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REVIEWERS IN THIS ISSUE


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sue Unstead was a publisher of children’s non-fiction for 25 years and is now a freelance editorial consultant and writer.


Aesop’s Fables Ashes Aurora


Beowulf the Hero Bubble Trouble


Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon


Cat’s Cradle


Crowfield Demon, The Department 19


Don’t Panic, Annika! Dragon Whisperer, The Duty Calls: Dunkirk Fall, The Flip


Forgotten


Grasshopper’s Run, The Gravenhunger


Girl who Leapt Through Fire, The


Grubtown Tales: When Bunnies Turn Bad


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TITLES REVIEWED IN THIS ISSUE HHH 22


Page Naughty Toes HHH 27


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Hooey Higgins and the Big Boat Race HHH 22 Hullabaloo! Iraq War, The


Kidnap in the Caribbean Killing Honour


Kissing Game, The


Language of Cat and Other Poems, The


Little Rex and the Big Roar Little White Sprite, The Linger


Lula does the Hula


Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission


Marshall Armstrong is new to our School


Meerkat Madness Mega Mash up


Monacello: The Little Monk My Ballet Dream


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Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The HHHHH 23 Nature Adventures Naughty Nina


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One Dog and his Boy


Pillywiggins and the Tree Witch Pip and Posy


Pirate House Swap


Polly and the Wolf Again Rabbit Girl, The Roman Rescue, A Saving SS Shannon


Sita, Daughter of the Earth Six Days


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No Passengers Beyond this Point HHHH 26 Not me Oliver


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Skullduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil HHH 31 Sky Hawk


Small Change for Stewart


Small Free Kiss in the Dark, A Solomon Crocodile


Sterling and the Canary Superfrog


Swim the Fly


Tales from Witchway Wood: Crash ‘n’ Bang


Thief! Thin Ice Thirteen Secrets, The


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When the World was Waiting for you HHH 20


This Book Totally Makes Stuff Grow This Little Teddy


Wasim and the Champ


Wintercraft: Blackwatch Wish me Dead Where She Went Wrong Pong, The Zoo Girl


100 Things


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Western Mysteries, The: The Case of the Deadly Desperadoes HHH 27


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