Archive for September, 2008

Most Popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 22 – 29 Sep 08

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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2
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different.  When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out.  A really heart-warming story …
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3
Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from no where and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers’ tractors and diggers. How the …
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Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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2
The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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3
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Inkheart 3: Inkdeath Inkheart 3: Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is …
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2
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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3
The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Brisingr Brisingr
Christopher Paolini
Oaths are sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide in a fantasy epic that promises to be one of the key publishing sensations of 2008. This, the third in Paolini’s Inheritance cycle is eagerly awaited on Saturday 20th September when it …
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2
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
Download free opening extract
3
The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ ‘New Voices’ campaign which throughout …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
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3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 14 – 21 Sep 08

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
Download free opening extract
2
Aliens Love Underpants! Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and
Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of
jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to
even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the story. There are …
Download free opening extract

3
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different. When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out. A really heart-warming story …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
Download free opening extract
2
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
Download free opening extract
3
Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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2
Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A miraculous story of survival. Kaspar is a feline fairy tale which tells how, after a pampered life as Countess Kandinsky’s beloved pet which includes a spell staying in the Savoy, the eponymous cat survives the dramatic sinking of the …
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3
The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Inkheart 3: Inkdeath Inkheart 3: Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales

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that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is …
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The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront …
Download free opening extract
3
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
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Brisingr Brisingr
Christopher Paolini
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less …
Download free opening extract
2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
Download free opening extract
3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Competitions, Pre Publication Opening Extracts and lots more exciting book news

Friday, September 19th, 2008

From Potential Prize Winners to Exclusive Pre Publication extracts along with a smattering of competitions we have enough new books to keep all your children absorbed, excited and entertained for the coming Autumn. Read on for more …..

Author Of The Month - Robert Muchamore

STUFF Usborne STUFF New Voices

by Royal COmmandThis month there are 2 big children’s books. Naturally we are featuring them both and we have exclusive, free to enter prize draws with both of them. The first

Brisinger

 is the 3rd of the epic Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini. The final book is called Brisingr and we have a signed copy to give away with the other 2 in the series. Also September sees the next in the heart stopping ‘Young Bond’’ series by Charlie Higson. By Royal Command finds the young bond on the run in Austria trying to stop a deadly plot. We have signed copies to give away. Find out more on the website.

 

Pre-Publication stories to discover before the hordes:

OathbreakerInkdeath  

by Cornelia Funke

For 9+ readers. The final book in the series and watch out for the film later this year.

STUFF ExposureExposure   

by Mal Peet

For 14+ readers. Mystery and intrigue as someone tries to plot the scandalous downfall of a big soccer star.

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Rules for GirlsThe Story Blanket  

by Elena Odriozola

For 0-5 Readers. A beautiful illustrated story about ‘Babba Zarrah’, who makes new clothes for everyone in her village.

STUFF MothstormMothstorm  

by Philip Reeve
 

For 9+ readers. The third thrilling story of interplanetary peril in the Larklight series..

STUFF
Rules for Girls Tales of Terror from the Black Ship  

by Chris Priestley

Terrifyingly entertaining follow up with more dark stories for 14+ readers.

  Rules for GirlsWaterslain Angels  

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

An atmospheric detective story set in 1950s Norfolk.

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Rules for GirlsComic Strip History  

by Sally Kniberg

For 7+ readers. Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!

 

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Finally in September we have the shortlists for two prestigious children’s book awards. You can read a free Opening Extract of them all on our website and decide which books you rate. The first is Guardian children’s fiction prize, which will be announced on September 24. Next the Booktrust teenage fiction prize where the winner will be announced on 18 November.

Happy reading and coming soon book selections for Halloween and Christmas!

Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 8 – 14 September

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
Download free opening extract
2
My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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3
Aliens Love Underpants! Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and
Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of
jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to
even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the story. There are …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
Download free opening extract
2
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
Download free opening extract
3
Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
Download free opening extract
2
The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
Download free opening extract
3
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
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The Eye of The Serpent The Eye of The Serpent
Philip Caveney
When Sir William Devlin and his assistant Tom open the tomb of Akhenaten they uncover something that has been hidden for three thousand years. That something is so terrifying that it changes the lives of both. When Sir William’s nephew …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Stormbreaker Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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3
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less …
Download free opening extract
2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
Download free opening extract
3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
Download free opening extract

New Lovereading4schools partnership addresses falling reading standards through online learning

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Love reading? Sit down with some Espresso and a good book

  

Espresso Education, the award-winning online curriculum service, has teamed up with Lovereading4schools.co.uk, the online independent book experts, to encourage children to find books, appreciate good stories, and enjoy reading, all through an online learning environment.  This initiative also supports the National Year of Reading and provides a reading legacy schools can use for years to come.

