Irish author Emma Donoghue has been announced as the Orange Prize Youth Panel winner for her book 'Room'.

A panel of six teenage students read the six books shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and chose Donoghue as their winner of the Youth Prize.

The author said: "Tickled pink to be the Orange Prize Youth Panel winner! When I wrote 'Room' I was imagining a reader anything from 11 up, so I'm really chuffed it's finding so many young readers."

Now in its sixteenth year, the Orange Prize is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, and the winner will be announced tomorrow, 8 June.

Donoghue, who was nominated last year for the Man Booker Prize for 'Room', is joined on the Orange shortlist by Aminatta Forna ('The Memory of Love'), Emma Henderson ('Grace Williams Says it Loud'), Nicole Krauss ('Great House'), Téa Obreht ('The Tiger's Wife') and Kathleen Winter ('Annabel').