Mal Peet wins Guardian children's prize

<p>Mal Peet has won the 2009 <em>Guardian </em>children&#39;s fiction prize, the newspaper has announced.</p><p>Peet&#39;s <em>Exposure</em> beat authors including Terry Pratchett to win the &pound;1,500 prize at the awards ceremony. &quot;It feels absolutely great &ndash; I&#39;ve always had my eye on the <em>Guardian</em> prize but it&#39;s always evaded me,&quot; said Peet. &quot;My books have never even made the shortlist before, and I&#39;d always sit at home gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair.&quot;</p>