Robin Talley has won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Carnegie medal shortlist 2016 for Lies We Tell Ourselves, which the judges described as “an exciting page-turner of a book, it vividly brings to life the human cost of prejudice and explores an historic battle for equal access to education.”


The Amnesty CILIP Honours are the first children’s book awards to celebrate human rights, and the awards are given to one book from each of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists. They were judged by a panel including last year’s Carnegie winner Tanya Landman, and are awarded to the author and illustrator of the two books that most distinctively illuminate, communicate, or celebrate our personal rights and freedoms.

About Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lie #1: I’m not afraid. Lie #2: I’m sure I’m doing the right thing. Trade Lie #3: I don’t care what they think of me

It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High.
No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist.
Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore.

Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart.

Lies we Tell Ourselves is out now.