CILIP Carnegie Medal Awardees

The Carnegie Medal in Literature is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children in the U.K. It was established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. This award is U.K.'s oldest and most prestigious book award for children's writing. The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
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This particular collection includes some notable winners of Carnegie Medal and shortlisted books from the year 1987 to 2012.

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Cosmic (2005)

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again—only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Framed, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups. This book is recommended for preteens ages 9 and up. (Copyright © Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

Source:  HarperCollins Publishers.

Frank Cottrell Boyce was born on September 23, 1959. He is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor, known for his children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. He was an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford and then completed a doctorate in English, also at Oxford University. Prior to his career as a screenwriter, he wrote criticism for the magazine Living Marxism. After he met Michael Winterbottom, the two collaborated on Forget About Me. Winterbottom made five further films based on screenplays written by Cottrell Boyce, Butterfly Kiss, Welcome to Sarajevo, The Claim, 24 Hour Party People and Code 46.

In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction. He has written Millions (2004), Framed (2005), Cosmic (2008), Desirable (2008), The Unforgotten Coat (2011), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (2011).

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