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Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

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Book of the week

Cats and Curses: Marsh Road Mysteries (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Elen Caldecott

(Bloomsbury Childrens)
240pp, 978-1408876046, RRP £5.99, Paperback

Page-turning, contemporary mystery stories starring a group of refreshingly normal kids, Elen Caldecott’s Marsh Road Mysteries have an ever growing band of fans and are real favourites with Books for Keeps.

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The Best Medicine (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Christine Hamill
(Little Island Books)

166pp, 978-1910411513, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Twelve-year-old Philip, would-be comedian, reluctant poet and fervent Harry Hill fan, is busy dealing with the usual teenage problems, girls, teachers, the school bully, when his Mum is diagnosed with breast cancer and life takes a more serious and difficult turn.

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Dave Rudden

368pp, 978-0141356600, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Crosscaper Orphanage stands on the westernmost tip of Achill Island, County Mayo. It may have a Director whose dislike of children matches that of Wackford Squeers or Mr Bumble, but this Orphanage is neither Dotheboys Hall nor the Workhouse.

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A Seven Letter Word (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Kim Slater
(Macmillan Children's Books)

304pp, 978-1509801121, RRP £9.99, Hardcover

This cleverly constructed, beautifully written story is just the thing for an audience on the brink of maturity but still looking out for fiction where everything unerringly works out by the end.

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The Monstrous Child (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Francesca Simon
(Faber & Faber)

304pp, 978-0571330263, RRP £9.99, Hardcover

Inhabiting the same world as Simon’s Mortal Gods series, this remarkable first young adult novel, while also dealing with Norse mythology, goes somewhere a lot darker.

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The Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2016 has been announced. The
SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is run by the School Library Association to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day. Five librarians are on the Honour List 2016.

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CLiPPA winners

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Branford Boase winners 2016

Horatio Clare and his editor Penny Thomas have won the 2016 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot published by Firefly Press.

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The winners of the UKLA Book Awards, the only awards to be judged entirely by teachers, have been announced.

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