This issue’s cover illustration is from A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd. Thanks to Wide Eyed Editions for their help with this January cover.

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The Dog Who Saved the World (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Ross Welford

(HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)
416pp, FICTION, 978-0008256975, RRP £6.99, Paperback


The Dog Who Saved the World combines a fantastical plot, relying on an ingenious manipulation of the laws of quantum physics, with a traditional and warm-hearted adventure full of friendship, growing understanding, and family love.


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Paper Avalanche (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Lisa Williamson
(David Fickling Books)

368pp, FICTION, 978-1910989968, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


This is Lisa Williamson’s third novel, and like its predecessors scores highly for sheer readability. Compassionate and understanding, even where silly spoilt Bonnie is concerned, this is YA fiction at its most assured.


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The Key to Flambards (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Linda Newbery
(David Fickling Books)

310pp, 978-1788450041, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This book is designed as a sequel to the series by K.M.Peyton known as the Flambards novels. The book is set after the end of the final book in the Peyton series.


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I Was Made For You (Under 5s Pre-School/Nursery/Infant)

David Lucas
(Andersen Press)

40pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1783446056, RRP £11.99, Hardcover


This delightful picture book has just the right mixture of humour, adventure, jeopardy and sentiment, as woolly Cat sets off into the snowy Christmas night to find out why he has been made.


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Reading & Rebellion. An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960 (Books About Children's Books)

Kimberley Reynolds, Michael Rosen and Jane Rosen
(OUP Oxford)

496pp, NON FICTION, 978-0198806189, RRP £25.00, Hardcover


Packed with unfamiliar material from and about authors stretching from the well-known to the totally obscure, this anthology breathes new life into a branch of British children’s literature too long overlooked or simply ignored.


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HILARY MCKAY WINS COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WITH ‘PERFECT’ NOVEL

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Hilary McKay has won the Costa Children’s Book Award for the second time for The Skylarks’ War, a story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the backdrop of World War One. The judges described The Skylarks’ War as ‘as perfect a novel as you could ever want to read’.


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FAR FROM HOME WINS THE 2018 EDUCATIONAL WRITERS’ AWARD

Cath Senker wins EWA 2018

The winner of the 2018 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s sole award for creative educational writing, is Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty by Cath Senker.


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PATRICE LAWRENCE AND DARREN CHETTY TO JUDGE 2019 LITTLE REBELS AWARD

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Award-winning YA author Patrice Lawrence and Books for Keeps contributor Darren Chetty have been named as judges of the 2019 Little Rebels Award.


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SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS

The shortlists have been announced for the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards.


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