The recent drop in the number of 14-year-olds attaining the required reading standard has prompted fresh concerns that children need more encouragement to pick a book and get stuck into a good read.

With TV, mobile phones, the internet and computer games attracting the attention of media-hungry children, the traditional ‘book’ appears to have been sidelined. Yet, research continues to prove that children who develop a love of literature and enjoy reading will do better in school and achieve greater success later in life.

From September, teachers and pupils in over 10,000 schools using the Espresso Primary service will have access to new ‘Lovereading with Espresso’ modules. Within the modules, KS1 and KS2 students will be able read ‘Opening Extracts’ and explore items like high-quality jacket images and author biographies for twenty-four new books each term.  At launch, example titles will include classics such as The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks and more contemporary titles such as The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo and The 100 mile an hour Dog by Jeremy Strong.  The module supports teachers in their lessons by encouraging pupils to:

  • discover new authors,
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  • improve reading aloud.

Together, these benefits will help instill in children a love for books and reading for pleasure.

Mike Spooner, Head of Espresso’s Primary Service comments: “The ‘Lovereading with Espresso’ modules provide the perfect complement to our many existing reading resources like our modules on Authors and Book Reviews. We are delighted to be able to offer our users such a wealth of inspirational reading matter through this partnership”

Peter Crawshaw, Director and co founder of Lovereading added: “Espresso and Lovereading4schools are wonderfully complementary and we hope that making these books easily available through the Espresso software will at as a catalyst to ignite a love of books and literature in school children”

More about Lovereading4schools

Lovereading4schools.co.uk offers a unique way for schools to distribute reading lists to parents and encourages schoolchildren to read more. The site has already proved outstandingly popular, and over 3,500 schools now enjoy its benefits.

Lovereading4schools.co.uk is free to use, and registered schools can use specially created Template Reading Lists for each academic year from Year 1 to Year 9.

Lesley Langlands, a secondary school teacher from Lockerbie, said:

‘I would just like to say how impressed I am by Lovereading4schools.  As someone who has to select books for secondary school pupils, I am finding it invaluable. The extract downloads are great and they save me a lot of time. Thank you very much for a really useful website.’

As well as being popular with schools, Lovereading4schools.co.uk has been enthusiastically endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson, author and ex Children’s Laureate.

More about Espresso Education

With over 10,000 subscribing schools using its resources, Espresso Education is the leading digital curriculum service in the UK. Espresso is a cross-curricular library of high quality, video-rich teaching resources that stimulates learning, supports teachers and raises standards in the classroom. Espresso combines full-screen videos, multi-media activities, learning paths & reviews, cached websites and printable resources into engaging modules, all directly aligned to curriculum objectives.  The weekly news service features exclusive ‘News Bites’ video reports and interactive Telegraph news articles, drawing on topical events to bring learning to life.  Espresso updates its modules and news service weekly, giving schools access to the freshest, most relevant resources available in schools today. 

Espresso is the winner of the BAFTA for Learning Primary in 2007 the BETT Special Award for Inclusion in 2008.

Guardian Children’s Fiction shortlist – read Opening Extracts of them all

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The Guardian Newspaper has just announced the shortlist for it’s prestigious children’s fiction prize.

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The four shortlisted books are:

Bog Child
Bog Child

Siobhan Dowd

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
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Monday, September 8th, 2008

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On Lovereading4kids you can read a free Opening Extract of all 4 books and buy them with a 25% discount off the RRP.

