Read and review some great new books!

ReadingZone has joined with publishers to offer you some fabulous new and not-yet-published books, including picture books, children's fiction and YA titles, to read this Christmas, in exchange for a review or two in the New Year!

We're thrilled to be able to offer such a varied range of books that we know you'll be keen to see and recommend to young readers!

If you see a book you would like to read and review for ReadingZone on the list, below, email the title(s) and your postal address to:
(Subject - the title you'd most like to read)

We will draw two reviewers for each book in December, and the books will be mailed out that month together with the reviewing details.

Your details won't be shared with third parties, except where we ask the relevant publisher to mail a book directly to you.

These are the books we're asking you to Read and Review for us this Christmas:

Words and your Heart by Kate Jane Neal
(Simon and Schuster)

A timely book about the power of words - and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say - both positive and negative. (Picture book)

What Makes Me a Me? by by Ben Faulks and David Tazzyman
What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car - lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a snail - very slow (especially when it's time for school!). A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us. (Picture book)

Supertato: Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
(Simon and Schuster)
It's all very well being a superhero and saving the day... but what if there was no one there to cause the chaos? Fortunately, we won't have to worry about this because Evil Pea is BACK! And with his most dastardly plan yet... (Picture book)

Safari Pug by by Laura James and Eglantine Ceulemans
When Pug and Lady Miranda have a scary run-in with a lion one night (it might be hiding under the bed), Lady M decides Pug needs to face his fears and go on safari. (Ages 6+)

Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky
(Simon and Schuster)
When Elsie Pickles offers to house-sit the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp, she is left with a talking raven, a scruffy dog and a magical tower with a mind of its own. What could possibly go wrong? (Ages 6+)

The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape from the Tower by Santa and Simon Montefiore, Kate Hindley
(Simon and Schuster)
Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to be one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who fight evil. But high up in a London skyscraper, the Ratzis are plotting to cause chaos. (Ages 7+)

The Accidental Father Christmas by Tom McLaughlin
(OUP Children's Books)
Ben has one important thing on his Christmas list, he wants his dad to be at home for Christmas. As his wish never comes true, Ben needs proof that Father Christmas exists - and gets more than he bargained for...(Ages 7+)

Maudlin Towers: Curse of the Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestley
Mildew and Sponge are pupils at the gloom-laden Monstrous Towers. When somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel the Christmas holidays until the culprit is found, Mildew and Sponge must solve the crime! (Ages 8+)

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge (Nosy Crow)
How do you know you really exist? It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. (Ages 8+)

Winter Magic, curated by Abi Elphinstone
(Simon and Schuster)
Abi Elphinstone heads up this collection of wintery stories, now in paperback, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers... from classic children's writers including Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin and Berlie Doherty. (Ages 8+)

Jack Fortune by Sue Purkiss
Uncle Edmund is off to the Himalayas to search for rare plants but must take his orphaned nephew with him. What follows is a terrific adventure that will see Jack and his uncle - the most unlikely of all expedition teams - set sail for India and the Himalays. (Ages 9+)

Libby in the Middle by Gwyneth Rees
Libby and her sisters move to the village where their dad grew up as their Aunt Thecla is paying for them to go to a posh new school. Libby doesn't mind, but Bella doesn't want to leave her boyfriend and soon there are secrets everywhere. Perfect for readers of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. (Ages 9+)

Running on Empty by SE Durrant
(Nosy Crow)
AJ's grandfather kept his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel. AJ is worried about his parents but they don't really seem to notice. To deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. (Ages 9+)

The 1000 year old boy by Ross Welford
(HarperCollins Children's Books)
Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, he embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live...

Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
(Chicken House)
It's 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce flees to London - but the chase isn't over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. (Ages 12+)

Everless by Sara Holland
(Orchard Books)
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time - extracting what they want from the poor. But when impoverished Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family, she uncovers secrets that could change her life, and the future of time itself. (Ages 12+)

The Diabolic / The Empress by SJ Kincaid
(Simon and Schuster)
The Empress,the follow up to SJ Kincaid's talked-about sci-fi fantasy The Diabolic, sees Tyrus ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward - one where they don't have to hide or scheme or kill. But having power isn't the same thing as keeping it, and change isn't always welcomed by those who serve the Emperor... (Ages 14+)

08/12/2017Read and review some great new books!
  • Would be delighted to review any of the titles except The Diabolic, Witchborn, or 1000 Year old Boy.
    Rosaleen Palmer 14/11/2017
  • Would love to read and review The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day By Christopher Edge Day (Nosy Crow).
    Ruth Keys 20/11/2017
  • I’d love to read and review Maudlin Towers and Witchborn!
    Gem Routledge 23/11/2017
  • Hi I’d love to review words and your heart and the Royal rabbits of London thanks
    Lorraine ansell 24/11/2017
  • Hello, I would love to read The 1000 year old boy & Witchborn, thank you!
    Jenny howe 24/11/2017
  • We would love to read any review any of the books in our school.
    Penny Thomas 26/11/2017
  • Staff and children at our school would be delighted to review any (all!) of these amazing books
    Jenny caddick 26/11/2017
  • It would be lovely to read and review any of these titles below which would be a great asset to our library as their blurbs are eclectic, exciting and adventurous. Running on Empty by SE Durrant Jack Fortune by Sue Purkiss Libby in the Middle by Gwyneth Rees The 1000 year old boy by Ross Welford Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling The Diabolic / The Empress by SJ Kincaid
    Tanja Jennings- School Librarian, WCB Library NI 27/11/2017

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