EALING writer Sam Copeland has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020. He is nominated in the Younger Fiction category for his novel, Charlie Changes Into A Chicken.

It tells the story of Charlie McGuffin, who tries to be an optimist, but in reality he's a bit of a worrier.

Right now, he is worried about his brother in hospital, unwanted attention from the school bully and the fact he's started turning into animals.

Sam Copeland grew up in Manchester and now lives in Ealing with his family.

Mike O’Connell, Waterstones manager in Ealing, said: “Sam’s books are brilliantly funny. He is popular in the local community and actively supports reading in the borough's schools.”

The shortlists consist of 18 books across three categories. Winners will be announced on March 26.