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The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Join us to experience last night’s events at the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for children’s authors.  As the excitement mounts, we speak to last year’s winner and judge Mal Peet, as well as other authors, readers and agents.

Peter is not exactly an impartial observer tonight; as you may know by now, his client Michelle Paver was the winner for Ghost Hunter, the sixth and final book in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. She joins a distinguished line of past winners including Ted Hughes, Jacqueline Wilson, Anne Fine and Philip Pullman.

Chair of judges, Julia Eccleshare, said: “It’s relatively rare for a book late in a series to win a major prize, but the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is such a towering achievement, as a whole as well as in terms of the individual books, that it was our unanimous choice.”