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Most popular children’s opening extracts, by age range, 20 – 27 Nov 08

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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My First Nursery Stories My First Nursery Stories
Tony Ross
 
Best loved, classic nursery stories are vividly brought to life in Tony Ross’s humorous and vigorous illustrations. Follow the charmingly agile goats as they trip-trott over the bridge having dispatched the hairy troll SPLASH into the river with a well-aimed …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants …
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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
Julia Donaldson
Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, …
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)
Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon was 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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone
Jenny Nimmo
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he …
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The Magic Thief The 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 Number 7 Shirt The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it’s likely to attract less keen readers but readers who may have a passion for football. His heroes …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage 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’ …
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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 Carbon Diaries 2015 The Carbon Diaries 2015
Saci Lloyd
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015.  It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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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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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous
Katherine Kingsley
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens!  As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted.  If you’re up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the …
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Children’s Christmas book selections

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008



  

Dog Biscuit

Helen Cooper

A sumptuously illustrated and heart-warming adventure about a little girl who turns into a dog – or does she?  Find out in this wonderful new adventure from award winning author/illustrator, Helen Cooper.

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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night

Kristina Stephenson

Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress?  Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure.  Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension…

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Nat Fantastic

Giles Andreae

Fantastic adventures for Nat as his supercharged sneeze changes him into a superhero, ready to battle anyone, anywhere. Leaving the comfort of his bedtime story, Nat takes off to fight crocodiles and stop bank robbers. A vigorous story with ebullient…

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Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy

This fabulous and ridiculous bouncing story told in a rollicking rhyme charts the adventures of a baby who gets wafted away in a bubble. Over the heads of all bibble – bobbles the baby in the bubble while everyone wonders,…

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Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World

Anu Stohner

Curl up on those cold starry winter nights and enjoy a magical Christmas story with Santa’s littlest helper who saves the day when everyone around him gets ill.  It’s a Christmas story with a twist and with some stunningly colourful…

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The Trouble With Dragons

Debi Gliori

A cautionary tale for readers young and old about the use and misuse of the planet, featuring dragons. Accessible and fun it is both beautiful and timely and will teach the reader about caring and sharing and working together.

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The Haunted House

Kazuno Kohara

Dare you enter the Haunted House? In a big old house at the edge of
town there’s a spooky surprise in store . . . But who’s afraid of a few
ghosts? Certainly not the heroine of this story who is an…

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Goat And Donkey And The Noise Downstairs

Simon Puttock

Goat and donkey are an absolutely delightful duo that readers will instantly warm to and be entertained by.  With strong characterisation, wacky and unpredictable storyline, offbeat humour and a great strength of friendship between the two characters, this picture book…

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Winnie’s Flying Carpet

Valerie Thomas

Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks…

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Stick Man

Julia Donaldson

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick…

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The Great Paper Caper

Oliver Jeffers

Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and…

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Hide Me Kipper

Mick Inkpen

All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper’s life he promises to hide him from the cat…

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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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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)

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…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

  

Jeremy Strong’s Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book

Jeremy Strong, Amanda Li

Far more than just a joke book, this title is jam-packed full of quizzes, games, jokes and so much more.  From Swashbuckling Crosswords to Puzzling Planet Puzzles, it is guaranteed to entertain and amuse both parents and children alike, whilst…

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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)

Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews

The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker…

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Lost Happy Endings

Carol Ann Duffy

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.

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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog

Mini Grey

Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish…

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The Dragon Tamer’s Castle

Ben Cort

This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin.

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The Diary of a Monster Catcher

Nick Denchfield and Adam Stower

A pop-up extravaganza, full of adventure and crammed with magnificent monsters.  Join Professor Potts the monster catcher, if you dare as her goes on a perilous quest that’s not for the faint-hearted. Pefect gift for boys, with plenty of gross-out…

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Her Mother’s Face

Roddy Doyle

The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully.

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We Are All Born Free

Amnesty International

An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important…

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Do Try This At Home!

