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Royal Mail Awards announces Scottish winners

25th November 2009

John Fardell, Lari Don and Keith Gray have been named winners of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books.

Fardell won the prize's early years category for his Manfred the Baddie, a picture book that follows the adventures of the title character as he steals from art museums, kidnaps scientists and commits acts of piracy.

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts, Don's story of a girl who reluctantly has to battle an evil beast with a range of mythical creatures, took the eight to 11-year-olds honour, while Gray won the 12 to 16-year-olds category with his tale of teenage suicide, Ostrich Boys.

Anna Gibbons, children's programme manager for the Scottish Book Trust, revealed that almost 30,000 youngsters registered to vote for the awards, the highest number in its history.

'Thousands of young readers have read, debated, reviewed and most of all enjoyed a selection of the best Scottish children's books of the year - we're really proud of their achievement,' she added.

Last week, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009.

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