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Mackenzie Crook on The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth

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Mackenzie Crook on his new book The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth and the special treasure hunt contained within the pages.

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Maya van Wagenen

(Penguin)
272pp, 978-0141353258, RRP £7.99, Paperback


It’s always a pleasure to read tales of books that have changed lives, and this has to be one of the most charming ever written.


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Temple Boys (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jamie Buxton
(Egmont)

336pp, 978-1405268004, RRP £6.99, Paperback


The cover of Temple Boys is reminiscent of the Horrible Histories series and belies the challenging read within. Jamie Buxton has written an entertaining and thought-provoking interpretation of the Crucifixion story with Flea, an orphaned and opinionated beggar boy at its heart.


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The Blood List (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sarah Naughton
(Simon & Schuster Childrens Books)

304pp, 978-0857078667, RRP £7.99, Paperback


Britain has a wealth of good historical fiction aimed at the young and this novel represents an excellent addition to a proud heritage.


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The Colour Book (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sophie Benini Pietromarchi
(Tara Books)

144pp, 978-9383145003, RRP £14.99, Hardcover


Despite saying as The Colour Book begins - ‘ I would rather not have written any words at all’ - the author’s conversational writing connects well with the reader’s needs as she takes us on an exhilarating colour dance.


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Blood Family (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Anne Fine
(Corgi Childrens)

304pp, 978-0552567633, RRP £7.99, Paperback


This narrative allows its reader no respite. We are thrust into one of those desperate enslavement situations the media reports in detail but which it’s hard to grasp imaginatively.


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KATHERINE RUNDELL WINS 10TH WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE

Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell has been awarded the 2014 Waterstones Childrens Book Prize for her second novel, Rooftoppers.


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BOOKTRUST ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST FOR BEST BOOK AWARDS WITH AMAZON KINDLE

BBA Award

Reading charity Booktrust has announced the books shortlisted for its inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.


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SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION INFORMATION BOOK AWARD 2014: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The School Library Association (SLA) has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Information Book Award.


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NAHOKO UEHASHI AND ROGER MELLO: WINNERS OF THE 2014 HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD

HCA AwardThe Hans Christian Andersen
Award Jury
of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has
named Nahoko Uehashi from Japan winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author
Award
, and Roger Mello from Brazil winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator Award
.


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