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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.

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
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

Featherstone

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

Featherstone

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
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
The Switch Up
Katy Cannon

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781788950404

LAX Departure Lounge. Two girls board the same flight to London as complete strangers. When the plane touches down, it's the beginning of the craziest plan ever. Can Willa and Alice really swap lives for the summer? Things are going to get complicated... The first in a new series.

The Switch Up
The Gifted, the Talented and Me
William Sutcliffe

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408890219

A refreshing and funny book aimed squarely at teenage boys, The Gifted, the Talented and Me follows Sam after he is forced to move to a school for the 'gifted and talented' - where Sam, who is utterly normal, sticks out like a sore thumb. How will he survive?

The Gifted, the Talented and Me
Jemima Small Versus the Universe
Tamsin Winter

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474927284

Jemima Small is funny and smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she's made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn't know is how that can be true and yet she can still sometimes feel like nothing... Or how being made to join the school's 'special' healthy lifestyle group - aka Fat Club - could feel any less special. But Jemima also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it's her time to shine...

Jemima Small Versus the Universe
Chinglish
Sue Cheung

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783448395

Teenager Jo Kwan is growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough. All she wants to do is to break free, but what are the chances of that happening?

Chinglish
All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783449316

A deadly contagion races through England... Isabel and her family have nowhere to run from a disease that has killed half of Europe. When the world she knows ends for ever, her only weapon is courage. The Black Death of 1349 was the deadliest plague in human history. All Fall Down is a powerful and inspiring story of survival in the face of real-life horror.

All Fall Down
Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black
Marcus Sedgwick

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406357929

Harry Black wakes in hospital to learn that his brother Ellis has almost certainly been killed by a V2 rocket falling during a German air raid on London. In a state of wounded delirium, Harry's mind begins to blur the distinctions between the reality of the war-torn city, the fiction of his unpublished sci-fi novel and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Driven by visions of Ellis still alive and a sense of poetic inevitability, Harry discharges himself from hospital and begins a search for his brother that will lead him deep into the city's Underworld...

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black
A Hurricane in my Head
Matt Abbott

Featherstone

ISBN 9781472963505

With surprising honesty and words that resonate long after reading, A Hurricane in My Head tackles the themes of friendship, bullying, technology and the life of a modern teenager. These poems say the things we can't always put into words; they may make you laugh, they may make you cry, but they will most definitely make you reminisce, escape, discover... This is a stunning collection from Matt Abbott.

A Hurricane in my Head
The M Word
Brian Conaghan

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408871560

Moya. The M Word. Whisper it. Conceal it. But please, never mention it ... Maggie Yates talks to her best friend Moya every day. She tells her about Maggie's mum losing her job. She tells her that Mum's taken to not opening the curtains and crying in secret. And she tells her about how she plans to cheer Mum up - find her a fella with a bit of cash to splash. Moya is with her every step of the way. You're surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here, she smiles. But I'll help. But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum's crying is more than sadness. That there are no easy fixes. And that Moya's not really there. Because though she talks to her every day, Moya died months ago ...

The M Word