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Gaiman’s Graveyard Wins Again!

June 24, 2010

In an unprecedented “sweep” of major literary awards, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book was selected as the recipient of the 2010 Carnegie Medal. The Carnegie Medal is awarded to an outstanding book for children and teens, and is considered to be the United Kingdom’s most prestigious award for children’s literature.

This comes on the relative heels of The Graveyard Book’s selection as the 2009 Newbery Medal recipient.

The Graveyard Book is probably a middle-level book, although it is written at a reading level suitable for older elementary students and deals with subjects appropriate for YA and adult audiences. It tells the Jungle Book-like story of an orphaned child who is adopted and raised by ghosts in a cemetery, and was a pet project of Gaiman’s for over two decades before publication.

See the announcement and Gaiman’s acceptance speech here.

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