This issue’s cover illustration is from Crowns and Codebreakers (The Marsh Road Mysteries) by Elen Caldecott. The illustration is by Nathan Reed.Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help with this July cover

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Mackenzie Crook on The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth

Mackenzie Crook on The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth

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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Book of the week

Girl on a Plane (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Miriam Moss

(Andersen Press)
272pp, 978-1783443314, RRP £7.99, Paperback

Miriam Moss was a passenger on one of the planes hijacked in September 1970 by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Aged just fifteen, she was flying alone from Bahrain to London to return to boarding school. Forty-five years on, she has written a novel based on her experiences, and very fine it is.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Patrick Ness
(Walker Books)

352pp, 978-1406331165, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

Patrick Ness’s new novel relies somewhat on the same conceit as Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or the John Smith’s bachelor party sequence in Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, where usually unregarded peripheral figures in a story are given their own tale to tell.

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Almost Grace (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Rosie Rowell
(Hot Key Books)

272pp, 978-1471401275, RRP £6.99, Paperback

This is the new novel from the winner of the Branford Boase Award. When we meet Grace and her friends, Brett and Louisa, they have completed their school-leaving exams in Cape Town and are heading up the West Coast for the rite-of-passage celebration week.

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Minus Me (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Ingelin Rossland
(Oneworld Publications)

288pp, 978-1780746944, RRP £7.99, Paperback

Sicklit can be harrowing enough – from childhood leukaemia to heart conditions, writers know how to jerk an adolescent tear. Here, although illness is at the core of everything, Ingelin Rossland offers much more.

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Scottish Children's Book Awards

Nine books have made it on the shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, which celebrate the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. The shortlisted books include The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and Trouble on Cable Street, the latest book by Joan Lingard.

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The Day the Crayons QuitThe winners of the 2015 UKLA Book Awards have been announced. The UKLA Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers.

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BBA winners 2015

Rosie Rowell and her editor Emily Thomas have won the 2015 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Leopold Blue published by Hot Key Books.

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