2013 Carnegie Medal Shortlist

CILIP Greenaway

The longlist for the 2013 Carnegie Medal has been shortened to eight great contenders.  This UK award is given annually to the most outstanding book for children based on literary quality.  Here is the 2013 shortlist:

A Boy and A Bear in a Boat Code Name Verity A Greyhound of a Girl

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

In Darkness Maggot Moon Midwinterblood

In Darkness by Nick Lake

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Weight of Water Wonder

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossnan

Wonder by R. J. Palacio


I’ve read over half of the shortlist and all of them were among my favorite reads.  This is an incredibly strong list of books.

2013 Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist

CILIP Greenaway

You can see the longlist for the Greenaway Medal here to find out what books were under consideration for the prize.  Now the list for this UK prize for the top illustrated children’s book of the year has been shortened to just eight contenders:

Again! Black Dog I Want My Hat Back

Again! by Emily Gravett

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

12461718 King Jack and the Dragon Lunchtime

Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb

Oh No, George! Pirates 'n' Pistols. Chris Mould

Oh No, George! by Christ Haughton

Pirates ‘N’ Pistols by Chris Mould

Review: Engine Number Ten by Rose Ann Woolpert

Engine Number Ten

Engine Number Ten by Rose Ann Woolpert, illustrated by Jaguar Studio Design

This is the story of how granite was quarried over one hundred years ago in California.  First work was done with mules and small wooden carts.  Then little steam trains were used on the narrow tracks, shuttling back and forth with loads of rock.  Steadily, more steam trains were used until they had ten steam trains and one steam shovel working in the quarry.  Then diesel locomotives started to replace the oldest steam engines until just Number Ten was still working.  The other steam trains had been taken apart and sold.  A new diesel engine was purchased for the quarry, pulling huge loads of granite with ease.  Number Ten was sent off to be scrapped.  But then something happened that changed Number Ten’s fate, a rockslide trapped the diesel engine.  There was only one train that could rescue her:  Number Ten!

Woolpert successfully mixes the true story of the Number Ten engine that now is on display at the Railroad Museum in Sacramento with personified engines that eagerly say “Yes, I Will!”  Her writing is refreshingly clear and playful, allowing the momentum of the true story itself to set a brisk pace. 

The illustrations are a mix of vintage photographs and black and white drawings that are often superimposed upon the photos.  This echoes the story being a mix of history and fiction.  The result is clearly historical but also very friendly.

This is the first book in the “Yes, We Will” series which will continue to tell the stories of the machines and people of Graniterock, a business in northern California.  It’s a good pick for young train enthusiasts or those interested in American history.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from the author.