This issue’s cover illustration is from Animalium (Welcome to the Museum) by Jenny Broom with illustrations by Katie Scott. Thanks to Big Picture Press for their help with this Christmas 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

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Jon Scieszka

(Amulet Books)
192pp, 978-1419712180, RRP £8.99, Hardcover

Jon Scieszka’s new science fiction comedy series is charming, funny and unashamedly geeky. The story taps in terrifically to children’s natural curiosity and inquisition; a nuclear explosion of action, adventure and antimatter particles!

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Only Remembered (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

(Jonathan Cape)

352pp, 978-0857551283, RRP £14.99, Hardcover

This collection extends a tradition of anthologies introduced by distinguished editors, published in support of charities caring for the families of those wounded or killed in wartime.

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Five Children on the Western Front (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Kate Saunders
(Faber & Faber)

336pp, 978-0571310951, RRP £10.99, Hardcover

As the title suggests, this is a sequel – of sorts – to E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902) and to the final novel in her trilogy, The Story of the Amulet (1906).

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Book by John Agard (8-10 Junior/Middle)

John Agard
(Walker Books)

144pp, 978-0744544787, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

John Agard’s brilliant little book begins, ‘My name is book and this is the story of my life…’; and for the next 140 odd pages, Agard, in this eloquent disguise, holds us spellbound as he takes us from stories round the campfire and cave paintings to the e-book.

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The Story of Money: From Bartering to Bail-out (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Martin Jenkins
(Walker Books)

64pp, NON FICTION, 978-1406324587, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

‘It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it’s likely to be a row of ones and noughts in a computer somewhere’.This most engrossing and original book asks the question : why, when human beings managed without it for a very long time, was there a need to invent money?

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Five Children on the Western Front

The shortlist has been announced for the 2014 Costa Book Awards, one of the UK's most prestigious literary prizes.

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Project RemixToday (Wednesday 12th November 2014) sees the launch of Project Remix – a competition to find the UK’s best young writers and creative talent. The scheme is the brainchild of Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and is intended to celebrate the art of storytelling, in all its forms.

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The shortlist for the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award has been announced, and features ten books, chosen by children. Alongside favourite authors Debi Gliori, Malorie Blackman and David Walliams is newcomer Pamela Butchart, whose debut novel for children Baby Aliens Got My Teacher is on the list.

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Nominations Open for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 3rd year.

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