British author Alex Wheatle won the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his novel Crongton Knights, the second book in the South Crongton trilogy.
Crongton Knights follows McKay, a teen living on the South Crongton council estate, whose life has been even tougher than usual since his mum died. Having strayed off his turf on a ‘heroic’ (if misguided) mission to help out a girl, McKay finds himself facing a friend’s crazy ex-boyfriend, some power-tripping hood-rats and a notoriously violent gangster with a vendetta which hits too close to home.
The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize is an annual award judged by children’s authors. Wheatle, who was awarded an MBE for services for literature in 2008, is the 50th writer to win the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.