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Comedian, actor and writer Michael Palin has been given the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award for his outstanding contribution to travel...

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500 Words Children's Writing Competition

500 Words - the story writing competition for children - is open and looking for young authors. You need to write an original story no more than...

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Hygge for the more mature

Fans of The Oldie, the monthly magazine described by its editor as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity, may...

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New Books

New Books for a New Year

Witch Wars

Here are our latest books to kick off the New Year:

Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens (617369) is based on the true story of 15 year old Valentine Joe Strudwick. the youngest soldier to die in WW1.

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick (617372) is set in England in 1605. 12 year old Tom must save his father from hanging.

Lyn Gardner  - Rose Campion andThe Stolen Secret(617356) Rose was left as a baby by her mother at her local music hall, but when a murder threatens the closure of her home she has to use all her skills to crack the crime.

A River of Stories:Vol 4 – Fire(617359) with the central theme of fire this collection weaves together poems and tales from fifty-three Commonwealth countries. 

Sibéal Pounder – Witch Wars(617361) Tiga Whicabim doesn’t know she’s a witch until a fabulous fairy rocks up and whisks her down the sink pipes to amazing world of Ritzy City to compete in Witch Wars, a competition to become Top Witch!

Ted Hughes – Stories for Children(617364) the author narrates a mixture of classic tales with two previously unrecorded stories read by Michael Morpurgo.

Betty G Birney – Friendship According to Humphrey(617365) -After the long winter vacation, Humphrey the Hamster can't wait to see his friends in Room 26 again and find out what Mrs. Brisbane has planned for the class. But he's shocked by a big surprise on the first day back: a new classroom pet – Og, the Frog.

For news of these and more Young Calibre books added over recent months, please see Press Play, our Young Calibre newsletter


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Online Joining available now

For new Young Calibre members we are delighted to introduce the option of joining instantly online. Click on "Join Now" and you will be guided through the process of collecting your details, choosing your media and making reading choices. Eligible under 16's with sight problems, dyslexia or other print-related disabilities can borrow our audio books for a one-off £20 joining fee.

The online joining process is set up to enable a parent, teacher or other professional to apply on behalf of a young member.

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