This issue’s cover illustration is from Animalium (Welcome to the Museum) by Jenny Broom with illustrations by Katie Scott. Thanks to Big Picture Press for their help with this Christmas 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 Parent Trap (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Erich Kastner

(Pushkin Children's Books)
176pp, 978-1782690559, RRP £7.99, Paperback

When I was a young librarian, translations of Erich Kastner’s children’s books were well-known in the English speaking world. The Parent Trap, now republished by Pushkin in a new translation by Anthea Bell, was even made into a film.

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Half a Man (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Michael Morpurgo
(Walker Books)

64pp, 978-1406351330, RRP £7.99, Hardcover

Deeply moving, this story delves painfully into the consequences of war, gaining much by touching upon the way in which people respond, often inadequately, to the wounded.

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Girl Online (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Zoe Sugg

352pp, 978-0141357270, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

I am a teenage girl living in a generation which is more ‘Team Internet’ than ‘Team Real Life’. You could be Instagram famous online and a geeky dork at school and no one would know. It is fair to say that I have learnt everything I know about makeup, beauty and clothes from YouTube and really look up to all of the beauty vloggers that I watch.

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Lucy’s Secret Reindeer (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Anne Booth
(OUP Oxford)

160pp, 978-0192737731, RRP £4.99, Paperback

It’s just days before Christmas, Dad is busy hanging decorations as Mum prepares lunch to which Gran, who lives down the lane, is invited.

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Animal Kingdom winnersThe winner of the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award is The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins.

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Five Children on the Western Front

The shortlist has been announced for the 2014 Costa Book Awards, one of the UK's most prestigious literary prizes.

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Project RemixToday (Wednesday 12th November 2014) sees the launch of Project Remix – a competition to find the UK’s best young writers and creative talent. The scheme is the brainchild of Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and is intended to celebrate the art of storytelling, in all its forms.

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Nominations Open for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 3rd year.

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