Sally Gardner, a dyslexic author once branded "unteachable" at school, has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for her book Maggot Moon.
"I'm still wondering if I'm going to wake and find that winning the Carnegie Medal is a dream," Gardner said.
"If it is true, then it has the quality of a dream come true."
"Without books I would not be a writer and without the zeal of librarians I would not have won this award," she said. "I believe teachers and librarians should be free to instil a life-long love of learning, without being policed by an outdated curriculum.