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REVIEWERS IN THIS ISSUE


Elizabeth Attenborough is the Manager of the Talk to Your Baby campaign at the National Literacy Trust. Gwynneth Bailey is a freelance education and children’s book consultant. Clive Barnes has retired from Southampton City where he was Principal Children’s Librarian, and is now a freelance researcher and writer. David Bennett was Senior Teacher and Head of an English Faculty in Nottinghamshire. He now works as an English consultant and supply teacher. Jill Bennett is the author of Learning to Read with Picture Books. She is currently heading up a nursery unit and also does freelance and consultancy work. Rebecca Butler writes and lectures on children’s literature. Valerie Coghlan is Librarian at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin. Robert Dunbar is a commentator on children’s books and reading. Anne Faundez is a freelance education and children’s book consultant. Janet Fisher is a children’s literature consultant. Geoff Fox has now retired as Co-Editor (UK) of Children’s Literature in Education, but continues to work on the board and as an occasional teller of traditional tales. Dorne Fraser is Young People’s Reading and Learning Librarian for Norfolk Library and Information Service. Annabel Gibb lives in York and is a Learning Support Tutor. Caroline Heaton is a former Children’s and Schools Librarian. Jake Hope is a children’s librarian. He currently works for Lancashire co-ordinating their book of the year award. Ferelith Hordon has been a Children’s Librarian for over 30 years and works in Wandsworth. She is currently Chair Elect of the Youth Libraries Group and Chair of the 2011 Carnegie Greenaway judging panel. George Hunt is lecturer in Education at the University of Edinburgh. Jana Novotny Hunter is an author and editor. Rudolf Loewenstein is a Dominican friar based in a London parish. He also works full time in a primary school. Margaret Mallett is a researcher and writer on Primary School English and a member of the English 4–11 editorial team. Margaret Meek is Emeritus Reader at the University of London Institute of Education. Ted Percy has now retired to Kirkcudbrightshire after working as a children’s librarian in Lancashire, Ross & Cromarty, and North Buckinghamshire. Val Randall is Head of English and Literacy Co-ordinator at a Pupil Referral Unit in Blackburn, Lancashire. Andrea Reece worked for children’s publishers for 16 years and is now a freelance marketing consultant. Vincent Reid is a lecturer in developmental psychology at Durham University. Caroline Sanderson is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor. She is the author of Kiss Chase & Conkers, a book about traditional children’s games. Elizabeth Schlenther is Editor, English children’s books for gwales.com, The Welsh Books Council’s website. Judith Sharman, former Primary Head Teacher, leads Well Tree Learning Ltd as consultant and presenter of ‘The Nurturing Way’. Rosemary Stones is Editor of Books for Keeps. Ruth Taylor has recently completed an MPhil in Children’s Literature from Cambridge University. Huw Thomas is Headteacher of Emmaus School, Sheffield. Nicholas Tucker is honorary senior lecturer in Cultural and Community Studies at Sussex University.


Almost True Angel


Animals at the Edge Bears on the Stairs Bit Lost, A


Boy Called M.O.U.S.E., A Busy Boats


Cabinet of Curiosities, The Candor


Cardturner, The Cherry Crush


Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-Fiction 3–11


Dancing in the Dark


Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die and The Deep of Fear


Dead, The Doctor Bonkers! Dustbin Cat FArTHER


Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight, The


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Children of the Lost, The HHHHH 32 HHHHH 20


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Eddie’s Toolbox: and How to Make and Mend Things HHHHH 23


Fetlocks Hall: The Ghostly Blinkers Fetlocks Hall: The Unicorn Princess Firebird


Flood and Fire Forest Born


Frightfully Friendly Ghosties: Ghostly Holler-Day


Genesis Green Eggs and Ham


Grow Your Own Monsters Heartless Robots, The Hudson Hates School I Shall Wear Midnight


I Want to Do It by Myself! I’m Number One! Instructions Iris and Isaac


It’s Called Dyslexia


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Ginger and the Mystery Visitor


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Lola and the Rent-a-Cat Look Out Leon! Loving Spirit


Mary’s Penny


Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things


Most Improper Magick, A Mourning Emporium, The Music


Ogre of Oglefort, The


Otto, the Autobiography of a Teddy Bear


Out and About in My Boots Passing Strange


Philippa Fisher and the Stone Fairy’s Promise


Put Out the Light Radleys, The


Shadow of the Ninja Sir Laughalot


Sticky Doll Trap, The Stories for a Fragile Planet


Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl


Swarf


Taff in the WAAF Three by the Sea


Three Little Witches, The Tinysaurus Trash


Unhooking the Moon Wake Up! Wanted!


Wasim One-Star Wasim’s Challenge


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