It is such a pleasure to announce that one regular and one reserve History Girl have been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's fiction.  Tanya Landman's Buffalo Soldier and Elizabeth Laird's The Fastest Boy in the World are both there. Many congratulations to them. Catherine Johnson's Sawbones was also on the longlist, which is also worth celebrating.

Mary Hoffman's book news is best explained by this piece in Publishers Weekly:

Liz Fremantle's book, Queen's Gambit has been selected as one of the titles to be given away on World Book Night 2015.