October 19

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ReadingZone's YA Author of the Month, Holly Bourne, introduces her powerful new novel, The Places I've Cried in Public. Our Children's Author of the Month, PG Bell, talks trains and trolls in The Great Brain Robbery, the sequel to The Train to Impossible Places. There are laughs aplenty in Pamela Butchart's Icarus was Ridiculous, which takes a fresh look at Greek Myths. We explore non-fiction in Andy Seed's A Giant Dose of Gross, and picture book Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss. For those looking for a great dystopian adventure, Floodworld by Tom Huddleston explores a future, flooded London.

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The best new books, featured authors & Halloween reads!

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.


One in eight schools has no library provision

While nine in ten schools in England have a designated library space, that falls to 67% in Wales and 57% in Northern Ireland, leaving 13% of schools with no library provision, according to research commissioned by the Great School Libraries (GSL) Campaign.

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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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His Dark Materials comes to BBC1

Look out for the first episode of His Dark Materials, airing on BBC1 on 3rd November. The first eight episodes are based on Northern Lights, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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Picture Book Competition - January

Once again ReadingZone will be challenging children and young people aged 4-18 to make a picture book. Look out for the competition, launching in January, which also makes a great World Book Day activity. You can see last year's winners here:

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National Non Fiction Month

Next month ReadingZone will highlight some of the best non-fiction we have seen this year to support National Non-Fiction November. This month, we share some great non-fiction early readers and series for 5+ readers through to 12 years:

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Review for ReadingZone

We're looking for help from teachers and librarians to review new books for ages 3-12+ years during the winter break. Would you like to get involved?

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Halloween giveaways!!

ReadingZone is working with Stripes Publishing to do a special Halloween giveaway to two primary and secondary schools this month - two sets of five books of Skeleton Keys by Guy Bass and Whiteout (Red Eye) by Gabriel Dylan!!

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Special Features

ReadingZone's YA Author of the Month, Holly Bourne, introduces her powerful new novel, The Places I've Cried in Public. Our Children's Author of the Month, PG Bell, talks trains and trolls in The Great Brain Robbery, the sequel to The Train to Impossible Places. There are laughs aplenty in Pamela Butchart's Icarus was Ridiculous, which takes a fresh look at Greek Myths. We explore non-fiction in Andy Seed's A Giant Dose of Gross, and picture book Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss. For those looking for a great dystopian adventure, Floodworld by Tom Huddleston explores a future, flooded London.

The Places I've Cried in Public
Holly Bourne

Amelie fell hard for Reese, and was sure that he loved her, too. But is real love supposed to hurt like this? By retracing their story, revisiting all the places he made her cry, Amelie hopes that she will start to understand what happened between them, and begin to get over him. For older readers aged 15+, THE PLACES I'VE CRIED IN PUBLIC is a sensitive exploration of an abusive relationship. HOLLY BOURNE tells us more.

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The Great Brain Robbery
P.G. Bell

Put on your hardhats and join Suzy and join the Postal Express delivering parcels to Impossible Places! On the way, meet trolls, some strangely behaved clouds and many other impossible things. Author PG BELL tells us more about THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY!

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Icarus Was Ridiculous
Pamela Butchart

PAMELA BUTCHART's latest Baby Aliens title, ICARUS WAS RIDICULOUS, takes a fresh look at some of the most popular Greek myths through the eyes of Izzy (the main character in Butchart's Baby Aliens series) and her friends. When Izzy compares her friends' actions to the Greek myths, what the reader gets is a very contemporary - and funny! - approach to the stories of Icarus, Narcissus, Helen of Troy and King Midas.

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A Giant Dose of Gross: Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!
Andy Seed

A GIANT DOSE OF GROSS takes a look at the 'gross' factor in our wildlife, from blood suckers and cannibals to strange habits and animals that pong! It's guaranteed to get the most reluctant of readers engaged, and children who want to know more about wildlife that they are unlikely to discover elsewhere! ANDY SEED tells us more.

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Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story
Sean Taylor, Alex Morss, illus Cinyee Chiu

WINTER SLEEP by SEAN TAYLOR and ALEX MORSS is a tender picture book story, following a child and his grandmother exploring the winter landscape, that also includes a factual exploration of creatures and their 'winter sleep', or hibernation. Authors Sean Taylor and ecologist Alex Morss tell us more about WINTER SLEEP: A HIBERNATION STORY:

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FloodWorld
Tom Huddleston

FLOODWORLD is set in a future London, semi-submerged as a result of climate change. The wealthy City centre remains safe, hidden behind strong walls, but outside this privileged world lies the Shanties, a lawless area where people fight to survive from day to day. This is where Joe and Kara live, until the day that they are accidentally caught up in a complex plot that threatens the world they know with further danger. Author TOM HUDDLESTON tells us more.

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Pick a Pumpkin
Patricia Toht
A book about Halloween that captures the fun and frolics of this yearly event without all the scary ghouls and monsters normally depicted in these books. The message is wholesome - family and friends coming together and spending time having fun during Halloween.

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Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend
Guy Bass
From the very first page, where we see a pair of skeletal hands with keys for fingers, each with its own label (the Key to Second Sight, The Key to the Kingdom, The Key to Oblivion) Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend seizes hold of your imagination and doesn't let go.

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Pumpkinheads
Rainbow Rowell
Deja and Josiah are best friends. Working at their local pumpkin patch every autumn throughout high school is an annual highlight. But they don't see each other outside of those two months - and this is their last shift before heading off to college. A cute, fun and charming story of friendship and growing up.

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

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