Up for the Carnegie!

Just heard the wonderful news that Flip is one of the longlist nominations for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. (Shame they spelt my name wrong on the official website but, hey, I’m in very good company – they spelt Sonya Hartnett’s name wrong too.)

Talking of good company, it’s not a wise move to look down the other names on a longlist – not if you want to cling, even for a moment, to the fantasy of actually winning, or even making it anywhere near the shortlist when it’s announced next spring.

David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Tim Bowler, John Boyne, Keren David, Jennifer Donnelly, Berlie Doherty, Jenny Downham, Anne Fine, Alan Gibbons, Sonya Hartnett, Eva Ibbotson, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Patrick Ness, Mal Peet, Annabel Pitcher, Bali Rai, Meg Rosoff . . . I feel like the Torquay United manager who finds his team unexpectedly promoted to the Premier League, then takes a look at the fixture list.

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