Almond wins ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize
David Almond has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder Children’s), a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Almond’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of four, which included Five Children on the Western Front (Kate Saunders, Faber), The Lie Tree (Frances Hardinge, Macmillan) and An Island of Our Own (Sally Nicholls, Scholastic). The judges described Almond’s novel as ‘an intense, windswept re-working of Orpheus and Eurydice that reverberates with intensity and passion, as beautifully presented as it is written’. ‘The transformative potential of art and the imagination radiates from every page of this book, which is as short, intense and all consuming as the love story it describes,’ they said. The Guardian children’s fiction prize is presented to works of fiction written for children aged eight and above. For more information, click here.