The freebie dozen
EVERY CHILD starting secondary school in September will get a free book under a Booktrust scheme to keep pupils reading for pleasure. They can choose from a list of titles including poetry, fiction for reluctant readers and a selection from the Horrible Science series.
Michael Rosen, the children's laureate, said the scheme would help children to become creative readers for years to come.
But the list has already been criticised for leaving out well-known authors such as J K Rowling and Philip Pullman.
Geraldine Brennan, reviews editor at The TES, said: "There's no Anthony Horowitz, but there's Philip Reeve, whose profile is fast catching up with Horowitz.
"Why not use the opportunity to point children towards books that might have passed them by, or even passed school librarians by?"
Authors listed include Nestle Smarties award winner Malorie Blackman and the hard-hitting and prolific novelist Bali Rai.
Year 7s in England should receive their book before Christmas.
The Booktrust 12
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman.
A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder.
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay.
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner.
Dream On by Bali Rai.
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Evil Inventions A Horrible Science book by Nick Arnold, illustrated by Tony De Saulles.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
The Ring of Words An Anthology of Poetry for Children, edited by Roger McGough and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura.
Unbelievable! by Paul Jennings.