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Chinese story wins British book award

Updated: 2015-05-27

Bronze and Sunflower, a children's novel that tells a heart-warming tale about a friendship between two seven-year-olds, a farm boy and a city girl, has won England’s Pen Award. Written by China's Cao Wenxuan, it was published by the Phoenix Publishing & Media Inc.

It took more than a year for the Jiangsu Phoenix Juvenile and Children's Publishing and its partners to negotiate the deal on the English version with Britain’s Walker Publishing Co. Its inclusion in Walker Publishing's World Voices - Finest Fiction From Around the Globe series, benefited from the publisher's rich experience in children's books.

The Pen Award was established in 1921 to encourage and reward outstanding literary works in the United Kingdom. The award has helped the publishing house's reputation and is a good reason for globalization of other children's books in the future. Bronze and Sunflower has been translated into other languages, including French, Japanese and Korean.