Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference. If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. Carnegie Medal:
    six of the best


    Well, it was Patrick Ness's Carnegie Medal year - as predicted by yours truly in the latest edition of Ink Pellet. Before the event, we gathered a staunch band of reviewers to cast their verdicts on the six shortlisted books...

  2. Noticeboard: April

    Noticeboard: April  

    As well as what's new in theatreland, have a look at the competitions that your pupils could take part in...

  3. Global appeal

    Global appeal  

    Globe Education has teamed up with Deutsche Bank in an innovative partnership that gives students the chance to enjoy Shakespeare for free. The season, called Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, has brought 50,000 students to Shakespeare since its inception five years ago. Here teacher TRACEY PHILLIPSON shares her experience of the play alongside students Tugce Yigit and Emily Redif…

  4. Richard Blackwood: out of the wilderness

    Richard Blackwood: out of the wilderness  

    LESLEY FINLAY caught up with actor and comedian Richard Blackwood as he seeks to right the wrongs of his troubled past in Shrek The Musical…

  5. The power of film

    The power of film  

    We love film at Ink Pellet, because it can really bring a text to life and stimulates imagination in even the most intransigent of pupils. The education charity FILMCLUB is helping more young people understand the power of film, as its head of schools SABRINA BROADBENT argues…

  6. Keith Gaines: Time for a Clegg-up

    Keith Gaines: Time for a Clegg-up  

    Our Keith Gaines (good grammar school boy) has a ponder about the Government's Social Mobility Strategy...and finds it wanting.

  7. Big interview Anthony Horowitz

    Big interview Anthony Horowitz  

    Anthony Horowitz is one of our most celebrated children’s authors. He is also an outspoken advocate for reading and literacy. LESLEY FINLAY enjoyed a chat with him…

  8. Video made this artist a star

    Video made this artist a star  

    Nam June Paik was a visionary artist who is at last receiving the acclaim he deserves as reviewers JOANNE BALDWIN and ALISS LANGRIDGE found out...

  9. Leave the classics alone!

    Leave the classics alone!  

    A new edition of Huckleberry Finn is about to hit the shops with the ‘bad words’ left out. But we all know that great literature reflects the period in which it was written and that includes language. Should editors and publishers keep their hands off? LESLEY FINLAY asked Ink Pellet readers what they think…

  10. Billionaire Boy: David Walliams

    Billionaire Boy: David Walliams  

    Is there nothing Mr David Walliams cannot do? Here ALISS LANGRIDGE reviews his cracking novel Billionaire Boy...