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Wrath by Marcus Sedgwick

Award winning author Marcus Sedgwick’s YA debut for publishers Barrington Stoke is a layered, unsettling and intense novella that will capture teen readers’ attention. Wrath is a story that drew me in and compelled me to read to the end … Continue reading

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The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros

Eloquent and insightful, the English adaptation of the award winning Welsh novel The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros is a memorable read. As I turned the last page of this deeply affecting story I wanted to go … Continue reading

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan – Book 4 of 20 Books of Summer 20

In 2013 I challenged myself to read all the shortlisted titles for that year’s Carnegie Award and found that I discovered authors new to me and also explored genres that had beforehand not appealed. The high point of the exercise … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – News from the world of children’s books

Welcome to the second Reading Matters of the year and thank you to everyone who gave me such kind and positive feedback last week. I will try to make this a regular weekly feature if possible and hope that it … Continue reading

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The Truth of Things and Lark by Anthony McGowan

The publishers Barrington Stoke are responsible for a wide range of books that are created to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia or children and teens sometimes described as reluctant readers. Sometimes “reluctant” readers are simply young … Continue reading

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The Carnegie Award Nominations – a quick look at the list

The nominations have been announced for two prestigious literary awards. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book written for children and young people and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration. This year, 254 … Continue reading

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Firebird by Elizabeth Wein

Nastia is a fearless pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries and now as the Second World War envelops Russia she must fight to protect her beloved country from the invading German army. Nastia is determined to fly a fighter-plane but instead … Continue reading

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