The Carnegie Medal is essentially the UK equivalent of the Newbery here in the US--prestigious as all get out, and awarded by library professionals. One difference is that the Carnegie announces a shortlist in advance of the final selection:
Chaines, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant
Rowan the Strange, by Julie Hearn
The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve
Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick
(for the UK cover pictures and brief blurbs, click here)
In case anyone else wonders why "older" books like The Graveyard Book are on this list, here's the eligibility requirement: "To be eligible for the 2010 Awards titles must have been first published in the UK between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 or co-published elsewhere within three months."
The Kate Greenaway shortlist has also been announced.