This issue’s cover illustration is from Pests written and illustrated by Emer Stamp. Thanks to Hodder Children’s Books for their help with this May cover.

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Illustrating It Starts with a Seed

Jennie Webber illustrating It Stars with a Seed

Jennie Webber describes and demonstrates her unique etching technique and her inspiration for It Starts with a Seed.

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Book of the week

Time Travel Diaries Adventures in Athens (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Caroline Lawrence

288pp, FICTION, 1848128479

Caroline Lawrence takes readers on another action-packed excursion into the ancient world, to be precise Athens in the time of Socrates

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Sequin and Stitch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Laura Dockrill
(Barrington Stoke)

104pp, 978-1781129319, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Laura Dockrill is already well known for her lively writing in prose and poetry. This is typical of her writing, and the concise prose required by Barrington Stoke suits her style. A story to delight all.

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The One that Got Away (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jan Mark
(Roffo Court Press)

368pp, ANTHOLOGY, 978-0993547324, RRP £10.00, Paperback

At least half of these domestic stories though are injected with mystery – inexplicable ghost stories.

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Empire's End: A Roman Story (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Leila Rasheed

208pp, INFORMATION STORY, 978-1407191393, RRP £6.99, Paperback

This is an addition to the Voices series which aims to bring history alive through the immediate voice of their protagonists.

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The House of One Hundred Clocks (8-10 Junior/Middle)

A. M. Howell
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474959568, RRP £6.99, Paperback

In Edwardian Cambridge, Helena, her beloved pet parrot Orbit and her father, recently bereaved after the loss of Helena’s mother, begin a new life in the home of the enigmatic Mr Westcott.

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Silly Squad Laura Ellen Anderson

A survey commissioned by The Reading Agency (conducted by Beano Brain Omnibus 2020) to mark the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 reveals that 89% of 7-11-year-olds surveyed have been reading during lockdown, with 37% of them reading more than before schools closed.

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Klaus Flugge Prize 2020 shortlist pic

The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize has been announced. 2020 is the fifth year of the prize, which was set up to honour Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and an extremely influential figure in children’s picture books. It is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.

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The shortlist for the 2020 Branford Boase Award has been announced. Founded in 2000 to commemorate author Henrietta Branford and influential Walker Books editor Wendy Boase, the Branford Boase is awarded to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.

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Race to the Frozen North

The shortlists have been announced for the 2020 UKLA Book Awards, the only national book awards which are judged by teachers.

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