Debut novel from BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing graduate CJ Flood joins established authors on the CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist. Released to widespread critical acclaim, Infinite Sky has been described by the Guardian as, “a story assured enough and tough enough to be itself”.

Published by Simon & Schuster, the Carnegie Medal contender has already been selected Children’s Book of the Week by the Times, longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award and shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Book Award and the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category. It now sits alongside authors including Terry Pratchett, Anne Fine and David Almond in the second stage of the Carnegie Medal judging process.

Author Chelsey comments, “I’m so delighted that people seem to be enjoying Infinite Sky. The review coverage has been amazing, and I’m really happy to have been longlisted for the various awards as it makes the book so much more visible to readers.”

Out now in paperback and hardback, Infinite Sky tells the story of a summer that changes one girl’s life; a tale of abandonment, friendship, conflict and love set in a rural English village. Recently translated and released in Germany, and publishing in the States in May, the novel has gained critic’s approval from the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Times.

Established in 1936, the Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding book for children and young people. Past winners include Arthur Ransome, CS Lewis, Philip Pullman and Melvin Burgess. The shortlist will be released on Tuesday 18 March and the overall winner will be announced in June.

Chelsey’s second novel, Everywhere River , will be available next year.

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