May 17

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Our Children's Author of the Month is debut author Matilda Woods with her stunning The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker - read her interview. We also speak with Cat Clarke, our YA Author of the Month, about her latest novel, Girlhood, an exploration of grief, guilt and extraordinary friendships. Sarah Carroll talks about her poignant debut, The Girl In Between, and Eric Lindstrom tells us about his novel, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, which explores living with bipolar disorder.

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The best new books, giveaways & author features

This month's best children's books

Teachers and librarians have been reviewing a range of this season's best books for children and teenagers. Here are their recommended picture books; books for 5+; books for 7+; and books for teenaged readers.


Teri Terry joins ReadingZone Live

We are thrilled that YA author Teri Terry will be joining ReadingZone Live on 14th June to talk about writing for teenaged readers and her latest novel, Contagion. You can watch her live online on the day at 2.30pm, or may be able to join us by webcam.

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Jacqueline Wilson Competition launches

The Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize is challenging children aged 7-12 years to write a letter to an imaginary person who lives far away. The closing date is 8th September.

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Creative writing award for historical fiction

The Young Walter Scott Prize, a creative writing prize for young people dedicated to historical fiction, is now open for entries to those aged 11-19 years.

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First YALC 2017 authors announced

Guardian children's fiction winner Alex Wheatle, Waterstone's Book Prize winner Patrice Lawrence and Costa Children's Book Award winner Brian Conaghan are among the authors taking part in YALC 2017 in London this July.

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StoryCon opens to Scottish teenagers

StoryCon, Scotland's biggest creative writing & illustration get-together for those aged 13-19 years, will take place on 24 and 25 June in Central Glasgow. Attendance is free to teenagers who live in Scotland. Register by 8 June.

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Joint SLA & YLG Conference in June

The 2017 Joint YLG & SLA weekend course - Lightbulb Moments: Powered by Librarians will be held from 23-25 June 2017 in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Members and non-members are welcome.

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Poetry shortlist announced

The 2017 shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) has been announced. The award, run by CLPE, celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

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Make a Picture Book Competition

Judging for the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2017 - challenging children and young people (4-18 years) to create a picture book - is now underway and we are sharing some of your incredible entries via Facebook @ReadingZonePictureBooks:

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Winners of the 2017 Picture Book Awards

The winners of the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards, which celebrate some of the best illustrated books for younger readers, have been announced. The awards are run by the English Association.

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Picture book giveaway from Little Tiger Press

We're excited to be giving away this lovely picture book bundle from Little Tiger Press featuring books about inclusion. Each of the stories touch on differences across families and friends, at home or in the playground.

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Famous Five giveaway!

We are giving away an entire set of the Famous Five books, published with new jackets by Laura Ellen Anderson (Hodder Children's Books), to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton's series.

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The Girl In Between group set to give away

Homelessness, identity and addiction are explored in Sarah Carroll's debut YA novel, The Girl In Between, for readers aged 12+ (see interview, below), and we have a set of ten copies to give to a school book group.

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All the Things That Could Go Wrong - giveaway

We're thrilled to be able to offer a set of ten copies of All the Things That Could Go Wrong - the new book by Stewart Foster, author of Bubble Boy (Simon and Schuster) to a school book group.

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Special Features

Our Children's Author of the Month is debut author Matilda Woods with her stunning The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker - read her interview. We also speak with Cat Clarke, our YA Author of the Month, about her latest novel, Girlhood, an exploration of grief, guilt and extraordinary friendships. Sarah Carroll talks about her poignant debut, The Girl In Between, and Eric Lindstrom tells us about his novel, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, which explores living with bipolar disorder.

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker
Matilda Woods

Matilda Woods's debut, The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker, is an entrancing story of hardship, wonder and hope that follows the friendship between a boy and the old man who saves his life. The book would make a wonderful class reader as well as an individual read for children aged nine to 11 years.

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Girlhood
Cat Clarke

Take a boarding school story, mix in elements of mystery and some wonderful real life friendships, and you have the start of Girlhood, the latest intriguing novel from award-winning YA author Cat Clarke, which is aimed at readers aged 14+.

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The Girl in Between
Sarah Carroll

Sarah Carroll's debut YA novel, The Girl In Between, is an original and heartfelt story about love, denial and forgiveness, centred around the relationship between a mother and her daughter. Through their story, Carroll also explores ideas around home and homelessness and society's attitudes to vulnerable people.

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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom

Eric Lindstrom's debut novel, Not If I See You First, established him as a strong voice in the YA sector and his latest book, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, confirms that position. The story, about teenaged Mel Hannigan who has bipolar disorder, draws in readers with its exploration of friendship, grief and hope.

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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.



Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
SUPERTATO and the Veggies are back! - but so too is Evil Pea - and their new picture book adventure is just as riotously funny as ever. The Supertato picture books by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet are a great introduction to superheroes and comic strips. Read a Q&A with Paul and Sue here:

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Moonlocket
Peter Bunzl
With their adventure-driven plots and steampunk inspiration, Peter Bunzl's Cogheart and Moonlocket books will be enjoyed by any young reader wanting strong world-building with great characters and plenty of action. Read an interview with Peter Bunzl, here:

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Dark Matter: Contagion: Book 1
Teri Terry
In CONTAGION, which is set in the contemporary world, an epidemic has taken hold and is wiping out the local population. But this is not happening in the developing world; the sickness has begun in the UK, and it's spreading... We speak with author Teri Terry about her thrilling new series.

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We would like to thank publishers HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, Simon & Schuster, Usborne Books, Orchard Books, Scholastic, Stripes Publishing and Quercus Books for supporting this month's ReadingZone newsletter.

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