NEW TITLES

ReadingZone is working with publishers to help get new books into schools. Let us know if you'd like to review any of the following books for ReadingZone by emailing your details to info@ReadingZone.com (Subject - Summer) A free draw will take place in early July and winners notified. Book(s) will be sent to reviewers by mid July.

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day (Starfell, Book 1)
Dominique Valente

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008308391

Willow Moss, the youngest sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things - like keys, or socks. Useful, but not exactly exciting . . . Then a powerful witch turns up at Willow's door and asks for her help. A whole day has gone missing. Can Willow help find it?

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day (Starfell, Book 1)
What's That in Dog Years?
Ben Davis

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780192749215

Gizmo has been my best friend since the day I was born - he's always been around. But now they're telling me he might not always be around which completely sucks. I'm determined that me and Gizmo will have lots more fun and adventures before he goes. Gizmo's bucket list is up and running!

What's That in Dog Years?
Louisiana's Way Home
Kate DiCamillo

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406385588

When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her that they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different and Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home.

Louisiana's Way Home
The Race to Space: From Sputnik to the Moon Landing and Beyond...
Clive Gifford

Words & Pictures

ISBN 9781786038890

With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on 20th July 2019, this book celebrates the Space Race rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union. Readers will learn about the neck-and-neck race between the two superpowers, through an illustrated story of the rivalry that gripped the world.

The Race to Space: From Sputnik to the Moon Landing and Beyond...
Vocabulary Ninja: Mastering Vocabulary - Activities to Unlock the World of Words
Andrew Jennings

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472964434

An essential toolkit of strategies and resources to supercharge primary pupils and transform them into vocabulary ninjas! With a focus on English and rich language banks associated with genres and topics, the ideas for reading and writing can be applied to any National Curriculum area and are perfect for modelling and scaffolding writing.

Vocabulary Ninja: Mastering Vocabulary - Activities to Unlock the World of Words
Lightning Mary
Anthea Simmons

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783448296

Growing up on the Dorset coast, Mary is taught by her father to hunt for fossils uncovered by waves and landslips. She faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family, but dreams of becoming a scientist in a time when girls have no opportunities for such ambitions. What will happen when she makes her greatest discovery of all...? With a factual section about Mary Anning, her life, and the discoveries she made.

Lightning Mary
When We Became Humans: The Story of Our Evolution
Michael Bright

Words & Pictures

ISBN 9781786038869

This large-format, illustrated book guides readers through the key aspects of the human story, from the anatomical changes that allowed us to walk upright and increased our brain size to how our culture and way of living has evolved, exploring what it really means to be human.

When We Became Humans: The Story of Our Evolution
You Won't Believe This
Adam Baron

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008267049

From the author of Boy Underwater comes another moving, hilarious novel of friendship and family secrets. Cymbeline has to find out who is being mean to his favourite teacher, and help his friend Veronique, whose grandma is dangerously ill. It seems Nanai has a secret, connected to her arrival in the UK as a Boat Person from Vietnam. Can Cymbeline figure out the mystery in time?

You Won't Believe This
An Unlikely Spy
Terry Deary

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472962706

World War II has begun and Brigit is evacuated from Coventry, but when it's revealed that her father is German, Brigit runs away to join her mother in a very special training camp, where Churchill is building a secret army of spies and saboteurs known as the Special Operations Executive. No-one will suspect Brigit is a spy, will they? After all, who would suspect a child?

An Unlikely Spy
The Last Spell Breather
Julie Pike

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780192771605

Spell Breathing does not come naturally to Rayne - but it is spell breathing that keeps her village safe from the dreaded monster curse that plagues their world. It is ancient, powerful magic, but as Rayne learns to her horror . . . it is also fragile. In one clumsy move, the magic that keeps them safe is broken, her village is plunged into danger, and an incredible adventure begins . . .

The Last Spell Breather
The House of Light
Julia Green

OUP Children's Books

ISBN 9780192771568

Bonnie is scavenging on a beach when she finds a battered old row boat. And under the boat, a bare-footed boy - cold, hungry, and in need of help. The authorities have already been troubling Bonnie and Granda for breaking rules, but how can she leave this boy when he has no-one? Under cover of darkness they set sail to the 'house of light' in search of a new beginning, and a sense of hope.

The House of Light
Check Mates
Stewart Foster

Simon and Schuster Children's Books

ISBN 9781471172236

Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but it's hard. When Mum suggests Felix spends time with his grandfather - who is always trying to teach him chess - Felix can't think of anything worse. But sometimes the best lessons come in the most unexpected of places, and Granddad soon shows Felix that there's everything to play for.

Check Mates
Lost for Words
Aoife Walsh

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783448340

Dallas's life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum's partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. Then Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing, and starts a campaign to save the library for everyone.

Lost for Words
Pay Attention, Carter Jones
Gary D. Schmidt

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783448050

Carter Jones is astonished to find a real English butler on the doorstep, who announces he is here to stay to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. As well as figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum and love of cricket. But ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

Pay Attention, Carter Jones
Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion
Shaun Dellenty

Bloomsbury Education

ISBN 9781472961501

Celebrating Difference is an inspiring handbook for LGBT+ inclusion, aimed at all primary and secondary teachers and leaders. Written by Shaun Dellenty, internationally celebrated lead in LGBT+ inclusion in education, it is filled with practical advice to enable schools to bring about organisational change to ensure the safety, success, mental health and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion