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Bookbuzz titles target year sevens
24.05.12 | Katie Allen
Three titles have been picked from both Random House Children’s Books and Templar for the inaugural Bookbuzz list, the new reading programme from Booktrust aimed at year seven pupils.
The 17 titles include A Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans, Don’t Wipe Your Bum with a Hedgehog by Mitchell Symons and Shadow Forest by Matt Haig from RHCB, while the Templar titles are A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgiss, Hello Dudley by Sam Lloyd and The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson.
From this September, year seven pupils will each be offered the choice of one book from the list. Costing £2.50 per child, the scheme replaces free book gifting scheme for children in years seven and eight, Booked Up, which BookTrust dropped earlier this year as a cost-cutting measure.
Professor Guy Merchant, professor of Literacy in Education at Sheffield Hallam University said: "Bookbuzz will play a key role in a school’s policy drive to improve the student reading experience. Giving them the chance to choose and keep a book can be a unique and empowering experience, offering reluctant readers the encouragement they need to begin to enjoy reading.”
Schools wishing to take part should register by 20th July at www.booktrust.org.uk/bookbuzz.
The list of titles in full:
A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis (Templar Publishing)
Journey to the Centre of My Brain by James Carter (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Rivets: Lifters by Joe Craig (Franklin Watts Edge)
Heroes by Paul Dowswell (Usborne Publishing)
The Messenger Bird by Ruth Eastham (Scholastic Children’s Books)
Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge (Nosy Crow)
Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans (Random House Children’s Books)
Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Random House Children’s Books)
The Secrets Club: Alice in the Spotlight by Chris Higgins (Puffin)
Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children’s Books)
The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres (Orchard Books)
Don’t Wipe Your Bum with a Hedgehog by Mitchell Symons (Random House Children’s Books)
Spook Squad: The Beast of Hangman’s Hill by Roger Hurn (Ransom)
Boffin Boy and the Temples of Mars by David Orme and Peter Richardson (Ransom)
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson (Templar Publishing)
Call Me Gorgeous by Giles and Alexandra Milton (Boxer Books)
Hello Dudley by Sam Lloyd (Templar Publishing)