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Last Updated: Wednesday August 10 2005 16:24 GMT

Boy, 10, writes own book trilogy

Michael Purkiss, 10, has written a book
A 10-year-old boy is spending his summer holidays writing his third novel, now that his first book has been published and put forward for a prize.

Michael Dowling wrote Corydon and the Island of Monsters with his mum, and now it's on the long list for the Ottaker's Children's Book prize.

It's part one of a trilogy, and he's already working on the last part.

But modest Michael said: "Lots of children write books, I was only lucky to have mine published."

Michael, who writes under the name of Tobias Druitt, came up with most of the ideas for the book. His mum, Diane, typed them up, sometimes throwing in a few ideas of her own. His mum is a top teacher at Oxford University - one of the best colleges in the country.

Michael said his book should appeal to children of about eight and above, and he said it was a mixed novel.


"It's sad in places, and exciting in places, and funny in places. It's a general all-rounder book," he said. "This is the kind of book that I like to read."

As well as the long list for the prize, an American publishers actually bought the book without even realising it was written by a child!

Once he's finished writing the third book, Michael doesn't plan to stop there. He said he'd love to see his books turned into a computer game and even a Hollywood movie.

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