The CILIP Carnegie Medal

The CILIP Carnegie Medal has been announced but King Harold’s Carnegie Book Club continues.

The winner of CILIP Carnegie Medal was revealed as Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys on Monday, 10th June 2017. The adventure novella is based on a true life tragedy of WWII which is set in a war torn Germany where thousands of refugees are desperate to escape their impending peril. Book club member, Lois-Rose reveals ‘It is a well-developed book which shows pain and trauma.’

So far our book club experience has been amazing! We have interacted and explored the themes of the Carnegie titles after school with Mrs Morris, our librarian. We have participated in writing a group poem. We chose the theme: “Hope on a Boat” because we felt that boats and ships were represented throughout many of the Carnegie titles. We felt that this symbolised feelings of hope, refuge and protection, and it is reflected in our poem. We have received recognition from the author, Zana Fraillon, who won the Carnegie Amnesty Honour for The Bone Sparrow, who described our poem as ‘…hopeful for all of us’.

This can be viewed in our Learning Resource Centre and on the school’s LRC twitter (@KHA_LRC). Recently, we decorated t-shirts for the books we’ve grown to adore. On Tuesday, 4th June we will be decorating cakes that represent our new favourite Carnegie books and our book club’s partner charity, Amnesty International. The charity will benefit from the proceeds of a cake sale we will hold the following day, Wednesday 5th July in our school playground. Members of Pupil Leadership Team will have the opportunity to support this event; it will be one of their first events in their new roles! The last day of our Carnegie Book Club will be held on the 12th of July where one lucky member will receive a £20 voucher of their choice for participating in the shadowing scheme.

Written by King Harold’s Carnegie Book Club members: Abigail Miller, Emily Baldwin-Thompson & Ffion Williams

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