This year we were very happy to reconnect with students from other schools across Abingdon as part of the Joint Abingdon Schools' Carnegie Shadowing Scheme – an event which has now been running for over 20 years.
The Yoto Carnegie Medal is one of the longest-running and most prestigious prizes awarded to authors of books written for children and teenagers. With the shortlisted books announced in March, librarians and students race to read and talk about which book will be the winner. As well as meeting in weekly book groups in their own schools, students from John Mason, Fitzharrys, Larkmead, Europa, St Helens and Our Lady's Abingdon got together at three different events to share their knowledge and opinions of the shortlisted titles.
This year, John Mason hosted the Carnegie Tea - where students got to meet one of the shortlisted authors - while St Helen's hosted the Carnegie Quiz and Forum events which were both fun-filled days of book discussions, Manga drawing and especially cake which culminated in groups giving presentations about the books they thought would win the prize.
Mrs Pocock-Bell, Librarian
Students shared their experiences of taking part in the scheme:
Carnegie Shadowing was really fun and enjoyable because we got to meet other keen readers like us. My favourite event was the Forum as it was so action-packed! – Dora, 7J
Carnegie was an extremely fun and fulfilling experience. I really enjoyed reading the books that I may never have picked up because it got me out of my comfort zone. I also enjoyed meeting people from other schools. – Mercy, 7K
In Carnegie we got to meet other schools and I made new friends. The books were exciting, clever, and enjoyable to read. The imagination of some of the authors was amazing. I enjoyed the Manga drawing and I liked doing the book reviews. – Isabella, 8J
I think that being part of Carnegie Shadowing was really fun and a great opportunity to meet new people. It was super fun reading the books and being part of the events and, I am so glad I joined. Thank you so much for doing this club! – Amelia, 8J