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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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If You Were Me (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sam Hepburn

(Chicken House Ltd)
352pp, 978-1909489806, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Sam Hepburn established a reputation for taut, tightly plotted thrillers for young readers with Chasing the Dark. If You Were Me, Hepburn’s latest novel, is another truly thrilling read and will reinforce that reputation.


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Black Dove, White Raven (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Elizabeth Wein
(Electric Monkey)

496pp, 978-1405271363, RRP £7.99, Paperback


A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel, but it is lightly worn. The breath-taking landscape of Ethiopia and the richness of its history and culture is wonderfully evoked. Not all the research came from books. Elizabeth Wein knows Ethiopia well. She is herself a pilot, and has even stood out on the wings of a flying plane, like the White Raven, herself. Few researchers are prepared to go so far.


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The Great Big Green Book (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Mary Hoffman
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

40pp, INFORMATION PICTURE BOOK, NON FICTION, 978-1847804457, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


The third in a series of Great Big Books, following on from The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this new title tackles the equally important issue of conservation.


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Crog (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Amanda Mitchison
(Corgi Childrens)

288pp, 978-0552568531, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Wilf is around 13 and light-fingered with it, can break into a Saab 9.5 estate, get it started, drive it dangerously fast. He’s security conscious – he’s interested in breaking and entering. Sometimes he’s been caught, and now he’s in the last chance saloon as far as his probation order is concerned.


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LITTLE REBELS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2015 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

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The shortlist for the 2015 Little Rebel’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction has been announced. Eight books are shortlisted this year including two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes. Veteran radicals Joan Lingard and Bernard Ashley are on the list, alongside Gill Lewis, who was shortlisted last year, and debut authors Anne Booth and Jessica Shepherd.


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PRAESA OF SOUTH AFRICA WINS 2015 ASTRID LINDGREN MEMORIAL AWARD

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PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), the Cape Town based organisation that has worked to promote reading and literature for children and young people in South Africa since 1992, has been awarded the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.


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ROB BIDDULPH IS 2015 WATERSTONES WINNER

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Observer Magazine Art Director Rob Biddulph has been named as the overall winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, with his book Blown Away.


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2015 CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY AWARDS: THE SHORTLISTS

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The shortlists for CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, widely acknowledged as the most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK, are announced today (17 March).


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