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Four titles shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Award

7th December 2011

The shortlist for the 2012 Blue Peter Book Award has been unveiled, with two fiction books and two non-fiction titles in the running for one of the UK's most prestigious children's book prizes.

The non-fiction works comprise the Official Countdown to the London 2012 Games by Simon Hart and Discover the Extreme World, edited by Amanda Askew.

Liz Kessler's A Year without Autumn and The Considine Curse by Gareth P. Jones are the two fiction titles in contention for the award, the winner of which will be determined by 200 Blue Peter viewers aged between six and 12.

Author and prize judge Linda Chapman expressed her delight at the shortlist, saying the mix of styles and themes will appeal to a wide range of readers.

She added: 'The important thing I think all four books have in common is that readers will be excited by them, want to re-read them and share them with their friends.'

Tim Levell, editor of Blue Peter and chair of judges, noted that the quality of the shortlisted titles will make selecting a winner very difficult for the 200 children involved.

The winner of the 2012 Blue Peter Book Award will be announced live on the March 1st episode of Blue Peter, coinciding with World Book Day.

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