David Almond has scooped a top prize at the UK's biggest children's book awards - The Smarties Book Awards.
His book The Fire Eaters was voted top by a panel of young judges in the 9-11-year-old section.
Other category winners were Varjak Paw by SF Said ( 6-8 years) and The Witch's Children and the Queen by Ursula Jones.
Over 200 children took part in judging the competition. They had to read all the books on the shortlist then give their verdict on which ones were best.