Roddy Doyle Heads Carnegie Medal Shortlist

Author Roddy Doyle is in the running for the highly regarded children's book prize the Carnegie Medal after being shortlisted against Costa Children's Book Award winner Sally Gardner.

It means Doyle could pull off a rare feat by winning both the Booker Prize and the Carnegie which has been done only once before, by Penelope Lively.

Previous winners of the Carnegie - which was established in 1936 - have included such literary greats as Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, CS Lewis and Arthur Ransome.

This year's winner is due to be announced on 19 June.

Doyle, who won the Booker in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, is nominated for his book A Greyhound Of A Girl - an Irish family saga spanning four generations.

Gardner collected her Costa prize for the book Maggot Moon, which is also in the running for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, widely seen as the UK's most prestigious accolade for children's writing.

There are three debut novelists - RJ Palacio, Sarah Crossan and Dave Shelton - on the eight-strong shortlist, with none of the writers ever having taken the Carnegie before.

Karen Robinson, who is chair of the judging panel, said: "Masterful storytelling is in evidence in the Carnegie list, with powerful narratives leaping out and pulling the reader in. Big themes such as family death, disfigurement, genocide and the devastating aftermath of the Haiti earthquake are handled with honesty, style and beauty.

Nominees for the sister prize, the Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises outstanding illustration, were also announced today. Both Helen Oxenbury and Emily Gravett have a chance of taking the title for a third time.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist:

  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
  • A Greyhound Of A Girl by Roddy Doyle
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  • A Boy And A Bear In A Boat by Dave Shelton
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist:

    • Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb
    • Again! by Emily Gravett
    • Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
    • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
    • Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould
    • King Jack And The Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author)
    • Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
    • Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author)