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  Kids' novel scoops top book award
Updated 07 January 2004, 07.56

Mark Haddon
Mark Haddon
A book which has become equally popular with kids and adults has scooped one of the UK's top literary awards.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon won the Whitbread "best novel" gong.

It's about a 15-year-old with a form of autism who turns detective. The author has already written 18 kids' books.

There was also a "children's book" category in the awards, which was won by David Almond's The Fire-Eaters - a tale set in Newcastle in the 1960s.

David Almond
David Almond

It saw off competition from three other short-listed books: Catherine Fisher's The Oracle; Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful and Jeanne Willis' Naked Without A Hat.

David has now received the award twice. He first won for Skellig in 1998.

Mark and David each received 5,000 for scooping their awards.

They will now go on to compete against three other category winners for a top prize of 25,000.

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