Constance June 23rd, 2007
If I have this correct, in the U.S. the title is The Golden Compass., the first installment of His Dark Materials.
Â [ Philip Pullmanâ€™s Northern Lights has been voted the best childrenâ€™s book of the past 70 years by the public, it was announced today.
The author received 40 per cent of the total votes cast in an online poll, beating Mary Nortonâ€™s The Borrowers and Alan Garnerâ€™s The Owl Service.
Â The Top Ten â€œCarnegie of Carnegiesâ€ list was compiled by the organisers of Britainâ€™s most prestigious prize in childrenâ€™s literature, the CILIP Carnegie Medal.
The Carnegie does not offer a cash prize, but is sought after by children's writers because of its unique judging process. Unlike other literary awards, which seek submissions from publishers, the Carnegie takes its nominations from librarians.
Pullman said: â€œI am humbled and honoured that Northern Lights has been chosen from among so many wonderful books. Personally I feel they got the initials right but not the name. I donâ€™t know if the result would be the same in a hundred yearâ€™s time; maybe Philippa Pearce would win then.â€
The top ten list drew criticism when it was released in April for not including some of the best-known and most successful childrenâ€™s writers of the era. Enid Blyton, J. K. Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson were not on the list because they have never won the prize.
â€œThe competition was formidable,â€ said Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust and one of the top ten judges. â€œThe top ten includes some of the greatest childrenâ€™s writing of the 20th and 21st centuries.â€
Mr Douglas said that Northern Lights was a deserving winner and that Pullmanâ€™s His Dark Materials trilogy had â€œredefined childrenâ€™s literature and changed the way we think about childrenâ€™s books. They are classics.â€
Pullmanâ€™s books have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 37 languages. The Golden Compass has been made into a film which is due out in December, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.Â Â ]