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Let’s Hear it for the Short Novel!: Rook Shortlisted for the 2018 Carnegie Medal

We are delighted to share the news that Anthony McGowan’s Rook has been shortlisted for the 2018 Carnegie Medal!

We’ve always (obviously) been big fans of Tony’s thoughtful and poignant novellas about brothers Nicky and Kenny in the Brock, Pike and Rook sequence. These books are groundbreaking short novels for us that put us on the literary map, starting with the phenomenally successful Brock when it was longlisted for the Carnegie in 2014. We were so pleased to have its brilliance recognised and now that Rook has a well-deserved place on the 2018 Carnegie Medal shortlist, it’s a milestone in our 20-year history – and no mean feat for a specialist publisher like us!

Our mission to make great stories by great authors accessible to more readers makes us a little different from other publishers. We’re firm believers that the length of a book is by no means indicative of the value of the story within, and we’re delighted that the Carnegie judges agree and recognise that a short novel can have just as much power. Quality writing that everyone can read and enjoy is central to our mission at Barrington Stoke, and opening up books and reading to everyone is something we champion at every turn, so to have a book on the shortlist of one of the most prestigious children’s book awards in the world is a real honour.

We work with so many wonderful librarians who have supported us and these books for every one of our 20 years, and we can’t thank them enough for their continual championing and advocacy for our mission – thank you! It’s an incredible shortlist and we’re so proud to have a place on it. Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators

You can read a Q&A with Tony about his shortlisting on the Peters website, and to close, here’s a couple of words from the man himself:

In my writing career I’ve had a few highs and a few lows, but so far there’s been nothing to touch the joy of being shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.  What makes it so special?  It’s partly the exhaustive selection process, partly the amazing history, partly the fact it’s the only children’s book award made of SOLID GOLD. My natural inclination is to view the glass as half empty, and the milk as sour, but I feel nothing but pride and happiness at this great honour.

Congratulations again, Tony! Three cheers for Rook and here’s to short novels for all readers to enjoy!

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