The 2013 Carnegie Medal has been awarded to...
...Maggot Moon, by Sally Gardner.
From the Guardian:
Gardner, branded "unteachable" as a child and expelled by one of the numerous schools she attended, was 12 when she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. The hero of her Carnegie-winning teen novel Maggot Moon, Standish Treadwell, is also dyslexic and is written off by teachers and bullied by his peers, who chant "Standish Treadwell / Can't read, can't write / Standish Treadwell / Isn't bright". But when his best friend Hector is arrested, Standish decides to take action against the oppressive power of the "monstrous Motherland" - an alternate version of 1950s England - where he lives.
Gardner has dedicated the book to "you the dreamers, overlooked at school, never won prizes ... You who will own tomorrow", and at the Carnegie's prize-giving ceremony she launched a stinging attack on Gove's "outdated" new curriculum, which, she said, "excludes rather than embraces those like me, and millions of others, with a different way of seeing and thinking".
Read the first eight chapters of Maggot Moon for free here, see the rest of the finalists here, and click on through to the official CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway website for more information and the winner of the 2013 Kate Greenaway medal!