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Starr wins 2015 Text Prize

Author and teacher Kimberley Starr has won the 2015 Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing for her manuscript The Book of Whispers.

The winning manuscript, a historical fantasy novel set during the first Crusade, had previously been entered in the prize under a different title. It was chosen from a shortlist of four and a total of 268 entries.

The Book of Whispers is a heart-stopping adventure ride through a world populated by demons, both real and figurative,’ said Text publisher Michael Heyward. ‘It’s about goodness and doing right and, above all, love.’

Starr, who was born in the US but now lives in Melbourne, has an MA in medieval literature. Her debut novel, The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies (UQP), won the 2003 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author.

The Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing is now in its eighth year. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. 

Text will release last year’s winning entry, David Burton’s memoir How to be Happy, on 26 August.



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