Winning Year: 2001
Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Original Publisher: Doubleday
Current Publisher: Corgi Children's
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 055255202X
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A brilliant and witty twist on the tale of the Pied Piper. Funny and irreverent, but also dark and subversive, in the way it parodies the classic folk tale genre. This is a story that holds a mirror up to our world and questions attitudes and behaviour prevalent in our society. A clever and most entertaining read.

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Terry Pratchett was born 28 April 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. After passing his 11-plus in 1959, he attended High Wycombe Technical High School rather than the local grammar because he felt "woodwork would be more fun than Latin". At this time he had no real vision of what he wanted to do with his life, and remembers himself as a "nondescript student".

With his short story The Hades Business published in the school magazine when he was thirteen, and commercially when he was fifteen, Terry was obviously in line for a bright future. Having got five O-levels and started A-level courses in Art, History and English, he decided after the first year to try journalism, and when a job opportunity came up on the Bucks Free Press, he talked things over with his parents, and left school in 1965.

With something like 45 million copies of his books in print worldwide, and being published in 35 languages, there is no doubt that he is, as his publishers describe him, "one of Britain's best-loved writers".