2016 Carnegie Medal announces shortlist; includes Robin Talley, Frances Hardinge

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the lie tree frances hardingeThe 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal announced their shortlist. The CILIP Carnegie Medal honors the best teen fiction released in the U.K. in the past year.

The shortlist for the 2016 Carnegie Medal are One by Sarah Crossan, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine, and middle grade novel Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders.

The rumored front runner is The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, as Hardinge was the first YA author to take home the overall Costa Book Award prize in over 10 years. In The Lie Tree, Faith’s father is found dead and she is determined to find the truth, with the help of a tree that feeds off whispered lies.

The nomination for The Rest Of Us Just Live Here marks Patrick Ness’s third nomination, and should he win, he’ll be the first author to win three times. In The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, Ness asks: what if you aren’t the Chosen One? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Marcus Sedgwick’s The Ghost of Heaven is genre-bending epic of four linked stories which boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

In Nick Lake’s There Will Be Lies, all Shelby knows is that she and her mother are running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions about her past—and her current reality.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend Jefferson High School in Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s opponents of integration. Forced to work together, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

In Jenny Valentine’s Fire Colour One, Iris’s father Ernest is at the end of his life. Iris’ mother has declared war. She means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas.

Winners will be announced on June 20.

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