Patrick Ness has won a second consecutive Carnegie Medal for A Monster Calls. He won last year for Monsters of Men, the third book in his Chaos Walking trilogy. His entire trilogy was prize-winning with the first book winning both the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. The second book in the trilogy won the Costa Book Award.
In a unique twist, A Monster Calls has also won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration. Jim Kay’s evocative, dark and powerful art added so much to the skilled writing of Ness. This is the first time that the same book has won both awards.