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Rick Yancey wins Red House Children’s Book Award

24th February 2014

Rick Yancey has won the overall Red House children's book award 2014 with The 5th Wave, the first in a trilogy, about 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan's struggle to survive after an apocalyptic alien arrival. Sony is rumoured to be developing a film adaptation of the book.


The 5th Wave triumphed in the Older Readers category over Anne Cassidy's Killing Rachel and Eion Colfer's W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin.


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Superworm took the Younger Children category, against competition from Rachel Bright's Walter and the No Need to Worry Suit, How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens and Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis.


The Younger Readers category was won by Jennifer Gray's Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, seeing off competition from The Land of Neverbelieve by Norman Messenger and Claude in the Country by Alex T Smith.


The Red House children's book award is the only national award for children's books voted for entirely by children themselves. Applauding the choices of the young voters, Seni Glaister, CEO of the Book People, who sponsor the award, said 'Once again the nation's young readers have shown what peerless literary taste they have. The shortlisted titles are a fantastic representation of all that is great in children's publishing at the moment.'


Previous winners include Michael Morpurgo, J K Rowling, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman.

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