Punk Science

Science without the boring bits.  Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs.  It…

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Olivia Helps With Christmas

Ian Falconer

Why not get into the Christmas spirit with the adorable but mischievous Olivia. There are presents to wrap, ornaments to hang on the tree, snowpigs to build…But what mayhem will she get up to this time? Delightfully told and beautifully…

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ABC 3D

Marion Bataille

A spectacular pop-up alphabet book for all the family to enjoy. Each spread is devoted to a letter of the alphabet and each letter comes brilliantly to life through either the most intricate of paper engineering or sometimes the simplest…

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50 Favourite Bible Stories

Brian Sibley

Cliff Richard’s readings of the 50 stories in this collection provide a vivid audio version which makes a perfect partner to the beautifully illustrated book. All the classic stories of the Bible including the story of the Creation, the building…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

  

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)

Charles Dickens

This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his…

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Dragonology: Frost Dragon

Dugald Steer

Inventive and imaginative, this pack is fun to read and make.  It introduces the elusive Frost Dragon, a little known species among some more familiar names. Acquiring knowledge of this curious creature is fun while the additional model pack gives…

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Whitaker’s World Of Weird

Tracey Turner

Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour…

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The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Jill Murphy

Full of witchcraft, wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually a…

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Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem

Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi

2008 has been a great year for Spiderwick, for the film brought in millions more readers to the books on which the film was based.  The creators of the world of Spiderwick have gone ‘beyond’ and through Nixie’s Song…

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Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)

Geraldine Mccaughrean

This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback.  The text in this special edition has been specially…

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World

We Are What We Do

Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does…

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Comic Strip History Of The World

Tracey Turner

Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!
 
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How Loud Can You Burp?

Glenn Murphy

From the same author as last year’s huge hit, Why Is Snot Green?, comes a brand new collection of answers to an awful lot of questions ranging from ‘what are clouds for?’ and ‘how loud can you burp?’ to ‘why…

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Children’s Atlas Of World History

Simon Adams

This is a fabulous pictorial guide to the world’s people and events from 10,000 BC to the present. Highly illustrated, it presents a dramatic insight into what the world was like during key historical periods – the Ancient world, Medieval…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

  

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

A classic fantasy adventure story that has transfixed generations since it was first published in 1946.  This wonderful new hardback edition, cloth bound and slip cased is truly special and a must for a child’s bookshelf.  The writing is lyrical…

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Tamburlaine’s Elephants

Geraldine Mccaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent…

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By Royal Command

Charlie Higson

Adventure, and loads of it – By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school…

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The Ultimate Book Of Famous People

This riveting book tells the stories of people who have influenced the course of history over the last 2000 years, from sportsmen to statesmen, from artists to film stars and from scientists to inventors.  Arranged in themes and chronologically, all…

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Hocus Pocus

Paul Kieve

Abracadabra! This mysterious book will without doubt inspire the young apprentice magicians of the 21st century with the unveiling of basic conjuring tricks, some of which dazzled audiences in the age of Robert Houdin and The Great Lafayette. The reader…

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The Young Inferno

John Agard

Brilliantly original, John Agard’s poetic reworking of Dante’s Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling journey of discovery. Told in thirteen Cantos which follow the hero in a hoodie, it takes readers into the Circles of Hell where,…

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Dear Blue Peter…

Biddy Baxter

As the programme celebrates its 50th anniversary, Biddy Baxter – the show’s legendary editor and the woman who used the Blue Peter badge to encourage children to write in – reveals an extraordinary correspondence that, by the late 1980s, saw…

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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 stop…

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Larklight 3: Mothstorm

Philip Reeve

With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than…

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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3

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 a magnificently…

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Philip Ardagh’s Book Of Absolutely Useless Lists For Absolutely Every Day Of The Year

Philip Ardagh

From Public Enemies to St Paul’s Cathedral, every one’s fascination with lists will be satisfied once they’ve digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.

