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Swallows Dance

Swallow's Dance
Written by Wendy Orr
IAllen & Unwin £7.99
ISBN: 978-1911631200

Set amongst the Minoan civilisation of Crete, this story begins on the volcanic island of Thera where Leira lives with the Swallow Clan worshiping the Goddess. On the morning she is about to be initiated as a priestess, the volcano erupts bringing earthquakes and tsunamis, and leaving a trail of death and destruction. She flees with her injured mother and elderly nurse but, in a world where her status means nothing, she is forced to become a slave to survive. Leira is a strong character with spirit and determination and is not broken by adversity. A glimpse into Mediterranean island life with cultural details around the celebration of the Goddess and how the community worship her, this book is written in a mix of prose and poetry.
Barbara Band


Announcement of the Closure of Carousel Magazine

It is with regret we announce the children’s book magazine Carousel: The Guide to Children’s Books has ceased publication after 24 years in circulation. The magazine which published 3 times a year and run on a voluntary basis, informed its readers about the world of children’s books and in later years was the only print-based magazine in the UK entirely focused on this topic. Over the years it built up a strong reputation for the quality of its articles, with many authors and key figures regularly contributing, and also the independence of its book reviews.

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Julia Donaldson & 
Axel Scheffler: Happy Birthday Gruffalo (71)

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Helen Oxenbury, A Life in Illustration, David Almond (Carousel 70)

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Ben Miller, Chris Riddell, Beverley Naidoo
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Ross Montgomery: Look Up and See the Wonder (Carousel 68)

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Harry Potter and the Search for a Style (Carousel 67)

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Lemony Snicket, Nadiya Hussain, Wildwood (Carousel 66)

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Anthony Horowitz, Andy Riley, Lydia Monks (Carousel 65)

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Shaun Tan, Marion Deuchars, Bruce Ingman (Carousel 64)

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Alex T Smith, Jeanne Willis, Frances Hardinge (Carousel 63)

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Michael Foreman, William Grill, Robin Stevens (Carousel 62)

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Nicola Morgan, Richard Adams and Lauren Child (Carousel 61)

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Jacqueline Wilson. Modern take on Alice and more (Carousel 60)