Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go has won this year’s Guardian children’s fiction prize. I thought it was a fabulous book and so am thrilled to bits. Congratulations, Patrick! That said, I would have been delighted if any of the books on the shortlist that I’d read had won. All were stellar.
I’m also amused that it won a “children’s” award because there was a bit of a kertuffle last summer with Frank Cottrell Boyce’s (whose Cosmic which I adored was also on the shortlist) Guardian review of this book. Boyce loved the book, but felt it should be read by adults too and wondered if that would happen if the book was limited to YA sections of bookstores. Hope that it winning a children’s book award doesn’t further limit adult consumption!