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Patrick Ness novel wins Teenage Prize

Knife of Never Letting GoThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has won the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize. The award is geared to celebrate contemporary fiction written for teenagers, and is judged by a mixed panel of adults and teenagers. Patrick received a cheque for £2,500 and a trophy at a ceremony in London on 18 November.

Amanda Craig, chair of the judging panel commented that "it made the judges laugh, cry and debate its contents with passion; a striking mixture of thriller, science fiction and literary tour de force, it's influenced by writers as diverse as Laurence Sterne and Ursula le Guin, and should appeal to a wide readership."

The book had previously won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is from Walker Books. Pbk ISBN: 9781406320756.

The other works shortlisted for the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize were: The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz, Apache by Tanya Landman, The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan and Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson.

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