National Shelf Service – latest recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 12 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 22nd June, Ann Ngabia MBE, school librarian from Grangemouth High School and the Braes High School recommended Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi 9781509871353[1]Adeyemi (available as an eBook).

Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

On Tuesday 23rd June, Hannah Smith, librarian from North Huddersfield Trust School, 9781407130224[1]chose Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (available as an eBook).

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them into the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies.

 

 

On Wednesday 24th June Val Sawyer’s choice was The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin 9780141317083[1]Colfer (available as an eBook).

During the holidays, Will and his big brother Marty are packed off to the library, the home of the dreaded librarian Spud Murphy, who uses a spud gun on kids who put a foot wrong. Eventually, Will and Marty discover a love of books and that Mrs Murphy isn’t so bad after all.

 

 

 

On Friday 26th June, Maria Fernandez, librarian at Townley Grammar School recommended The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (available as an eBook).9780552574242[1]

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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National Shelf Service – new recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 11 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Tuesday 16th June, Nick Cavender from Rickmansworth School recommended A 9781509835508[1]Skinfull of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (available on eBook).

When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding. Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment. And now there’s a ghost inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

Wednesday 17th June was the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Prize announcement day.

Jackie Morris (children’s writer and illustrator) spoke about the book she illustrated, The Lost Words (available on eAudio), which won the Kate Greenaway prize last year, and “conjures an otter” in her art studio!91wTodJHYPL._AC_UY327_QL65_[1]

Lost Words provides spells to conjure nature with. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

Also on Wednesday, Margot Hillel from The Children’s Book Council of Australia chose 9780141362793[1]Soon by Morris Gleitzman (available on eBook).

The Second World War has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground – for food, for shelter, for protection. Felix is in hiding to stay safe, but finds he has been left holding the baby – literally. An orphaned infant has been left in his care and he will do everything he can to protect the child, in the way a few incredible people did for him during the Holocaust.

 

 

On Friday 19th June Daniela Morroi from Aquinas Grammar School chose I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan (available on eBook).61QJurOp32L._AC_UY327_QL65_[1]

15-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing and dreams of becoming a novelist. There’s just one problem – her super-controlling parents have already planned her life out for her: Step 1: Get educated. Step 2: Qualify as a doctor. Step 3: Marry a cousin from Pakistan. Oh, and boyfriends are totally haram. No one is more surprised than humble Muzna when high school hottie, Arif Malik, takes an interest in her. But Arif and his brother are angry at the West for demonising Islam and hiding a terrible secret. As Arif begins to lead Muzna down a dark path, she faces a terrible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak up and betray her heart?

For information on how to access eBooks and eAudio, visit the website https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

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National Shelf Service – latest recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 10 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 8th June Carole Oldfield recommended Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by somebodySophia Thakur (available on eaudio).

From internationally acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful collection of poems exploring issues of identity, love, loss, family, and faith. Sophia Thakur began performing poetry at the age of sixteen, and is known for her strong narrative voice and emotional empathy. Her remarkable debut encourages young people to look outside of themselves and to explore their own hearts’ journeys through poetry.

 

On Tuesday 9th June Sarah Mears recommended Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan (available on ebook). kick

Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE’s are looming and his teachers just won’t let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don’t care about any of it. There’s no space in Ilyas’ life to just be a teenager. Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet – and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas’ family at risk, but it’s time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.

Wednesday 10th June’s title was The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, thehousesuggested by Michelle Morgan of St Paul’s High School in Ireland (available on ebook).

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. The only people Marinka meets are dead; they disappear when her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guides them through The Gate. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas.

 

On Thursday 11th June Helen Crowther of Blackpool Sixth Form chose The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (available on ebook).thesilversword

The night the Nazis come to take their mother away, three children escape in a terrifying scramble across the rooftops. Alone in the chaos of Warsaw, they have to learn to survive on their own.

 

 

On Friday 12th June Karen Wilkinson of Wakefield Libraries recommended Little 9780007458547[1]Wolf’s Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Tony Ross (available on ebook).

Little Wolf is packed off to Cunning College to learn the nine Rules of Badness and earn a Gold BAD Badge from his wicked Uncle Bigbad. He sets off on his journey, sending letters as he adventures in the big wide world.

 

 

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National Shelf Service – new recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 9 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 1st June Jonathan from Buckinghamshire Libraries recommended Where wherethe World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold (available as ebook)

Juniper Greene lives in a walled city from which nature has been banished, following the outbreak of a deadly man-made disease many years earlier. While most people seem content to live in such a cage, she and her little brother Bear have always known about their resistance to the disease, and dream of escaping into the wild. To the one place humans have survived outside of cities. To where their mother is. When scientists discover that the siblings provide the key to fighting the disease, the pair must flee for their lives. As they cross the barren Buffer Zone and journey into the unknown, Juniper and Bear can only guess at the dangers that lie ahead.

On Tuesday 2nd June Zoey from Lambeth Libraries recommended Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (available as ebook)9781406389616[1]

When Jingwen moves to Australia, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible, since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother’s rule: no using the oven while she’s at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake more elaborate cakes, they’ll have to cook up more elaborate excuses to keep their baking a secret – and continue the dream their father started.

