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Doyle one of eight Carnegie Medal finalists

books Updated: Mar 13, 2013 11:28 IST
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Irish author Roddy Doyle has a chance of completing a rare Booker-Carnegie double, having been announced as a finalist on the CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist with "A Greyhound of a Girl."

The only other author to win both the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction and the Man Booker Prize for adult fiction was Dame Penelope Lively with "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" and "Moon Tiger" respectively.

Doyle was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 1993, for "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha."

The Carnegie Medal shortlist includes a number of well-praised tales that together cover subjects as diverse as the Haitan earthquake, a century-spanning love story, World War II spy missions, school bullying and a fantastical boat journey.

Three authors make the list with their debut novels "Wonder," "The Weight of Water" and "A Boy and a Bear in a Boat," while Sally Gardner has already clinched the Costa Children's Book Award for "Maggot Moon."

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist
"The Weight of Water" by Sarah Crossan (Immigrant schoolgirl arrives in England)
"A Greyhound of a Girl" by Roddy Doyle (An Irish girl and her great-trandmother's ghost)
"Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner (A race to the moon and an unlikely hero)
"In Darkness" by Nick Lake (Haitian earthquake, gangs, and a search for a twin)
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (Deformed boy goes to school for first time)
"Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick (Eric and Merle meet multiple times over 100s of years)
"A Boy and a Bear in a Boat" by Dave Shelton (A short sea journey turns into a remarkable friendship)
"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein (A spy recounts her story - but is she telling the truth?)

The Carnegie Medal is awarded to one book intended for children and young people, first published in the UK between September 2011 and August 2012, and published

within 3 months of its release elsewhere if applicable.

A winner, decided upon by a panel of 12 children's librarians drawn from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, will be announced on June