The four shortlisted books are:

Bog Child
Bog Child

Siobhan Dowd

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a…

Format: Paperback – Released: 07/02/2008Price: £8.24 – Saving £2.75 (25%)

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Before I Die
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Jenny Downham

Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less…

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Cosmic
Cosmic

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It’s an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly…

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The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness

The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ ‘New Voices’…

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Monday, September 8th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
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Colin And The Wrong Shadow Colin And The Wrong Shadow
Leigh Hodgkinson
A stunning picture book from a wonderfully talented new children’s artist. Colin the cat is a very appealing protagonist, but he has a problem. Somebody has borrowed his shadow and given him someone else’s. Join Colin as …
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Emily Gravett
Winner of the of the 2008 Kate Greenaway Medal. This award winning author illustrator continues to create some of the
most innovative and imaginative illustrated children’s books. Through
nursery rhyme stories follow Little Mouse as he confronts his many
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Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words
Various Authors , Ian Whybrow, Georgia Byng, Roddy Doyle, Jeremy Strong
This anthology of 240 mini stories, each told in just 366 words, features authors such as Roddy Doyle, Raymond Briggs, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and a surprise entry from the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This book is a great …
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The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – …
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Oathbreaker Oathbreaker
Michelle Paver
Welcome to best-selling author Michelle Paver’s latest in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.This is the series that began with Wolf Brother and now continues with the story of Torak alongside his trusted and loyal Wolf. Once an outcast, Torak has …
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Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her …
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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death Pendragon: The Merchant of Death
D J Machale
This is the first in an epic series of adventures through time and space featuring a daring hero, Bobby Pendragon, with a quest to save the world. Time travel, adventure and excitement will greet the reader and if Pendragon …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise

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Life On The Refrigerator Door Life On The Refrigerator Door
Alice Kuipers
Beautifully told through notes left on the kitchen fridge, here is an
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New September children’s books and features

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Storytelling is an essential part of being human. Who knows why it started, but one day thousands of years ago someone sat on a rock and started spouting fantastical nonsense that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. And the tradition has passed down all the way to the writers of this month’s brilliant children’s books…

Author of the Month


Author of the Month
Robert is a real-life private investigator turned author. He has gained legions of fans for his CHERUB series, about a special branch of the British Secret Service for teenage operatives. They’re trained professionals with an essential advantage: no adult suspects they’ll be spied on by a child! Muchamore has a knack for writing punchy, exciting stories that children will wish were for real. 11+ readers will be hooked.

Series of the Month

Series of the Month: Pendragon, by D J MacHale

This wildly entertaining series of books follow Bobby Pendragon, who is just a normal 14-year-old American, until one day he’s swept off through spacetime on a series of nail-biting adventures, to save all humanity from a terrible demon. To coincide with the 8th in the series, we’ve also selected a couple of backlist titles to whet your appetite. Perfect for 9+ children especially boys.

OathbreakerOathbreaker

by Michelle Paver

5th in the epic adventures of Torak and Wolf

STUFF the magic thiefThe Magic Thief

by Sarah Prineas

An absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure full of magic and trickery.

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Rules for GirlsAllie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: The New Girl

by Meg Cabot

2nd in this fun packed girls adventure, for 7+ girls

STUFF The kiss of deathThe Kiss of Death

by Marcus Sedgwick

follow up to the brilliant My Swordhand is Singing.

A world awayA World Away

by Pauline Francis

a beguiling historical adventure of two young people from very different worlds who fall in love.

STUFF ResistanceThe Resistance

Gemma Malley

an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma Malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration.

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Airhead Airhead

by Meg Cabot

a brainiac girl stuck in a super models body. New fun with more to follow.

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Have your kids got ‘Ology’ yet?

OlogyIf you haven’t already seen the ‘Ology’ books, take a look now. The series gives kids a chance to read about mythology, pirateology, wizardology, Egyptology and dragonology – all the things they probably wish they could study at school. And we’ve got a free-to-enter competition to win £50 worth of Ology goodies!

Waggits Tale competition – 5 books to give away?

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The Debut collection of the Year from Walker

Since the beginning of the year we’ve been showcasing the brightest new storytellers from Walker Books in the New Voices section of Lovereading4kids. These are brilliant debuts, in all genres and from all corners of the world, guaranteed to wow readers aged 10+. The authors are the rising stars to watch in the future.

Debuts of the Month:

Carbon DiairesThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is being touted as a new Harry Potter, with a group of young friends all working together to solve fiendish puzzles.

Carbon diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd. It’s January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon.

More Essential Reads

Carbon DiairesOur Essential reads section is where we show off a lot of beautiful and brilliant books that you may simply have forgotten about. This month, for the start of the new school year, we have given the list a bit of a make over and added among others two lovely titles by John Masefield Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights. Click here to find out more.


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