This issue’s cover illustration is from Elmer’s Weather by David McKee. Thanks to Andersen Press for their help with this July 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

Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sheila Agnew

(The O'Brien Press)
240pp, 978-1847175595, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Central Park Showdown follows Marooned in Manhattan, and takes up where that left off: things seem to be sorted for Evie, very happily settled in New York with her Uncle Scott, the ultra-eligible vet. But then, out of the blue, her father turns up and requests custody.

Latest Reviews

Trust Games (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Simon Packham
(Piccadilly Press Ltd)

224pp, 978-1848123847, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Trust Games is the fifth book by Simon Packham, set in the fictional St Thomas’s Community College. Packham is an extremely good writer who covers tricky subjects with a great lightness of touch.

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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-Dragon (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Sarah Courtauld
(Macmillan Children's Books)

208pp, 978-1447255550, RRP £5.99, Paperback

Lavender and Eliza live with their Grandma at Old Tumbledown Farm in the ‘Middle of Nowhere’. Both sisters dream of escaping their mundane lives. Lavender loves fairy tales and dreams of being rescued by a Prince and living happily ever after; Eliza of adventures in distant lands vanquishing monsters and dragons.

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Bluebird (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Bob Staake

40pp, 978-1783441853, RRP £6.99, Paperback

This wordless picture book, with a Manhattan setting portrays the developing friendship between a boy and the Bluebird of the title.

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