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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 – all…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

  

Ways To Live Forever

Sally Nicholls

Sympathetic,
touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic
debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and
horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it…

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White Heat – Book 2 in the Perfect Fire Trilogy

Katie Grant

Love, divided loyalty and the struggles of France’s proud South intensifies in this the second book of a thrilling trilogy.  More twists and turns in this adventure set in 13th century France that involves bandits, renegade knights, broken promises but…

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Power Of Five: Necropolis

Anthony Horowitz

Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think…

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A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and…

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A Perfect Ten

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson.  She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche.  This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline.  The characterisation is…

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,…

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Waterslain Angels

Kevin Crossley-Holland

A tense, fast-paced detective story set in the 1950s in the haunting north Norfolk salt marshes where a dark secret has lain hidden, but suddenly there’s more than just Annie and Sandy trying to solve the case of the missing…

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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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What I Was

Meg Rosoff

Haunting, intense and with an incredible twist in the tale this is unlike anything you will have read before. It’s a story of friendship, love and secrets but also of tragedy and loss. It will almost certainly move you to…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

  

Fish In The Sky

Fridrik Erlings

This is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that every teenage boy will empathise with, and every teenage girl will glean insight from.  Whilst constructing a moving narrative, the novel also explores a number of issues, including single parenthood, absentee fathers, truancy and bullying. …

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Dave Mckean)

Neil Gaiman

Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over…

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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.
 
Brisingr means fire and was the first word that came out of the mouth of the dragon….

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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship

Chris Priestley

This is seriously 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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Exposure

Mal Peet

A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper,…

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The Reckoning

James Jauncey

A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl…

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Children Books: Prize Winners from Costa and Booktrust Awards

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

November is an important month if you write and read children’s books. Read on for ‘Hot off the Press’ news of winners and shortlists for the Children’s hottest book prizes the Costa, The Teenage Book prize from Book trust and a new award for debut writers….

Reavers' Ransom
Reavers’ Ransom

Emily Diamand

Winner of The Times Children’s Fiction Competition, this original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly…

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

Patrick Ness

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage 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’…

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Ostrich Boys
Ostrich Boys

Keith Gray

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award), alongside The Carbon Diaries, Just Henry and Broken Soup. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 6th…

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Carbon Diaries 2015
Carbon Diaries 2015

Saci Lloyd

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and…

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Just Henry
Just Henry

Michelle Magorian

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life’s opportunities.

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Broken Soup
Broken Soup

Jenny Valentine

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
Rowan is sure that she didn’t drop the negative that a boy presses into her hands but when her friend Bee offers to print it, Rowan’s curiosity causes her to accept. Who was…

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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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Friday, November 14th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick …
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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night
Kristina Stephenson
Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress? Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure. Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension …
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Winnie's Flying Carpet Winnie’s Flying Carpet
Valerie Thomas
Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Do Try This At Home! Do Try This At Home!
Punk Science
Science without the boring bits. Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs. It …
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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog
Mini Grey
Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish …
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World
We Are What We Do
Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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Whitaker's World Of Weird Whitaker’s World Of Weird
Tracey Turner
Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Girls Are Best Girls Are Best
Sandi Toksvig
Women gladiators, women in the Bayeaux Tapestry, women inventors, Sandi Toksvig uncovers them all in her light hearted approach to the serious message of this book – women have always done amazing things but have mostly been overlooked by history. …
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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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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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Power Of Five: Necropolis Power Of Five: Necropolis
Anthony Horowitz
Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think …
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Skellig Skellig
David Almond
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline. The characterisation is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. In eight chapters, each of which depicts …
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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous
Katherine Kingsley
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens! As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the …
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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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Children’s Christmas book selections

Monday, November 10th, 2008


This month’s ‘featured books’
Age Books for 0 – 5’s

 

Dog Biscuit

Helen Cooper

A sumptuously illustrated and heart-warming adventure about a little girl who turns into a dog – or does she?  Find out in this wonderful new adventure from award winning author/illustrator, Helen Cooper.

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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night

Kristina Stephenson

Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress?  Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure.  Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension…

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Nat Fantastic

Giles Andreae

Fantastic adventures for Nat as his supercharged sneeze changes him into a superhero, ready to battle anyone, anywhere. Leaving the comfort of his bedtime story, Nat takes off to fight crocodiles and stop bank robbers. A vigorous story with ebullient…

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Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy

This fabulous and ridiculous bouncing story told in a rollicking rhyme charts the adventures of a baby who gets wafted away in a bubble. Over the heads of all bibble – bobbles the baby in the bubble while everyone wonders,…

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Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World

Anu Stohner

Curl up on those cold starry winter nights and enjoy a magical Christmas story with Santa’s littlest helper who saves the day when everyone around him gets ill.  It’s a Christmas story with a twist and with some stunningly colourful…

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The Trouble With Dragons

Debi Gliori

A cautionary tale for readers young and old about the use and misuse of the planet, featuring dragons. Accessible and fun it is both beautiful and timely and will teach the reader about caring and sharing and working together.

