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Blue Peter searches for best children's book of last decade

3rd February 2012

Blue Peter has launched a search to find the best children's book published in the last ten years, with the nation's young readers tasked with choosing one outstanding title from a shortlist of ten bestsellers.

Launched to coincide with the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and World Book Day, the list comprises the ten bestselling books published between January 2002 and December 2011.

Only one book per author could be included in the list, meaning the likes of J. K. Rowling, who would have appeared three times, only has Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in contention - her bestselling title over that period.

The other candidates comprise Anthony Horowitz's Skeleton Key, which is the third book in the popular Alex Rider series, Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has spawned a number of sequels since its 2008 release.

Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend by Francesca Simon, Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, Lemony Snicket's The Series of Unfortunate Events: Austere Academy and Theodore Boone by John Grisham are also in contention.

The shortlist is completed by Charlie Higson's Young Bond novel, SilverFin, and Mr Stink, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Tim Levell, editor of Blue Peter and chair of judges for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2012, said it will not be easy for children to select a winner from the ten contenders, but it will hopefully highlight just how much young readers care about literature.

He added: 'This is a fantastic list: every single book on the shortlist is a corker. Normally I'm all for playground harmony, but if on this occasion there is the odd playground argument about which book is better, then bring it on!'

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