Rebecca Stead becomes first US-based author to win the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with novel Liar and Spy
On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 American author Rebecca Stead won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with her novel Liar and Spy. Part coming-of-age tale, part mystery, the New York set, middle-grade novel fought off fierce competition from Carnegie winner David Almond, fellow American John Green and up-and-coming voice Katherine Rundell.
Although American-born authors Patrick Ness and Meg Rosoff are previous winners, Rebecca Stead is the first US-based author to be awarded the prize, which has only been open to non-UK residents since 2012.
The winner was announced at a ceremony at the Guardian offices in London on 23rd October 2013 where Rebecca was presented with a cheque for £1,500. Rebecca, who won the Newbery Medal for her previous book When You Reach Me.