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Mackenzie Crook on The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth

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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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Book of the week


Sun Thief (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jamie Buxton

(Egmont)
288pp, 978-1405267991, RRP £6.99, Paperback


There are so few good historical novels written about Ancient Egypt that this is a very welcome book indeed. Jamie Buxton has managed, within an adventure story, to give a real feel of life in Ancient Egypt, in particular how the gods ruled every aspect of life.


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Binny in Secret (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Hilary McKay
(Hodder Children's Books)

272pp, 978-1444913408, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


It begins with a wind, ‘the sort of burglar wind that plucked litter from bins and petals from flowers and balls from toddlers and anything else it fancied.’


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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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Phoenix Rising (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Bryony Pearce
(Stripes Publishing)

400pp, 978-1847154507, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Another in the post-apocalyptic genre, Phoenix Rising seems a bit younger and a lot of more cheerful than a lot of its contemporaries. Where volcano eruptions have poisoned the oceans and the sun has only broken through the dust clouds in recent years, Toby Ford is a pirate ship with his father, who fled the government to keep his inventions to himself.


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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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WINNERS OF FIFTH ANNUAL WICKED YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD

Wicked winners

Young people aged six to 20 were this week announced as the winners of this year's Wicked Young Writers Award. Launched by the production team behind the award winning musical, the award
encourages writing and creativity in young people aged five to 25.


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CHRIS RIDDELL ANNOUNCED AS NEW WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S LAUREATE

Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell was today announced as the new Children’s Laureate.  The outgoing Laureate Malorie Blackman handed over the baton – and specially commissioned solid silver Children’s Laureate medal – at a ceremony at BAFTA in London attended by representatives from all areas of children’s books and former Laureates Anthony Browne and Julia Donaldson.


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UK ENTRANTS FOR BIB, THE BIENNIAL OF ILLUSTRATIONS BRATISLAVA 2105 ANNOUNCED

Mouse, Bird, Snake, WolfThe International Centre for the Picture Book in Society based at Worcester University and IBBY UK (International Board of Books for Young People) have announced a collaboration to select UK illustrators for the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) 2015.


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