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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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Afterworlds (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Scott Westerfeld

(Simon & Schuster Childrens Books)
608pp, 978-1471122569, RRP £7.99, Paperback


It might not be the sort of tale Westerfeld fantasy fans would expect, but this double-novel is still pacey and intriguing. Darcy’s story will be catnip to anyone interested in writing a book, and Lizzie’s is genuinely creepy and thrilling.


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Only Remembered (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

(Jonathan Cape)

352pp, 978-0857551283, RRP £14.99, Hardcover


This collection extends a tradition of anthologies introduced by distinguished editors, published in support of charities caring for the families of those wounded or killed in wartime.


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Five Children on the Western Front (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Kate Saunders
(Faber & Faber)

336pp, 978-0571310951, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


As the title suggests, this is a sequel – of sorts – to E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902) and to the final novel in her trilogy, The Story of the Amulet (1906).


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Book by John Agard (8-10 Junior/Middle)

John Agard
(Walker Books)

144pp, 978-0744544787, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


John Agard’s brilliant little book begins, ‘My name is book and this is the story of my life…’; and for the next 140 odd pages, Agard, in this eloquent disguise, holds us spellbound as he takes us from stories round the campfire and cave paintings to the e-book.


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The Story of Money: From Bartering to Bail-out (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Martin Jenkins
(Walker Books)

64pp, NON FICTION, 978-1406324587, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


‘It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it’s likely to be a row of ones and noughts in a computer somewhere’.This most engrossing and original book asks the question : why, when human beings managed without it for a very long time, was there a need to invent money?


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