2011 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Winner

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Pop ups, pull outs and other paper wizardry are used to explore the science of the Earth in the winner of the 2011 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, How the World Works,, announced today (Thursday 1 December 2011).

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London on the evening of Thursday 1 December. The authors win an award of £10,000 and the authors of each shortlisted book receive £1000.

The book was chosen as the winner from a shortlist of six books by junior judging panels made up of over 1000 young people from over 100 school and youth groups. Judging panels came from across the UK and Commonwealth - from Dundee in northern Scotland to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said: "Science captured my imagination as a child, from exploring the minutiae of the natural world on my walk to school to chasing Sputnik as it blazed across the night sky. Brilliant science books also have the potential to do this and completely change children's understanding of the world around them. We believe that by involving the young in the judging of the Royal Society Young People's Books Prize we can help to inspire them with the joys of science, whilst also ensuring that the winner is chosen by those best qualified to judge, the readers themselves."

The other books shortlisted for this year's Royal Society Young People's Book Prize were:

The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book by Steve Alton and Nick Sharratt (Bodley Head)
What's the Point of Being Green? by Jacqui Bailey (Franklin Watts)
What Mr Darwin Saw by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
The Story of Astronomy and Space (Usborne)
What Goes On In My Head? by Robert Winston (Dorling Kindersley)

The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize did not take place in 2008 - 2010 due to funding issues. The Prize can be offered again thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, with funding guaranteed for the next four years.

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