It turns out that my prediction for the winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Prize was wrong. The winner was actually Mal Peet for his book, Exposure. Alison Flood from The Guardian describes Exposure as “a modern retelling of Othello, in which the Moor of Venice and his wife Desdemona are transformed into the South American equivalent of Posh and Becks.” The book follows the fictional football legend Otello and sports journalist Paul Faustino, who have also featured in several of Mal Peet’s other books including The Penalty and Keeper. Peet turned to writing these football themed novels for young adults as he felt that all football books for children were a load of rubbish.
We have all of his books in the library and you can read an interview with him in The Guardian here.