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  Hilary McKay wins top kids' books prize
Updated 08 January 2003, 06.38
The two Press Packers who were on the board of judges reading the books
The winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award has been revealed.

Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay beat the three other shortlisted books to win the title.

Unexpected win

Hilary told CBBC Newsround's website that she was thrilled just to be shortlisted.

She said: "I certainly didn't expect to win.

Fact File
Shortlisted books
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Sorceress by Celia Rees
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
"I've read one of the other shortlisted books, which I thought was a great book, so I knew the standard was very high."

Overall winner

Now Hilary and the winners of the other four categories in the Whitbread Awards will have to wait until 28 January to find out who the overall winner is.

Last year Philip Pullman won the children's category with his novel Amber Spyglass and went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award.

But he was the first ever children's writer to do this (even JK didn't manage it), so we'll have to keep our fingers crossed for Hilary McKay and Saffy's Angel.

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