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This book would serve well as a guided reading book for KS2, and would lead to many possible experiential learning activities, such as mudlarking, creating cross-curricular links to PSHE and science, as well as English.

From author Katya Balen for children aged 9-12 years is one of the most beautiful stories that has been published this Autumn. To begin with it was not a book I could get into but I put my trust in this book and was very glad to. But when a terrible incident disrupts the peace of the forest, October is forced to be crammed into a cage made of concrete and guilt. I read this after reading A Place To Hang The Moon, and it’s interesting how both characters are pulled from their homes and placed in another world different from theirs, but APTHTM has clear pictures of repentance and redemption — this book does not. When everything seems helpless it's time for October to spread her wings and learn what it truly means to be wild.They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated! The problem with reading any of these prize longlists is that every time I read a book – each and every book – I am convinced that it will and should win! October, who has just turned 11 and is named after her birth month, lives in the woods with her father. It’s fun to find out how October describes each thing that is normal to our everyday life, like how she describes terrace houses as house sandwiches.

Orla thought she was in for a relaxing family holiday, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered an ancient curse. She lives in South London with her partner, two lazy dogs and an assorted collection of dying house plants.This is what language can do - tell a story that burns with intense, furious passion, and yet be so disciplined that one never doubts, not for one moment, the emotional truths driving it. She and her father visit the town once a month for essentials, but retain an absence from all trappings of civilisation otherwise, including October’s mother. The critics are describing it as a future classic and our young reviewer certainly agrees that it is an amazing book that has been published by Bloomsbury. She has worked in a variety of special needs schools as a teaching assistant, and more recently co-founded Mainspring Arts – a not-for-profit that provides mentoring and creative opportunities for neurodivergent adults.

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