Reviews (of both hardback and paperback fiction and non-fiction) are grouped for convenience into both age categories and under teaching range. Within each section, you will find reviews for younger children at the beginning. Books and children being varied and adaptable, we suggest that you look either side of your area. More detailed recommendations for use can often be found within the review.
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
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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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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
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
Night Sky Dragons On Sudden Hill
Over the Hills and Far Away
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons
Scarecrows Wedding, The Second Life, My Smelly Louie
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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