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Marcus Sedgwick wins North East Teenage Book Award

 350 students, parents, teachers and librarians were present to celebrate Marcus Sedgwick winning the North East Teenage Book Award on Friday.  His book The Foreshadowing (Orion) narrowly beat Candy by Kevin Brooks as the teenagers' favourite.

Marcus Sedgwick has worked in children's publishing for ten years and before that he was a bookseller. He is also a stone carver and wood engraver and illustrates all his novels.   Marcus lives in Sussex and has a young daughter, Alice.

Q and A with Marcus

Hear an audio clip of The Foreshadowing

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Marsh Award winner announced

The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation has been awarded to Anthea Bell for her translation from the German of Kai Meyer's The Flowing Queen.  Presenting the Award, sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust, Wendy Cooling, one of the Judges said:

‘Now, more than ever, there is a need to offer young people real choice in their reading - a range of books that offers them a view of the whole world.  The richness and originality in this year's shortlisted titles takes us some way forward in this aim.'

Anthea Bell is a freelance translator from French and German of works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and she has a special interest in works for young people.  She has won many awards for her translations in the UK, the USA, Austria and Germany.

The other shortlisted titles were:

  • The Book of Everything  by Guus Kuijer, translated from Dutch by John Nieuwenhuizen
  • A Bridge to the Stars  by Henning Mankell translated from Swedish by Laurie Thompson
  • Dragon Rider  by Cornelia Funke translated from German by Anthea Bell
  • Just Like Tomorrow  by Faiza Guène translated from French by Sarah Adams
  • Mimus  by Lilli Thal translated from German by John Brownjohn

Interviews with Anthea Bell, Kai Meyer and an article on judging the Marsh Award as well as comments on all of the shortlisted titles can be found on the Booktrusted website.

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Online Reading Group launched

Write Away is launching an online reading group for teachers, librarians and other education professionals.

After discussion, the final selection of books to be read each month has now been made. A thematic approach has been decided on to provide choice but also to allow a focused and enriching discussion.

All are welcome to visit the Write Away site and join in the Booktalk. Registration is free and Write Away is an advertising and pop-up free zone!

For the romantic month of February, the inaugural theme is retellings of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The selected books are:

Robin McKinley Beauty (Corgi)
Donna Jo Napoli Beast (Simon Pulse)
Max Eilenberg & Angela Barrett Beauty and the Beast (Walker)

To coincide with the Bicentennary of the Abolition of Slavery, the topic for the month is books on a SLAVERY theme. The books are:

M T Anderson The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (Walker Books)
Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices (Random House)
James Riordan Rebel Cargo( Frances Lincoln)
Julia Bell Dirty Work (Macmillan)
Julia Golding Cat Among the Pigeons (Egmont)

In April there will be the first Author Focus discussions. All the books are by LINDA NEWBERY on the theme HISTORY AND HOUSES:

The Shell House (Random House)
Set in Stone (Random House)
Polly's March (Usborne)

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New Reading Champions Toolkit

The National Literacy Trust has launched a new Toolkit to support its Reading Champions scheme.  The toolkit contains information about the scheme with its bronze, silver and gold levels, and also about a lower profile sister scheme for girls feeling left out of the boys-only Reading Champions, Reading Angels.

The Toolkit is available to all new and existing Reading Champions schools. More information about the scheme can be found on the website.

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Eduserv Information Literacy Projects

The Eduserv Foundation recently awarded Netskills two grants to fund pilot workshop programmes related to information literacy in the schools sector. Findings from the two projects, which were funded as part of the Eduserv Information Literacy Initiatives, are now available.

1. Exploring and Deterring Plagiarism in Schools
This pilot workshop programme was held in four locations around Britain in Autumn 2006. It aimed to find out more about attitudes and approaches to plagiarism in schools, whilst also offering guidance and advice to those attending.

The programme built on Netskills' highly successful Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism workshop for universities and colleges, which was developed in collaboration with the JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service.

2. Information Skills for Teachers
Netskills recently ran an information skills programme for HE/FE which involved the development of an information skills self-assessment and delivery of a programme of workshops using this self-assessment and exploring issues and skills with participants.

This project made use of material and infrastructure developed as part of that programme to investigate the information skills of staff within schools. An online survey into teachers' information use was followed up by interviews. This research informed the development of the pilot workshop. Two workshops were piloted in North-East England, with secondary school teachers as the primary target. 


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Nominate now for the SLA Executive Committee

Do you know someone who you think would be a good addition to the SLA Executive Committee?  Someone who is knowledgeable, possibly experienced in Committee work, a strategic thinker with ideas about the future direction of the SLA and able to communicate with and get on with a wide range of people?  Or would you be willing to stand for election yourself?  Do you want to give back something to the profession?

Now is the time to get those nominations in - you have only until January 30th.  The term of office will be three years, beginning at the SLA AGM in June 2007 and ending at the AGM in 2010.

The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Association, and plans at strategic level for its future.  The Officers lead and guide the Executive, and some functions are delegated to them.  The small dedicated team of paid staff, under the leadership of the Chief Executive, manage the day to day running of the Association.

Committee Members are expected to attend the three Saturday meetings each year, usually in London or Birmingham, and where possible to help out at our annual weekend courses and at exhibitions and trade shows when we have a stand.  All expenses are covered by the SLA.  In addition each member will be part of the Training Group or the Publications Group and will take part in the work of these groups, which meet as part of the main Committee meetings

Past members of the Executive tell us that ‘I gained far more than I gave', that their careers and CVs were enhanced by membership of the SLA Executive, and that they made some real, long-lasting friends! 

More information and Nomination Form

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New SLA title: Riveting Reads 6 - 8

cover of RR 6 - 8We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest title in our Riveting Reads series of booklists.  Riveting Reads 6 - 8 is intended to provide a range of suggested reading for this age group, who are perhaps at the most exciting stage in their reading lives.  Those who are bored or discouraged by the books that are available to them can often become reluctant to read.

The books in this collection have been selected principally to provide enjoyment and a rich and varied choice.  Arranged under heading such as Tales from many traditions, Poetry, Picture books stories and Old favourites revisited, there is full bibliographic detail given for each title.  Title index and Author/Illustrator index are also provided.

Prue Goodwin, former member of the SLA Executive Committee and author of this Riveting Reads title, works in the Institute of Education at the University of Reading, and freelances as a lecturer and consultant. She regularly returns to the classroom to introduce children to a range of literature and to encourage wide, enthusiastic reading.

ISBN 978 1 903446 35 5  .  December 2006

£7.50 (SLA members £6.00)    Buy now

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