Alex Wheatle wins Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize


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.

Crongton Knights is available now.

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Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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