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Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. His More...


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The Adventures of Billy Shaman

The Adventures of Billy Shaman

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What is an Actor?

What is an Actor?

In this film, from the National Film Theatre, you can find out about how the actor fits into the process. You can More...


Latest Books & Extracts

  • Just Like Everyone Else

    A coming-of-age story for tweens exploring identity, family and self-acceptance, from award-winning author Sarah Hagger-Holt.

  • Fablehouse

    Unlock the legends. Unleash the magic. Save your home. 'An exciting, heartrending story with a magical twist' - Jacqueline Wilson

  • Until the Road Ends

    Until the Road Ends is the eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of When the Sky Falls: The Times Children's Book of the

  • Deadlock

    Perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl, Simon Fox's latest action-packed thriller is ideal for readers too young for Jack Reache

  • Away With Words

    When Gala moves to Scotland from Spain, she feels lost and lonely. Just as she's making friends and settling into her new life, the actio

  • Small Bites Back

    Funny and heartwarming, brilliantly illustrated throughout. The sequel to best-selling Small!

  • Time to Shine at the River School

    Welcome to a new term at the River School! Best friends Jummyand Caro are attending together and they're thrilled to discoverthey both ge

  • The Thames and Tide Club: The Secret City

    A brand-new young-reader adventure series from Katya Balen, winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal and Shadowers' Choice Award 2022

  • Serpent of the Sands

    Gan is back home in Nadvaaryn after her epic adventure with the Brightstormtwins in the north. But her uncle is ill, so she needsa cure i

  • Forest School Handbook

    Forest School Handbook is lively collection of activities, crafts, bushcraft skills and nature-based play which will inspire kids to thri

Featured Authors

  • Ben Davis

    Ben Davis: Ben Davis is an award-winning children's author whose books include <a href="/books/the-private-blog-of-joe-cowley-strai

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    Francesca Gibbons: Francesca Gibbons has been telling tall tales for as long as she can remember. She had the idea for The Shadow Moth when

  • Skye McKenna

    Skye McKenna: Look out for witches, goblins and a village with secrets in Hedgewitch, Skye McKenna's magical debut novel, and the foll

  • Roland Chambers

    Roland Chambers: Roland Chambers talks to ReadingZone about his new children's book, The Rage of the Sea Witch. Roland is an author and illustrator

  • Andy Sagar

    Andy Sagar: Andy Sagar previously worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school and has just finished studying for a Master's d

  • Skye Melki-Wegner

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    Kiyash Monsef: Kiyash Monsef grew up in northern California in a house on the slope of a forested ravine, with his parents, his Iranian grandmo

  • Alexandra Beever

    Alexandra Beever: DC Alexandra Beever has been a detective with Thames Valley Police for 15 years. Following a science degree at universit

  • Ross Montgomery

    Ross Montgomery: Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. His

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard: MG Leonard's Twitch series takes us into the world of birds and bird watching. She is also the author of bestselling ser

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    Cath Howe: Cath Howe's new book, My Life on Fire, follows what happens when a child's home and possessions are destroyed in a house

  • Nizrana Farook

    Nizrana Farook: The Boy Who Saved a Bear is the latest adventure from Nizrana Farook, whose books also include The Girl

  • M.A. Bennett  (The Butterfly Club series)

    M.A. Bennett (The Butterfly Club series): M.A. Bennett, bestselling author of STAGS, introduces her time-travel adventure series, The Butterfly Club, for middle grade readers.

  • Misa Sugiura

    Misa Sugiura: Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. She writes contemporary young adult and middle grade fic

  • Cath Howe - Call the Puffins

    Cath Howe - Call the Puffins: Cath Howe is well known for exploring the everyday lives of children and her new series for younger children, Call the Puffins, explores

  • Joseph Coelho

    Joseph Coelho: Joseph Coelho is a performance poet, children's author, and the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2022-2024.  He grew up in a tower blo

  • David Owen

    David Owen: Having worked as a freelance games journalist and taught on a BA Creative Writing course for three years, David Owen's debut novel,

  • : Philip Reeve has been writing stories since he was five years old but Mortal Engines was the first to be published and w

  • Charles Dowding

    Charles Dowding: Charles Dowding is an innovator of no dig, organic growing since 1983, who has built up a large and dedicated following

