Shadowers celebrate 80 years of the Carnegie Medal

Members of our reading clubs have celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal. Readers from Bartholomew School joined us in a day of games, drama and quizzing. We all had a great time talking the talk about the eight books shortlisted for the medal this year. The drama presentations were the best ever, framed around TV programmes which lent themselves to the themes in the books. We covered politics, art, current affairs, documentaries and a charitable appeal. 

Team working on the “Ideal Home” programme for Carnegie TV

Preparing for the Arts and Culture Show on Carnegie TV

We ended our event by voting for the book which we all felt should win the medal and for the first time in twelve years the result of the readers’ vote matched that of the official panel. We all loved “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys. This is a story based on a true event which took place at the end of the Second World War; a story full of pathos and written with such quality that it is sure to be a future modern classic.