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Catch up on Issue 262
Biblio details for our Books for Giving selection, Little Rebel winner A M Dassu talks to Fen Coles about her new book, Ten of the Best School Stories chosen by Rebecca Butler, Peter Brown answers our questions about The Wild Robot Protects. Peter Brown answers our questions about The Wild Robot Protects and much more.
Catch up on Issue 261
Jacqueline Wilson talks to Rebecca Butler about her new book The Best Sleepover in the World, Fiona Noble talks to Thiago de Moraes about his new book, Children’s Books about India chosen by Ann Lazim, Dave Shelton on the tale of a bear and a joke he wishes he had told, Alexandra Strick describes three new projects and much more.
Catch up on Issue 260
Tanja Jennings interviews Manon Steffan Ros. An interview with Jeet Zdung, winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration, Windows into Illustration: Rob Ramsden, Talking Point: navigating the literacy resource landscape, A Story of Hope: an interview with Na’ima B. Robert and Nadine Kaadan and much more.
Catch up on Issue 259
An Interview with Amy Clarkin, Find out What Walks These Halls, the ghostly debut from Amy Clarkin, An interview with Jaclyn Moriarty, Guest Editorial: the Great School Libraries Campaign by Mary-Rose Grieve, Great Australian Children’s Books chosen by Judith Ridge, Leo Timmers on telling stories through pictures and much more.
Catch up on Issue 258
Author Anna Goodall answers our questions on Maggie Blue and the White Crow, A Q&A Interview with Padmacandra, Dhonielle Clayton on her new magic school series, The Marvellers, Why Working-Class Voices Matter, Books of the Year 2023, An interview with Méabh Collins, New Year Predictions 2023 and much more.
Catch up on Issue 257
Sue Unstead on helpful handbooks, Michael Rosen on ways to put children and books together, Cathy Hopkins chooses Melvyn Burgess’ Junk, Brian Alderson on J B S Haldane’s My Friend Mr Leakey, Peter Hollindale explores the legacy of Joan Aiken, Helen Taylor on the relevance of the work of Ted Hughes and much more.
Catch up on Issue 256
Neil Philip explores the poetry of the English Folktale, Michelle Pauli interviews bestselling duo Katie and Kevin Tsang, Ten of the Best Verse Novels: chosen by Charlotte Hacking of CLPE, Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O’Connor go back to school, Joan Lingard remembered by Nicholas Tucker, Martin Salisbury defines illustration and much more.
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Sir Philip Pullman, CBE, FRSL
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This issue’s cover illustration is from The Snow Girl by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Melissa Castrillón. Thanks to Usborne for their help with this Christmas cover.
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Leo is bemused – he feels increasingly separated from the world and he is prey to bizarre experiences: a hawk hovers endlessly in the sky, apparently frozen. A runner is similarly and permanently held in mid-stride-and only Leo sees these conundrums. However, it’s not just the world which seems odd to him, but his own body, too. His limbs spasm or freeze and no-one, not even doctors, can explain why. His childhood m …
Leo is bemused – he feels increasingly separated from the world and he is prey to bizarre experiences: a hawk hovers endlessly in the sky, apparently frozen. A runner is similarly and permanently held in mid-stride-and only Leo sees these conundrums. However, it’s not just the world which seems odd to him, but his own body, too. His limbs spasm or freeze and no-one, not even doctors, can explain why. His childhood memories have vanished from his mind and it is only at someone’s prompting that they return to him. Even then, we – and Leo – are unsure of their authenticity and thus flickers of uncertainty begin to communicate themselves to the reader. In the midst of these anomalies Leo’s parents go on holiday for two weeks and his eccentric Uncle Toby, a celebrated poet and bon viveur, comes to keep him company – a watchful eye …
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