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Joy Court - Editorial Expert

Joy Court is co – founder of All Around Reading, having previously managed the Schools Library Service in Coventry, where she established the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards and the Literally Coventry Book Festival, as well as being the Reviews Editor of The School Librarian and Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. She now just concentrates on books and libraries as a freelance consultant while continuing to be an activist with the Youth Libraries Group and sits on the National Executive of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. She has chaired and spoken on panels at festivals and conferences around the UK as well as delivering keynotes and workshops.

She is a Trustee and member of the National Council of the United Kingdom Literacy Association, where she sits on the selection panel for the UKLA Book Awards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of The English Association and an Honorary Fellow of CILIP. Author of Read to Succeed: strategies to engage children and young people in reading for pleasure (2011) and Reading by Right: successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed (2017) FACET.

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Wild Planet
David Attenborough is universally recognized as a genuine hero of our times and this informative picturebook tells an engaging story of his life and work. The underlying thread to the story is his passion for the natural world and his concern about the human impact upon it: the loss of habitat and biodiversity, which is as dangerous to humans as to our fellow species. In the end matter there is an author’s note which gives a little more detail about Sir David’s life and work, a glossary and two very useful pages about rewilding the planet, ... View Full Review
Four Bad Unicorns
Nobody captures young children’s body language and expressions better than Roald Dahl Funny Prizewinning author, Rebecca Patterson, who is inspired in this latest book by her own lived experience of growing up with a disabled sister. The delightful Connie is our narrator and uses a wheelchair, which is never mentioned until it is commandeered by bossy playmate Ada as her ‘Throne of Rolling Power’. Ada and Colin, the Beswicks from next door, interrupt the magnificent game of unicorn farmers that Connie and big sister Frankie had been enjoying. The glum expressions of the three children, including ... View Full Review
Moving On Up
Although Rosie tells the reader at the beginning that there is no need to read the whole thing at once - just dip in and out to the sections you feel you need - if you do read it in a single sitting as I did, you come away feeling as if you have made a friend. For anyone facing a big change, such as starting secondary school, this is exactly the sort of friend you need on your side. Rosie has put so much of herself into this book, not just her personality, but recounting situations and experiences she ... View Full Review
Escape to the River Sea
Writing a sequel to a much-loved book that has deservedly achieved ‘classic’ status is no mean feat, but Emma Carroll has risen to the task masterfully. While it is a delight to meet again characters such as among others, Maia, Finn, Miss Minton and Clovis, this is a unique story with its own distinctive voice. It is such a relief that there has been no attempt to pastiche the voice or style of Ibbotson. Carroll is esteemed in her own right as an author of gripping historical adventures, and this is no exception. The central character, Rosa, escaped ... View Full Review
Four Eids and a Funeral
With possibly one of my favourite titles of the year, this dual narrative romantic comedy written by two highly acclaimed YA novelists, manages to not only be an excellent example of the enemies to lovers trope, but also creates an authentic insight into a vibrant Muslim community and to deal with some powerful topics such as grief, anti-Black racism within the Muslim community, and the potential conflict between fulfilling personal dreams and family expectations. Growing up, Said Hossain and Tiwa Olatunji were inseparable, but they have barely spoken since The Incident many Eids ago. But when Said comes home for ... View Full Review
Us in the Before and After
A new YA novel from Jenny Valentine is always something to celebrate. She writes with beautiful economy, there is never a wasted word, and her books will always leave an indelible impression upon the reader and will have them thinking deeply about what they have just experienced. This is a mesmerising story about friendship, love, loss and grief. Elk and Mab are sixteen, on the cusp of independence, with everything ahead of them. They met at age eleven and have been inseparable ever since. They have the sort of friendship that everyone dreams of. In an instant, a tragic accident ... View Full Review
I Am Rebel
Writing from the perspective of a dog is certainly a new departure for the author of so many best selling and award winning fantasy novels, but the story of Rebel and his human Tom is masterfully done and is bound to win Ross Montgomery lots of new fans. They are in for an emotional roller coaster and tears are almost inevitable, but it is a gripping and engaging adventure that will give them enormous pleasure too. Set in an unspecified time and place, but which feels medieval, there is an intriguing plot about an oppressive King and a growing rebellion ... View Full Review
Mayowa and the Sea of Words
This debut middle grade novel from bestselling author Chibundu Onuzo is a dazzlingly original and imaginative fantasy, the first in a projected trilogy and, what is more, a wonderful allegory about the power of words. 10 year old Mayowa discovers she has inherited a powerful ability from her paternal grandfather. She is a logosalter- someone who can jump onto a book, and channel the emotions conveyed by those words into other people- changing their attitudes and behaviour and at the extreme end even weaponised. The amount of power that can be generated is very logically in direct proportion to the number ... View Full Review
Ettie and the Midnight Pool
This mesmerizingly beautiful and lyrical tale introduces us to 12 year old Ettie, living in a world affected by an unspecified war and a sickness which sounds very much like the pandemic. She lives in the remote self-sufficient High Fell House with her Grandma, having been left behind by her Mother, off travelling to places where she could make a difference as a doctor. It was only supposed to be temporary, but when all the planes were grounded and no one could travel, she could not get back and they have not heard from her in over three years. This sadness ... View Full Review
The Happy Prince
A gorgeous 21 st century retelling of the classic story from Oscar Wilde, touchingly illustrated by the winner of the British Book Awards Nibbie for Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. While staying true to the original text, the transformation of Swallow from a bird to a homeless boy, gives the moral tale more poignancy and relevance to the modern audience. The delicate and emotional drawings that enhance each page have lots of inclusive detail to pick out and which enhance the strong message of community too. The paradise that Swallow ... View Full Review
Saving Neverland
The reimagining of the classic story of Peter Pan could not have been in safer hands than with the multi award winning Abi Elphinstone. Wild magical adventures with real heart and a strong moral compass are her forté and she has crafted a wondrous tale which encapsulates all that is best of the original while removing some undeniably racist and sexist elements which are off-putting to modern generations. Martha Pennyworth and her younger brother Scruff have come to live in 14 Darlington Road, which once belonged to the Darling family, and discover the permanently open window and mysterious golden dust ... View Full Review
Beastly Beauty
Another powerful and hugely enjoyable feminist retelling of a traditional fairytale, following on the success of Poisoned and Stepsister which reworked Snow White and Cinderella respectively. Here Jennifer Donnelly turns her modern gaze upon Beauty and The Beast and encompasses a gender swap in the process, which enables her to explore themes like societal expectations, stereotypical gender roles and self-acceptance. The original tale is thought by some scholars to have originated in 18th Century France as a cautionary tale to prepare young women for marriage to ‘beastly’ older men, as was so often the case. Set in the ... View Full Review