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Aspiring authors of children's fiction bag Scholastic Asian Book Awards

Published on May 30, 2014 7:46 PM

An aspiring writer from the Philippines who studies fiction writing at university, 32-year-old Sophia Lee claimed the top prize at the Scholastic Asian Book Awards given out on Friday.

The awards were presented at the opening of the Asian Festival of Children's Content. Ms Lee won with her manuscript titled What Things Mean, about a girl who struggles to come to terms with the differences between her and her family.

Catherine Torres, 34, a diplomat and writer also from the Philippines, won first runner up. Her entry Sula's Voyage tells the story of a vagabond child expelled from high school and her encounter with a music student.

The third prize went to 45-year-old accountant Vivek Bhanot from India, for his manuscript Robin And The Case Of The Summer Camp Kidnapping, which follows the dangerous journey of four children as they rescue a kidnap victim from their summer camp in India.

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