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New Book Releases – April 2016

Hopefully this post will keep you up to date with titles coming out next month and will be divided into categories of Picture books, Children’s books and Young Adult Books. Some may be new authors or titles which seem to be creating a lot of buzz (or just look really good!) and some will be… Continue reading New Book Releases – April 2016

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Play in a Day!

One of Schools’ Library service (SLS)  missions is to engender a lifelong love of reading. We have done this in many ways over the years by running story sessions, shadowing book awards, connecting children to authors through Skype and webcasts, but nothing has as big an impact as a face to face meeting with an author.… Continue reading Play in a Day!

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Carnegie Shortlist 2016

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

‘There Will Be Lies’ is a young adult thriller/mystery with some magical realism mixed in. The protagonist Shelby has been living an isolated and ordinary life with her mother until one day she is hit by a car and everything about her life changes. The story follows Shelby on her journey to discover the truth… Continue reading There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

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Willy’s Stories by Anthony Browne

Fans of the former Children’s Laureate (2009-11) and multi-award winning Anthony Browne will not be disappointed with this; the latest instalment of Willy’s adventures.  We first met Willy in 1984 in Browne’s classic tale Willy the Wimp, and ever since we have been on several journeys with this charming and widely adored chimpanzee. Willy’s latest… Continue reading Willy’s Stories by Anthony Browne

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Sam and Dave Dig a hole – by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

“Sam and Dave dig down down down until they find something spectacular” This is one of the funniest picture books I have read. I have read it through a couple of times now and during those times I always find the story makes me laugh with its unpredictable humour and funny illustrations. I really enjoyed the… Continue reading Sam and Dave Dig a hole – by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016

The Imaginary by A.F.Harrold

‘Amanda was dead,’ a bolder start as any for an intriguing story, one of imagination as the title implies and in this case exploring the world of imaginary friends. What also gives it an unusual angle is that the story is from the perspective Rudger, a boy who is an imaginary friend. It’s about imaginary… Continue reading The Imaginary by A.F.Harrold

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Collision theory states that ‘molecules must collide in order to react’.*  Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but I like to see this theory as the basis upon which Susin Nielsen’s We Are All Made of Molecules is based.  It is the story of two (very different) worlds colliding, and it deals with… Continue reading We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham

  Bob Graham fans won’t be disappointed with his latest picture book.  The gentle, lyrical story tracks the suns movement across the earth, capturing the diversity and beauty of our planet. In these turbulent times, adults will appreciate these moments of peace and hope.  The simple, muted colour palette and absence of humour & excitement… Continue reading How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

This Carnegie nominated book is actually a collection of 13 short ghost stories, all being told to the main character, Jack. The story begins with Jack opening the door to a candlelit room in an abandoned house, to find twelve people, each one an interesting character, sat around a table with candles in front of… Continue reading Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

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The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

This makes very difficult but compelling reading, it tore my heart out in several chapters and at one point I could not read for crying. This book certainly does not pull any punches.  It is based in Riga, Latvia during the Second World War and is told by a 15 year old girl called Hanna… Continue reading The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis