The winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children is a vile and dangerous story.
So goes the heading for Lorna Bradbury’s report and review of Kevin Brooks’ Carnegie success, in which she summarises the book as “a uniquely sickening read”.
“Ever since Melvin Burgess scooped the award in 1996 with Junk, a dark account of two teenage runaways who become squatters and drug addicts, accusations of unsuitability have dogged [the Carnegie].”
Burgess won the Carnegie in 1997. I know that because that was the year I decided to set up ACHUKA, at a time when children’s and young adult fiction in the UK had absolutely no online coverage or advocacy.