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The second Booktrust Teenage Prize

The second Booktrust Teenage Prize, which last year was the first major award won by Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, has eight novels on the shortlist for this year's prize. Among the judges who will be spending the summer reading are Adam Robbins, English and media studies teacher at Archway school, Stroud, and CiTV presenter Michael "Ministry of Mayhem" Underwood. Competing for the award to be announced in November are: The Dark Beneath by Alan Gibbons (Orion); Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (Scholastic Press); Deep Secret by Berlie Doherty (Puffin); Rani and Sukh by Bali Rai (Corgi); Boy Kills Man by Matt Whyman (Hodder); Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde (Egmont); The Opposite of Chocolate by Julie Bertagna (Macmillan); and Unique by Alison Allen-Gray (Oxford University Press).

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