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YoungMinds Book Award won by Siobhan Curham

18th November 2010

Siobhan Curham has won the GBP 2,000 YoungMinds Book Award 2010 with her novel Dear Dylan.

Sponsored by reading charity Booktrust, the prize seeks to recognise literature that helps children to deal with the challenges of growing up.

Curham's book follows the story of a 14-year-old girl whose life is made more exciting when she exchanges emails with the star of her favourite soap opera.

Former Sun editor David Yelland took second place in the prize with his The Truth About Leo, the tale of a young boy trying to come to terms with the death of his mother.

Other shortlisted works included Ember Fury by Cathy Brett, Julia Jarman's Inside, Them and Us by Bali Rai and Vanessa Curtis' Zelah Green, Queen of Clean.

YoungMinds chief executive Sarah Brennan commented: 'The YoungMinds Book Award prize provides a real insight into the role books can play in a child's life. They can help break the isolation experienced by many young people.'

Chris Higgins won the YoungMinds Book Award 2009 with his A Perfect 10, which deals with hard-hitting issues such as bullying, grief, survivor's guilt and anorexia.
 

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