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The Haunted House

Kazuno Kohara

Dare you enter the Haunted House? In a big old house at the edge of
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ghosts? Certainly not the heroine of this story who is an…

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Goat And Donkey And The Noise Downstairs

Simon Puttock

Goat and donkey are an absolutely delightful duo that readers will instantly warm to and be entertained by.  With strong characterisation, wacky and unpredictable storyline, offbeat humour and a great strength of friendship between the two characters, this picture book…

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Winnie’s Flying Carpet

Valerie Thomas

Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks…

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Stick Man

Julia Donaldson

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick…

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The Great Paper Caper

Oliver Jeffers

Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and…

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Hide Me Kipper

Mick Inkpen

All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper’s life he promises to hide him from the cat…

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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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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)

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…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

 

Jeremy Strong’s Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book

Jeremy Strong, Amanda Li

Far more than just a joke book, this title is jam-packed full of quizzes, games, jokes and so much more.  From Swashbuckling Crosswords to Puzzling Planet Puzzles, it is guaranteed to entertain and amuse both parents and children alike, whilst…

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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)

Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews

The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker…

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Lost Happy Endings

Carol Ann Duffy

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.

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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog

Mini Grey

Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish…

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The Dragon Tamer’s Castle

Ben Cort

This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin.

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The Diary of a Monster Catcher

Nick Denchfield and Adam Stower

A pop-up extravaganza, full of adventure and crammed with magnificent monsters.  Join Professor Potts the monster catcher, if you dare as her goes on a perilous quest that’s not for the faint-hearted. Pefect gift for boys, with plenty of gross-out…

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Her Mother’s Face

Roddy Doyle

The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully.

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We Are All Born Free

Amnesty International

An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important…

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Do Try This At Home!

Punk Science

Science without the boring bits.  Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs.  It…

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Olivia Helps With Christmas

Ian Falconer

Why not get into the Christmas spirit with the adorable but mischievous Olivia. There are presents to wrap, ornaments to hang on the tree, snowpigs to build…But what mayhem will she get up to this time? Delightfully told and beautifully…

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ABC 3D

Marion Bataille

A spectacular pop-up alphabet book for all the family to enjoy. Each spread is devoted to a letter of the alphabet and each letter comes brilliantly to life through either the most intricate of paper engineering or sometimes the simplest…

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50 Favourite Bible Stories

Brian Sibley

Cliff Richard’s readings of the 50 stories in this collection provide a vivid audio version which makes a perfect partner to the beautifully illustrated book. All the classic stories of the Bible including the story of the Creation, the building…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

 

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)

Charles Dickens

This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his…

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Dragonology: Frost Dragon

Dugald Steer

Inventive and imaginative, this pack is fun to read and make.  It introduces the elusive Frost Dragon, a little known species among some more familiar names. Acquiring knowledge of this curious creature is fun while the additional model pack gives…

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Whitaker’s World Of Weird

Tracey Turner

Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour…

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The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Jill Murphy

Full of witchcraft, wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually a…

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Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem

Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi

2008 has been a great year for Spiderwick, for the film brought in millions more readers to the books on which the film was based.  The creators of the world of Spiderwick have gone ‘beyond’ and through Nixie’s Song…

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Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)

Geraldine Mccaughrean

This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback.  The text in this special edition has been specially…

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World

We Are What We Do

Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does…

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Comic Strip History Of The World

Tracey Turner

Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!
 
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How Loud Can You Burp?

