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  Artemis Fowl steals top kids book prize
Updated 10 April 2002, 11.44
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer has been named best children's book of the year at the WH Smith book awards.

This is the only one of the major awards that is voted for by ordinary people rather than a judging panel.

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Shortlisted books
Terry Pratchett - Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
Jacqueline Wilson - Dustbin Baby
Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl
Michael Morpurgo - Out of the Ashes
Jerry Spinelli - Stargirl
The votes were collected on the internet and by post, as well as at WH Smith shops.

In 2001 more than 65,000 voters took part in choosing the award winners.

First of four Artemis books

Artemis Fowl is the first of a series of books about the criminal mastermind, with at least four expected by publishers Puffin.

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