The Carnegie Medal longlist 2019

The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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Rebound

Rebound

Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile

From the New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander, Rebound is a stunning coming-of-age novel in verse about basketball, family and staying true to yourself. A prequel to The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal, and...

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The Colour of the Sun

The Colour of the Sun

David Almond

This is a moving, funny, inspirational and magical novel from the bestselling author of Skellig.

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The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson

Marinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets...

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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Brian Conaghan

Seventeen-year-old Bobby Seed, the devoted but exhausted primary caregiver for his terminally-ill mother and difficult younger brother, finds respite in a support group and good friends, but must face his mother's impossible...

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Moonrise

Moonrise

Sarah Crossan

Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other...

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 Read reviewNorse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jeffrey Alan Love

An extraordinary and enthralling illustrated anthology of Norse Myths from a Carnegie-Medal winning author.

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My Side of the Diamond

My Side of the Diamond

Sally Gardner

An extraordinary tale about the search for love from the acclaimed Costa and Carnegie winning novelist Sally Gardner. Jazmin has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But Becky didn't just disappear - she...

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Bone Talk

Bone Talk

Candy Gourlay

A coming of age story set in a remote village in the Philippines, about growing up, discovering yourself and the impact of colonialism on native peoples and their lives.  

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A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful of Shadows

Frances Hardinge

The stunning story of a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny from the author of The Lie Tree, winner of the Costa Book Award 2015.

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A Different Boy

A Different Boy

Paul Jennings

Anton escapes from an orphanage and successfully stows away on a boat headed for the land of 'sunshine and steaks'. A heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of loss, guilt, mistaken identity and risk-taking, migration, resilience and...

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The Lost Words

The Lost Words

Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane

From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spell book celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world.

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Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales

Hilary McKay, Sarah Gibb

Beautiful fairy-tale retellings from the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay.

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Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Sally Nicholls

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

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The Astonishing Colour of After

The Astonishing Colour of After

Emily X. R. Pan

Life, loss, love and art explode in a kaleidoscope of emotions as one girl must learn the truth about her family's past in order to bring peace to the present. For fans of Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon.'Portrays the vast spectrum...

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The Boy At the Back of the Class

Onjali Q. Rauf

Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

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Station Zero

Station Zero

Philip Reeve

What happens after the adventure of a lifetime? For Zen, it's a safe, comfortable life of luxury. But he misses the thrill of riding the rails, of breathing the air of different planets--and Nova, lost to him forever in a distant...

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds, Chris Priestley

Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us. After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in,...

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The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings

Kate Saunders

We're in a box in the attic.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World .

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Mud

Mud

Emily Thomas

It will tug at your heartstrings' Dawn O'PorterIt's 1979, and thirteen-year-old Lydia has no idea how she'll cope when her dad announces that the family has to sell up and move onto a Thames sailing barge in Essex.

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