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‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’: A teacher ahead of her time, in new YA edition of ageless tale

The original influencer is as powerful today as when she was introduced 60 years ago

29 Jun 2020 - 3:09PM

The original influencer is as powerful today as when she was introduced 60 years ago

‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’: A teacher ahead of her time, in new YA edition of ageless tale
5-Minute Listening Exercise: The Wrong End of the Stick

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24 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

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5-Minute Listening Exercise: The Wrong End of the Stick
‘Wilde’ book review: Witchcraft haunts new girl at school in Eloise Williams’ latest YA masterpiece

Author of well-received novels ‘Gaslight’ and ‘Seaglass’ impresses with tale of magic and curses.

22 Jun 2020 - 5:51PM

Author of well-received novels ‘Gaslight’ and ‘Seaglass’ impresses with tale of magic and curses.

‘Wilde’ book review: Witchcraft haunts new girl at school in Eloise Williams’ latest YA masterpiece
‘The Fowl Twins’ book review: Criminal genius runs in the family in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl spin-off

Younger brothers Myles and Beckett are in the spotlight in teen fiction spin-off.

19 Jun 2020 - 5:20PM

Younger brothers Myles and Beckett are in the spotlight in teen fiction spin-off.

‘The Fowl Twins’ book review: Criminal genius runs in the family in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl spin-off
5-Minute Listening Exercise: Gingerbread House
‘The Closest Thing to Flying’ review: Unlikely story has its moments

British writer Gill Lewis tries, with limited success, to link together two narratives of female empowerment

29 Jun 2020 - 6:26PM

British writer Gill Lewis tries, with limited success, to link together two narratives of female empowerment

‘The Closest Thing to Flying’ review: Unlikely story has its moments
5-Minute Listening Exercise: The cinema debate: to eat or not to eat
VOCAB ANSWERS: It quite quiet here [June 8, 2020]

What's the difference between 'quite' and 'quiet'?

8 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

What's the difference between 'quite' and 'quiet'?

VOCAB ANSWERS: It quite quiet here [June 8, 2020]
‘Orion Lost’ book review: A sci-fi space adventure in the vein of mystery queen Agatha Christie

Can a ragtag bunch of youngsters steer their spacecraft back to safety?

23 Jun 2020 - 3:40PM

Can a ragtag bunch of youngsters steer their spacecraft back to safety?

‘Orion Lost’ book review: A sci-fi space adventure in the vein of mystery queen Agatha Christie
5 Minute Listening: Bye bye! Speedy Bird
VOCAB ANSWERS: Speak your mind [June 1, 2020]

There is an important difference between ‘to speak’ and ‘to say’

1 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

There is an important difference between ‘to speak’ and ‘to say’

VOCAB ANSWERS: Speak your mind [June 1, 2020]
'The House of One Hundred Clocks' review: A.M. Howell’s YA mystery novel is good precise fun

A rich gentleman hires Helena Graham’s father to take care of a Cambridge mansion full of clocks.

29 May 2020 - 3:22PM

A rich gentleman hires Helena Graham’s father to take care of a Cambridge mansion full of clocks.

'The House of One Hundred Clocks' review: A.M. Howell’s YA mystery novel is good precise fun
5 Minute Listening: In a pickle at the airport

Polly and her brother’s short trip to Bangkok didn’t almost happen because of a missing passport but his best friend came to the rescue.

27 May 2020 - 3:07PM

Polly and her brother’s short trip to Bangkok didn’t almost happen because of a missing passport but his best friend came to the rescue.

5 Minute Listening: In a pickle at the airport
5 Minute Listening: Rise of Samsung

Samsung, the company started by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is the largest corporation in South Korea today.

20 May 2020 - 5:26PM

Samsung, the company started by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is the largest corporation in South Korea today.

5 Minute Listening: Rise of Samsung
5 Minute Listening: Clapping for Nurses

International Nurses Day falls on May 12 every year. It celebrates the contributions that nurses make to society.

20 May 2020 - 4:40PM

International Nurses Day falls on May 12 every year. It celebrates the contributions that nurses make to society.

5 Minute Listening: Clapping for Nurses
Brewing storms in medieval England put heroine to the test in 'The Somerset Tsunami'
‘The Gifted, the Talented and Me’ book review: William Sutcliffe's YA novel reminds us that it's ok to be average

Sam doesn't want to be a famous YouTuber, an artistic prodigy or an academic over-achiever.

11 May 2020 - 5:27PM

Sam doesn't want to be a famous YouTuber, an artistic prodigy or an academic over-achiever.

‘The Gifted, the Talented and Me’ book review: William Sutcliffe's YA novel reminds us that it's ok to be average
‘The Bad Luck Lighthouse’ book review: An Agatha Christie-worthy closed-door murder mystery for Gen Z

The second in author Nicki Thornton's Seth Seppi series takes places at an isolated lighthouse.

