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'Great' children's books revealed
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Philip Pullman's Northern Lights has been selected as one of the greatest children's books, but CS Lewis and Terry Pratchett have been omitted.

The UK's oldest award for children's writing, the Carnegie Medal, has selected 10 former winners to mark the 70th anniversary of the award.

Other contenders include Mary Norton for The Borrowers and Philippa Pearce for Tom's Midnight Garden.

The winner, voted for by the public, will be announced on 21 June.

Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland
A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall
Skellig by David Almond
Junk by Melvin Burgess

Other famous writers not in contention include JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson as neither have won the Carnegie Medal.

The shortlist for this year's Carnegie Medal has also been announced.

The six authors are: Kevin Brooks for The Road of the Dead, Siobhan Dowd for A Swift Pure Cry, Anne Fine for The Road of Bones, Meg Rosoff for Just In Case, Marcus Sedgwick for My Swordhand is Singing and Ally Kennen for her debut novel Beast.

As usual, children's librarians will vote for the winner.

"All six titles are sophisticated and thought-provoking," said Ian Dodds, chair of the judges.

"They are books that will have a lasting impact on their readers," he added.

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