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Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

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What I Couldn't Tell You (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Faye Bird

(Usborne Publishing Ltd)
488pp, 978-1474903073, RRP £6.99, Paperback


A crime story and off-kilter romance, What I Couldn’t Tell You is tightly-plotted, a tense mystery with an arresting premise that cleverly reflects and develops the themes of the novel.


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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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Car Wash Wish (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sita Brahmachari
(Barrington Stoke Ltd)

80pp, 978-1781125236, RRP £6.99, Paperback


There is so much to this deceptively simple story that it can be read over and over again and still reveal more each time you read it.


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PJ LYNCH ANNOUNCED AS FOURTH LAUREATE NA NÓG

PJ Lynch

Author and illustrator PJ Lynch is the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The announcement was made by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins at a special event at the Arts Council’s offices in Merrion Square on Tuesday 17 May.


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SHORTLIST FOR 2016 ROYAL SOCIETY YOUNG PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE

Royal Society shortlist 2016

Six books have made it onto the shortlist for this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, set up to celebrate books that communicate science to young people in an accessible, creative way.


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CLPE CHILDREN’S POETRY AWARD (CLIPPA) 2016: THE SHORTLIST

John Hegley CLiPPA 2016 announcement

Five books have made it onto the shortlist for the CLiPPA (the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award), the only award in the UK for published poetry for children. The shortlist was announced at the opening of the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival following a show featuring performances from children and the 2015 shortlisted poets and judges.


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ALEXIS DEACON AND VIVIANE SCHWARZ WIN THE 2016 LITTLE REBELS AWARD

I Am Henry Finch

Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz have been named winners of the 2016 Little Rebels Award for their book I Am Henry Finch (Walker Books). The result was announced on 7 May, at the London Radical Bookfair at Goldsmiths College.


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