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Cathy Cassidy is crowned The Book Peopleís Queen of Teen 2010


Author of teen novels Cathy Cassidy has been crowned the Queen of Teen for 2010 in the annual awards which are hosted by The Book People, one of the UKís largest online book stores.

Thousands of teenagers from across the globe nominated their favourite authors for the award, which is given to the author of childrenís books who readers believe have written about real-life issues in an honest, entertaining and fun way. Writers of the most heartfelt nominations were invited to meet their heroines at the pink-themed Queen of Teen 2010 award ceremony, which took place at Catteshall Manor in Surrey.

Deservedly popular winner Cathy Cassidy and author of best selling books such as The Chocolate Box Series, said: ďThe connection I have with my fans is a very special privilege, so Iím very, very happy to win this award. When I was young, I wanted to be a princess, a writerÖ or a pony! Now Iíve been crowned Queen of Teen that means two of my dreams have come true!Ē

Seni Glaister, CEO of the Book People, said: ďWeíre celebrating the fabulous authors who make reading such a pleasure. The young readers who enjoy these authors and recommend their books to their friends are also absorbing valuable lessons about life, death, loss, friendship and love. The authors are their back-up team; guardian angels to help them through their teenage years. Weíre delighted to celebrate their work with this award.Ē

The very pink ceremony was attended by many of Cassidyís fans, including pupils from Rodborough School and Greatham School and shortlisted authors, each of whom was presented with a tiara and pink sash before Cathy Cassidy was crowned and seated on the Queen of Teen throne.

Queen of Teen was launched by The Book People in 2008 to celebrate those authors of childrenís and baby books and books for teens who are often overlooked by other awards, but who bring so much enjoyment to their teen readers while dealing with real-life issues.


Notes for editors

The Queen of Teen competition was launched to acknowledge the hugely significant part that fiction can play in the teenage years, and to encourage girls to turn off their computers and mobile phones and pick up a book instead. Queen of Teen has a dedicated website with information about the awardís history, details on all the shortlisted authors and pictures of the award ceremony.

For further information on Queen of Teen please contact Donna Stevenson on or by telephone on 01483 860215.

Quotes from authors attending the Queen of Teen award ceremony:

Cathy Hopkins: Normally writers can spend all day at their computer, seeing no one, so itís great to be invited to a party! Itís so flattering to be nominated and Iím absolutely thrilled to be here.

Chris Higgins: Iím really touched by my nomination: there are so many great novelists writing for teenagers so Iím really pleased to be on the shortlist. When I was a teenager, I went straight from reading Enid Blyton books to my mumís Catherine Cooksonís, so itís great that now there are lots of teenage books being written that young people can relate to.

Helen Bailey: As well as books and paper, the internet is increasingly important for authors and the interaction I have with my fans is fantastic. When I was young I tried to write to Jane Austen, but now young readers can have conversations with the writers they love Ė itís brilliant.

Sarra Manning: Me and the superfan who presented my with my tiara today have been Tweeting each other for weeks, discussing whether we were allowed to wear black! I like to think that sheís proof that girls who read teen fiction can come out the other side cool, smartÖ and well dressed.

Joanna Nadin: Iím overwhelmed Ė itís usually just me in my room and on Facebook, so itís great to meet the fans. The emotions you feel as a teenager donít go away so I think itís important to learn about them and read about them. Iím hugely proud to be amongst this wonderful group of authorsÖ and hugely proud to write books about snogging!

Louise Rennison: I hope Iím not going to get into an ugly mood when I donít get my crown back! I didnít bring my crown with me today. I left it at home, but Iím always wearing it when Iím writing, just in case I get invited somewhereÖ

Sarah Webb: Iím not just a writer, Iím a childrenís bookseller too, so Iím in heaven being here today because Iím the ultimate superfan of all these writers!

Samantha Mackintosh: On the outside, Iím far too wrinkly to be a Queen of Teen, but on the inside Iím still very much a teenager! Thank you for the nomination!

Jacqueline Wilson: Iím so sorry that I canít be with you today. I have vivid memories of
the last Queen of Teen ceremony which was a riot of pink and glitter and I have no doubt that this yearís will be just as much fun. Iím so grateful to all of you who voted for me. At a time when it is all too easy to find an alternative distraction, it is so wonderful to know that young people still enjoy escaping into a good book, still enjoy the feeling of being gripped by well developed characters and a great plot. Thank you once again to all those who voted for me. And long live the book!


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