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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

Only Eva (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Judi Curtin

(The O'Brien Press)
272pp, 978-1847176660, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Impulsive, generous, warm-hearted, Eva is one of Judi Curtin’s most appealing heroines.

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Love, Tanya (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Tanya Burr

304pp, 978-1405921404, RRP £12.99, Paperback

Vlogging is fast becoming one of the most popular interests on the internet. Millions of teens tune in to watch beauty vloggers and what they have to say. Two of the huge stars in this industry have recently brought out books on beauty.

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Black Dove, White Raven (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Elizabeth Wein
(Electric Monkey)

496pp, 978-1405271363, RRP £7.99, Paperback

A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel, but it is lightly worn. The breath-taking landscape of Ethiopia and the richness of its history and culture is wonderfully evoked. Not all the research came from books. Elizabeth Wein knows Ethiopia well. She is herself a pilot, and has even stood out on the wings of a flying plane, like the White Raven, herself. Few researchers are prepared to go so far.

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The Great Big Green Book (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Mary Hoffman
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

40pp, INFORMATION PICTURE BOOK, NON FICTION, 978-1847804457, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

The third in a series of Great Big Books, following on from The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this new title tackles the equally important issue of conservation.

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Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The Royal Society has announced the six science books that make up this year’s Young People’s Book Prize shortlist. The Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people aged up to 14.

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Scarlet Ibis

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) has named Gill Lewis winner of this year’s Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Radical Fiction for her book, Scarlet Ibis.

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Branford Boase Award logo

The shortlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Wednesday 6th May 2015). The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.

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Welcome to the Family

The School Library Association has announced the short list for the 2015 Information Book Award. The SLA
Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

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