SF Said's first book, Varjak Paw, won the Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. It has since been adapted as a stage play and an opera, and a film version is in development. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, Phoenix, was selected to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and nominated for both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. All three books were illustrated by Dave McKean. He is currently working on a book called Tyger.