Gaiman awarded Newbery Medal

<p>Neil Gaiman has won the Newbery Medal, American literature&#39;s most prestigious prize for children&#39;s writers, for <em>The Graveyard Book</em>.</p><p>Illustrated by Dave McKean, it tells of a child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins who escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens. The book is published by HarperCollins in the United States and Bloomsbury in the UK.</p><p>Newbery Committee Chair Rose V Trevi&ntilde;o said: &quot;A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising.&quot;</p><p>The Newbery Medal was named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.</p>