Bullying novel scoops book prize

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A Perfect Ten, by Chris Higgins, has won the YoungMinds Book Award for 2009. The Award was presented by columnist and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup in a ceremony at London’s Unicorn Theatre in November, along with a prize of £2000, sponsored by the BookTrust.

The Award is given annually to the book which is deemed to most help young people, over the age of twelve years, cope with the stresses and challenges of growing up.

A Perfect Ten examines the issue of bullying from the perspective of a bully. Ms Higgins commented that she hopes it will “provide insight and understanding into both bullies and their victims, and show that these two apparently contradictory roles have more in common than we think.”

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