The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.Medal holders include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Phillip Pullman and Sally Gardner.

Many schools across the UK take part in the Shadowing Scheme which involves groups of students reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite.

The Birkdale group meet with Mrs McQuillin every Monday lunchtime in the Library to discuss the books and swap with each other until they have read them all. This year they had eight books to read over two months. The pupils can post reviews on the Carnegie Shadowing website and read the reviews of others.

The winner is announced in June which has been voted for by the official judges. It was the last meeting of our group today where they cast their votes. It is always interesting to see if our vote is the same!

Taking part is a great way to read a book that is out of your comfort zone and find something new.