Annal: 1997 Carnegie Medal

Results of the Carnegie Medal in the year 1997.

Book:River Boy

River Boy

Tim Bowler

She didn’t know how fast the current was moving her. It could take many more hours yet, perhaps more hours than she had the strength for. But she must not stop. She must keep going. She must try to catch the river boy, even though she was frightened at the thought of what he was.

Jess’s beloved grandfather has just had a serious heart attack, but he insists that the family travel as planned to his boyhood home on the river so that he can finish his painting, River Boy. As Jess helps her ailing grandpa with his work, she becomes entranced by the scene he is painting. Then she becomes aware of a strange presence in the river—a boy who asks for her help and issues a challenge that will stretch her swimming talents to their very limit. Jess knows that Grandpa and the river boy are connected, but how? Can she take up the river boy’s challenge before it’s too late for Grandpa? …[more]

Book:Fire, Bed and Bone

Fire, Bed and Bone

Henrietta Branford

In 1381 in England, a hunting dog recounts what happens to his beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants' rebellion led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball.

Book:Forever X

Forever X

Geraldine McCaughrean

The Shepherd family have set off on their usual summer holiday under a cloud of gloom at the predictability of it all. When the car breaks down, they are forced to stay the night at the nearest B&B. To their dismay they find themselves at a place where Christmas comes every day of the year, complete with turkey and Santa Claus. And they discover it's even stranger than that, with the girl in the elf costume, the mysterious Mr Angel and the police seeking a fugitive. Stranded in this bizarre environment, unusual friendships develop and the relationships that have been so set in their ways are turned upside down.

This is an imaginative and very lively comic novel by the award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean. Full of comic moments, tension and drama, this is a highly satisfying read.

Book:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Book 1 of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Book 1 of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.

Book:Meet Me by the Steelmen

Meet Me by the Steelmen

Theresa Tomlinson

All three of these thrilling time-slip adventures are based in or around Sheffield, where Theresa Tomlinson lives now. “Scavenger Boy” tells the story of Michael's stumble into the past one snowy day, back two centuries where he encounters the weavers of the cotton mills and their children, and becomes involved in their struggle to survive. In “The Night of the Red Devil”, Sam makes two amazing discoveries on a boring holiday in Whitby which draw him into an incredible adventure back to the past. And Stevie and Jenny get involved in an exciting journey in time in “Meet Me by the Steelmen”, when they find something strange about the three great steel statues in Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

Book:Pig Heart Boy

Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman

Cameron is 13 years old and desperately in need of a heart transplant, when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new heart—not from a human, but from a pig!



Philip Ridley

Bailey has just arrived in the neighbourhood when he receives a mysterious invitation to join an even more mysterious club. The Scribbleboy Fan Club has only one member, Ziggy Fuzz, but it has a vital mission - to spread the word about Scribbleboy and his amazing scribbles.

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