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The SLA Reading Blog is designed to highlight new books and related resources plus publishers' offers for our Members that we think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available to logged-in SLA Members at http://www.sla.org.uk/reading-blog.php and a summary RSS feed is available at http://www.sla.org.uk/sla-reading-blog-rss.php. SLA Members, please submit any reviews you may wish to post here to bookblog[at]sla.org.uk and remember to quote your membership number in your e-mail. This blog is moderated by the SLA.

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Bonus Under 8 review round-up

This is the final review catchup - this time for the Under 8 younger readers. Andreae, Giles and Wojtowycz, David. Mad about Mega Beasts. Orchard, 2014, pp32, £11.99. 978 1 40832 935 1 Woolly mammoths, emperor penguins, elephant seals, giant squids et al. – all have one thing in common: they are all...
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Bonus reviews continued!

Now other delights to catch up on for the 12-16 year olds! Alderson, Sarah. Conspiracy Girl. Simon & Schuster, 2015, pp304, £7.99 978 1 4711 2196 8 The infamous Cooper Killings had only one survivor, teenager Nic Preston, now two years later Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life after the murders of her mum and stepsister. Nic liv...
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Bumper edition of bonus reviews

This is a double helping of extra reviews for the 8-12's. The spring round-up went AWOL but I am determined to catch up - that is what the summer holidays are all about! Bradford, Chris. Ninja Assassin. Barrington Stoke, 2014, pp72, £5.99. 978 1 78112 376 8 The third book in the series, the story nevertheles...
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Paperback editions to stretch you budget

It is probably a sign of my age, but paperback picturebooks are definitely of much higher physical quality these days. Once upon a time they would have been frowned upon as not robust enough for library use, but the perfect binding seems much stronger and the covers of all but one or two of this batch have a lovely matt wipe clean surface!  The physical reproduction of the internal illustrations has always been on a par with the hardback and this matters where the subject i...
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YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy for schools!

Walker Books have partnered with the brilliant YHA (England and Wales) to bring Alex Rider’s adventures to life with the YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy, a brand new Action Adventure Package for schools in 2015!...
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New Editions to refresh your stock

Anniversary editions – reissues of timeless classics- are very successful at making you feel really, really old! A huge favourite with my children and thousands of other children, parents and teachers is apparently 35 years old: David McKee’s iconic picture book Not Now Bernard (Andersen, £6.99,978 1...
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Series Fiction Update

We all know that a very strong factor in the early years of reading independently is comfort with a brand and reading everything in a series voraciously and so there is an understandable proliferation of publishing series in this area. Princess Poppy is just such a brand and it includes picture books, short chapter books, activity books, website, app and e...
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Fiction- new paperback editions

Firstly a couple of  re-issues that somehow crept into the wrong pile! The film tie in of the Carnegie shortlisted Trash by Andy Mulligan should justifiably attract new readers for a brilliant book (Definitions, £6.99, 978 1 909 53133 8). To celebrate 15 explosive years of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider, the series has been given a ...
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