Staffordshire children’s author Barbara Mitchelhill has won the Solihull Book Award for her novel Storm Runners.
The award, run by Solihull Borough Council for the past five years and sponsored by John Lewis, is voted for by youngsters across the town from years five to eight.
Avid readers have spent three months reading the shortlisted three books: Broken Glass by Sally Grindley, Grim Gruesome: Viking Villain by Rosalind Kerven and Mitchelhill’s novel.
John Lewis donated copies of the three shortlisted books to every primary and secondary school in Solihull, as well as the prize of an engraved vase for the winner and Champagne for each of the runners-up.
Storm Runners (Andersen Press) is one of two books Mitchelhill has written for older children. She is famed for her Eric stories and Damian tales, funny stories aimed at children aged between six and nine.
In Storm Runners, the story centres on two girls who discover a group of scientists on a Scottish island who are trying to control the weather.
They need to escape from the remote place and get back to Edinburgh to alert the authorities before the evil scientists use their powers for no good.
Mitchelhill was presented with her prize at an award ceremony and tea party in the town on July 3, 2009.