This issue’s cover illustration is from The Swallows’ Flight by Hilary McKay, cover illustration by Dawn Cooper. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this May cover.

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The Incredible Record Smashers (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jenny Pearson

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474974059


This funny, moving novel brilliantly combines humour and empathy to give children a realistic but hopeful depiction of parental depression that they can understand and discuss with others.


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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
(Scholastic)

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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STRUAN MURRAY AND HIS EDITOR BEN HORSLEN WIN THE 2021 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

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Struan Murray and his editor Ben Horslen are the winners of the 2021 Branford Boase Award for the year’s outstanding debut novel.


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CILIP CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY AWARD WINNERS 2021

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The winners of thisyear’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were revealed today, 16 June.


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SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR 2020/21 ANNOUNCED

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Kristabelle Williams of Addey & Stanhope School, a voluntary aided state secondary in inner South East London, has been awarded the honour of School Librarian of the Year 2020/21 by the School Library Association (SLA).


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THE 2021 LITTLE REBELS AWARD SHORTLIST

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The shortlist for the 2021 Little Rebels Award has been revealed and it is the longest in the award’s history. Now in its 9th year, the Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s fiction which challenges stereotypes, promotes social justice and advocates for a more peaceful and fairer world.


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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2021 KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE

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The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize has been announced. Established in 2016, the prize honours Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.


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