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Issue 281 Book Club

May 21, 2017

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The Anti-boredom Book of

Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do

by Andy Seed

Bloomsbury

 

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Say goodbye to boredom with this fantastic outdoor boredom-busting book! From the hilarious Andy Seed, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 for Best Books with Facts, comes the fantastically busy Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do.

A brilliant book bursting with amazing outdoor activities that will have you running for the door! Packed full of hilarious illustrations from the wonderful Scott Garrett, this book will keep you entertained for hours on end!

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Andy Seed is an author and poet, living in North Yorkshire. He writes memoirs, funny poems and humorous non-fiction books as well as all sorts of things for teachers. Andy won the 2015 Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award for The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff, and was shortlisted for it in 2016 for Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words.

 

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Issue 280 Book Club

May 14, 2017

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Animal Activity

by Isabel Thomas

Bloomsbury Activity Books

 

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Warning: this book will self-destruct!

Packed full of fun and exciting projects, which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out all about amazing animals and plants.

Make your own hopping bugs, create and decorate an inflatable fish, and play an animal trumpet as loudly as you can! Can you piece together your very own dinosaur? Can you turn a piece of sheet into a hanging mobile of sea creatures? Put your skills to the test!

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Isabel Thomas has written over 80 books and has been shortlisted for both the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards. When not writing, she’s experimenting, inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card. In Cambridge, she’s zookeeper to three young sons and a primary school governor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 279 Book Club

May 7, 2017

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Electrigirl and the Invisible Thieves

by Jo Cotterill

Illustrated by Cathy Brett

Oxford University Press

 

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Part book, part comic… but one electrifying superhero adventure! Holly Sparkes returns to Blue Haven after her summer holiday to find some strange goings on. Weird green slime is oozing out of the ground, there’s been a spate of mysterious robberies and, worst of all, she’s losing control of her electrifying superpowers. If she could only stop blowing things up, she might just be able to save the day . . . again!

A great read for both boys and girls, with fast- paced and exciting plots,

this is perfect for comic- book and superhero fans.

 

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Jo Cotterill has been writing stories and songs since she could hold a pencil. Growing up in Oxfordshire, she took out as many books as possible from the library each week and drew pictures on her bedroom walls. She can resist buying almost anything except books. Successful careers in acting and teaching were fun but nothing is as great as seeing your name on the cover of a book or enthusing kids about stories. Jo has published over twenty books and has far too many ideas for the number of hours available to write them. She lives in north Oxford, likes making cards and cakes, and believes passionately that there should be more female superheroes.

 

Issue 278 Book Club

April 28, 2017

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The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge

by Philip Ardagh

Illustrated by Jamie Littler

Nosy Crow

 

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John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a lot to learn. How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you should never eat them…). And much, much more. So it’s no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one…) of his time at the castle. Things really liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party – but can John foil their plot before it’s too late…?

 

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Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a ‘regular irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world.

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Jamie is an illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair or having staring matches with next door’s cat he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Jamie’s books include Hamish and the Worldstoppers which was the bestselling children’s debut of 2015 and a Wilf the Mighty Worrier, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards.

Issue 277 Book Club

April 21, 2017

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Dragon’s Green

by Scarlett Thomas

Canongate Books

 

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Effie Truelove is a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. When her grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But then shady book collector Leonard Levar gets hold of them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life!

Oh, and by the way, on
the hardback edition…
the cover glows
in the dark!

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‘I loved reading Dragon’s Green… I found it even better than Harry Potter books! If you like books about magic, dragons, rare books and friends, you’ll love Dragon’s Green!’
 – Anon, 9 years old

 

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Scarlett Thomas is a best-selling, award-winning, tale-spinning writer. When she’s not writing, she teaches others how to write at the University of Kent.

Issue 276 Book Club

April 15, 2017

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Lesser Spotted Animals

by Martin Brown

David Fickling Books

 

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Bison are banned and tigers are taboo. Say goodbye to the gnu, cheerio to the cheetah and poo poo to the panda. The world of Lesser Spotted Animals STARTS HERE! Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about – from the numbat to the zorilla and everything in between.

Forget dry, dusty old tomes and forget those pesky A-listers of the animal kingdom. It’s time they shared the limelight with the animals that most grown-ups haven’t even heard of. A fantastic, funny, factual series that puts the spotlight on lesser-known animals.

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As a boy, Martin Brown dreamed of drawing lesser-known animals for a book. When he grew up, he moved from Melbourne, Australia to England, and illustrated the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories series. Now, at last, it’s time for the animals.

Issue 275 Book Club

April 7, 2017

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The Huntress: Sea

By Sarah Driver

Egmont

 

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“In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.”

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da is missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .

It’s a sea-churning, beast-Shattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure.

Read a sample:
 “The beasts are coming. I’m below decks in the gloomy kitchens, helping Pipistrelle salt raw reindeer steak, when the first call hacks through the air. As the sound fades, my fingers stop dead and cold chunks of salt dig into my skin. My bones turn to water, but I stand fast. I won’t let my knees buckle.”

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Sarah Driver was born in West Sussex, where she still lives close to the sea with her street-wise ginger cat and her miniature lop-eared bunny.

Issue 274 Book Club

March 31, 2017

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How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees

By Paul Tobin

Illustrated by Katie Abey

Bloomsbury

 

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It’s Friday the 13th again, and for sixth grade genius Nate Bannister, that means doing 3 more not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. But he has bigger problems than his own experiments. His nemesis, the Red Death Tea Society, is threatening to unleash a swarm of angry bees on the city of Polt if Nate doesn’t join their ranks.

This is the illustrated hysterical sequel to How to Capture an Invisible Cat, which has double the baddies and double the laughs.

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Paul Tobin is the author of a multitude of comics for such publishers as Marvel, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. He is one of the two head writers for the Angry Birds comics, and is also writing episodes for the upcoming season of Angry Birds cartoon shorts.

 

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Katie Abey is the illustrator of numerous books published by Bloomsbury, including How to Capture an Invisible Cat and Earth to Daniel.

Issue 273 Book Club

March 24, 2017

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Arthur and the Golden Rope

By Joe Todd Stanton

Flying Eye Books

 

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Welcome to Professor Brownstone’s vault – containing ancient relics from around the world, all collected by his famous ancestors!

Follow the epic journey of Brownstone’s earliest ancestor, Arthur, and travel back to the age of the Vikings where this bookish young adventurer must find the courage to save his village and defeat the mighty beast Fenrir…

 

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Joe Todd-Stanton was taught to draw by his mother, and now he works for publishers like Oxford University Press and Usborne Publishing. He lists Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson amongst his greatest influences!

Issue 272 Book Club

March 17, 2017

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Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

By Jamie Thompson

Hachette Children’s Group

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Follow a colossal final battle between the forces of good and evil, the Dark Lord was defeated and hurled into the pit of despair… which is a supermarket car park somewhere in suburban England. And not only that, he has been trapped in the body of a teenage boy named ‘Dirk Lloyd’. And so begins Dirk’s battle to recover his dignity, his power and his lands.

Dirk makes friends with the son of his foster family, Christopher, and the local goth girl, Sooz, and together they attempt to cast a spell that will transport Dirk back to his homeland. Inevitably, not everything goes to plan…

This is the first book of an amazing series! So if you enjoy this book, don’t worry, there is plenty to read about Dirk and his minions!

 

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Jamie Thomson is a British writer, editor and game developer and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.