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Jack’s Secret Summer – Author Q&A

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by Erin Hamilton Jack’s Secret Summer is all about an incredible mystery surrounding an empty house, a young girl searching for her father and a group of boys forging new friendships.  Jack hasn’t many friends until neighbours Bruno and Rocco invite him to hang out with them.  Their daring escapades lead them to the empty […]

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Roxy and Jones – Author Q&A

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by Erin Hamilton Roxy and Jones, The Great Fairytale Cover-Up by Angela Woolfe is a fun new twist on fairytales and favourite characters.  Cinderalla Jones, a rebel with a cause meets Roxy Humperdinck, sister to Gretal.  On the hunt for lost relics, they make an unusual pair.  I adore twisted tales, and re-imaginings of traditional […]

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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

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Q&A with Natasha Farrant, curated by Erin Hamilton. The Voyage of the Sparrowhawk is a search for loved ones and a place to call home in the aftermath of WWI.  A completely compelling story of love, friendship and unexpected surprises.  I was glued to this book and was so excited to put forth some questions […]

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The Vanishing Trick

Guest Post by Jenni Spangler I grew up in Manchester, and moved to Stoke on Trent about eight years ago. Neither are places that immediately jump to mind when you think of literature and writing. As an aspiring author, living outside of London often felt like missing out on a party, and I didn’t know […]

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The Boy In and Out of the Bubble: How Connecting to Oneself is Part of Connecting to the World – NSSM2020

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Guest Post by M.Evan Wolkenstein When I was sixteen, I joined my school’s environmental club. We were trying to save a “green space” (really a vacant lot) downtown. It was home to monarch butterflies in migration, and the club urged local residents to take action to protect the habitat. My parents were shocked: until this […]

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Planet Power – NSSM2020

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Guest Post by Robin Jacobs I have always been enthralled by the power of nature. When I was little, my favourite thing was to go outside during a storm. Ideally barefoot.  My mum was mostly tolerant unless it was particularly cold or muddy outside. I recently discovered my 6-year-old nephew has the same predilection. He […]

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Telling Stories about the Planet We Share – NSSM2020

Guest Post by Isabel Thomas Once upon a time, there was a planet that was not too hot, not too cold, but just right…   The science behind climate change is vital. Vast amounts of data cataloguing millions of years of Earth’s history allow us to fully understand what is happening to the planet we share. […]

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The story of plastic – NSSM2020

Guest Post by Katie Daynes Have you had a plastic ‘penny drop’ moment? A moment when you realised how totally bonkers it is to take something that will last for hundreds of years, use it only once, then throw it away? Perhaps you’ve had a plastic OUTRAGE moment when you’ve seen an image of an […]

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Information Book Award 2020

by Margaret Pemberton, SLA Judging Panel Chair It is now 10 years since the School Library Association, at the suggestion of its reviews editor Chris Brown, founded the first Information Book Award.  Since then it has gone on to become a major contributor to the world of children’s publishing and education.  Over this period there […]

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The Wild Way Home – NSSM2020

Guest Post by Sophie Kirtley Hello, I’m Sophie Kirtley, the author of The Wild Way Home. Come and take a little wander with me to one small corner of our wonderful planet; I’d like to share a special place with you – that place is Mandel Forest, where my new book is set. Let’s follow […]

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