth. The story is a pleasure to read as it has purpose and path and not a word is wasted. There is a sense of underlying menace and suspense throughout but it is never overdone. The author creates strong characters and sense of community and cleverly melds issues of religion and mysticism


Marcus Sedgwick was born in Preston, Kent in 1968. His father was the principal of an adult education college in Thanet and his mother a children's nurse. He has an elder brother, Julian, and a half-sister, Ellie. He was educated in Sandwich, Kent, and went on to Bath University to read Mathematics, changing to Economics and Politics after the first year. He graduated in 1990, took some time out, and then trained as a teacher of English as a foreign language and taught for a few months.

In 1991 he became a bookseller for a large children's bookshop in Cambridge, and then moved into publishing, he now works as a sales manager for a children’s publishing company.

Marcus Sedgwick has been writing since 1994, winning The Brandfoard Boase award for his first title Floodland. He was also shortlisted for The Guardian Children’s Book Award 2002 and for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2003 for The Dark Horse. His recent novels, The Book Of Dead Days, The Dark Flight Down, The Foreshadowing, and My Swordhand Is Singing have all been published to huge critical acclaim.

Marcus lives in Sussex with his wife, Pippa and has a daughter, Alice.

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Previous Carnegie Medal Winners 1936- 2007

Please note that before 2007 the year refers to when the book was published rather than when the medal was awarded i.e. the 2005 winner was announced and the medal presented in July 2006.

2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin

2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books

2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan

2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books

2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books

2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (New Windmill), Doubleday

2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin

1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land (Dance Sequence 5), Bodley Head

1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books

1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy: 2006 Edition, OUP

1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction), Andersen Press

1995 Philip Pullman, Northern Lights (His Dark Materials), Scholastic

1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard (New Windmill), Methuen

1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold (Puffin Teenage Fiction), H Hamilton

1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies: Play (Plays Plus), H Hamilton

1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody: Play (Plays Plus), H Hamilton

1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf (Oxford Children's Modern Classics), OUP

1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes (Puffin Books)/em>, H Hamilton

1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP

1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber

1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny Was a Buffer Girl, Methuen

1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm (Yellow Bananas), Heinemann

1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover (Collins Modern Classics), Dent

1983 Jan Mark, Handles (Puffin Books), Kestrel

1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting (Puffin Books), Dent

1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows (Puffin Teenage Fiction), Chatto & Windus

1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold and Other Stories from the Old Testament, Gollancz

1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz

1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz , H Hamilton

1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber

1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings (Puffin Modern Classics), Kestrel

1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan

1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold (A Kelpie Paperback), H Hamilton

1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann

1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings

1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson

1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman

1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP

1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber

1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins

1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP

1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP

1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP

1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber

1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber

1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House

1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP

1958 Philipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP

1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP

1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head

1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP

1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP

1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up

1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent

1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen

1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP

1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber

1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent

1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children

1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press

1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan

1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable

1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode

1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape

1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent

1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann

1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent

1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller

1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape

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