The Boy in the Dress wins Tower Hamlets Book Award
29th November 2010
David Walliams has won the Tower Hamlets Book Award with his debut children's novel The Boy in the Dress.
The actor and comedian's book scooped the prize after receiving more than a quarter of the votes cast by the schoolchildren involved in the competition.
Voted for by pupils in years five to eight from schools in Tower Hamlets, the award seeks to recognise the best fiction book for children aged between ten and 13.
'The aim is to encourage children to read, to bring children together to enable debate and discussion about books and to encourage children to share the pleasure of reading,' the organisers explained.
In winning the prize, Walliams triumphed over a shortlist that included The TV Time Travellers by Pete Johnson, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls, Harriet Goodwin's The Boy who Fell Down Exit 43 and The Thornethwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones.
The previous winners of the Tower Hamlets Book Award, which is now in its fourth year, are Andy Stanton, John Boyne and Jeff Kinney.