Wednesday 3rd June’s title was Jemima Small Versus the Universe by Tamsin Winter, 41GapZRRQXL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_[1]suggested by Sarah of Brent Libraries (available as ebook)

Jemima Small finds it hard to measure up. Especially because she’s the very opposite of her name. And being forced to join a healthy eating group at school means no one will let her forget that. But if there’s one big thing she has going for her it’s her attitude – and she’s determined to prove that Jemima Small is a Big Deal.

 

On Friday 5th June, Dawn from the School Libraries Association chose Toffee by Sarah Crossan (available as ebook)9781408868133[1]

Allison is in danger at home. Her stepmother has run away and her father is getting worse. So she runs away too and with no where to live finds herself hiding out, miles from home, in an elderly woman’s shed. But this woman, Marla, has dementia and doesn’t recognise her as Allison, believing she is an old friend from her past called Toffee. So this is who Allison becomes, morphing into a person Marla usually knows and trusts but sometimes fears and fights. As their bond grows, Allison begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

For information on how to access eBooks and eAudio, visit the website https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

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National Shelf Service – new recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 8 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

Monday 25th May – The Princess Bride by William Goldman (available as an ebook)

9780747545187[1]Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken.

 

 

 

Tuesday 26th May – Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (available as an ebook)9781788450171[1]

Samkad lives deep in the Philippine jungle, and has never encountered anyone from outside his own tribe before. He’s about to become a man, and while he’s desperate to grow up, he’s worried that this will take him away from his best friend, Little Luki. However, Samkad’s world is about to change utterly. He discovers the brother he never knew he had. A brother who tells him of a people called ‘Americans’. A people who are bringing war and destruction, right to their home.

 

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National Shelf Service – latest recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 7 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 18th May Joy Court from the East Midlands Youth Libraries Group recommended When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (available as an ebook)

9781408838365[1]Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. For Dylan, life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that escapes whenever he gets stressed. And, as a sixteen-year-old virgin and pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard. But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March. So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.

 

On Thursday 21st May Matilda by Roald Dahl was recommended by Emily Jacques of Hertfordshire Libraries (available as an ebook and eaudio).9780141322667[1]

Matilda‘s parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she’s a genius and they’re the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power.

 

 

 

On Friday 22nd May Charlotte Hernandez of Staffordshire Libraries chose A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison (available as an ebook and eaudio).

apinchofmagicThree sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

 

 

 

 

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Klaus Flugge Prize 2020 Shortlist

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The Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.

The shortlist was announced today on the YouTube National Shelf Service channel at 7pm. Have a watch at www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

When sadness comes to call by Eva Eland, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill

The star in the forest by Helen Kellock, editor Anna Ridley, designer Aaron Hayden

Where is your sister by Puck Koper, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner

Charles Darwin’s on the origin of species by Sabina Radeva, editor Anna Barnes Robinson, designer Keren Greenfield (this is available on eaudio from RBdigital)

One fox: A Counting Thriller Book by Kate Read, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner

 

National Shelf Service – new recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 6 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 11th May, Lauren Niland recommended Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls.

9781783445257[1]Evelyn is 17, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom. May is 15, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

On Tuesday 12th May, the choice was Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans from Stella Chevalier.9781910989432[1]

You’re called Fidge and you’re nearly 11. You’ve been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation – the whole, entire thing – is your fault.

 

 

On Thursday 14th May, Tracey Acum from Hull Libraries chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

9781526608932[1]Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Apart from the fact that he lives in a graveyard and is being raised and educated by ghosts. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that the real dangers lurk.

 

 

 

On Friday 15th May Emily Prince from Wester Hailes Library in Edinburgh recommended Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Morchetta9780140360462[1]

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, and in her final year of school. Dealing with her mum and the ways of her Nonna are daunting enough as she prepares for her exams. But Josie is about to discover real life gets in the way of her carefully-made plans.

 

 

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National Shelf Service – latest recommendations

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 5 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

shopping[1]On Tuesday 5th May, Jenny Hawke from Bromley Libraries recommended Malamander by Thomas Taylor.

“Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep. Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents 12 years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger!”

On Thursday 7th May, Helena Last from Norfolk Libraries chose No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton. no-ballet-shoes-in-syria[1]

“Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves, and to find Aya’s father – separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.”

 

Friday 8th May’s choice was Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Chris long-way-down[1]Priestley from Alison Brumwell of Kirklees College, Huddersfield.

“After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he’s doing. This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.”

 

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Latest recommended National Shelf Service titles

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The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice

It’s now been running for 4 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

wholetthegodsoutLast Monday, Chris Bertenshaw, children’s librarian from Derbyshire Libraries, recommended Who let the Gods out? by Maz Evans

“A shooting star crashes to Earth and changes Elliot’s life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. When the pair accidentally unleash the wicked death daemon Thanatos, they turn to the old Olympian gods for help. But after centuries of cushy retirement on Earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task?”

 

On Tuesday, Hannah Woodhall from Norfolk Libraries chose The tiger who came to tea9780007215997[1] by Judith Kerr

“This well-loved children’s book tells the story of Sophie and – a tiger. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!”

 

 

9781409590309[1]Wednesday’s pick was Am I normal yet? by Holly Bourne,  from Shona Page at Forfar Academy in Angus.

“Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a ‘normal‘ teen life in the grip of OCD”

 

 

On Thursday Kimberley Lawson from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith theskylarkswarrecommended The skylarks’ war by Hilary McKay.

“Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war? ”

 

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