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New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains reviews of seven children’s and YA books publishing in September.

Among the highest-scoring books are Lucy Estela’s debut picture book Suri’s Wall (illus by Matt Ottley, Viking) with four-and-a-half stars. ‘This imaginative story explores the strength of the human spirit in the face of isolation and destruction, and is inspired by the author’s own struggle with difference and the issues around young people in detention centres,’ writes reviewer Romi Sharp.

Fiona Wood’s new YA novel Cloudwish (Pan Macmillan)—‘about bullying, friendship, first love, family drama and Jane Eyre’—also scored four-and-a-half stars from reviewer Meg Whelan, who writes that ‘there isn’t a single person who is or was a teenager who won’t be able to identify with this beautiful, powerful new book’.

Also reviewed are picture books Belinda the Ninja Ballerina (Candida Baker, illus by Mitch Vane, Ford Street Publishing) and The CrocoDolly (Martin McKenna, Omnibus); books for younger readers The Cat with the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears, illus by Dinalie Dabarera, Walker Books) and Pig Dude (Michael Wagner, illus by Adam Nickel, Billy Goat Books) and the YA book How to Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Teenage Confusion (David Burton, Text).

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