Siobhan, who died aged 47 in August 2007, was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Dublin, where her sister accepted the honour on her behalf. She was presented with the Bisto Children's Book of the Year trophy. The prize money will go to the Siobhan Dowd Trust, set up by the author before she died, to help disadvantaged children to improve their reading skills and experience the joys of reading.
Four other awards were presented at the ceremony:
Eilis Dillon Award: Mary Finn for Anila's Journey
Bisto Honour Award for Writing: Kate Thompson for Creature of the Night
Bisto Honour Award for Illustration: Oliver Jeffers for The Great Paper Caper
Judges' Special Recognition Award: Kate Thompson for Highway Robbery
(Writer's News: August 2009 edition)