A SCHOOLBOY from Mullion will have his story judged by children’s author and TV celebrity David Walliams after reaching the shortlist in a national competition.

Ten-year-old Charlie Boniface entered as one of 60 stories sent off by Mullion Primary School to the National Young Writers’ Awards, which this year had the theme of ‘Heroes’.

Out of 38,000 entries, Charlie’s story was one of 150 to be chosen for the next stage.

These will be read by David Walliams, who will whittle them down to a final ten.

Children aged from four to 14 years old were challenged with writing a 500-word story all about a hero, whether that be a parent, a policeman or an idol they aspire to be like, in the competition run by Discover Education.

Mullion set it as a task for home-learning during the Easter holidays and Charlie's story was about a teacher called Mrs Wigglebottom who has super powers.

His teacher, Alexi Read, said: "Charlie received a package on Friday which included three brand new books -two by David Walliams, the competition judge - some English curriculum workbooks and a letter of congratulations for being in the top 150. He was shaking with excitement."

He is now waiting to hear whether he has reached the final ten, with the overall winner to be surprised at a school assembly by David, who will announce the National Young Writer of the Year and present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 worth of books for their school library.

The winner is due to be announced this Monday.