November 17

Special Feature

Special Feature
With Christmas just around the corner, we speak with Tom McLaughlin about The Accidental Father Christmas and comedian Olaf Falafel about his picture book, Father Christmas Heard a Parp! Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano tell us about their powerful graphic novel Illegal, about young economic migrants. For teenagers, we catch up with Nicholas Bowling talking about his debut novel Witchborn, an intriguing Elizabethan tale about witchcraft, while SJ Kincaid tells us about The Empress, the dramatic follow-up to The Diabolic.

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Celebrating Non-Fiction and the best new books!

Read and review some great new books!

ReadingZone has joined with publishers to offer you some fabulous new and to-be-published books, including picture books, children's fiction and YA titles, to read this Christmas in exchange for a review or two in the New Year!

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This month's best children's books

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


Oliver Jeffers joins ReadingZone Live!

Watch our live online event with picture book creator Oliver Jeffers on Wednesday 15th November, 2.30pm - 3.10pm, when he will talk about his latest book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, and answer children's questions.

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ReadingZone Festival 2018

Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, will be headlining the 2018 ReadingZone Festival with a public event on Saturday 3rd February at Dorking, Surrey, while authors including Sophie McKenzie, Maz Evans and Christian O'Connell will join our schools' programme.

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Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, is currently showcasing an exhibition dedicated to War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, called Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories.

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Young writers' competition opens

The Wicked Young Writer Awards is inviting those aged 5-25 years to submit a piece of writing for the competition. Entries can be up to 700 words and include fiction, non-fiction, scripts and poetry. The closing date is 12th March 2018.

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Waterstones award highlights children's books

Of the seven books shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award 2017, three are for children including Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One and Frances Hardinge's A Skinful of Shadows.

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Giveaway for National Non-Fiction Month

We're giving away three copies of Urban Jungle by Vicky Woodgate, published by Big Picture Press, to our members this month to celebrate National Non-Fiction Month!

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Three copies of Nevermoor to give away!

Nevermoor has had such a great response from ReadingZone's reviewers that we asked publisher Hachette Children's Books for three copies to give to our members this month. Find out about the free draw.

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Special Feature


Special Feature

With Christmas just around the corner, we speak with Tom McLaughlin about The Accidental Father Christmas and comedian Olaf Falafel about his picture book, Father Christmas Heard a Parp! Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano tell us about their powerful graphic novel Illegal, about young economic migrants. For teenagers, we catch up with Nicholas Bowling talking about his debut novel Witchborn, an intriguing Elizabethan tale about witchcraft, while SJ Kincaid tells us about The Empress, the dramatic follow-up to The Diabolic.

The Accidental Father Christmas
Tom McLaughlin

This is the latest book in Tom McLaughlin 'Accidental' series, which includes The Accidental Prime Minister and The Accidental Billionaire. In The Accidental Father Christmas, instead of going to bed like all good children, Ben spends his Christmas Eve laying out 147m of string as a trap to find out if Father Christmas is real - and gets more than he bargained for. A fast-paced, funny read. (8+)

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Father Christmas Heard a Parp
Olaf Falafel

Father Christmas Heard a Parp takes us through Santa's special North Pole setting as he tries to discover who - or what - is making those strange sounds... A fun and festive picture book to share with young children.

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Illegal: A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe
Eoin Colfer

Illegal is a powerful story about a young boy, Ebo, as he travels across North Africa and the Mediterranean, seeking safety and a future in Europe. While focused one boy and his brother, Illegal tells the story of countless migrants who have made that same perilous journey. Here, the creative team behind Illegal tell us how the graphic novel developed.

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Witchborn
Nicholas Bowling

Teacher, musician and comic Nicholas Bowling transports us to seventeenth century England, a time when witch hunters prowled and political forces battled unrest. When Alyce's mother is burned at the stake as a witch, she flees to London but she is pursued and must discover why these powerful forces want her. Nicholas Bowling tells us how Witchborn developed.

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The Empress
S. J. Kincaid

The Empress is the follow-up to SJ Kincaid's dramatic The Diabolic where readers get to find out what lies beyond Nemesis and Tyrus's 'happy ever after' ending in book one. Beset with intrigue, dwarfed by their galactic empire and with Nemesis still hated by the 'old order' of the Helionic faith, Nemesis and Tyrus must fight for the survival of both themselves and their empire. 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.


What Makes Me A Me?
Ben Faulks
What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car - lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a snail - very slow (especially when it's time for school!). A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us, us. We're giving away copies to read & review

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Winter Magic
Abi Elphinstone
This collection of wintery stories, now in paperback, features snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers... from classic children's writers including Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean and Berlie Doherty. We're giving away copies to read & review

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The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford
When everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live. Publishing in January 2018, we're giving away copies to read & review over the holidays.

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We would like to thank publishers Hachette Children's Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Books, HarperCollins Children's Books, Chicken House and OUP Children's Books for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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