Moving On

Only 52 weeks to go...

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It's hard to believe it's all over for another year! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, who supported us and who shared the day with us. 

Having washed up, eaten all the left over cake, taken the bookshop money to Waterstones (thanks, Rohan!) and had a sit down, it's time to think about next year! We are already gathering together books which we think might make the long list so we are open to suggestions!

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Picture book category:

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam won in our first year, 'The Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting' last year and 'Superbat' this year! Picture books can be fiction or non-fiction, for older or younger children... it doesn't matter! The most important thing is the enjoyment factor!

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Poetry Category:

We love poetry! 'Buzzing!' was our first winner, 'Flo of the Somme' our second and this year, 'Reaching the Stars' took the poetry prize. Poems on any subject, collections of poems from one or more poets, traditional, funny, shape ... all are considered!

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Quality Fiction Category:

It is so important to choose books which are engaging and well written to inspire children and teachers. This includes wordless texts, some picture books and graphic novels. Sad creature that I am, I really enjoy planning ways of using these and sharing ideas with others! 'The River Singers' was our first winner in this category, followed by 'Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot' last year and 'A Song for Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan' this year.

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Read Aloud Category:

Looking for a great story to engage your class at storytime? This is the category to find them in! Books which are perfect for reading aloud- doing the voices- pulling the faces - getting children involved! Our 2015 winner was 'Hercufleas', 2016 was 'Dave Pigeon' and this year, 'SCREAM The Mummy's Revenge'. 

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Information Category:

So important, touching all of the curriculum and so many areas of interest, the Information category looks for books that can be used to support and inspire work in all areas. Our first winner was 'Maps', our second was 'Professor Astro Cats Atomic Adventure' and this year, 'Lesser Spotted Animals'.

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Moving On Category:

Aimed at supporting teachers and children with suggestions for those readers ready to move on, but not ready for YA or teen fiction, our first Moving On winner was last year when 'Island' won. This year, 'Black Powder' was our winner.

We have been asked (again) to consider an older category for the awards- but we'll need to discuss that before making any decisions.

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SO...if you have any suggestions for next year whether you are a teacher, an author, a publisher... please get in touch via the website. Books have to be published between 2016-2018 and suggestions are welcome until the 16th April 2018. 

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So ...less than 52 weeks to go until NSTBA18! Let's get reading!

Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue

Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Moving On Category

Book Title: Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue

Author: Sarah Rubin

Publishers: Chicken House

ISBN: 9781910002865

I love Alice Jones; she is a cross between a modern (and very young) Miss Marple and Philip Marlowe – just my kind of book!

Super Maths brain Alice clearly gets mixed up in many a mystery and her latest one involves Dr Learner, an eminent scientist who has reportedly invented an invisibility suit. Unfortunately, he has disappeared, and Alice is roped into finding him, along with her ‘friends’ Kevin and Sammy.

The plot races along and I have to admit to staying awake until well past midnight in order to find out ‘who dunnit’. The book is full of humour and touching family scenes as Alice and her twin sister Della are reunited after their parents’ split forced them to live in different towns. It explores relationships, friendship and loyalty as the youngsters hurtle towards the finale.

Alice is a refreshingly original character who will appeal to both boys and girls. She thrives on using her brain and using logical reasoning. Relationships on all their forms are key to the story - perfect for those children at the 'moving on' stage!

A must read for children in years 5-8, as well as adults!