A Monster Calls has pulled off a spectacular double being shortlisted for BOTH of the UK’s most prestigious Childrens’ book prizes – the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Congratulations to Patrick Ness and Jim Kay! Patrick won the Carnegie last year with Monsters of Men, and the story is based on an idea by Siobhan who won the Carnegie for Bog Child in 2009.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. He set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries. The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Judges said A Monster Calls is “An exquisite piece of writing of great depth which has huge impact upon the reader, guiding them through some difficult emotional lessons. Well plotted and lyrically written with not an unconsidered word, it also handles the relationships between the central characters brilliantly.”
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, and is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. It is named after the nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. Like the Carnegie, it is awarded by CILIP, who said of Jim Kay’s illustrations: “Breathtaking, a perfect marriage of text and picture, in which the illustrations capture meaning and emotion completely. There are echoes of Charles Keeping in Kay’s atmospheric, energetic inky illustrations. The depiction of light and shade is awe-inspiring and the illustrations extend the impact of the story.”
The winner of both prizes will be announced at a ceremony at the Barbican Centre on the 14th of June. The winning prizes include £500 worth of books to be donated to the Library of each winner’s choice.