  • Alice M Ross

    Alice M Ross: Alice M Ross has spent most of her career as a journalist at the Financial Times, where she was most recently Deputy News Editor. She is

  • Ruth Lauren

    Ruth Lauren: Ruth Lauren has been a teacher and worked in lots of different offices, but she likes writing best, as well as walking in the woods, chee

  • Natasha Farrant

    Natasha Farrant: Natasha Farrant has worked in children's publishing for almost 20 years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She g

  • Iszi Lawrence

    Iszi Lawrence: Iszi Lawrence is a comedian, podcaster and history presenter and she also writes children's books, including Blackbeard's Treasur

  • Gill Lewis

    Gill Lewis: After realising her childhood dream of becoming a vet, Gill worked in the UK and overseas, everywhere from Africa to the Arctic. L

  • Jarvis

    Jarvis: Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories is author and illustrator Jarvis's first chapter book. His picture books include Alan's Big,

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    Rachel Chivers Khoo: Rachel Chivers Khoo was born in Belfast and spent most of her childhood sheltering in her local library from the endless

  • Alasdair Beckett-King

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Your Reviews

  • Growing Up: An Inclusive Guide to Puberty and Your Changing Body


    Growing Up: An Inclusive Guide to Puberty and Your Changing Body is the perfect book to share with developing youngsters as they navigate...

  • The Thames and Tide Club: The Secret City


    Clem is part of a mudlarking club along with her friends Ash and Zara, looking for treasure on the banks of the Thames. Everything the club finds gets tak...

  • Just Like Everyone Else


    Most teenagers work hard to 'fit in', knowing that there is nothing worse than becoming an obvious target for the group of boys or girls in school who lik...

  • Until the Road Ends


    Until the Road Ends is the story of Beau, a dog from the streets, who is saved by a girl called Peggy. When war breaks out, the two are s...

  • How to be a Detective and Other Crime-Fighting Jobs


    How to be a Detective and Other Crime Fighting Jobs is from a new series of books all about amazing and incredible jobs. The book is set...

  • Serpent of the Sands


    Gan - Princess Ganzorig - has a real taste for adventure and when one of her beloved uncles, King Temur, falls dangerously ill, she sets off in her sky-sh...

  • The Stickleback Catchers


    Mimi has been brought up by her grandparents since she was a baby. Now they all live together in a flat over a bowls club in North-East England. Mimi ador...

  • The Glass Slipper Academy (Fairytale Ninjas, Book 1)


    Fairytale Ninjas is the amazing concept of Paula Harrison. Before launching a successful writing career, Paula was a Primary school teacher. Her years tea...

  • The Greatest Kingdom (A Clock of Stars, Book 3)


    In The Greatest Kingdom, the final instalment in the A Clock of Stars trilogy, Imogen and Marie once again return to the magical kingdom,...

  • Once There Was


    Marjan's father has been killed. She doesn't know why, she doesn't know by who. What she does know is that since his death, she has been left to take on h...

Videos & Vlogs

Meet Lenny Lemmon - and an invincible rat!

Meet Lenny Lemmon - and an invincible rat!

Lenny Lemmon tries to do his very best in school, but things always seem to go wrong for him... Author Ben Davis reads from his h

A city of magic

A city of magic

Imagine if magic really existed, hidden just out of sight, in our towns and cities.... 

The Twitchers are back!

The Twitchers are back!

Author MG Leonard tells us more about twitchers, egg theft, and writing mysteries as she introduces her new book, Clutch.</strong


This month’s highlights

  • Picture Book

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2023

    Create a Picture Book Competition 2023

    ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2023 ReadingZone is challenging those aged four to 18 years to make a picture book for the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2023,...

  • Book Trailers

    Make a Book Trailer

    Make a Book Trailer

    Create a Book Trailer Create a book trailer of your favourite book or your latest bookclub read for ReadingZone, and encourage others to read the book!  Or you can use it...

  • Podcasts

    Create your own Podcast

    Create your own Podcast

    Bex, a presenter for Fun Kids, has put together a simple guide for us about creating podcasts and gives us some top tips for starting your own podcast.

  • Videos & Vlogs

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Creating a Book Vlog

    Ever wanted to create your own vlog, but don't know how to get started? In these videos, author and book vlogger Lucy Powrie (lucythereader) gives her tips on getting started, what to inc...