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Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

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The Curiositree Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley

(Wide Eyed Editions)
112pp, INFORMATION BOOK, 978-1847807519, RRP £17.99, Hardcover


What a splendid idea to begin this journey of discovery with a quotation from Albert Einstein: ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious’. Thus this large format and visually magnificent book of sixty seven wall charts about the natural world encourages an investigative approach from the outset.


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The Best Medicine (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Christine Hamill
(Little Island Books)

166pp, 978-1910411513, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Twelve-year-old Philip, would-be comedian, reluctant poet and fervent Harry Hill fan, is busy dealing with the usual teenage problems, girls, teachers, the school bully, when his Mum is diagnosed with breast cancer and life takes a more serious and difficult turn.


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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Dave Rudden
(Puffin)

368pp, 978-0141356600, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Crosscaper Orphanage stands on the westernmost tip of Achill Island, County Mayo. It may have a Director whose dislike of children matches that of Wackford Squeers or Mr Bumble, but this Orphanage is neither Dotheboys Hall nor the Workhouse.


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A Seven Letter Word (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Kim Slater
(Macmillan Children's Books)

304pp, 978-1509801121, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


This cleverly constructed, beautifully written story is just the thing for an audience on the brink of maturity but still looking out for fiction where everything unerringly works out by the end.


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The Monstrous Child (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Francesca Simon
(Faber & Faber)

304pp, 978-0571330263, RRP £9.99, Hardcover


Inhabiting the same world as Simon’s Mortal Gods series, this remarkable first young adult novel, while also dealing with Norse mythology, goes somewhere a lot darker.


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SHORTLIST FOR THE INAUGURAL KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE

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The shortlist for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize has been announced. Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and a key figure in children’s picture books, this important new award is for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.


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PAMELA BUTCHART AND THOMAS FLINTHAM WIN THE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2016

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Blue Peter Best Story Award-winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham continue their winning streak by being named overall winners of the Children’s Book Award 2016.


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