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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.


Stuart Dyer is an Assistant Head Teacher in a Bristol primary school.


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.


Melissa Hyder is a children’s books editor


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. Sue McGonigle is a Lecturer in Primary Education. 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


Apple and Rain Boundless, The


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50 Things You Should Know about the First World War


Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret HHH 29


Baking Life of Amelie Day, The HHHHH 29 Betty Goes Bananas Billy’s Blitz Black Ice Bluebird Book


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Boy with the Tiger’s Heart, The HHHHH 27 Boyface and the Tartan Badger Captain


HHH 25 Cat and Dog


Central Park Showdown Clariel


Ever After High Finding a Voice Flood


Following the Tractor Forever Whale, The


Frances Dean who Loved to Dance and Dance


Frozen Ghost Soldier


Ghosts of Heaven, The Girl from Hard Times, The Girl who Wasn’t There, The Golden Day, The


Harry and the Monster I’m a Little Alien


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Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard, The


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HHHH 30 HHHH 26 HHHH 28 HHH 29


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Impossible Knife of Memory, The HHHH 31 Is There a Dog in this Book? Jet the Rescue Dog Jewelo, The


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Leif Frond and the Viking Games, and Quickfingers


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TITLES REVIEWED IN THIS ISSUE Line Up, Please!


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Life of a Banana, The Little in Love, A Lost King, The Luck Uglies, The


Lucky (David Mackintosh) Lucky (Chris Hill)


Mighty Mo Page


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Manifesto on How to be Interesting, The


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Mountwood School for Ghosts HHHHH 24 My Rhino Plays the Xylophone Night Run, The


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Night Sky Dragons On Sudden Hill


Over the Hills and Far Away


Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons


Quest


Scarecrows Wedding, The Second Life, My Smelly Louie


Something, The


Sparky at Magic School Story of Money, The Ten Terrible Dinosaurs


Teenage Guide to Stress, The


Tiger Tale, A Train!


Trust Games Vanilla Ice Cream


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That’s What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile


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Violet and the Pearl of the Orient HHHH 24 Watching Wood, The Welcome to the Family Werewolf Club Rules What’s My Name? Why?


Winterkill You are (Not) Small


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