This issue’s cover illustration is from Poppy and the Blooms by Fiona Woodcock. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for their help with this July cover.

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Big Brown Bear’s Cave (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Yuval Zommer

(Templar Publishing)
32pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1783706464, RRP £6.99, Paperback


How much stuff does one bear need? When Big Brown Bear finds an empty cave, he knows immediately it is just the right size for a bear like him.


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Where the World Ends (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Geraldine McCaughrean
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

320pp, 978-1474921145, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


We have been to Antarctica, the central plains of Asia, the middle of Australia – now Geraldine McCaughrean takes us to one of the harshest – but beautiful – landscapes – the islands of St Kilda on the edge of the Outer Hebrides.


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Wave me Goodbye (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jacqueline Wilson
(Doubleday Childrens)

464pp, 978-0857535153, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


It is September 1939. Shirley Louise Smith, aged ten, is evacuated from London to an unidentified small town in the safer countryside.


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Rook Anthony McGowan (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Anthony McGowan
(Barrington Stoke Ltd)

104pp, 978-1781127230, RRP £7.99, Paperback


Rook completes a trilogy which began with Brock and Pike. Young Nicky’s life has been tough. His Mum’s left home, his Dad’s been in trouble with the law, his older brother Kenny has special needs and Nicky is his main emotional support.


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See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jack Cheng
(Dial Books)

314pp, 978-0399186370, RRP £13.23, Hardcover


This story is told in the voice of eleven-year-old Alex, whose particular hero is the late, popularising astronomer of the title. It consists of a series of audio recordings he makes for the benefit of life forms out there in the cosmos.


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Every Hidden Thing (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Kenneth Oppel
(David Fickling Books)

370pp, 978-1910989579, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


Dinosaur skeletons! Hostile American Indians! Teenage orphans, one girl, one boy! Young love! Double dealing! Near death! This novel has them all!


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Winner announced for CLiPPA 2017 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award)

CLiPPA winner Kate Wakeling

Kate Wakeling has
won the CLiPPA 2017 for her first collection for children, Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, published by The Emma Press.


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M.G. LEONARD WINS 2017 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

M.G. Leonard

M.G. Leonard and her editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon have won the 2017 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Beetle Boy published by Chicken House. Publisher Chicken House has now won the award a record four times.


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UKLA BOOK AWARD WINNERS 2017

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The winners of the 2017 UKLA Book Awards have been announced. The awards are the only ones to be judged entirely by teachers.


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RUTA SEPETYS AND LANE SMITH NAMED WINNERS IN CARNEGIE GREENAWAY ANNIVERSARY YEAR

The winners of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are announced today, Monday 19 June. In its 80th year, Ruta Sepetys is named winner of the Carnegie Medal for her book Salt to the Sea, while Lane Smith is awarded the 60th Kate Greenaway Medal for his picture book There is a Tribe of Kids.

Read a special Books for Keeps interview with Ruta Sepetys here and with Lane Smith here.


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ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST AND WINNER OF THE LITTLE REBELS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD

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The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) has announced that the winners of this year’s Little Rebels Children’s Book Award are Andrea Beaty and David Roberts for their book, Ada Twist, Scientist (Abrams & Chronicle Books).


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LAUREN CHILD ANNOUNCED AS 10th WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S LAUREATE

Lauren Child

Lauren Child, artist and author and illustrator of the award-winning Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean picture books and Ruby Redfort novels, is the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate.


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