The author is as grateful as ever for the endless patience, good-humoured help and expert advice of Sally Duncan, Geoff Dubber, Alec Williams and Tricia Adams, for the beady eye of Jane Cooper and the technical wizardry of Richard Leveridge and Nigel Smith. Getting children and young people into books and keeping them there has got to be the best part of being a school librarian but because I'm not as young as I used to be special thanks should go to Graeme, Ben, Tom, Matthew, Jamie, Olivia, Emily, Nikita, Paige, Emma T, Emma C, Sophie and Sarah for their expert suggestions for this publication and to all the other Cramlington readers who over the years have challenged, enthused and inspired me by their passion (or otherwise!) for reading and their willingness to talk about what they read.
The SLA is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in the production of this list, and particularly for the associated book gifting scheme for secondary schools.
We are also very grateful to Peters Bookselling Services of Birmingham for their support and information, to our website specialists Intexta Web Services and of course to Eileen Armstrong, without whose wide knowledge of books this list would not have been possible.
Our thanks also to the following publishers for permission to use illustrations of their books on our cover:
- Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah, published by Marion Lloyd Books, an imprint of Scholastic Ltd;
- The Savage by David Almond, cover illustration © 2008 Dave McKean, reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ;
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, published by Vintage Books;
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman, published by Simon & Shuster.