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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.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Hot off the press giveaway

It’s ALL ABOUT MIA Bestselling author and Waterstones Prize winner, Lisa Will...
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Final reviews of 2016 part 2

To continue the selection of bonus reviews we have books for the 8-12's Asphyxia. The Grimstones Collection. Allen & Unwin, 2015, pp488, £7.99 978 1 76011 391 9 Martha Grimstone lives in a rundown house in the middle of a valley with her eccentric family.  There is her mother, Velveeta, a talented seamstress and negligent mum still in mourning for the husband who died years ago; Grandpa Grimstone, an ...
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Final reviews of 2016

As term ends there is just time to post some bonus reviews. As ever grateful thanks to all my reviewers whose wise words are shown here. It is only through sheer lack of space  that they do not appear in the printed edition . So starting with the youngest readers: Bailey, Ella.One Day on Our Blue Planet In the Antarctic. Flying Eye, 2015, pp32, &...
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Gifts and prizes

As well as the specifically Christmas books published at this time of the year, publishers also bring out other special books which make ideal gifts or prizes for your faithful library helpers/ top readers! Julia Donaldson is probably the first name to spring to mind when looking for the little ones. Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes (Macmillan,£9.99, ISBN: ...
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Christmas treats for booklovers

Well here we are in December and so Christmas cannot be avoided! The nicest thing about the shopping season is the beautiful books that are produced – although not forgetting, of course, that many of the really great stories and information books we have featured throughout the year will make just the right book for an individual child. These books are the specifically Christmas themed ones that are the icing on the cake....
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A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness’s prize-winning novel A Monster Calls ha...
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Haringey Children's Book Award Shortlist Announced

Shortlist: The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill, Little Island Books Catching Falling Stars by Karen McCombie, Scholastic Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, Usborne The Imaginary by AF Harrold & illustr...
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Author James Benmore writes as the Artful Dodger

Wherein I detail how I came to author my own three-volume history and thus proved myself to be a superior writer than Charlie Dickens to the general agreement of all    This here is how I am described on Chapter 7 of Oliver Twist...
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