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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blue Peter Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Blue Peter Book Awards have been announced. Winners are shortlisted by a panel of adult judges; then a group of young Blue Peter viewers judges the three categories:

Book I Couldn't Put Down
Best Book with Facts
Most Fun Story with Pictures

The winners of each category then compete for the accolade Blue Peter Book of the Year.

Best Book With Facts
Archaeology Detectives by Simon Adams (Oxford University Press)
100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne (A&C Black)
Horrible Geography Handbooks: Planet in Peril by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Mike Phillips (Scholastic)

Book I Couldn't Put Down
Abela by Berlie Doherty (Andersen Press)
Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Corgi)
Foul Play by Tom Palmer (Puffin)

Most Fun Story with Pictures
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman (Egmont)
Fleabag by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)
Lost! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong, illustrated by Rowan Clifford (Puffin Books)

The winning author and/or illustrator in each category will be awarded a special Blue Peter Book Award Trophy on screen. In addition, an extract from each of the nine shortlisted titles will be dramatised on the programme. The winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards will be announced in the spring of 2009, to coincide with World Book Day

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