Patrick Ness was “chuffed” to receive the Red House Award for the Older Readers, for A Monster Calls. The book, which is based upon an idea by Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer in 2007 before she could begin writing it, also won The Book of the Year. Poignantly, it is the story of a boy, whose mother is also dying of cancer. The monster is a walking talking yew tree that calls upon Conor as he tries to deal with his family upheavel. As you read you will be haunted by Jim Kay’s striking illustrations. He said he was “bowled over” to share the award.
Patrick Ness is a favourite here at Backwell School. He also won the Carnegie Award last year, with Monsters of Men. Click here to follow his diary and find out more about his books and writing.
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by new author, Liz Pichon, topped the category for Younger Readers and will appeal to all those Wimpy Kid fans out there.
83,000 votes were cast for the awards – all by young readers – and several were from members of our Reading Group here in Year 7!