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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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Cage of Roots (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Matt Griffin

(The O'Brien Press)
240pp, 978-1847176813, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Ayla is trapped deep underground in a small, tight space, in stifling, hot darkness. It’s a nightmarish situation. She has no idea how or why she is there, and things get worse still when a pack of vile, goblin-like creatures arrive to torment her.


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There Will Be Lies (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Nick Lake
(Bloomsbury Childrens)

464pp, 978-1408853818, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


A quality road story, this engrossing novel is a fine achievement from a skilled writer still young in years but already achieving much in his previous two published stories.


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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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The Devil’s Angel (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Kevin Brooks
(Barrington Stoke Ltd)

96pp, 978-1781124505, RRP £6.99, Paperback


If you want a guide to teenage mean streets then Kevin Brooks is your man. In this short novel, in Barrington Stoke dyslexia-friendly format, 15 year old Jack traces his gradually souring fascination with charismatic, and border-line psychotic, Dean.


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HEXTHORPE PRIMARY SCHOOL, DONCASTER WINS FIRST WORLD BOOK DAY AWARD

WoBoD logoHexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster have won the inaugural World Book Day Award (WoBoD) and will receive a prize of £10,000 to spend on books for their school library. The award is sponsored by best-selling author James Patterson who has donated £50,000 to fund the prize for two years.


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WINNERS OF THE RED HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2015

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The winners of Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 were announced today (Saturday 21 February) in a celebratory awards ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank as part of the Imagine Festival. Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ book The Day the Crayons Quit won the Books for Younger Children category and was also voted overall winner.


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MOVE OVER NANCY DREW: ADVENTURE STORIES DOMINATE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST

Waterstones Children's Book Prize logoThe shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize has been announced and features a preponderance of traditional adventure stories for children.


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2015 HENRIETTA BRANFORD WRITING COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

bba LOGOThe Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, the annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the Branford Boase Award, is now open.


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