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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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Malcolm McNeill Guest blog

The Beginning Woods by Edinburgh based author Malcolm McNeill was published by Pushkin Press on 1st September - here is a guest blog Malcolm has written for SLA members. Writing from your condition vs writing to entertain The other day someone asked me what kind of books I wrote. I said I write children’s books. She asked me to tell her about the book I’d written, and so I did. It doesn’t sound like a children’s book,...
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Bookchat Roadshow

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Books for 8-12 review bonus

Now for the books aimed at that crucial 8-12, or Middle Grade, age group which could not be squeezed into the print edition Balch,Jaylee. Tomas of Terra. Xlibris,2014, pp444, £19.38. This book is the first incursion in fiction writing by Jaylee Balch, a spiritual and empowerment coach with a background in psychology, hypnotherapy, and yoga. Th...
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Bloomsbury Education for reluctant readers

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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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