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REVIEWERS IN THIS ISSUE


Brian Alderson is founder of the Children’s Books History Society and a former Children’s Books Editor for The Times.


Gwynneth Bailey is a freelance education and children’s book consultant.


Clive Barnes, formerly Principal Children’s Librarian, Southampton City is a freelance researcher and writer.


Jill Bennett is the author of Learning to Read with Picture Books and heads up a nursery unit.


Rebecca Butler writes and lectures on children’s literature.


Katie Clapham runs specialist children’s bookshop Storytellers, Inc. in Lancaster


Valerie Coghlan is an independent researcher and commentator on children's books.


Caroline Downie has been a Children's Librarian for over 20 years, working in a variety of settings.


Anne Faundez is a freelance education and children’s book consultant.


Janet Fisher is a children’s literature consultant.


Geoff Fox is former Co-Editor (UK) of Children’s Literature in Education, but continues to work on the board and as an occasional teller of traditional tales.


Laura Fraine is a freelance journalist based in the North East.


Sophie Hallam is a writer on children’s books and works for BookTrust.


Hazel Holmes is a Children’s Book Buyer for a leading library supplier and runs children’s book clubs.


Jake Hope is Co-Director of Digital Ink Drop.


Ferelith Hordon is a former children’s librarian and Chair Elect of the Youth Libraries Group, and editor of Books for Keeps.


George Hunt is lecturer in Education at the University of Edinburgh.


Rudolf Loewenstein is a Dominican friar. He also works full time in a primary school.


Hannah Love works in children’s publishing.


Margaret Mallett is a team editor for the English Association’s journal English 4-11 and author of What Shall We Do Next?: A Creative Play and Story Guide.


Matthew Martin is a primary school teacher. Jana Novotny Hunter is an author and editor.


Margaret Pemberton is the librarian for Bristol School Library Service and serves on the YLG committee both at regional and national level.


Neil Philip is a writer, folklorist and poet.


Val Randall is Head of English and Literacy Co-ordinator at a Pupil Referral Unit.


Andrea Rayner is an editor and has an MA in children's literature. Andrea Reece is a marketing consultant.


Gill Robins is a Junior School Deputy Head and Editorial Chair of the English Association publication English 4-11. Lucy Russell is a primary school teacher. Caroline Sanderson is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor.


Elizabeth Schlenther is the compiler of www.healthybooks.org.uk


Nicholas Tucker is honorary senior lecturer in Cultural and Community Studies at Sussex University. Sue Unstead is a writer and publishing consultant.


22 Books for Keeps No.206 May 2014 Cuckoo Song Daughters of Time


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Aliens Stink


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Page Angels Next Door


April the Red Goldfish Arrowhead Ash Road


Baby’s got the Blues Big Splash, The Blood List, The Bone Jack


Bookside Down


Boom, Baby, Boom Boom Boycraft Brilliant


Buffalo Soldier Cowgirl


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Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles HHHH 26 Echo Boy


Elmer and the Monster Eye of Zoltar, The Flowerpot Farm


Ghastly McNastys, The: Raiders of the Lost Shark


Girl with a White Dog Glass Bird Girl, The Hairy Horror


Let’s Go, Baby-O! Little Answer


Love, Lies and Lemon Pies Macavity, the Mystery Cat


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Mars Evacuees Maya’s Secret Mutant City Nightbear Oi Frog!


Outdoor Wonderland Pig and Small Poppy


Queen’s Hat, The


Really and Truly: a story about dementia


Red Shadow Rex Run


Scarlet Ibis


Secrets of the Seashore Silent Saturday Smart


Squirrel’s Busy Day Page


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Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat HHHH 25 Stanley’s Garage, Stanley the Farmer HHHH 23 Stitch Up Tiffin, The


Tin Snail, The


Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machines


Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race, The


Wild City Book, The Wild Thing Yes, The


Zeraffa Giraffa


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