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Last Updated: Wednesday February 18 2009 20:32 GMT

Fairytale wins kids' book award

Michelle Harrison

A story about a teenage girl who can see fairies and tries to solve a family mystery has won a top book award.

The 13 Treasures is Michelle Harrison's first book and it's got her off to a winning start by scooping the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

Judges said the book was "brilliantly imaginative" and would "charm and enthral a generation of readers".

It's already being compared to popular classics like The Spiderwick Chronicles and fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm.

Book cover of The 13 Treasures
Michelle wrote the first few chapters of the book when she was still at university back in 2002.

The finished story has since been sold all over the world, including America, Europe and Russia, and she's already working on the sequel.

Caroline Horn, who's an expert on children's books, said: "The 13 Treasures is an inventive fairy story that makes you glad you can't see fairies!"

Michelle beat off competition from the likes of Elen Caldecott and Rob Stevens to win the prize - here's the full short-list...

  • How Kirsty Jenkins Stole The Elephant by Elen Caldecott
  • Zelah Green Queen Of Clean by Vanessa Curtis
  • Changeling by Steve Feasey
  • The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
  • Gnomes Are Forever by Ceci Jenkinson
  • Lady In The Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen
  • The Mapmaker's Monster by Rob Stevens
  • Numbers by Rachel Ward