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Potter strikes gold

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Joanne Rowling, published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, has won this year's gold medal in the 9-11 age group of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, a top children's fiction award.

The author, who lives in Edinburgh, intends this to be the first of seven Harry Potter books to take the hero, a trainee wizard, through his career.

smarties prize, TES2, page 13

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