May 20

Special Feature

Special Feature
ReadingZone's Children's Author of the Month is teacher and author Jenny Pearson talking about her fabulous debut, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates. Our YA Author of the Month, Emma Young, tells us about her new psychological thriller, Here Lie the Secrets, ahead of next month's publication. Also for YA readers is Elizabeth Wein, talking about her moving WWII novel, The Enigma Game. For younger readers, we find out about two new young fiction series - Joanna Nadin's The Worst Class in the World, and Museum Kittens by Holly Webb, with a Q&A with illustrator Sarah Lodge. Do You Love Bugs? is our picture book of the month - a perfect read to inspire young children to cherish our mini-beasts and bugs; author and illustrator Matt Robertson tells us more.

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The latest books, reviews & author Q&As

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.


Chapter extracts to download

Help children and teenagers / YA readers keep up to date with new books and encourage them to try out different authors with the latest book extracts on ReadingZone, for children and for teenage / YA readers.


Free books for schools from @ReadingZone

Each week during lockdown, ReadingZone will send a free bundle of ten books to a school to share with your children or students.

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ReadingZone Bookclub

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, ReadingZone has launched the ReadingZone Bookclub on YouTube with author and illustrator videos, book recommendations and children's video reviews.

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Digital Hay Festival this year

A free five-day Hay Festival programme for schools will be broadcast 18-22 May, for ages 8-14+, with authors including Michael Rosen, Abi Elphinstone, Alex Wheatle and Candy Gourlay taking part.

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Creative projects for 'lockdown'

Write a letter to your future self, create a poster or write about your life in lockdown - just some of the writing and creative competitions being run during the current lockdown.

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Win free books for your school

The National Book Tokens competition to win thousands of pounds in books for schools is now open, so remember to nominate your school for the free draw! Closing date is 31 July.

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Walker Books provides SLA memberships

Publisher Walker Books is to fund 40 SLA (School Library Association) memberships as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.

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SLA national conference goes digital

The School Library Association's weekend conference 'Digital Education: Reading and Learning Opportunities' will be delivered online, due to the current restrictions.

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English with Holly

English teacher Holly King-Mand is delivering a variety of free, live and interactive English lessons for KS1-3 on her YouTube channel - English with Holly - at 11am every weekday.

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Branford Boase shortlist highlights rising stars

The shortlist for the 2020 Branford Boase Award has been announced, highlighting talented debut novelists for children aged 7+, and their editors.

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More news

Download a free Winnie the Witch 'lockdown' picture book, find out about Alex Rider's Prime television launch, and how to join a world record Art Lesson with Rob Biddulph...

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Follow us on Twitter

...for more news about our upcoming changes, as well as book news and giveaways! You can find us @ReadingZone.


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Special Feature

ReadingZone's Children's Author of the Month is teacher and author Jenny Pearson talking about her fabulous debut, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates. Our YA Author of the Month, Emma Young, tells us about her new psychological thriller, Here Lie the Secrets, ahead of next month's publication. Also for YA readers is Elizabeth Wein, talking about her moving WWII novel, The Enigma Game. For younger readers, we find out about two new young fiction series - Joanna Nadin's The Worst Class in the World, and Museum Kittens by Holly Webb, with a Q&A with illustrator Sarah Lodge. Do You Love Bugs? is our picture book of the month - a perfect read to inspire young children to cherish our mini-beasts and bugs; author and illustrator Matt Robertson tells us more.

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates
Jenny Pearson

Look out for three boys on an adventure, a jewel thief, lots of sheep, and the occasional miracle in THE SUPER MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF FREDDIE YATES by JENNY PEARSON. A laugh-out-loud adventure story that we guarantee readers will love!

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Here Lie the Secrets
Emma Young

Mia believes in ghosts, After all, she keeps seeing the ghost of her best friend, Holly, who died aged 13. But is it really a ghost that she sees, or something else? Author EMMA YOUNG tells us more about her psychological thriller, HERE LIE THE SECRETS.

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The Enigma Game
Elizabeth Wein

When Louisa is hired to look after an older woman, Jane, they move to a pub near a British airfield. It is the start of the Battle of Britain and they are soon embroiled in a wartime plot involving German pilots, spies and a strange coding machine... ELIZABETH WEIN tells us more about THE ENIGMA GAME:

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The Worst Class in the World
Joanna Nadin

Look out for biscuit battles, killer dogs and escaping rats in THE WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD, the start of a hilarious new young fiction series (ages 7+) by JOANNA NADIN, illustrated by RIKIN PAREKH.

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The Midnight Visitor
Holly Webb

THE MIDNIGHT VISITOR is the first novel in a new young fiction series (7-9 years) by HOLLY WEBB, which follows a group of mischievous kittens who call the museum home. Illustrator SARAH LODGE tells us how real life cats and museums helped her create her drawings:

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Do You Love Bugs?
Matt Robertson

DO YOU LOVE BUGS is a fabulous picture book to share with young children aged 5+ before or after a walk through nature or a mini-beast hunt! With colourful spreads dedicated to different bugs - from spiders to snails and butterflies - it provides a lively introduction to the wildlife in our gardens. Author and illustrator MATT ROBERTSON tells us more.

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Bookclub Highlights

We have free copies to give away for reviews. Please email your school details to info@readingzone.com for the chance to win a copy.


Super Happy Magic Forest: The Humongous Fungus
Matty Long
The Super Happy Magic Forest, which began as a series of hilarious picture books, is now available as an early reader - and it's just as addictive! Meet the inhabitants of the magic forest, their plucky band of heroes, and the dastardly Humongous Fungus.

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The Infinite
Patience Agbabi
Look out for time travel, a race to solve a mystery and 'leaplings' - leap year children with the ability to step into the past and the future. Author Patience Agbabi talks about her new book, diversity, and different ways of seeing the world for the ReadingZone Bookclub.?

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Hideous Beauty
William Hussey
For older readers (15+), Hideous Beauty is the gradual revelation of what really happened the night of the school dance, the night when Dylan and Ellis's relationship was exposed, and the night Ellis was killed in a tragic accident - but Dylan survived.

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We would like to thank publishers Stripes Books, Bloomsbury Children's Books, OUP Children's Books, Usborne Books and Canongate for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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