6 May 2020 - 11:26AM

The second in author Nicki Thornton's Seth Seppi series takes places at an isolated lighthouse.

‘The Bad Luck Lighthouse’ book review: An Agatha Christie-worthy closed-door murder mystery for Gen Z
5 Minute Listening: Dad’s Twisted His Ankle
In Judith Eagle’s ‘The Pear Affair’, a neglected girl is determined to find her au pair while saving the bakeries in Paris

Judith Eagle’s spectacular mystery adventure sees a girl battling on two fronts: finding her missing au pair and saving the delicious cakes that are rotting in Paris bakeries, writes John Millen.

4 May 2020 - 3:40PM

Judith Eagle’s spectacular mystery adventure sees a girl battling on two fronts: finding her missing au pair and saving the delicious cakes that are rotting in Paris bakeries, writes John Millen.

In Judith Eagle’s ‘The Pear Affair’, a neglected girl is determined to find her au pair while saving the bakeries in Paris
'When We Were Warriors' book review: YA author Emma Carroll compels with tales of WWII bravery

Characters from previous works 'Frost Hollow Hall' and 'Letters to the Lighthouse' make appearances in collection of three novellas set during the Second world war.

4 May 2020 - 4:27PM

Characters from previous works 'Frost Hollow Hall' and 'Letters to the Lighthouse' make appearances in collection of three novellas set during the Second world war.

'When We Were Warriors' book review: YA author Emma Carroll compels with tales of WWII bravery
Book review: Climb aboard the Highland Falcon for a thrilling new steam train mystery
Book review: Frostheart is a freezing, snowy world that will warm readers’ imaginations

The debut from writer and illustrator Jamie Littler is an imaginative trek into a snowy wasteland.

2 May 2020 - 3:52PM

The debut from writer and illustrator Jamie Littler is an imaginative trek into a snowy wasteland.

Book review: Frostheart is a freezing, snowy world that will warm readers’ imaginations
Book review: Things aren't what they seem in 'Invisible in a Bright Light'

Author Sally Gardner was inspired by an experience as a costume designer working at Copenhagen's Royal Opera House

2 May 2020 - 3:33PM

Author Sally Gardner was inspired by an experience as a costume designer working at Copenhagen's Royal Opera House

Book review: Things aren't what they seem in 'Invisible in a Bright Light'
Book review: Modern retelling of 'Jane Eyre' makes this classic more approachable for teens

Tanya Landman's YA version of the story keeps the heart of the original, while making it more reader-friendly.

2 May 2020 - 3:47PM

Tanya Landman's YA version of the story keeps the heart of the original, while making it more reader-friendly.

Book review: Modern retelling of 'Jane Eyre' makes this classic more approachable for teens
5 Minute Listening: My Name Is Fowl. Artemis Fowl

There is nothing ordinary at all about Artemis Fowl, the Second. At 12,  he is already a master criminal, and is highly skilled at creating forgeries 

20 May 2020 - 4:41PM

There is nothing ordinary at all about Artemis Fowl, the Second. At 12,  he is already a master criminal, and is highly skilled at creating forgeries 

5 Minute Listening: My Name Is Fowl. Artemis Fowl
5 Minute Listening: Rose is Leaving

Denis is the happiest person in the world right now. Someone who has been living with him for three months has decided to go back to Spain. The nightmare is finally over! 

 

20 May 2020 - 4:41PM

Denis is the happiest person in the world right now. Someone who has been living with him for three months has decided to go back to Spain. The nightmare is finally over! 

 

5 Minute Listening: Rose is Leaving
5 Minute Listening: PROMISES! PROMISES!

Aisha and Chi-keung are having a chat. What are they discussing? What’s going on?

20 May 2020 - 4:41PM

Aisha and Chi-keung are having a chat. What are they discussing? What’s going on?

5 Minute Listening: PROMISES! PROMISES!
5 Minute Listening: Home From Uni

Jack, a university student, is going home for two weeks and there are so many people who want to catch up with him ...

20 May 2020 - 4:40PM

Jack, a university student, is going home for two weeks and there are so many people who want to catch up with him ...

5 Minute Listening: Home From Uni
SCRIPT & AUDIO: THE CITY THAT NEVER WAS [Mar 11, 2020]

Although Henry Ford was one of America’s most successful businessmen, building a brand-new city in Brazil proved even beyond his amazing talents

11 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

Although Henry Ford was one of America’s most successful businessmen, building a brand-new city in Brazil proved even beyond his amazing talents

SCRIPT & AUDIO: THE CITY THAT NEVER WAS [Mar 11, 2020]