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BfK Hodder launch new digital list, Hodder Silver

Earlier this year, Hodder Children’s Books launched a digital only list, featuring top works of speculative fiction. Called Hodder Silver, the list now features 21 books, by authors such as Jean Ure, Jan Mark, Nicholas Fisk and Adele Geras. Find out more at the new Hodder Silver blog

School Librarian of the Year Award

The 2014 honour list has been announced for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award. The School Library Association launched the award in 2005 to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

Three exceptional librarians are on the Honour List: Helen Cleaves – Kingston Grammar School, Kingston Upon Thames Liz Millett – Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Tracey Needham – Sacred Heart RC Primary School Barrow in-Furness To read their profiles visit the SLA website

A princess story with a difference from the dream team of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

briefing NEWS & AWARDS New Award to highlight Young Adult books

The Bookseller magazine is to launch a new prize for Young Adult books in the UK and Ireland.

The decision to create the prize was made after The Bookseller reported on the deficit of YA book prizes for British and Irish authors, a matter highlighted by many publishers.

Any YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland, published between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014, is eligible for the prize. It will be judged by a group of teenage readers alongside leading industry experts such as World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, Waterstones children’s books buyer Melissa Cox, and Rosianna Halse Rojas, vlogger and assistant to YA author John Green.

The winning author will receive £2,000. A shortlist of eight to 10 titles will be announced in early December.

Princess Mirror-Belle is now available for younger picture book readers! HB • £11.99 • Out now in all good bookshops.

For more information on all of Julia and Lydia’s books visit: 18 Books for Keeps No.208 September 2014

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