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Last Updated: Thursday December 13 2007 06:16 GMT

Fantasy tale wins kids book prize

Author Matt Haig reads from his book

A former bartender has struck gold with his first attempt at writing for kids.

Author Matt Haig was awarded a gold medal at this year's Nestlé Children's Book Prize competition for his fantasy tale, Shadow Forest.

Matt's book is a tale of "one-eyed trolls, murderous truth pixies, witches and humans who turn into rabbits" set in Norway

The Nestlé Children's Book Prize has been around for 23 years and the winners are voted for by children.

Matt, 31, won the nine to 11 category.

When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt won the under five group and Ottoline.

The Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell took the prize for the six to eight section. It's the fifth Nestlé Children's Book Prize award for Chris Riddell.

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