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This issue’s cover illustration is from Crowns and Codebreakers (The Marsh Road Mysteries) by Elen Caldecott. The illustration is by Nathan Reed.Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help with this July cover

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Book of the week


Wild Song (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Janis Mackay

(Piccadilly Press Ltd)
224pp, 978-1848124424, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Wild Song movingly explores issues of trauma, identity, loss, truth and the healing power of the natural world and will reward readers with a story of emotional realism combined with an unusual setting and a hint of folklore magic.


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Almost Grace (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Rosie Rowell
(Hot Key Books)

272pp, 978-1471401275, RRP £6.99, Paperback


This is the new novel from the winner of the Branford Boase Award. When we meet Grace and her friends, Brett and Louisa, they have completed their school-leaving exams in Cape Town and are heading up the West Coast for the rite-of-passage celebration week.


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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler (8-10 Junior/Middle)

E L Konigsburg
(Pushkin Children's Books)

160pp, 978-1782690719, RRP £7.99, Paperback


This book, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1968, reads beautifully and is shot through with humour deriving, in the main, from the relationship between the central characters Claudia and James.


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Minus Me (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Ingelin Rossland
(Oneworld Publications)

288pp, 978-1780746944, RRP £7.99, Paperback


Sicklit can be harrowing enough – from childhood leukaemia to heart conditions, writers know how to jerk an adolescent tear. Here, although illness is at the core of everything, Ingelin Rossland offers much more.


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UKLA BOOK AWARD WINNERS 2015

The Day the Crayons QuitThe winners of the 2015 UKLA Book Awards have been announced. The UKLA Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers.


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WINNERS OF THE 2015 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD: ROSIE ROWELL AND HER EDITOR EMILY THOMAS

BBA winners 2015

Rosie Rowell and her editor Emily Thomas have won the 2015 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Leopold Blue published by Hot Key Books.


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WINNERS OF THE 2015 CILIP CARNEGIE GREENAWAY MEDALS ANNOUNCED

2015 Carnegie Greenaway Winners

The winners of the 2015 Cilip Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were announced today. Tanya Landman has won the Carnegie Medal for Buffalo Soldier, while William Grill becomes the youngest winner since Gerald Rose in 1960 for Shackleton’s Journey.


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