Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book wins Carnegie Medal
The Graveyard Book (Bloomsbury), by Neil Gaiman, has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for 2010 as the most outstanding children’s book to be published in the UK. In recognition of the award, Gaiman will receive a gold medal and £500 worth of books to be donated to any library he chooses.
In winning the Medal, Gaiman’s book becomes the first book to win both the Carnegie Medal and the Newberry Medal, given by the Association of Library Service to Children, part of the American Library Association. The Graveyard Book was award the Newberry Medal in 2009.
Other books on this year’s shortlist for the award included Chains (Bloomsbury), by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (Penguin), by Helen Grant; Rowan the Strange (Oxford University Press), by Helen Grant; The Ask and the Answer (Walker), by Patrick Ness; Nation (Doubleday), by Terry Pratchett; Fever Crumb (Scholastic), by Philip Reeve; and Revolver (Orion), by Marcus Sedgwick.
The Award, given by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and chosen by a panel of children’s librarians, was established in 1936 to honor industrialist and philanthropist (Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919), who set up over 2800 libraries in fulfillment of a childhood resolution that if he ever became rich, he would use his wealth to establish free libraries.
Other winners of the Carnegie Medal include Watership Down (Rex Collings), by Richard Adams, in 1972; His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights (Scholastic), by Philip Pullman, in 1995; and The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Doubleday), by Terry Pratchett, in 2001.
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