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Book Buzz 2013 titles announced

Prize-Winners and Best-Selling Authors Fill the List of Titles for 2013’s Bookbuzz Programme

Titles revealed for the second year of reading programme aimed at 11-year-olds The selection of titles to be offered to secondary school children by the reading programme Bookbuzz has been revealed. Including prize winners and best-selling authors, it offers a brilliant array for 11-year-old students to choose from. The Bookbuzz programme offers secondary schools the chance to give their Year 7 students the choice of a book from this carefully selected list of 17 titles including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Bookbuzz aims to support reading for pleasure and independent choice at the important transition stage from primary to secondary education. Last year the scheme delivered 200,000 books into 1,400 schools and this year there are already 38,000 children registered before the titles have even been announced.

The element of choice has proven to be vital to Bookbuzz’s success, with the report on the 2012 programme showing that young people have a need for their multiple reading identities to be taken seriously. Although encouraging motivation for reading is a complex challenge, it is one that Bookbuzz successfully meets. Excitement around the delivery of the books in schools is high, as you can see from this librarian at a participating school:

‘The amount of children that do come in and say ‘Where’s my book?’ ‘Why isn’t my book here yet?’…it’s immense the amount of people that ask me that – you wouldn’t believe it – kids that you don’t probably see from day to day just stop me in the corridor and say ‘When’s my book coming?’…Because we don’t do anything else like that… We are a governmentally recognised deprived area…just to be able to see that smile that day; it’s worth every penny…That reaction is worth millions.’

The price of the programme remains frozen at £2.50 per student this year, despite the challenging financial climate, thanks to generous support from participating publishers. The list of titles are carefully chosen by a selection panel, which this year includes CILIP Vice President Barbara Band, TES journalist Helen Ward and author Christopher Edge, whose book Twelve Minutes to Midnight was featured in last year’s list.

This year’s list includes a plethora of prize winning authors including a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner and a Carnegie Medal winner.

The full list of titles for Bookbuzz 2013 is:

Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (Macmillan)
Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway (Usborne)
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)
Dear Scarlett by Fleur Hitchcock (Nosy Crow)
Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane (Macmillan)
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
Payback by Graham Marks (Franklin Watts)
Space: The Whole Whizz Bang Story by Glenn Murphy (Macmillan)
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver (Penguin)
Michael Rosen’s Big Book of Bad Things by Michael Rosen (Penguin)
Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (Orchard Books)
My Best Friend and Other Enemies by Catherine Wilkins (Nosy Crow)
Killer Animals: The Wimp’s Guide by Tracey Turner (Franklin Watts)
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul (Penguin)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
Oh Dear Geoffrey! by Gemma O’Neill (Templar)
Giggle Giggle What’s So Funny? by Ben Mantle (Macmillan)

Schools that register to participate in the programme by Friday 7 June qualify for the Early Bird promotion, meaning they receive an extra selection of titles for the library. All schools taking part will also receive free additional resources, including two sample sets of the titles to aid students’ choices and allow teachers to read along with their classes. The final deadline for registration is the Wednesday 24 July.

Booktrust CEO Viv Bird said:
‘Booktrust is pleased to announced the new titles in the 2013 Bookbuzz programme which, together, offer 11-year-olds a brilliant choice of 17 carefully chosen books, including books that make children laugh out loud or are simply cracking good reads. We are very grateful to children’s publishers for their generous support of Bookbuzz.’

The selection panel:
Barbara Band (Chair) – Head of Library & Resources at The Emmbrook School and Vice President of CILIP
Christopher Edge – Bookbuzz author, former English teacher and current educational and publishing consultant
Jean Hitchcock – Head of English at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Laura Taylor – Librarian at Addey & Stanhope School and Schools’ Library Advisor
Helen Ward – Journalist at the Times Educational Supplement
Alexandra Strick – A specialist in the field of children’s books and disability
Charlotte Chamberlain – Literacy Specialist at St George’s C of E Foundation School, Kent
Lisa Myers – English teacher and librarian at Woodfield School, Brent
Zara Todd – Consultant on disability equality and youth participation

Chair of the selection panel Barbara Band said:
‘Being part of the Bookbuzz selection panel has been an absolute pleasure and has exposed me to titles I would not normally have read. It was very difficult to make the final selection and I’m looking forward to hearing what the students think. With many children coming from homes without books, the impact of this scheme is immeasurable; it creates excitement about books, turns reading into a shared, social activity and has a tangible, lasting effect.