July 17

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Special Features
We were thrilled to talk to our YA Author of the Month, Jenn Bennett, about her new novel, Alex, Approximately - a great summer read! Our Children's Author of the Month, Gillian Cross, tells us more about her new book, Total Control, from The Demon Headmaster series. Our Picture Book Author of the Month is Tracey Corderoy with illustrator Jorge Martin, talking about Fairy Tale Pets. With the launch of The Diabolic in paperback, we also revisit our interview with YA author SJ Kincaid.

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Great summer reads, giveaways & author features

This months best children's books

Teachers and librarians have been reviewing a range of this season's best books for children and teenagers. Here are their recommended picture books; books for 5+; books for 7+; and books for teenaged readers.


Review for ReadingZone this Summer!

ReadingZone has partnered with publishers across picture books, fiction, YA reads and nonfiction to offer you some great books to read and review for us this summer! Titles include Rob Biddulph's Kevin, Michael Morpurgo's Toto, Maz Evans's Simply the Quest, Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls - and more!

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Watch Julian Clary and David Roberts LIVE on ReadingZone

We can't wait to meet the author and illustrator of The Bolds live online on Wednesday 12th July. You can join us at 2.30pm to watch the event or to join in. Find out more here:

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Gillian Cross talks about The Demon Headmaster

We were thrilled that author Gillian Cross joined our ReadingZone Live event to talk about writing, developing plots and her new The Demon Headmaster book, Total Control. You can watch her answering children's questions via video conference here:

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Emily Gravett highlights

Discover some great teaching resources featuring Emily Gravett's picture books - including support for developing characters, videos of art activities and a special giveaway!

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MG Leonard wins Branford Boase Award

MG Leonard, together with her editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House Books), have won the Branford Boase Award for Beetle Boy. The award recognises outstanding debut writers and their editors.

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YALC highlights & schedule announced!

Writing and illustration workshops, narration and unconventional romance are among the subjects to be covered at YA conference YALC 2017 later this month, together with appearances by authors including Patrick Ness, Patrice Lawrence and Sophie McKenzie.

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School library provision surveyed

A new report into the provision of school libraries, and how they are used by schools, has revealed a worrying trend in budget cuts for primary and secondary school libraries.

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Transform your school library

Would you like to win thousands of pounds worth of National Book Tokens for your school? Just enter your school details into the draw and the winning school will receive £5,000 / €5,000 of National Book Tokens. Closes 31 July.

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Creative writing projects

Inspire children across all ages to develop their writing with these great competitions for poetry, historical writing and general fiction.

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Certificates sent to ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017 entrants

Certificates have been sent to all the schools and individuals who entered this year's competition. If yours has not yet arrived, or you have any queries, please email info@ReadingZone.com. You can see the winners and shortlists here.

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Special Feature


Special Features

We were thrilled to talk to our YA Author of the Month, Jenn Bennett, about her new novel, Alex, Approximately - a great summer read! Our Children's Author of the Month, Gillian Cross, tells us more about her new book, Total Control, from The Demon Headmaster series. Our Picture Book Author of the Month is Tracey Corderoy with illustrator Jorge Martin, talking about Fairy Tale Pets. With the launch of The Diabolic in paperback, we also revisit our interview with YA author SJ Kincaid.

Alex, Approximately
Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately sees teenager Bailey moving across the US to live with her father - and to track down a boy, Alex, who she is friends with online. Bailey plans to discover Alex's real identity before revealing who she is. Then she meets the aggravating (yet somehow attractive) Porter and her plans for the summer go awry. This is a great summer read for readers aged 12+.

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The Demon Headmaster: Total Control
Gillian Cross

In this action-packed adventure, good students become bad while those who are hopeless at sports become football fiends - but how? Could the new headmaster be behind the strange changes...? Author Gillian Cross revisits her popular The Demon Headmaster series and tells us more!!

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Fairy Tale Pets
Tracey Corderoy

What if Goldilocks's baby bear needed looking after, or the three little pigs wanted someone to look after the wolf for an afternoon? Poor Bob gets much more than he bargained for when he signed up as a pet-sitter.... This is a fresh take on fairy tales from bestselling author Tracey Corderoy and illustrator Jorge Martin, who tell us more about their new picture book.

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The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic - a being who is created to serve and protect one person only, in her case the galactic senator's daughter, Sidonia. So when the senator's political meddling puts Sidonia's life in danger, it is up to Nemesis to protect her... This is a sweeping YA sci-fi that explores big questions around politics and identity. Author SJ Kincaid 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.


Big Brown Bear's Cave
Yuval Zommer
Brown bear finds a new cave but struggles to make it feel like home. So he goes out to find 'stuff' to put in his cave. A lovely picture book for talking about friendship, home and things that matter. Full review, extract.

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Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather
Cornelia Funke
Some 20 years since she wrote Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke has returned to a hidden corner of the world where dragons, brownies and other fabulous creatures live side by side. In this new adventure, the dragon rider Ben is tasked with helping find the sun feather of a griffin to save three unborn Pegasi calves. Author Cornelia Funke tells us more!

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Chase
Linwood Barclay
In a top secret laboratory, a dog has failed his training and is to be put to sleep. But Chipper, with some significant technical updates, is no ordinary dog and has other plans for his future.... and a full-on chase ensues. Author Linwood Barclay tells us more!

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We would like to thank publishers Oxford University Press, Simon and Schuster Children's Books, Stripes Publishing, Macmillan Children's Books and Chicken House Books for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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