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We are extremely proud to support the work of The Diverse Book Awards by being the headline sponsor of the YA category. And what a collection of cracking reads to make the longlist. Follow the awards ceremony on the 21 October. to find out the......

Settle down with one of these great reads, suitable for ages 9 and over, 13 and over, and 16 and above. What have you been reading? Let us know The Great (Food) Bank Heist by Onjali Q.Rauf, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (suggestion for ages 9+),......

Terms and conditions: Elle McNicoll competition  Please read these terms carefully before entering the competition. Entering the competition constitutes an acceptance of these terms and conditions. About the business The promoter of this Competition is Book Clubs in Schools  A registered charity. Registered Charity Number......

When The Sky Falls by Phil Earle, reviewed by Alison Palmer This is a beautifully written story of Joseph finding his forever home in the confusion and chaos of the Second World War. Abandoned by his mother, with his father fighting in France, Joseph is......

Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman, reviewed by Tami Wylie “In a kingdom where the ruling and lower classes live and die apart by law, a noblewoman and a commoner make a fatal mistake: they fall in love.” Crown of Crowns, the debut novel by......

Wonderland by Juno Dawson, reviewed by Alison Palmer This is a story told through the eyes of Alice, a trans pansexual girl who is always on the outside of things at her very posh London school, St Agnes. After she spends a night with the......

Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson, reviewed by Katy Donnelly Frankie is having a hard time. At home, her parents have split up and she quarrels with her older sister. Her mother has recently been diagnosed with MS and is struggling to cope with her job......

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann, reviewed by Graine Milner Amber runs. Her life isn’t easy – her father, tightly controlling, a drinker and abusive, doesn’t want Amber to do anything that might in any way bring shame to the family; her mother, illiterate, works hard......

The annual Reflecting Realities report by CLPE shows just how underrepresented black, Asian and minority ethnic protagonists are in children’s books. A mere 7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last three years feature characters of colour. Compare this with the......

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff, reviewed by Dymphna Flynn Every summer in a holiday house by the English seaside our unnamed narrator and their family fill their days with games, laughter, wholesome outdoor activities, and this year, they’re planning a wedding. But this year......

Sofia, a Sixth Former, at St Albans School wrote about running a Book Club for pupils at Beech Hyde Primary School. Our Book Clubs in Schools model works for secondary schools to run within a single school, but also for state or independent secondary schools......

This month’s glimpse into what we’re reading now. Do get in touch if you – or a young person you know – would like to write a review. Arctic Star by Tom Palmer (suggestion for ages 9+) ‘You do know that some men who go......

We’ve teamed up with Hachette and Speakers for Schools to offer this free exciting activity for children transitioning into Year 7. We know that this year it will be particularly important to support pupils during the summer and that being a confident reader is vital......

This month, we have three very different but equally arresting books. What are your current recommended reads? Featherlight by Peter Bunzl (suggestion for ages 9+) This is a beautiful tale that evokes the stories of the real heroines like Grace Darling and Ida Lewis who......

National Teen Book Club is a free UK-wide virtual book club for teenagers launched by Book Clubs in Schools and educational equality charity Speakers for Schools. Schools and individual pupils can register here  National Teen Book Club aims to make reading and discussing a book......

Jane Austen Investigates is a new series of books by award-winning author Julia Golding. The book arrived in a beautiful parcel with a letter, tea and chocolate – a perfect package. The Abbey Mystery is part glorious historical fiction and part gothic mystery. Add a......

SLS-UK is a collective of Schools Library Services covering the length and breadth of the UK.  Through our subscriptions, consultancy and librarian services, we work with schools to help them develop hubs for learning, exploration and self-development.  In London, our aim is to offer every......

Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose latest novel The Strays of Paris is hard to pin down genre-wise. An animal adventure story, it reads like a fable and is perfect for readers aged eleven and over.  Paras is a spirited young racehorse who......

Here’s our latest pick of books to escape with. For ages nine and over to 16 plus. The Humiliations of Welton Blake by Alex Wheatle (suggestion for ages 9+) This book made me laugh out loud. It follows the trials and tribulations of Welton Blake.......

Secondary school librarian Carole Estall, aka The Reading Jackdaw, tells us how she began to read for pleasure. Her story may not be what you expect. People are often surprised at my fractured relationship with reading, I was certainly no Matilda. My parents read, but......

On 13 January 2021, we launched the first #SecondaryBookChat. There are lots of resources about primary school books but fewer resources are available for secondary school teachers. We wanted to showcase Barrington Stoke, a publisher who creates super-readable, accessible books that are ideal for students......

We really enjoyed Kicking Off. The story follows Hettie as she starts work at the Dick, Kerr and Company factory to fill munitions shells, aged just 15.  With her brother Freddie off at war and her dad working on the docks or down the pub,......

Book Clubs in Schools’ digital delivery mechanism makes it very easy for teachers or older pupils to run book clubs. The format translates straightforwardly from in-person to online and can be used as a fun activity to encourage reading for pleasure during lockdown. Book Clubs......