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Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine. She worked at a publishing company and was a magazine journalist before turning to writing fiction full-time. She has won many of the U.K.'s top awards for children's books, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Children's Book of the Year. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in the Golden Jubilee Year (2002) and is the current U.K. Children's Laureate (2005-2007). Her latest book is "Candyfloss" (Roaring Brook, 2007).