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Book of the week


The Cat and the King (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Nick Sharratt

(Alison Green Books)
144pp, 978-1407135083, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


Nick Sharratt’s instantly recognisable drawings are full of warmth and character. In this, the first book that he has written as well as illustrated, words and pictures work together beautifully to tell a story that will warm the hearts of everyone who reads it.


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A Child of Books (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
(Walker Books)

40pp, 978-1406358315, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This is what might be called, to recall an old American expression, a ‘motherhood and apple pie’ book.


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Born Scared (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Kevin Brooks
(Electric Monkey)

256pp, 978-1405276191, RRP £7.99, Paperback


For Elliot, ‘Moloxetine helps to keep the beast at bay’. He’s fearful of anything and everyone.


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Lydia. The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Natasha Farrant
(Chicken House Ltd)

352pp, 978-1910002971, RRP £7.99, Paperback


It is a brave author who takes on a classic; it very rarely works. Natasha Farrant has boldly decided to enter the world of Jane Austen. Does she succeed? She does.


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Beck (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff
(Walker Books)

272pp, 978-1406331127, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This at times sad story also has a sad history, with the enormously gifted Mal Peet dying of cancer before he could get to its end. But his close friend, the equally uncompromising Meg Rosoff, accepted his wish that she complete the work.


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TRANSFORM YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY WITH THE WORLD BOOK DAY AWARD 2017

The third annual World Book Day Award (WoBoD) launches today (Monday 26 September) and is offering primary and secondary schools across the country the chance to transform their libraries.


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2016 EDUCATIONAL WRITERS’ AWARD: JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

The Society of Authors and the Author’s Licensing & Collecting Society have announced the judges for the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s only award for educational writing.


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NICHOLAS JOHN FRITH WINS INAUGURAL KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE

Klaus Flugge Prize ceremony

Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. He won for his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books).


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LONGLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 UKLA BOOK AWARDS

The longlist for the 2017 UKLA Book Awards has been announced. The UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers.


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BOOKTRUST LAUNCHES NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN TRANSLATION PROJECT

Children’s reading charity BookTrust has announced a new children’s books in translation initiative, called In Other Words, aimed at encouraging UK publishers to publish more works from around the world.


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