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  Children's author scoops top book prize
Updated 22 January 2002, 22.35

Popular children's author Philip Pullman has made history by winning one of the top book prizes in the country.

His book, The Amber Spyglass, has won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year award - and he's the first children's writer ever to win it.


Philip Pullman, who famously writes his books in a shed at the bottom of his garden, was up against lots of top adult authors, but the judges said he was the "overwhelming" winner.

The Amber Spyglass is the third part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. They tell the story of plucky heroine Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon and her best friend, Will.

Children's book of the year


Together the three pals take on dark forces to save the world from destruction, and The Amber Spyglass sees them involved in the ultimate good vs evil battle.

Philip Pullman also won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. But then all the winners of the different categories were put together for the overall Whitbread Book of the Year prize - and he won that too.


 
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