A GROUP of students from the Gateway Academy recently attended the Thameside Theatre to debate this year’s shortlisted books for the Carnegie Medal.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually for an original and outstanding piece of children’s literature in honour of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born industrialist, who spent his fortune building over 3,000 libraries throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain and beyond.
About 90 students from schools all over Thurrock, gathered to discuss the books and vote for their favourite. The winning book was ‘One’ by Sarah Crossan.
Librarian, Mrs Gail Scott, said “As always this is a very lively and enjoyable event and it is great to see such enthusiasm for reading!
The students were a credit to the Academy and it was a pleasure to take them. All eight shortlisted books are available to borrow from the Library.”