Queen Elizabeth’s librarian, Robert Logan, visited the town Library on the 9th of June to look at and discuss the Greenaway shortlist with the Book group there. The Greenaway Prize is given to the best illustration in a book aimed at children and encompasses fiction and non-fiction. Pairs of Students, a lot of who were familiar faces from QE, were given a book to share to the group. Mr Logan and the book group then had a vote on which they thought was the best.
The book they chose was Jim Kay’s wonderfully illustrated version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. This is always a rewarding event and one that engenders comment and opinion in equal measure.
Thank you to Beth at Crediton Library for organising the afternoon.
This year 8 books were shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize. This prize is awarded for the best young adult fiction title every year and is voted for by a panel of judges who have a background in Children’s Literature. QE always follows the competition and groups of students create a presentation based on one of the shortlisted books… this year each of the 8 books was represented by groups of students in Years 7-9.
On the 16th of June, at QE’s Barnfield Campus Hall, QE were selling their sponsored books to an invited audience and the other teams. Mr Logan said “I, of course, never win, and this year the standard of presentations was extremely high so it looked like another no win year for me. The scores were close with Mrs Chubb’s Year 7 team as the outright winners with “The Bone Sparrow” by Zana Fraillon.”
The winning team was Will Harrison, George Jones, Joe McLoughlin and Sophie Crossley-Hardeman.
Mr Logan Said “A huge thank you to all the Students and Staff who worked so hard on their presentations and who helped to make this event so successful. “
The winners of both awards were announced on the 19th June.
“A Tribe Of Kids” by Lane Smith won the Greenaway Prize.
“Salt To The Sea” by Ruta Sepetys won the Carnegie Prize.
Mr Logan said “I don’t think I would be wrong in saying we were all surprised by this turn of events…we all got it wrong again.”
Robert Logan, QE Librarian