Friday, 29 August 2008

The Carnegie Medal Award

CrusadeWhat makes a truly great book? The Carnegie Medal was established in 1937 and is presented annually to an outstanding book published in the U.K. Since 1969 any book written in English and published first or concurrently in the U.K. has been eligible. The medal is now awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) who set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world, including Ireland. The 2008 winner is Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve and the other books on the shortlist were Gatty’s Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland; Ruby Red by Linzi Glass; Crusade by Elizabeth Laird; Apache by Tanya Landman; What I Was by Meg Rosoff and Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine.

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