NEW TITLES

We're looking for help to review the following books for ReadingZone. Email the title you would like to review during the holidays toinfo@readingzone.com In mid December, we will draw two reviewers for each book and have the book(s) sent to the reviewers!

The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Christopher Corr

Lincoln Children's Books

ISBN 9781786037312

Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race! Discover who will come first to win the ultimate prize, and find out why Cat will never forgive his friend Rat in this ancient folk tale that has been passed from generation to generation.

The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Mince Spies
Mark Sperring, illus Sophie Corrigan

Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN 9781408893463

Who or what is destroying all the Christmas treats in the supermarkets? Santa sends his Mince Spies on a secret mission to uncover the culprits. With puff-pastry jetpacks, shortcrust walkie-talkies and squirty whipped cream they foil the villains - with a bit of help from Santa. A hilarious rhyming romp of a story with a festive message for all baddies: it's better when you're nice!

Mince Spies
Let's Talk About When Someone Dies
Molly Potter

Featherstone

ISBN 9781472955340

When someone dies, we can feel a whole host of different emotions and explaining them to a child isn't so easy. This book uses clear, easy-to-understand language to answer complex questions about death and how a child might feel when someone dies. It covers tricky subjects with sensitivity and honesty, from what death is to why people die, and fills an important but difficult need for starting conversations with children about death and bereavement.

Let's Talk About When Someone Dies
If All the World Were...
Joseph Coelho

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

ISBN 9781786036513

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho. This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.

If All the World Were...
Mini Rabbit Not Lost
John Bond

HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

ISBN 9780008264840

MiniRabbit is making a cake, but he's run out of berries. No berries, no cake. No cake? No way! So off he goes to look for some... He's not cold, not too small. And, no, no, definitely NOT LOST... Or is he? A funny, clever debut picture book.

Mini Rabbit Not Lost
Elvis the Squirrel: A Bloomsbury Young Reader
Tony Bradman

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472950536

Elvis the squirrel is always up for an adventure, especially when a good meal is involved. But when his best friend Chuck is carried off by Ronnie the raven, the biggest, meanest bird in the wood, it looks like Elvis might have bitten off more than he can chew. This lovely wildlife adventure from Tony Bradman is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. We will send three similar titles to our reviewers to select one to review.

Elvis the Squirrel: A Bloomsbury Young Reader
Moth
Isabel Thomas

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781408889756

A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children. Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans, how will one little moth survive?

Moth
National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac
Anna Wilson

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788003391

This fully illustrated guide to the year includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special days, such as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. A wonderful gift to treasure and explore over the coming year, this gorgeous nature yearbook will encourage young readers to connect with nature and the world around them.

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust
Frann Preston-Gannon

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857637703

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls' poem 'Windsong', is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems - one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte and Carol Ann Duffy. This is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust
Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World
Irina Bokova

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472949431

A wonderful anthology of eight stories addressing children's rights and sustainable development, written by child authors from all around the world and produced in conjunction with UNESCO's Voices of Future Generations initiative. The stories in this book are written by children aged between 8 and 12 from every corner of the globe including Canada, Mexico, Samoa, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates. The children's stories are imaginative, empowering and inspiring. They focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World
Let's Perform!: Monologues, duologues and poems for children to perform
Cath Howe

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472957252

From 'They're Digging up my School Today' to 'The Giant African Land Snail's Rap', this book is full of brilliant, photocopiable scripts and poems to get children aged 7 to 11 confidently rhyming, moving and imagining. Let's Perform! offers fresh, fun material from Cath Howe, an experienced drama practitioner, for literacy lessons, drama classes, assemblies, after school and drama clubs.

Let's Perform!: Monologues, duologues and poems for children to perform
The Afterwards
A.F. Harrold

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781408894316

There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That don't change.

The Afterwards
The Boy Who Flew
Fleur Hitchcock

Nosy Crow

ISBN 9781788004381

Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose - flight or family? From the acclaimed author of Murder In Midwinter, Fleur Hitchcock's The Boy Who Flew is a thrilling, murderous tale set among the steep rooftops and slippery characters of Athan's intricately imagined world.

The Boy Who Flew
Storm Witch
Ellen Renner

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857636409

Child of Air, Water, Earth or Fire: now that she is 13, Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals - but they bestow her with a great and terrible gift. Storm has powers that no one can understand. Will they help her to save her island, or will she betray everything she holds dear?

Storm Witch
Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to teaching happiness
Adrian Bethune

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472951540

Evidence has shown that happy people (those who experience more positive emotions) perform better in school. But children's levels of happiness and wellbeing are decreasing, while their levels of stress, anxiety and depression are increasing. In this practical and thoughtful book, experienced teacher and advisor on children's wellbeing, Adrian Bethune, takes the latest evidence and research from the science of happiness and positive psychology and brings them to life. Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is packed full of tried-and-tested activities and techniques. It is an essential guide to supporting emotional and mental wellbeing in the primary classroom.

Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to teaching happiness
AWOL 3: Last Boy Standing
Andrew Lane

Piccadilly Press

ISBN 9781848126671

Young Bond meets Alex Rider and Cherub in this brilliantly written, fast-paced spy action thriller. We will be giving our reviewers all three books in the AWOL series, aimed at readers aged 10+. Special Agent Bex arranges to meet teenage Kieron in a cafe to tell him that she can't risk his life any more. She parks her car and seconds later it blows up. Someone is trying to kill them - but who wants them dead? High-octane action and fast-paced adventure - guaranteed.

AWOL 3: Last Boy Standing
How to Rob a Bank
Tom Mitchell

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008276508

When 15-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he's trying to impress, he feels that only a bold gesture can make it up to her. A gesture like robbing a bank to pay for her new home. Only an unwanted Saturday job, a tyrannical bank manager, and his unfinished history homework lie between Dylan and the heist of century... A funny, filmic and ill-advised crime caper.

How to Rob a Bank
A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil, Book 5)
Soman Chainani

HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

ISBN 9780008292201

The fifth instalment in Soman Chainani's bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil. Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story, after a false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen.

A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil, Book 5)
Only the Ocean
Natasha Carthew

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408868607

The two girls sat at opposite ends of the boat and Kel dug and stretched the oars into the ocean like her life depended upon it, because it did. 15-year-old Kel Crow lives in a water-logged world, with a family with whom she shares nothing but blood and a heart defect that she knows could kill her any day. She has a plan to escape, and it's a good one: stowaway on the ship, kidnap the girl, swap the girl to buy passage to America and a life-saving operation. But plans never go how they're meant to ...

Only the Ocean
The Twisted Tree
Rachel Burge

Hot Key Books

ISBN 9781471407765

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes. Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor - only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.... Set in the remote snows of contemporary Norway, this is a ghost story that twists and turns - and never takes you quite where you'd expect.

The Twisted Tree