Children's books: 8-12 years

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Dogger to the rescue: how my mother’s books brought joy to the children of Ukraine
After the death last year of children’s author Shirley Hughes, her son took hundreds of her books, including the award-winning Dogger, to libraries in Ukraine

Ed Vulliamy

09, Apr, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Michael Roberts obituary
Fashion journalist and illustrator who helped transform Tatler magazine into a leading glossy

Veronica Horwell

07, Apr, 2023 @4:28 PM

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Judy Blume: book banning now much worse in US than in 1980s
Children’s and young adult author of 1970 book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret says growing intolerance must be challenged

Emily Dugan

03, Apr, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Paul O’Grady obituary
Comedian, broadcaster and chat-show host who shot to widespread fame in the 1990s as his alter ego Lily Savage

Stuart Jeffries

29, Mar, 2023 @2:12 PM

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Mary Rayner obituary
Children’s author who devised the adventures of the Pig family and illustrated stories including Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep-Pig

Julia Eccleshare

23, Mar, 2023 @4:59 PM

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Children’s and teens roundup – the best new chapter books
A pair of historical novels focus on different aspects of the 70s, while gender identity is a theme in an array of strong new adventures

Kitty Empire

07, Mar, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The Detention Detectives by Lis Jardine review – top-grade misbehaviour
Pupils investigate a murder at school in this entertaining noir lite for young readers

Imogen Russell Williams

12, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Steer clear of ‘mediocre writing’ by celebrities for Christmas, authors plead
Books by TV personalities and other high-profile figures will top bestseller lists, but critics say professionals lose out

David Barnett

11, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The best children’s books of 2022
From a four-legged celebration of the seasons to a fiery tale of women who turn into dragons, our critics look back over the year and pick their favourite titles for children and young adults

Imogen Carter, Kitty Empire and Fiona Noble

04, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Best children’s and YA books of 2022
Journeys through music, history, magic and more, plus the standout books for young adults

Imogen Russell Williams

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘At first she didn’t like my drawings’: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson on three decades of collaboration
In a rare joint interview, the creators of The Gruffalo talk about baddies, Brexit – and the bumpy beginning to their partnership

Hadley Freeman

03, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Children’s and teens roundup – the best new chapter books
Estranged friends navigate a sleeping world, a boy discovers he is part-alien, and the hunt for a missing mother touches lightly on mental health issues

Kitty Empire

23, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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