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A new Shadower's Choice Award for Carnegie Medal announced!

21/01/2019

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A new award will be joining the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal this year, the Shadowers' Choice Award, which will be announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2019. The new award will be voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals.

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Harry Potter Book Night Kit Sign-up

09/01/2019

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Schools and Harry Potter enthusiasts planning to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night (Thursday 7th February) can register for a downloadable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event kit.

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Reigate & Banstead Writes Competition

09/01/2019

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Budding authors in Reigate and Banstead are invited to enter the Reigate and Banstead Writes competition, managed by the local Warwick School and open to children aged ten to 14 years.

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The Skylarks' War wins the Costa children's award

07/01/2019

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The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay (Macmillan Children's Books), a novel about growing up, lost love and the impact of war away from the battlefields, has won the Costa Children's Book Award and is now up against four other writers for the overall Costa award.

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ReadingZone Festival 2019

07/01/2019

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We are thrilled to announce our line-up for the ReadingZone Festival 2019, when we will be taking bestselling authors to meet 4,000 children at schools in Surrey during a full week of events in February.

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An edgy mystery with a fairy tale twist!

05/01/2019

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We've been chatting with Samuel J Halpin about his new book - The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods. If you like your stories edgier, with a touch of fairy tales, you'll love this!

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Mortal Engines comes to the big screen

02/12/2018

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If you enjoy danger, adrenaline and big landscapes in films, then you're in for a treat with the new Mortal Engines film, coming to cinemas this December.

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Costa shortlist announced

27/11/2018

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The shortlists for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The Costa Children's Book Awards shortlist includes novels by David Almond, Candy Gourlay, Matt Killeen and Hilary McKay.

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