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JOHN Connolly has sold over 10 million copies of his American ex-cop Charlie Parker thrillers, but he is still a 'new author' as far as the Bisto Children's Book Awards are concerned.
Yesterday, his book 'The Gates' made the shortlist of 10 titles for the 20th Bisto Awards.
Connolly, a hugely successful writer internationally, has been nominated for his first book for younger readers. The book is about a boy, some devil-worshippers and a portal connecting the underworld to ours.
The annual Bistos are the most prestigious awards for children's books in Ireland. The titles on this year's shortlist are:
- 'An Greasai Brog agus na Sioga' -- Catriona Hastings and Andrew Whitson.
- 'Chalkline' -- Jane Mitchell.
- 'Colm and the Lazarus Key' -- Kieran Mark Crowley.
- 'Gluaiseacht' -- Alan Titley.
- 'Lincoln and his Boys' -- PJ Lynch.
- 'Solace of the Road' -- Siobhan Dowd.
- 'The Eyeball Collector' -- F E Higgins.
- 'The Gates' -- John Connolly.
- 'The Third Pig Detective Agency' -- Bob Burke.
- 'There' -- Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.
The overall winner receives €10,000 and there are smaller category prizes.
The awards will be announced on May 24.