Alex Wheatle: Winner, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Saturday 10 June
For ages 10+.
Alex won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2016 for his hard-hitting young adult novel, Crongton Knights. The third book in the trilogy, Straight Outta Crongton, has just been published. Schoolboy McKay’s rash attempt to help out a girl in danger of exposure for sexting after her phone is stolen takes him on a mission even more dangerous than his more usual challenge of dodging early morning visits by the bailiffs to his tower block home.
Alex is an award-winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage who was born in Brixton and grew up in council-run Shirley Oaks children’s home in Croydon. He traces his interest in books back to a spell in jail after the 1981 Brixton riots.
David Almond, one of the Guardian judges, said that the novel “hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page”.