Mal Peet

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Although best known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mal Peet has a wide and growing adult readership.

He was born in Norfolk, England. He read English and American Literature at the University of Warwick but did not become a full-time writer until he was 40. Then, for a decade, in collaboration with his wife and fellow writer, Elspeth Graham, he wrote primarily for educational publishers, notably Oxford University Press.

His first novel, Keeper, was published in 2003, followed by Tamar (2005), The Penalty (2006), Exposure (2008) and Life: an Exploded Diagram (2011). His awards include the Branford Boase Award, a Nestle Children’s Book Award, The Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Children’s Book Prize, as well as a number of American awards.

With Elspeth, he continues to write books for younger readers. Their Cloud Tea Monkeys, illustrated by Juan Wyngaard, was shortlisted for the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal.

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