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Children's book takes top prize

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Last week somthing unusual happened. A children's book (a children's book that could be categorized as science fiction, no less), "Zahrah the Windseeker" by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, a pan-African prize sometimes viewed as Africa’s Nobel prize. (Okorafor-Mbachu was born in the United States to Nigerian parents.)

Today in the Guardian, blogger Sam Jordison lamented the fact that children's books so rarely take top book prizes.

"My initial reaction to the news of its victory was that no such thing could happen over here," Jordison writes. "No YA fantasy, to use the SF jargon, would win a big award in the UK. "

Maybe not – or maybe it just hasn't happened yet.


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