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  Kids author wins big at book awards
Updated 05 March 2002, 19.47
Philip Pullman with The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman with The Amber Spyglass

Top children's writer Philip Pullman has picked up yet another big book award.

Pullman, who wrote the His Dark Materials trilogy, was named author of the year at the British Book Awards.

He even beat Harry Potter author JK Rowling to the title.

Artemis Fowl

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
He hit the headlines earlier this year when he became the first-ever children's author to win the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year prize for The Amber Spyglass.

The His Dark Materials books tell the tale of a young girl, Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon and her best friend Will as they battle the forces of good and evil.

Another kid's author who did well was Eoin Colfer, who won the WH Smith children's book of the year award for Artemis Fowl.

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