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Word of the Day – Balafon

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Balafon (noun)

bal-u-fon

A large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.

Via French from Manding bala ‘xylophone’ + fo ‘to play’.

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Disney to Adapt A Wrinkle in Time: First Trailer Here

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A Wrinkle in Time is a true American classic and always gets lots and lots of mentions when we’re asking you for your favourite books. The novel, the first in a quintet by Madeleine L’Engle was almost never published, refused many times in the early 1960s because it dealt with difficult themes, because it had a female protagonist, and because publishers couldn’t really define it as either a children’s book, or an adult one. However, it seems the publishers were wrong because it’s a much loved classic today, never out of print and already the subject of a television movie. Read More

Epic Rap Battle: Gandalf Vs Dumbledore

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Anyone who’s a regular here at For Reading Addicts will know that we LOVE the Epic Rap Battles of History, a video series featuring famous and literary characters from history. We’ve featured several of these rap battles on the page and today we have the ultimate in wizardry with the Gandalf Vs Dumbledore, Epic Rap Battle!

It’s a little over two minutes of hilarity, who has the best beard, who has the best friends? Watch and laugh and then you decide, who won the epic rap battle! Read More

Agatha Christie’s Secret Letters to be Revealed

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Today we bring you the news that as part of the HarperCollins 200th anniversary the publisher will be releasing ‘the secret history between Agatha Christie and her long-standing publisher, HarperCollins’.

The ‘candid photographs’ and ‘touching letters’ were unearthed from a Glasgow archive and will form part of a new exhibition celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary. Read More

Books for Schools Thanks to the Duchess’s Bookshelves

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The Duchess of Cornwall is celebrating her 70th birthday, and while you may not be aware, the royal is patron of several literacy charities including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, Booktrust, First Story, and Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

This birthday the Duchess is working with the Literacy Trust to create an initiative called The Duchess’s Bookshelves and what this means in reality is books for schools up and down the country! Read More