Carnegie and Greenaway Medal 2017 winners announced

The winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal  is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. They converge in a desperate attempt to board an overcrowded ship in a Baltic port, which is tragically then sunk by a torpedo. Based on a true story, the incident was the worst maritime tragedy ever.

Also chosen from the Carnegie Medal shortlist, The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon  won The Amnesty CILIP Honour. It tells  the story of a boy living in an immigration detention centre in Australia.



The winner of the 2017 Greenaway medal has gone to There is a Tribe of Kids by artist and author Lane Smith. The book takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures both large and small – but can he find a tribe of his own? Full of warmth and humour, There Is a Tribe of Kids is a playful exploration of wild childhood – of curiosity, discovery and what it means to belong.

The Amnesty CILIP Honour from the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to Francesca Sanna for her debut, The Journey, a picture book depicting a family fleeing their war-torn country in search of refuge.