Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008

Latest update 'The Booktrust Teenage Prize is no longer running'

Established in 2003, the Booktrust Teenage Prize recognised the best in contemporary writing for teenagers. Unique in its involvement of teenagers in the judging process, giving four winners of a short story competition the opportunity to debate and vote on the shortlisted books with the adult judging panel, the Prize garnered a reputation for earmarking very special writers often early in their career, including Mark Haddon, Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick and Anthony Macgowan. The Booktrust Teenage Prize was last awarded in 2010 and is no longer running.

  • Winner

    The Knife of Never Letting Go

    Patrick Ness
    Walker Books

    The first in a series, this enthralling sci-fi/fantasy novel grips readers throughout, presenting them with tough questions about identity, ethics and the nature of truth.

Patrick received a cheque for £2,500 and a trophy at a ceremony in London on 18 November.

Amanda Craig, Chair of Judges, said

In a strong year for young adult fiction, the judges of the Booktrust Teenage Prize selected six novels - coincidentally, three by men and three by women - that we all felt were outstanding for the scope of their imagination, their originality, their writing and their appeal. The Knife of Never Letting Go 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.


Viv Bird, Director of Booktrust, said

The Booktrust Teenage Prize attracts some great authors and this year was no exception. With an impressive shortlist of compelling and well-written novels, The Knife of Never Letting Go was original and completely gripping. I offer huge congratulations to the author and winner Patrick Ness for his remarkable book.

Shortlist

  • The Red Necklace

    Sally Gardner
    Orion Children's Books
  • Alex Rider Mission 7: Snakehead

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books
  • Apache

    Tanya Landman
    Walker Books
  • The Knife That Killed Me

    Anthony McGowan
    Definitions
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    Patrick Ness
    Walker Books
  • Creature of the Night

    Kate Thompson
    Random House

Longlist

  • Black Rabbit Summer

    Kevin Brooks
    Penguin
  • Before I Die

    Jenny Downham
    Random House
  • Ingo

    Helen Dunmore
    HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Incarceron

    Catherine Fisher
    Hachette
  • The Red Necklace

    Sally Gardner
    Orion Children's Books
  • Newes From The Dead

    Mary Hooper
    Definitions
  • Alex Rider Mission 7: Snakehead

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books
  • Apache

    Tanya Landman
    Walker Books
  • The Declaration

    Gemma Malley
    Bloomsbury
  • The Knife That Killed Me

    Anthony McGowan
    Definitions
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    Patrick Ness
    Walker Books
  • What I Was

    Meg Rosoff
    Penguin
  • Creature of the Night

    Kate Thompson
    Random House
  • Broken Soup

    Jenny Valentine
    HarperCollins Childrens Books

For the first time this year, in order to recognise the calibre of the entries, we are releasing a longlist for the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

Now in its sixth year, the Booktrust Teenage Prize has seen a marked increase in the number and quality of submissions, making the judges' task ever more difficult. The panel agreed that this should be officially recognised, and the longlist is as follows:

Judges

About the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008

Established in 2003, the Booktrust Teenage Prize is a national book prize that recognises and celebrates the best in contemporary writing for teenagers.

 

For more information about the prize contact Claire Shanahan.