This issue’s cover illustration is from Elmer’s Weather by David McKee. Thanks to Andersen Press 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

The Savage Kingdom (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Simon David Eden

(Simon & Schuster Childrens Books)
384pp, 978-1471118746, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Just imagine what would happen if the animals of the world finally lost their patience with mankind, and were driven to take direct action against us because of the terrible damage we’ve been wreaking on the natural world. Just imagine if they ganged up together to fight back.

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The Tornado Chasers (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Ross Montgomery
(Faber & Faber)

288pp, 978-0571298426, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Ross Montgomery’s first book was shortlisted for the Branford Boase and the Costa Book Award and he follows it up with this humorous take on the restrictions placed on children in the name of safety

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The Broken King (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Philip Womack
(Troika Books)

272pp, 978-1909991002, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Set in the real world of today, into which magic breaks through, this is an intriguing fantasy for young readers KS2/3. Womack takes the traditional quest as the narrative framework, one that will be both recognisable and satisfying to his audience

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The Queen’s Hat (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Steve Antony
(Hodder Children's Books)

32pp, 978-1444919141, RRP £11.99, Hardcover

Whither is Her Majesty bound, one wonders, as she sets out from Buckingham Palace sporting a very smart hat and accompanied by a royal corgi?

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Tony MittonTony Mitton has won the 2014 CLPE Poetry Award for his book Wayland, The Tale of the Smith from the Far North, illustrated by John Lawrence and published by David Fickling Books. Mitton, who has been shortlisted for the award twice before, joins a group of highly regarded previous winners including Jackie Kay, John Agard, George Szirtes and Rachel Rooney. The CLPE Poetry Award is the only prize for published children’s poetry in the UK.

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C J FloodC. J. (Chelsey) Flood and her editor Venetia Gosling have won the 2014 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Infinite Sky published by Simon & Schuster.

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James DawsonJames Dawson has beaten John Green to be crowned the first ever male Queen of Teen. Dawson was announced as the winner of the award at a ceremony on Friday 11 July 2014 surrounded by fans and five out of nine of the other shortlisted authors: Cathy Cassidy, Beth Reekles, Natasha Farrant, Holly Smale, Cassandra Clare, S.C. Ransom, Tonya Hurley, Veronica Roth and John Green.

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