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Sixth formers add sparks to major book debate

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal book award, A Level English Literature students are participating in the Carnegie Medal shadowing scheme, alongside Year 9 students, in one of the main national reading for enjoyment initiatives. The shadowing scheme encourages young people to read, discuss and engage in activities on books short-listed for this prestigious book award, and then compare their views with those of the judges.

The Carnegie Medal is UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, and often described by authors as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature. Originally, the award which championed books for 8-12 year olds, has, in recent years, generated more interest from a more teenage audience, by allowing young adult fiction to dominate.  

The Pool Hayes shadowers are currently participating in a series of debates between themselves and the other 7000 plus online participants, about ‘What truly makes a great book?’.  The eight titles which cover a wide range of funny and fantastical stories, to extra challenging material that crosses over into young adult territory, have generated some quite intense debates. The shadowers’ ultimate debate will be thrashed out amongst themselves on Monday 19th June, to coincide with the announcement of the winner.

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