The winners of the 2015 Carnegie and Greenaway Medals were announced on Monday in the UK. Tanya Landman was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for Buffalo Soldier and William Grill was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his debut picture book, Shackleton’s Journey. They each received a medal and £500 of books to donate to their local library and William Grill also received the Colin Mears Award of £5,000.
Charley, a young African-American slave from the Deep South, is freed at the end of the American Civil War. However her freedom is met with tragedy after her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob, and Charley finds herself alone with no protection. In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person’s skin can bring violent death, Charley disguises herself as a man and joins the army. Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it’s only when Charley is posted to Apache territory to fight “savage Indians” that she begins to learn about who she is and what it is to be truly free.
The judges said: Engrossing from the very beginning, the strong narrative voice engages the reader in the world described; perfectly conveying raw emotions without the overuse of sentimentality. This is a beautiful, powerful piece of writing that will remain with readers long after the last page.
In the last days of the Heroic Age of Exploration, Ernest Shackleton dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold. But when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the deadly grip of the ice, Shackleton’s dreams of crossing Antarctica were shattered. Stranded in a cold, white world, and thousands of miles from home, the men of the expedition set out on a desperate trek across the ice in search of rescue.
The judges said: This beautiful non-fiction book seems to effortlessly bring a modern and fresh feel to the story of Ernest Shackleton, whilst remaining traditional and classic. This is an exciting, quality book which provides a true experience and reminds us that it is the people, not the journey, that truly matter.
I haven’t read either of these books but they both sound really interesting. My picks were More Than This by Patrick Ness for the Carnegie and Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell for the Greenaway. There were certainly some great books on the shortlist and I’m sure it would have been a tough decision.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The shortlisted books this year were:
- When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
- Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossman
- Tinder by Sally Gardner
- Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
- The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird
- Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
- The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean
- More Than This by Patrick Ness
The Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The shortlisted books this year were:
- The Promise, illustrated by Laura Carlin
- Jim’s Lion, illustrated by Alexis Deacon
- Shackleton’s Journey, written and illustrated by William Grill
- Dark Satanic Mills, illustrated by John Higgins and Marc Olivent
- Smelly Louie, written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
- Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, written and illustrated by Chris Riddell
- Tinder, illustrated by David Roberts
- Rules of Summer, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
2 thoughts on “Winners of the 2015 Carnegie and Greenaway Medals”
Buffalo Soldier sounds like anything but a children’s book. It sounds more like a “cross-over” book for adults and older teenagers who “wouldn’t be seen dead” reading a book for children. That was my attitude at age 16 and I doubt young people have changed that much since 1960.
When you look at the list of previous winners of the Carnegie most of them are young adult books (Patrick Ness, Kevin Brooks, Sally Gardner) – http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/carnegie/recent_winners.php. They do seem to choose books that push the boundaries and I think that’s a good thing.