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A Guest Post from Sophia Bennett: How Teen Books are Great at Discussing Big Topics

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“At the moment I’m getting ready for the book tour for my latest book, The Castle. When I visit schools, one of the questions they often ask me is whether, one day, I’d like to go back to the unpublished novels I wrote for adults when I started, and the answer is ‘maybe’. Because I […]

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Guest post: Kenneth Oppel, author of The Boundless, on his love of trains

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This week sees the publication of Kenneth Oppel‘s The Boundless, ‘a rip-roaring yarn of superlative quality‘ according to Amanda Craig, former children’s book critic of The Times. Murder, the magic of the circus, and the most spectacular train you can imagine are at the core of this hard-to-put-down novel. As part of a weeklong celebration […]

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SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2014 – The Honours list

The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlights the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. The librarians who have made it onto the SLA School Librarian of the Year Honour […]

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Guest Post: Andy Seed is dreaming of pranks

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Fat Fox is a brand new children’s publishing house and one of their first titles is Prankenstein by Andy Seed, illustrated by Richard Morgan. Andy worked for many years as a primary school teacher in the Yorkshire Dales before turning to writing full time in 2000. He has written a huge variety of fiction and […]

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Guest Post: Anthony Browne on Willy the Wimp

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Hard as it may be to believe, this year sees 30 years since the first publication of Anthony Browne’s Willy the Wimp! To celebrate this milestone, Browne has written a new book: Willy’s Stories follows the chimpanzee as once a week he walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure. Where […]

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The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist is announced today!

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The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators, has been announced today. Run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland, and voted for entirely by children, these are Scotland’s largest book awards, with a total prize fund of £12,000. Shortlisted authors […]

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Guest post: Author Karen McCombie’s search for ‘The Girl Who Wasn’t There’

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“Growing up, the view from our flat was pretty astonishing. Through my 15th storey bedroom window I could see the grey granite buildings of Aberdeen city centre. Straight ahead was the wide, pewter band of the North Sea, dotted with oil rigs, supply boats and the occasional ferry headed for the Shetlands. I’d get lost […]

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If your kids like reviewing the books they read…

…they might enjoy a new blog www.mangobubblesbooks.wordpress.com recently started by 9 year old who’d love to hear from other children who love writing about the books they’ve read. You and your children can find out how to submit reviews to Mango Bubbles Books here: http://mangobubblesbooks.wordpress.com/want-to-write-a-review/ @MangoBBZ

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The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture

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Booking is now open for The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture, celebrating excellence in writing for children. The 2014 lecture will be given by Frank Cottrell Boyce -“Rowing on the River of Time” at 5.00 pm on 11th of September at Homerton College Cambridge. For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com.

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Something for the holidays? Enter the Guardian’s young critics competition 2014

Review one of the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2014 longlisted books and be in with a chance of winning the complete set and more! The Guardian is inviting all children and young people aged 17 and under to review one of one of the books in the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2014 longlist: The Diaries […]

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