Annal: 1998 Carnegie Medal

Results of the Carnegie Medal in the year 1998.

Book:Skellig

Skellig

David Almond

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever ...

Book:Fly, Cherokee, Fly

Fly, Cherokee, Fly

Chris D'Lacey

I lifted Cherokee up to the sky. She cocked her head at the passing clouds, her dark blue neck feathers ruffling in the breeze. I could feel the beat of her heart in my hands and her warm toes scratching against my skin. I waited for an upward gust of wind and then, slowly, I parted my hands. Fly, I whispered. Cherokee! Fly! And she was gone...

When Darryl discovers a homing pigeon with a broken wing in the park, he manages to persuade his parents to let him keep it - and suddenly he has a new and captivating hobby. If he can help the pigeon - Cherokee - learn to fly again, maybe he could even race her! There's just one problem: Cherokee's original owner. Will he want her back? As the bird courageously fights past the broken wing to fly again, Darryl is also to need every ounce of his own courage - to stand firm against a bully, whose threats could lead to Darryl's losing Cherokee for ever...

Book:Heroes

Heroes

Robert Cormier

Francis Cassavant returns from World War II to seek revenge on his childhood hero. He lost his face in France when he fell on a grenade, earning the Silver Star for Bravery. His hero also holds the Silver Star for Bravery - but do either deserve it? Examine the nature of heroism in the latest powerful novel from Robert Cormier.

Book:The Kin

The Kin

Peter Dickinson

It is two hundred thousand years ago. A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their "Good Place" by violent strangers. While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man-eating lions, and other Kins they've never seen before. Told from four points of view, with tales of the Kins' creation interspersed throughout, this epic novel humanizes early man and illuminates the beginning of language, the development of skills, and the organization of society. It is a triumphant book from one of the genre's most revered authors.

Book:The Sterkarm Handshake

The Sterkarm Handshake

Susan Price

The Sterkarms have plundered the border between Scotland and England for generations. Suddenly intruders, calling themselves Elves, want the Sterkarms to stop their violent ways.

The Elves, time travelers from the 21st century, have found a way back to the 16th century and plan to do their own plundering of the land’s rich natural resources. Their only mistake is foolishly underestimating the Sterkarms themselves.

For Andrea Mitchell, an anthropologist working among the Sterkarms, none of this matters. In love with Per—a young Sterkarm warrior—and feted as a beautiful Elf-May, she’s never known such happiness in her own time.

But when Per receives a deadly injury, Andrea’s decision to take him into the 21st century to save him has explosive results. Per, seeing how powerful and destructive the Elves truly are, swears to keep them from his land forever. And in the bloody…[more]

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