June 19

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This is a bumper month for middle grade readers! We speak with Christopher Edge about The Longest Night of Charlie Noon; author Catherine Bruton tells us more about No Ballet Shoes in Syria; and Adam Baron tells us about You Won't Believe This (sequel to Boy Underwater). PLUS our Debut Author of the Month, AM Howell talks about The Garden of Lost Secrets. For younger readers, Louie Stowell tells us about The Dragon in the Library and Ali Pye introduces us to The Adventures of Harry Stevenson (a guinea pig!). To celebrate the Moon landing anniversary, we speak with Laura Cowan about The Usborne Book of the Moon. For teenagers, look out for Katy Cannon's The Switch Up!

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Picture Book Competition Results! Plus the best new books

Picture Book competition winners!

ReadingZone is announcing the winners of the 2019 ReadingZone Picture Book Competition, judged by Steven Lenton, today! We challenged children aged 4-18 years to create a picture book. Thank you for sending us some fantastic picture books - find out who are the winners and runners-up here!

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Latest books reviewed

Browse the latest books reviewed by our Teachers and Librarians this month, including books featuring the Moon to celebrate the Moon landing anniversary. Here are reviews of picture books, books for children aged 5-7, books for children aged 8-11, and books for teenagers and YA readers.


Review for ReadingZone this summer!

We're looking for teachers and librarians to help us with reviews this summer! We have a great selection of books to choose from, including 3-7 years, 8-11 years and 11+ years. Email your details to info@ReadingZone.com, together with the titles you want to review, or Comment, here.

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Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2019

Three exciting and innovative librarians have made it onto to the Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2019 - find out what made their libraries stand out!

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Shadowers and judges unite in award winners

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has won the CILIP Carnegie Medal, while illustrator Jackie Morris has won her first CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal with 'cultural phenomenon' The Lost Words. Both books were also the first choice of thousands of school children for the separate 'Shadowers' Choice Awards.

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A book about difference wins award

Arree Chung's Mixed - a book about colour, tolerance and embracing differences - has been chosen by children as the winner of the Children's Book Award 2019.

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Book group set of Check Mates by Stewart Foster

We're thrilled to offer a set of ten copies of Check Mates by Stewart Foster (The Bubble Boy, All the Things That Could Go Wrong, Simon & Schuster) to a book group (ages 9+)! Find out how to enter the free draw here:

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Book group set of All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls

We're giving away a set of ten copies of All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls to a book group (ages 11+), in exchange for some reviews! The book will be published by Andersen Press in September. Find out how to enter the free draw here:

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The Children's Bookshow tickets available

The Children's Bookshow 2019 opens in London with Neal Layton at the Old Vic on Friday 20th September, and will take 16 authors, artists and poets to 15 theatres around the country ending with Michael Rosen in Hull.

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Enticing New Readers into the Library

School librarian Shelley Fallows explores what has worked, and what hasn't, in her latest 'books and bribery' blog - and how to entice new readers into the library.

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Special Features

This is a bumper month for middle grade readers! We speak with Christopher Edge about The Longest Night of Charlie Noon; author Catherine Bruton tells us more about No Ballet Shoes in Syria; and Adam Baron tells us about You Won't Believe This (sequel to Boy Underwater). PLUS our Debut Author of the Month, AM Howell talks about The Garden of Lost Secrets. For younger readers, Louie Stowell tells us about The Dragon in the Library and Ali Pye introduces us to The Adventures of Harry Stevenson (a guinea pig!). To celebrate the Moon landing anniversary, we speak with Laura Cowan about The Usborne Book of the Moon. For teenagers, look out for Katy Cannon's The Switch Up!

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon
Christopher Edge

Author CHRISTOPHER EDGE's novels explore characters' interactions with the nature of the universe (The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day, The Jamie Drake Equation), and in his latest book, THE LONGEST NIGHT OF CHARLIE NOON, he turns his attention to questions about time.

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No Ballet Shoes in Syria
Catherine Bruton

NO BALLET SHOES IN SYRIA is a profound and engaging story about a girl from Syria, Aya, who has escaped the war with her family and is now seeking asylum in the north of England. Her story reminds us of the real lives behind the labels of 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker'.

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You Won't Believe This
Adam Baron

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS - the sequel to Boy Underwater - is a warm, moving and also very funny story about friendships, family and secrets, with twists and turns for the reader to follow.

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The Garden of Lost Secrets
A. M. Howell

THE GARDEN OF LOST SECRETS by AM HOWELL, set during WW1, was inspired by the discovery of a gardner's notebook written over a century ago. The story, about stolen pineapples and mysterious meetings, is brimful with twists and secrets.

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The Dragon In The Library
Louie Stowell

Discover a world where dragons really do exist, where people have magic and spells can come true! When Kit is reluctantly taken to the library by her best friends at the start of the holidays, she discovers that libraries can take you to other worlds...

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The Adventures of Harry Stevenson
Ali Pye

THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY STEVENSON, inspired by a real guinea pig, follows a food-and-sleep loving guinea pig called Harry Stevenson, who also proves to be quite feisty when he discovers his family has just moved house - without him!

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The Usborne Book of the Moon
Laura Cowan

As we celebrate the anniversary of the first landing on the Moon, THE USBORNE BOOK OF THE MOON helps children aged 6+ discover more about the Moon - from the first legends humans created about the Moon thousands of years ago, to facts about the Moon, space travel and the achievements of that first landing on the Moon.

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The Switch Up
Katy Cannon

Willa and Alice bump into each other at the airport, each destined for a summer with strangers when they'd rather be someplace else. So when Alice suggests they look so alike they could switch places for the summer, it seems like a great idea. What could go wrong?

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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 the Ladybird Heard 10th Anniversary Edition
Julia Donaldson
With the 10th anniversary of What the Ladybird Heard, we ask illustrator LYDIA MONKS how she approached the text, and why she feels it has been so loved, and we talk about her new preschool series, Twit Twoo School.

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The Good Thieves
Katherine Rundell
Look out for a boy who flies, another who can charm animals and a girl who has a plan... Bestselling author KATHERINE RUNDELL - our Children's Author of the Month - tells us more about her new book, THE GOOD THIEVES!

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My Secret Lies With You
Faye Bird
MY SECRET LIES WITH YOU is the story of three friends, and what happens one summer when a stranger joins their group. Author FAYE BIRD - our YA Author of the Month - tells us more about her latest novel!

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We would like to thank publishers Bloomsbury Children's Books, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, Nosy Crow Books, Simon & Schuster, Usborne Books, Stripes Books, OUP Children's Books and Macmillan Children's Books for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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