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Shortlist unveiled for Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards

24th March 2010

The Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards has confirmed the ten books included in its 2010 shortlist.

Chalkline by Jane Mitchell, Kieran Mark Crowley's Colm and the Lazarus Key and The Gates by John Connolly are in the running for the 10,000 euro (GBP 8,900) prize.

F.E. Higgins' The Eyeball Collector, Lincoln and his Boys by P.J. Lynch, Bob Burke's The Third Pig Detective Agency and There by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick are also included in the awards, which aim to recognise the best children's writers born in Ireland.

The remaining nominated titles are An Greasai Brog Agus Na Sioga by Catriona Hastings and Andrew Whitson, Alan Titley's Gluaiseacht and Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd.

Ui Mhaicin, chair of the judging panel, commented: 'This year's shortlist provides challenging and entertaining reading material: the works included span across the ranges of fantasy, mystery, folklore and the gritty realities being endured by young people as they cope with life changes.'

Last year, the Bisto Children's Book of the Year honour was posthumously won by Dowd for her Bog Child. The author died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 47.

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