This issue’s cover illustration is from Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for their help with this July cover.

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Rosie Loves Jack (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Mel Darbon

(Usborne Publishing Ltd)
352pp, 978-1474937832, RRP £7.99, Paperback


Rose Tremayne is aged sixteen years and ten months. She is a British student at a college in Henley. She also has Down’s syndrome. Her boyfriend Jack attends the same college, in a specialist unit.


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Ella on the Outside (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Cath Howe
(Nosy Crow)

240pp, 978-1788000338, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Girls are the likely readers of Ella on the Outside and the novel offers them a reflective read exploring territory which may well have features they recognise.


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Behind Closed Doors (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Miriam Halahmy
(FIREFLY PRESS)

334pp, 978-1910080788, RRP £7.99, Paperback


This powerful and gripping novel opens a window into the lives and the impossible situations of two teenage girls forced to deal with issues not of their making and that neither should have to face on their own.


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The Wild Folk (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sylvia Linsteadt
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

416pp, FICTION, 978-1474934985, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Usborne welcomes readers to Part One of a ‘duology’ with the claim that The Wild Folk has ‘a dash of Ursula Le Guin’ and ‘a generous helping from C.S. Lewis’. Tolkien might also have been cited.


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Refugee Story wins Klaus Flugge Prize for consecutive year

Klaus Flugge Prize winner 2018

Kate Milner has won the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book My Name is Not Refugee (Barrington Stoke), which follows a young boy as he and his mother set out from their home to find somewhere safe to live.


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MITCH JOHNSON AND HIS EDITORS WIN 2018 BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

BBA Winners 2018

Mitch Johnson has been named winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award for outstanding children’s debut for his novel Kick. Kick tells the story of football-mad youngster Budi whose dreams of superstardom provide him with hope while he works long hours making the boots his Real Madrid heroes wear.


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HIP HOP ARTIST AND DEBUT POET KARL NOVA WINS CLIPPA 2018

Karl Nova at the CLiPPA

Karl Nova has won the 2018 CLiPPA (CLPE Poetry Award) for his debut Rhythm  and Poetry (Caboodle Books).


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