The Carnegie Experience - 19 June 2013

When I first entered the library to live out this Carnegie experience, I didn't expect myself to read that many books.  But the selection this year was very diverse, interesting and captured my attention. So although I'm a slow reader, I was surprised by how many books I did read! We all had trouble picking which one to read first.  But as the weeks passed I knew exactly which book to read next from all the great comments and recommendations we were giving each other.  My winner was "Midwinterblood" closely followed by "Wonder".  But as a group "Midwinterblood" was our favourite, followed by "Greyhound of a Girl".  When we found out the real winner, we were actually disappointed to know that "Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner had won.  But I think, overall, every book was as deserving as each other and this Carnegie was the best in my opinion.  All the books were great and I looked forward to every Wednesday meeting.

Danielle Palmer
Fisher House


Maggot Moon - Carnegie Winner 2013

Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, MAGGOT MOON is the astonishing new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON's powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.


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