19 June 2017
Nine lower school students took part in the 14th annual Abingdon Carnegie Forum, which brought together more than 60 students from five schools across Abingdon. The Forum is the culmination of three months spent shadowing the judging of the Carnegie Medal, awarded for the most outstanding work of children's literature published in the preceding year. Shadowers read, discuss and review the books shortlisted for the award, before coming together in teams to champion each title and ultimately vote for the book they want to win the award. This year, the winner, by an overwhelming majority, was Salt to the Sea, a historical novel following the fortunes of a group of refugees in the dying days of World War II. For the second year in a row, the views of Abingdon students and the national Carnegie judges coincided, with Salt to the Sea being announced as the recipient of the 2017 Carnegie Medal.