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Countywide initiative to get kids reading

Thursday, 4th March 2010.

Today is the fifth anniversary of World Book Day and, to mark the occasion, Suffolk County Council is making a special effort to get youngsters reading.

The council is recommending ten Quick Reads in conjunction with its READS (Read, Enjoy, Achieve, Discover, Succeed) initiative.

The council says Quick Reads are ideal for regular readers wanting a short, fast read and for those who have lost the reading habit or who find reading tough.

These are the ten titles out today:
Last Night Another Soldier - Andy McNab
The Perfect Holiday - Cath Kelly
The Perfect Murder - Peter James
Dr Who: Code Of The Krillitanes - Justin Richards
Money Magic - Alvin Hall
Traitors Of The Tower - Alison Weir
We Won The Lottery - Danny Buckland
Life’s Too Short: True Stories At Work - Val McDermid
Buster Fleabags - Rolf Harris
Hello Mum - Bernardine Evaristo

The last one on the list, Hello Mum is aimed at the teenage market, but is no Harry Potter, as it deals with issues much closer to home for teenagers. It is a powerful and moving book about a frightening current issue, knife crime.

In addition to the hard copies available in libraries, there is also a Podcast which is live from today. The author recorded the first chapter (which is also available on the Penguin website to make this available to the prison service radio station) and lots of different people of all ages and abilities have also read different parts. This does not include the final chapter, to encourage people to read this for themselves.

Despite the gritty, but authentic nature of the language and terms used in the book, the promotion of this novel has the backing of Suffolk Police and schools.

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