Carnegie Longlisted Books to explore

We are posting book reviews about all of the long listed books, let us know your thoughts on each of these amazing titles.

The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner

the door that led to whereAJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change – but he could never have imagined by how much. Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth – and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past – 1830, to be precise. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They’ve gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose – and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them?


The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge

the lie treeFaith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as the tree bears more and more fruit, she discovers something terrifying – that her lies were closer to the truth than she could ever have imagined …


The Imaginary
by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett

the imaginaryRudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect. A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door.  Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries, rumour says that he eats them and he’s sniffed out Rudger. When Amanda is hit by a car Rudger goes on the run and learns the rules of being an imaginary.  But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?  Emily Gravett’s illustrations are an amazing element to this gripping, twisty-turny, spooky and full of friendship story.


There Will Be Lies
by Nick Lake

there will be liesShelby Jane Cooper is 17, pretty and quiet. It’s just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pyjama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn’t go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it’s not just her leg that’s broken: Shelby’s world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it’s the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there’s a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe.

 

You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

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