Children's author Chris d'Lacey has had his debut novel, Fly Cherokee Fly, shortlisted for the Libraries Carnegie Medal - the children's equivalent of the Booker prize.
Chris, who works as manager of the Advanced Light Microscope Facility in the Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences at Leicester University, has had eight children's books published so far, with another eight due over the next two years.
A delighted Chris said: "It came as a complete shock. I was surprised to be nominated and stunned to be shortlisted."
The story of Fly, Cherokee, Fly, was inspired many years ago when Chris rescued a pigeon with a broken wing on Victoria Park, next to the University campus, nursed it back to health, and ended up keeping it for fourteen years.
The Libraries Carnegie Medal Awards will be held in London in mid-July.
NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT CHRIS ON 0116 252 3019.
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