January 18

Special Feature

This month's featured authors
This month we speak with Ross Welford, our Children's Author of the Month, about his stunning new book, The 1,000 Year Old Boy; Sara Holland, our YA Author of the Month, tells us more about her addictive new series that starts with Everless. For younger readers we speak with Clara Vulliamy about her Dotty Detective series for 7+ and the latest book, Birthday Surprise.

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Giveaways, news and this month's best children's books

Cressida Cowell headlines the ReadingZone Festival

Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, will join the ReadingZone Festival with a public event on Saturday 3rd February at Dorking Halls, Surrey, to talk about her new series The Wizards of Once. During the week-long festival, authors will meet more than 3,500 children in local schools.

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This month's reviews from teachers and librarians

Find out what our reviewers have been reading and recommending this month, across picture books, young fiction, middle grade and books for teenaged readers.


Make a Picture Book for World Book Day!

The ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2018 is now open, inviting those aged four to 18 years to create their own picture book on or around World Book Day. Prizes include a free author event and printed copies of the winning books! Author and illustrator Rachel Bright will judge the competition.

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Football across the curriculum

ReadingZone Live will be talking all things football during our next live online event on Wednesday 7th February, when we will be joined by the Football School creators, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton! Join us for this free online event.

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World Book Day competition

The World Book Day Award (WoBoD) is back and it is asking schools to create displays that show how your school champions reading - there are £20,000 of books to be won!

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WBD offers its first 'special editions'

World Book Day will make five special titles available to young people this year, including John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Backlash against literacy 'hubs' announcement

Librarians and authors have criticised the government's investment in literacy 'hubs' as part of a £26m investment in teaching reading and language skills.

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Children's book groups celebrate 50 years

The Federation of Children's Book Groups has planned a variety of activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary during 2018 including a celebratory conference and a book about its activities.

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National Literacy Trust creates 'Literacy Toolkit'

The National Literacy Trust and publisher Walker Books have created a 'Literacy Toolkit' of books and resources that businesses can gift to local primary schools or community groups.

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The Explorer wins Costa Children's Book

The Costa Children's Book Award has been won by Katherine Rundell for The Explorer, an adventure story set in the Amazon rainforest, published by Bloomsbury Children's Books.

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January Giveaways!

This month we have joined with publisher Hachette Children's Books to give away sets of Women in Sport and Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky (ages 9+), as well as sets of the Rabbit and Bear books by Julian Gough and Jim Field (ages 7+).

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Special Feature


This month's featured authors

This month we speak with Ross Welford, our Children's Author of the Month, about his stunning new book, The 1,000 Year Old Boy; Sara Holland, our YA Author of the Month, tells us more about her addictive new series that starts with Everless. For younger readers we speak with Clara Vulliamy about her Dotty Detective series for 7+ and the latest book, Birthday Surprise.

The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford

ROSS WELFORD's (Time Travelling With A Hamster) The 1,000-year-old Boy follows Alfie Monk who is a thousand years old - old enough to have experienced a Viking invasion. But he's never experienced life lived to the full and, when tragedy forces him to enter the modern world, he wants to do so as an ordinary person. It will take plenty of courage and strong friendships to find his way to becoming an ordinary boy. Ross Welford tells us more.

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Everless
Sara Holland

Everless, the first in a fantasy duology, is an addictive read that offers plenty of scope for discussion for readers of 12+. In Everless, time itself is money; people can 'bleed' their time and sell it although the prices is a shortening of their own lives. Jules seeks another way to earn money but this takes her to Everless, the seat of the aristocratic Gerling family, where she begins to discover her own abilities with time - and the danger she is in. We asked author Sara Holland to tell us more:

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The Birthday Surprise (Dotty Detective, Book 5)
Clara Vulliamy

The Dotty Detective series from Clara Vulliamy is the perfect introduction to the detective genre. Starring Dot, her trusty sidekick Beans and McClusky the dog, the trio set about solving mysteries that are close to home. In the latest story, it's Dotty's birthday - but her teacher is most excited about his upcoming birthday celebration. Dotty plans a wonderful gift for him but, when it disappears, will she and her friends be able to solve the mystery in time? Clara Vulliamy tells us more:

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Bookclub Highlights

We have free copies to give away for reviews. Please email your school details to info@readingzone.com for the chance to win a copy.


Kevin
Rob Biddulph
A beautifully-told picture book about friendship, taking responsibility for our actions, and the imagination. We spoke to bestselling picture book creator Rob Biddulph about his latest title, Kevin.

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Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Mission. Ever.
Amy Sparkes
Being a pirate is hard if you're not totally cut out for fighting and being evil and Pirate Blunderbeard does these very badly. This funny series for readers aged 7+ follows Blunderbeard as he tries to prove he's still cut out to be a pirate! Author Amy Sparkes tells us more:

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The Unpredictability of Being Human
Linni Ingemundsen
14-year-old Malin sees the world differently from others - which makes it hard to navigate the mean girls at school, to realise that her family is falling apart, and to manage the feelings of falling in love for the first time. 'A little gem of a book' says our reviewer.

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We would like to thank publishers HarperCollins Children's Books and Hachette Children's Book Group for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter

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