Geraldine McCaughrean, who was announced the winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal for her novel Where The World Ends at an event earlier today at the British Library, used her acceptance speech to point out the following irony:
At a time when all subject matter and all manner of language is considered fine in Young Adult novels there has been a much different approach from publishers to books for younger readers. Writers are being encouraged to make language accessible, to refrain from using vocabulary that readers might not already be familiar with.
“We master words by meeting them not avoiding them,” McCaughrean pointedly asserted.
The Greenaway Medal was won by Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith for Town Is By The Sea.