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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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Tempting new editions

Normally new editions are in paperback and so ideal for refreshing your library stock, but in some anniversary cases only a luscious hardback will do and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the terrible Battle of the Somme HarperCollins have released a stunning new edition of Private Peaceful (978 0 00 819174 0, £12.99) in gol...
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And finally...a few more reviews for 12+

Angelini, Josephine.Firewalker. Macmillan, 2015, pp339, £7.99. 978 1 4472 6085 1 Firewalker, sequel to Trial by Fire, is the second book in the World Walker trilogy which tells the story of Lily Procter, teenage witch from Salem, who can move between the modern world and hidden other worlds where magic is a normal part of ...
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More reviews for Under 8's

  Andersen, Hans Christian (translated by Misha Hoekstra)The Snow Queen. Illustrated by Lucie Arnoux.Pushkin Children’s Books, 2015, pp92, £6.99. 978 1 78269 103 7 Hoekstra’s translation follows quite closely familiar versions of Andersen’s popular fairy tale published in 1844. He modernizes and simplifies ...
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Extra reviews for eight plus

Burnell,Carrie Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella. Illustrated by Laura Anderson. Scholastic, 2015, pp128, £8.99. 9781 407157 39 9   Cerrie Burnell has been busy as a CBeeBies presenter and actress and now as an author. Harper and the Scarlett Umbrella follows her picture books Snowflakes and Mermaid. These together w...
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Time to catch up on new editions

First we must get to the bottom of a delicious pile of paperback picturebooks. They are perfectly acceptable affordable versions for library use, when jacketed of course, and if it means more for young readers to choose from then so much the better! At this time of the year they are infuriating gardeners everywhere so Slug Needs a Hug! (Andersen, £6.99. 978-1783442096)...
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Books for Father's Day

Whatever we may think of these special days and the products being sold around them; in these days of proper co-parenting it is good to celebrate the nurturing side of fathers and, of course, anything which encourages the vital role model of males reading has to be a good thing. Rachel Bright’s Amazing Daddy (Orchard, £6.999 78-1408331675) features some adorable panda’s ...
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Fantastic debut novel giveaway

Penguin Random House are very excited to announce the publication of WOLF HOLLOW by US author Lauren Wolk and have 15 finished copies to give away  FREE to the first SLA members to email hvenn@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk ...
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Children's Book Award 2016

The Children’s Book Award 2016 winners – chosen and voted for entirely by children - are announced in a celebratory awards ceremony at the Union Jack Club, London on 28th May. And Pamela Butcha...
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