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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

The 13-Storey Treehouse (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Andy Griffiths

(Macmillan Children's Books)
256pp, 978-1447279785, RRP £5.99, Paperback

Readers of this new farcical adventure series are invited to ‘climb into the world’s craziest treehouse’. It is a bold claim but residents Andy and Terry (author, illustrator and main characters!) have gone to extreme lengths to prove it.

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The Art of Being Normal (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Lisa Williamson
(David Fickling Books)

352pp, 978-1910200322, RRP £10.99, Hardcover

Teachers and workers in LGBT Centres will surely welcome this title, but you’d hope for a far wider readership. If readers with that mid-teen curiosity about gender discover this book, it might well be something of a revelation, a disturbance. Lisa Williamson - and David Fickling, to whom the children’s book world again has reasons to be thankful – well deserve that.

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Romans on the Rampage! (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Jeremy Strong

160pp, 978-0141357713, RRP £5.99, Paperback

Jeremy Strong’s whacky humour continues unabated in this his latest story set in Ancient Rome.

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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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Girl Online (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Zoe Sugg

352pp, 978-0141357270, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

I am a teenage girl living in a generation which is more ‘Team Internet’ than ‘Team Real Life’. You could be Instagram famous online and a geeky dork at school and no one would know. It is fair to say that I have learnt everything I know about makeup, beauty and clothes from YouTube and really look up to all of the beauty vloggers that I watch.

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Branford Boase AwardThe longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Tuesday 27th January 2015). The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.

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Kate SaundersKate Saunders has won the 2014 Costa Children’s Book Award for her novel Five Children on the Western Front.

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GENE KEMP 1926 – 2015

Books for Keeps is saddened to hear of the death of Gene Kemp.

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