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Ifeoma, aged 11, had inside track on Tolstoy's classic

PUBLISHED: 19:45 15 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:23 07 September 2010

A BOOK review written by a Hampstead school pupil has been highly commended in the Costa Book Awards. Ifeoma Kuchler, from the Royal School, submitted a 200-word review of one of her favourite books, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The 11-year-old beat 1,80

A BOOK review written by a Hampstead school pupil has been highly commended in the Costa Book Awards.

Ifeoma Kuchler, from the Royal School, submitted a 200-word review of one of her favourite books, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

The 11-year-old beat 1,800 other competitors to be named as one of 10 highly commended entries in addition to the three winning reviews.

"I'm so happy to be highly commended because I'm an athlete and nobody thinks athletes read," said Ifeoma.

"I really love reading, and receiving a highly commended for my entry means the judges think I can write and that gives me the confidence to keep going."

The 2008 Costa Book Awards Young Judges competition took place throughout Costa Coffee stores all over the country and best-selling children's author and former Children's Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson chose the winners.

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