September 19

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Our YA Author of the Month, Brian Conaghan, talks about his new book The M Word. Also for teenaged readers are our Debut Author of the Month, Sue Cheung, talking about Chinglish, while Sally Nicholls revisits the Black Death in All Fall Down. Our Children's Author of the Month, Helena Duggan, reveals more about The Battle for Perfect, the final book in the trilogy. We also speak to Katya Balen about The Space We're In; Lara Williamson tells us more about The Girl With Space in her Heart; and author Carlo Sorosiak talks about her book, I, Cosmo. Our Picture Book Author of the Month is Debi Gliori, who gives an insight into the creation of her new picture book, The Bookworm.

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The best new books, featured authors & book trailer giveaway

Latest books reviewed

Browse the latest books reviewed by our Teachers and Librarians this month, including reviews of the latest picture books, books for children aged 5-7, books for children aged 8-11, and books for teenagers and YA readers.


Create a book trailer - giveaway

Love making book trailers? Or want to try it out for the first time? We have sets of Chris Riddell's new book, Guardians of Magic, to give to five schools or book groups that would like to create a book trailer of it for ReadingZone.

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Celebrate National Poetry Day with this online event

Michaela Morgan inspires children to enjoy and to write poetry during this live recorded event with children at Cheam Common Junior Academy. Watch the full event, and be inspired to write. Find out how to start writing your own group or individual poem for National Poetry Day!

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Free School Library Pack

Don't forget to order your free School Library Pack for pupils aged 11-14 years. The programme, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Booktrust, gives free books to every secondary school in England with a Year 7 intake.

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ReadingZone Giveaways!

We're giving away two sets of two of Sophie Andersen's fabulous books - The Girl Who Speaks Bear and The House With Chicken Legs. Plus two full sets of the five Rory Branahan books, a set of A Town Called Perfect, and copies of The M Word to give away!

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BAME representation in children's books rises

The second Reflecting Realities report, a survey of ethnic representation in UK children's literature, shows an increased presence of BAME characters in children's books from 4% in 2017 to 7% in 2018 - but there is still some way to go.

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Julian is a Mermaid

Author and illustrator Jessica Love has won the Klaus Flugge Prize for 'most exciting newcomer to children's picture book illustration' for her picture book, Julian is a Mermaid (Walker Books).

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Funniest books for children

Most children say that they want books that will make them laugh, so don't miss the 2020 Laugh Out Loud (The Lollies) shortlist which highlights this year's funniest books for children.

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Early Skills in Reading and Listening

A new series of books focused on reading and listening skills aims to support young children in developing independent thinking skills and enthusiasm for reading. Find out more about the newly launched QED Essentials series.

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Non-Fiction Early Readers

It can be a struggle to find good quality non-fiction early readers, especially ones that adhere to a structured phonics programme. Publisher QED has responded to this gap with the creation of a range of non-fiction early readers as part of its Reading Gems series; Reading Gems Fact Finders.

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Special Features

Our YA Author of the Month, Brian Conaghan, talks about his new book The M Word. Also for teenaged readers are our Debut Author of the Month, Sue Cheung, talking about Chinglish, while Sally Nicholls revisits the Black Death in All Fall Down. Our Children's Author of the Month, Helena Duggan, reveals more about The Battle for Perfect, the final book in the trilogy. We also speak to Katya Balen about The Space We're In; Lara Williamson tells us more about The Girl With Space in her Heart; and author Carlo Sorosiak talks about her book, I, Cosmo. Our Picture Book Author of the Month is Debi Gliori, who gives an insight into the creation of her new picture book, The Bookworm.

The M Word
Brian Conaghan

Meet Maggie, a sharp-tongued teenager who is struggling with mental health issues while watching her mum slide into depression. Throughout, Maggie confides in Moya, her best friend, to whom she tells everything. But Moya, we learn, died months ago... Brian Conaghan, our YA Author of the Month, tells us more about THE M WORD.

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Chinglish
Sue Cheung

ReadingZone's Debut Author of the Month Sue Cheung tells us more about her novel CHINGLISH, which follows teenager Jo Kwan as she navigates life in 1980s Coventry. Life can be tough living above her parent's Chinese takeaway shop, but Jo has dreams of escape

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All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls

ALL FALL DOWN follows the devastating impact of the Black Death on one family of farmers in Medieval England. Isabel and her family are left with nowhere to run as the devastating plague arrives at the doorstep of their own small village. SALLY NICHOLLS tells us more.

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The Battle for Perfect
Helena Duggan

Our Children's Author of the Month HELENA DUGGAN tells us more about The Battle for Perfect - the final book in the Town Called Perfect series! Things are quiet in Town, until scientists start to go missing, and Violet is warned that they must all leave Town before something terrible happens...

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The Space We're In
Katya Balen

THE SPACE WE'RE IN follows brothers, ten-year-old Frank, the narrator, and his younger brother Max who is five, and autistic. Max struggles with things that are too loud or too quick, or just different, while Frank is quiet, sensitive and desperate for more of his parents' attention. But when tragedy strikes the family, it is Frank who must find a way to bring the family back together. Author KATYA BALEN tells us more.

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The Girl with Space in Her Heart
Lara Williamson

The latest title from award-winning author LARA WILLIAMSON follows space-obsessed Mabel Mynt and her antagonistic sister, 'Terrible Topaz', as they try to navigate life without their father and to decide if their mother's new boyfriend, 'Galactic Gavin', has their mum's best interests at heart. Author LARA WILLIAMSON tells us more.

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I, Cosmo
Carlie Sorosiak

Cosmo is a golden retriever with a problem. His family is falling apart, and he knows it's up to him to save it. His plan? To win a dance competition with his best human friend, Max, and then he and Max will always be together. But as Cosmo discovers, sometimes the future is hard to predict. Author CARLIE SOROSIAK tells us more about I, COSMO

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The Bookworm
Debi Gliori
THE BOOKWORM is a gorgeous treat of a story about a boy, Max, and his search for the perfect pet. When Max finds a baby worm that seems to be 'just right', little does he know what the worm will grow up to be... DEBI GLIORI tells us more.

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Under Earth
Ellen Renner
Exciting fantasy series, Storm Witch, continues this month with Under Earth, which sees Storm journeying with the island's traders to the wealthy, hidden - and corrupted - island of Bellum. Author Ellen Renner tells us more!

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A Hurricane in my Head
Matt Abbott
With National Poetry Day (3rd October) just around the corner, here's a collection aimed at teenager that will entertain and help them to reflect on teenage life - and all that poetry has to offer. Read full review.

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We would like to thank publishers Bloomsbury Children's Books, Nosy Crow Books, Usborne Books, Andersen Press and QED for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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