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CONTENTS March 2013

2 And the winner is… ___________________________________

3 The 2013 CILIP Kate Greenaway shortlist assessed by Martin Salisbury.


4 Ten of the Best books that should have won prizes, but didn’t. Carol Thompson on how she created the illustrations for Looking for Rex by Jan Ormerod.

6 Windows into Illustration Deborah Hallford of Outside In World chooses her top ten.


8 World Book Day and beyond! Laura Fraine suggests ways to keep pupils reading for pleasure.

10 The Arrival: suspended between words Sita Brahmachari discusses adapting Shaun Tan’s classic graphic novel for the stage.

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11 BfK’s Brilliant Children’s Bookshops A tour round the Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford.

12 Authorgraph No.199 Dirty Bertie creator David Roberts interviewed by Damian Kelleher.

14 Full steam ahead Caroline Sanderson grapples with New Adult fiction.


17 Briefing Obituaries and news.

18 I Wish I’d Written… Lucy Coats choses the perfect ___________________________________reimagined fairytale.

18 Good Reads Chosen by Trafalgar Junior School Readers and Writers.


19 REVIEWS Index of Titles and Star Ratings 19 Reviewers 19 Under 5s (Pre-School/Nursery/ Infant) 21 5–8 (Infant/Junior) 22 8–10 (Junior/Middle) 24 10–14 (Middle/Secondary) 25 + Editor’s Choice 26 14+ (Secondary/Adult) 29 + New Talent 29

32 Classics in Short No. 98 Brian Alderson on Robinson Crusoe.


16 Gun Control Alan Gibbons on writing about street violence for teens.

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t’s awards season. Over recent weeks the winners of the Blue Peter Book Award, the Red House Children’s Book Award, the Waterstones Prize and the Scottish

Children’s Book Awards have all been announced. CILIP has revealed the shortlists for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Carnegie Medal, and UKLA have unveiled the shortlist for their 2013 book award. At joint press conferences in Sweden and Bologna the committee of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature worth 506 000 Euro, named Argentine illustrator and author Isol this year’s winner. There’s no doubt that prize shortlistings and triumphs highlight books and authors, nor that they can engage readers and attract a wider audience, but for every book that makes a shortlist, there will be others, just as good, that couldn’t. Geraldine Brennan has turned a spotlight on ten such books in our Ten of the Best feature – every reader of Books for Keeps could probably add at least another ten to the list!


Blue Peter Book Award Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story: Tom Gates: Genius Ideas, Mostly Liz Pichon, Scholastic, 978-1407134505, £6.99 pbk

Best Book with Facts: Horrible Science House of Horrors Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles Scholastic 978-1407116730 £12.99 hbk

Red House Children’s Book Award

Overall winner and Younger Children category winner: Spooky Spooky House Andrew Weale illus Lee Wildish Picture Corgi 978-0552561167 £6.99 pbk

Younger Readers category winner: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, illus Tony Ross HarperCollins, 978-0007371464, £6.99 pbk

Older Readers category winner: The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie Simon and Schuster, 978-0857070715, £6.99 pbk

Scottish Children’s Book Awards

Bookbug Readers category (3-7 years) The Day Louis Got Eaten John Fardell Andersen Press, 978-1849393874, £5.99 pbk

Younger Readers Category (8-11 Years) The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts, Jonathan Meres, Orchard Books, 978-1408313039, £5.99 pbk

Older Readers Category (12-16 Years) The 13th Horseman Barry Hutchinson HarperCollins, 978-0007440894, £6.99 pbk

Waterstones Childrens Book Prize

Picture Book category: Lunchtime Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan, 978-0230749535, £6.99 pbk

Best Fiction for 5-12s: Wonder R. J. Palacio, Random House Children’s Books, 978-0552565974, £6.99 pbk

Best Book for Teens and Overall Winner: Ketchup Clouds Annabel Pitcher, Orion, 978-1780620305, £9.99 hbk


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Books for Keeps

March 2013 No.199 ISSN 0143-909X © Books for Keeps CIC 2013

Managing Editor: Andrea Reece Design: Richard Langford

This issue’s cover illustration is from Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this March cover and to Little Tiger Press for their support of the Authorgraph interview with David Roberts.

Editorial correspondence should be sent to Books for Keeps, c/o The Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

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