This issue’s cover illustration is from Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business written and illustrated by Sophy Henn. Thanks to HarperCollins Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.

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The Pearl in the Ice (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Cathryn Constable

(Chicken House)
304pp, FICTION, 978-1912626519, RRP £6.99, Paperback


If you love mystery and adventure, proper adventure that is, in dangerous, far-away places, adventure tinged with magic and that requires the protagonist to show real courage and integrity, then Cathryn Constable is the author for you.


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The Mist Monster (Under 5s Pre-School/Nursery/Infant)

Kirsti Beautyman
(Alison Green Books)

32pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1407188881, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Gently constructed around themes of loss and change, this optimistic story weaves links between imaginative worlds and the here-and-now of daily reality.


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Rise Up! The Art of Protest (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jo Rippon
(Palazzo Editions)

64pp, INFORMATION BOOK, 978-1786750822, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


This book provides a marvellous illustrated history of protest, using the banners and posters created by different people over the decades to make their feelings and demands known.


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The Velvet Fox (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Catherine Fisher
(Firefly Press)

202pp, FICTION, 978-1913102081, RRP £6.99, Paperback


There is humour as well as excitement in this excellent story of a brave and resourceful heroine who surprises even her mentor, the Crow, and we can look forward to finding out what happens next.


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The Little Island (5-8 Infant/Junior)

Smriti Prasadam-Halls
(Andersen Press)

32pp, PICTURE BOOK, 978-1783449095, RRP £12.99, Hardcover


Drawing inspiration from Orwell’s Animal Farm, this modern fable is attractively presented for a much younger audience. The text by Smriti Prasadam-Halls flows easily with a nice sprinkling of humorous asides adding character and life.


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And we’re off… the nominations for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been
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JESSICA LOVE NAMED WINNER OF THE KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE 2019 FOR JULIAN IS A MERMAID

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Jessica Love is the winner of the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize for Julian is a Mermaid. Set up in honour of veteran publisher, founder of Andersen Press Klaus Flugge, the prize is for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.


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A record number of submissions and a new category to highlight information books marks the 12th longlists for the UKLA Awards, the only national awards judged by active classroom teachers.


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Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies), the awards that celebrate the funniest children’s books.


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