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Medallist Carnegie beats children's book publishers for'barrier-free' fiction | B├╝cher Geraldine McCaughrean, a Carnegie medallist, has scourged the book trade for neglecting speech in children's writing and warns that a new emphasis on "accessible" fiction for younger people will result in "an underlying class of people with a small but practical vocabulary: easily manipulated and without the means to find their way out of submission". On Monday of this year's CILIP Carnegie-Medaille, McCaughrean was awarded for her historic novel Where the World Ends, 30 years after her first accolade, the most prestigious British children's journal. Using her winning address to challenge the publishers' focus on what she described as "a despairing euphemism".

She said she was "rather ashamed" of how much she wanted to earn the coin, which is Britain's oldest children's book price and was won by people like Noel Streatfeild and Arthur Ransome. McCaughrean won the A Pack of Lies for the first time in 1988, "It felt like this: "OK, I can do this, I can actually be an writer for the remainder of my Iife.

It was nominated eight time for the coin. Carnegie jury chairman Jake Hope described Where the Worlds as an "outstanding and highly deserved" award winning. He added to the Carnegie jury's booksellers, "support Geraldine's call for spiritual liberty through tales of a wealth of language versus complexity that provide all kids with the instruments to comprehend - and in some cases transform - the surrounding environment.

Also the Kate Greenaway Award for the best children's graphic artist was unveiled on Monday. Sydney Smith, a painter and graphic artist from Canada, won for the book The Town is By the Sea, a book about a young man who grew up in a colliery city in the 1950'. The McCaughrean and Smith are each awarded 5,000 pounds, a gold and 500 pounds of book for a book store of their choosing.

She ended her fierce defense of children's literature with a ray of light of light and referred to her comrades-in-arms Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give and Patrick Ness' release.

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