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Author Malorie Blackman up for top award

SHORTLISTED: Blackman (PA)

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Malorie Blackman is competing for the honour of a prestigious writing award.

Blackman’s Conflict Noble has been shortlisted in the books for older readers category in the Red House Children’s Book Award.

The national award is one of a kind because it is solely voted on by children. It is divided into three categories – younger children, younger readers and older readers.

Blackman faces competition in her category from two other writers – Stuart Hill for his Prince of the Icemark and Sophie McKenzie’s Split Second.

Another famous name, better known for his comedy performances on TV, on the shortlist is David Walliams, whose book Demon Dentist is not in direct competition with Blackman as it is the younger readers category.

Founded in 1980, the award has previously been won by the likes of JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo.

If Blackman claims the award, it would be another high-profile success for the much-lauded 52-year-old, who currently is the Children’s Laureate for 2013 to 2015.

She is well-known for her critically-acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series, which allows young people to explore more adult ideas and themes such as racism.

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