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Mortal Engines announced as Blue Peter Book of the Year 2003

The debut novel of writer Philip Reeve has scooped the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, to be broadcast on CBBC ONE on Friday 19 December 2003.

Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Philip Reeve - winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award - Liz Barker and Simon Thomas

Mortal Engines is a tale which is set in a future where cities are on the move, vast lumbering structures that roam a ruined world in search of smaller cities to consume.

Tom and Hester have, for different reasons, been thrown out of London and they both want to return.

For Tom, his faith in authority will be shattered by the series of adventures which ensue whilst Hester has her own game plan, and her own reasons for revenge.

Mortal Engines triumphed in the category The Book I Couldn't Put Down, as well as winning the overall award for the Blue Peter Book of the Year.

Philip was overjoyed at his victory and on receiving his award at the ceremony at Television Centre in London, said:

"It is a huge honour to be short-listed among four such great writers. I am amazed, astonished, thrilled and overwhelmed to be the winner and would like to thank the young judges on the Blue Peter panel."

The adult judging panel had a busy summer poring over hundreds of children's paperbacks published in the last year to come up with a shortlist of fifteen.

As well as the adults, there was a panel of nine young judges who won their place on the jury by writing to Blue Peter saying why they should be picked to be a judge. The search for junior judges brought in over 10,000 entries.

They were also responsible for deciding the winners in the following categories: The Best Book to Read Aloud, The Book I Couldn't Put Down and The Best Book With Facts.

As well as unveiling all the winners, the Blue Peter Book Awards also reveals the fave reads of celebrities Amanda Holden, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rageh Omaar, Michelle Ryan, Maureen Lipman, Darren Campbell and Matt Jay from Busted.

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Details of all the winners are listed below:

The Best Book to Read Aloud

Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Published by Macmillan Children's Books

The Book I Couldn't Put Down

Mortal Engine by Philip Reeve. Published by Scholastic Children's Books.

Best Book With Facts

Pirate Diary, written by Richard Pratt and illustrated by Chris Riddell Published by Walker Books

Notes to Editors

The winner of last year's Blue Peter Book Awards, Feather Boy, has been adapted by Peter Tabern and will be shown on CBBC next year.

The Blue Peter Book Awards will be shown on CBBC ONE on Friday 19 December.

Feather Boy announced as Blue Peter Book of the Year 2002 (13.12.03)

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