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2014 Judge: Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. His 2013 YA novel More Than This is on both the Best Fiction for Young Adults and the Rainbow Books Lists. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.  He keeps up-to-date information and an online diary here:


  1. Oh, my, hide the dogs and children. I just lost all the breath in my body.

  2. I just bought “A Monster Calls Today!” and can’t wait to read it.

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