Annal: 2002 Carnegie Medal

Results of the Carnegie Medal in the year 2002.

Book:Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

Sharon Creech

Tiller and Sairy live a quiet life in Ruby Holler; their children have long since left home and they are happy with their routines. Until one day they each decide they want to undertake a big adventure and they need companions to accompany them. And now it gets exciting because they adopt two children from the local orphanage and form an unlikely foursome, for the children cannot believe they are really 'wanted' and Tiller and Sairy have to deal with some pretty unconventional behaviour on the part of the children.

Book:Across the Nightingale Floor

Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori 1

Lian Hearn

Seventeen-year-old Tomasu lives in a remote mountain village,some of whose residents—including his mother—are members of the Hidden, a clandestine, peaceful religious sect. He has never met his father. One day, while Tomasu is out collecting mushrooms, a band of Tohan warriors descends upon and massacres the village. Tomasu confronts the warriors, but is rescued by the mysterious Lord Otori, who changes the boy's name to Takeo, and wants to adopt him. As Takeo learns to read, and to fight with sword and pole, on and off horseback, he does not realize that he is the center of a bloody intrigue . . . until it is almost too late.

Book:The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

Marcus Sedgwick

A girl snatched from the wolves, a sealed box that can only be opened by one person, a sinister stranger with black-palmed hands, and a boy destined to lead his clan are woven together in this riveting story of betrayal and ancient magic.

Sig is a boy in a coastal tribe, the Storn, long ago in a Northern land. On the day of the wolf hunt, the life of the tribe changes forever, for Sig rescues a small girl, more like the wolves who shelter her than a human. Sig’s family adopts her and names her Mouse, and he becomes a loyal brother to this girl with mysterious powers and a secret past. The shocking discovery of Mouse’s true identity brings to life a terrifying legend and leads to war, betrayal, and Sig’s coming of age as he finds the wit and courage to save his tribe.

Book:The Edge

The Edge

Alan Gibbons

'We've got to go. Now.' It's early morning and Danny's mother is at his bedside, urging him to get up. They're on the run - from Chris, his mother's boyfriend, a violent man who beats them both up, and won't let them go. Chris pursues Danny and his mother from London to the north, where they take refuge with Danny's grandparents. But even there, nothing is safe. Danny is conspicuous as the only mixed-race boy in their small community, and with the ever-present threat of discovery, he has to learn how to live continually on the edge. A tense and chilling story to which the chase gives terrific drama, THE EDGE shows the depth of character, and the understanding of the predicaments of children today, that gives Alan Gibbons his special quality.

Uncompromising and disturbing, but utterly readable, Alan Gibbons' latest novel positively crackles with tension as he writes about a mother and her son desperate to start a new life.

Book:Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Kevin Brooks

Meet Martyn Pig, a boy caught in a miserable world whose life just got worse. Trapped by events following a single, shocking accident, he makes a decision with breathtaking consequences.

A rollercoaster of deceit, mystery and betrayal - Martyn Pig loves detective stories, but never meant to end up starring in one himself!

Book:The Shell House

The Shell House

Linda Newbery

When Greg stumbles across the beautiful ruins of Graveney Hall, he becomes intrigued by the story behind its destruction. He and his friend Faith are drawn into a quest to discover the fate of Graveney's last heir, Edmund, a young soldier who disappeared in mysterious circumstances during the First World War. But Greg's investigations force him to question his own views on love and faith, and reveal more about himself than he would ever have imagined.

This is a complex and thought-provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety. It will change the way you think.

The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations.

Book:Up On Cloud Nine

Up On Cloud Nine

Anne Fine

Ian’s best friend, Stolly, is up on cloud nine. He’s in the hospital, unconscious, and hooked up to machines. The question Ian is trying to answer is: How did Stolly end up there?

In a way, Stolly’s always been on cloud nine, living life by his own rules and making those rules up as he goes along. His parents’ careers have them constantly rushing around, so Ian’s family has all but adopted Stolly. That’s why it’s up to Ian to figure out what happened to his best friend. But once the pieces start coming together, the answer doesn’t seem to make any sense.

A characteristically funny, moving, life-affirming novel about a most remarkable character and the truly inspirational effect he has on everyone he meets.

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