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  I'm a judge for the Whitbread Awards
Updated 13 November 2003, 14.15

The Whitbread Children's Book Award is one of the greatest prizes an author can get.

Jacquie is lucky enough to be one of the judges who decides which books is best.

"The Whitbread Children's Book Award is one of the most important prizes around.

This year I've got the chance to be a judge and decide which will be the best children's book.

To become a judge you have to be a complete book addict, and be able to read fast.


The judge panel is made up of important people in the literary world: a bookseller, a children's author, an actress, another competition winner - oh yeah, and Lizo.

Over the past four weeks I've had to get through a long list of nine books.

What are we supposed to be looking for?

My job is to make sure the very best author takes the title.

To me a good book has to have a good beginning to get you gripped, characters you can relate to.

And definitely, an exciting twist.

After four hours we've finally come up with our shortlist:

  • The Fire-Eaters - David Almond
  • The Oracle - Catherine Fisher
  • Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
  • Naked Without a Hat - Jeanne Willis

    But I can't tell you who the winner is until January, so you'll just have to find out about it then."

    Jacquie, 12, London


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