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Last updated: 09 May 2006 1656 BST
Norfolk children's author nominated for prize
Picture: Mal Peet
Mal Peet has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal

A Norfolk author, Mal Peet has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal - one of the world's leading children's book prizes.

Norfolk author Mal Peet, an illustrator turned author has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, one of the world's leading children's book prizes.

He has been nominated for his second novel, Tamar, which is about two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two.

It looks at the impact of war and how it affects everyone involved, through the generations.

Speaking to the National Literacy Trust, Mal, who grew up on a council estate in north Norfolk, said he was always reading as a child.

"I was a very hungry little reader, and lived in a crowded house with no telly, so I almost always had my nose in a book," he said.

"My parents got me a book a month from a mail-order company; my best memories are of new books arriving; unwrapping the parcel, studying the picture on the cover, smelling the book (they all smelled different), putting off starting to read until I couldn't bear it any longer," he added.

The other four books on the shortlist are Turbulence, by the late Jan Mark, Clay, by David Almond, Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce, and The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library London on Friday 7 July 2006.

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