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  Top kids' author gets book record
Updated 13 February 2004, 07.40
Jacqueline Wilson
Children's writer Jacqueline Wilson has taken the title of being the most borrowed author from libraries.

Jacqueline, who writes books like The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Illustrated Mum, clocked up more than two million loans in 2003.

The kid's fave said she was "surprised and delighted" by the news.

Library staff reckon this shows how much young people love reading. Surprisingly, JK Rowling was only the 42nd most-borrowed author.

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Jacqueline Wilson said: "Every author is thrilled to know their books are selling but I know I share with many authors an almost greater thrill when your books are borrowed from libraries."

She took over from adult author Catherine Cookson, who had been at the top of the most-borrowed list for a whopping 17 years.

But Harry Potter fans can take heart. Although JK is not the most popular author to borrow, The Chamber of Secrets was the most-borrowed children's book in 2003, and the Prisoner of Azkaban a close second.

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