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School's Out

End of term time and beginning of school holidays!! The Bookmark has seen an upsurge in parents looking to find engaging titles to amuse, distract and er...educate kids over the summer. My favourite question: 'Is this book too old for my child?' The answer is usually no - if a boy or girl picks out a book they think looks intriguing, chances are it will be right for them. Ok, there are some exceptions of course, but generally their intuition is a great guide.

My favourite recommendation this week was 'The Catcher in the Rye' for a 14 year old boy. He asked me what it was about, and I explained it was a timeless tale of teenage angst. He went for it immediately - and I've asked for a full report when he gets back from his hols!