Glenn Murphy

From the same author as last year’s huge hit, Why Is Snot Green?, comes a brand new collection of answers to an awful lot of questions ranging from ‘what are clouds for?’ and ‘how loud can you burp?’ to ‘why…

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Children’s Atlas Of World History

Simon Adams

This is a fabulous pictorial guide to the world’s people and events from 10,000 BC to the present. Highly illustrated, it presents a dramatic insight into what the world was like during key historical periods – the Ancient world, Medieval…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

 

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

A classic fantasy adventure story that has transfixed generations since it was first published in 1946.  This wonderful new hardback edition, cloth bound and slip cased is truly special and a must for a child’s bookshelf.  The writing is lyrical…

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Tamburlaine’s Elephants

Geraldine Mccaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent…

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By Royal Command

Charlie Higson

Adventure, and loads of it – By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school…

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The Ultimate Book Of Famous People

This riveting book tells the stories of people who have influenced the course of history over the last 2000 years, from sportsmen to statesmen, from artists to film stars and from scientists to inventors.  Arranged in themes and chronologically, all…

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Hocus Pocus

Paul Kieve

Abracadabra! This mysterious book will without doubt inspire the young apprentice magicians of the 21st century with the unveiling of basic conjuring tricks, some of which dazzled audiences in the age of Robert Houdin and The Great Lafayette. The reader…

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The Young Inferno

John Agard

Brilliantly original, John Agard’s poetic reworking of Dante’s Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling journey of discovery. Told in thirteen Cantos which follow the hero in a hoodie, it takes readers into the Circles of Hell where,…

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Dear Blue Peter…

Biddy Baxter

As the programme celebrates its 50th anniversary, Biddy Baxter – the show’s legendary editor and the woman who used the Blue Peter badge to encourage children to write in – reveals an extraordinary correspondence that, by the late 1980s, saw…

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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 stop…

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Larklight 3: Mothstorm

Philip Reeve

With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than…

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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3

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 a magnificently…

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Philip Ardagh’s Book Of Absolutely Useless Lists For Absolutely Every Day Of The Year

Philip Ardagh

From Public Enemies to St Paul’s Cathedral, every one’s fascination with lists will be satisfied once they’ve digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.

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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 – all…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

 

Ways To Live Forever

Sally Nicholls

Sympathetic,
touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic
debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and
horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it…

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White Heat – Book 2 in the Perfect Fire Trilogy

Katie Grant

Love, divided loyalty and the struggles of France’s proud South intensifies in this the second book of a thrilling trilogy.  More twists and turns in this adventure set in 13th century France that involves bandits, renegade knights, broken promises but…

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Power Of Five: Necropolis

Anthony Horowitz

Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think…

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A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and…

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A Perfect Ten

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson.  She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche.  This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline.  The characterisation is…

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,…

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Waterslain Angels

Kevin Crossley-Holland

A tense, fast-paced detective story set in the 1950s in the haunting north Norfolk salt marshes where a dark secret has lain hidden, but suddenly there’s more than just Annie and Sandy trying to solve the case of the missing…

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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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What I Was

Meg Rosoff

Haunting, intense and with an incredible twist in the tale this is unlike anything you will have read before. It’s a story of friendship, love and secrets but also of tragedy and loss. It will almost certainly move you to…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

 

Fish In The Sky

Fridrik Erlings

This is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that every teenage boy will empathise with, and every teenage girl will glean insight from.  Whilst constructing a moving narrative, the novel also explores a number of issues, including single parenthood, absentee fathers, truancy and bullying. …

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Dave Mckean)

Neil Gaiman

Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over…

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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.
 
Brisingr means fire and was the first word that came out of the mouth of the dragon….

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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship

Chris Priestley

This is seriously 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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Exposure

Mal Peet

A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper,…

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The Reckoning

James Jauncey

A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl…

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Children’s Books for Christmas

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Before kids had Mp3 players and PlayStations, they found many of their adventures in books. Now that some of the consumerism of the 21st century has been stripped away by the Credit Crunch, books are still here to enrich children’s lives: inexpensive, imagination-firing brain food and a doddle to wrap!

So, here at Lovereading4kids, our minds have been working overtime on choosing from 1,000’s of children’s books published this year, the ones that we feel will MAKE Christmas for the youngsters in your life. And to make your money go that little bit further we are now offering free UK postage on orders over £20 coupled with our 25% off the RRP.We have chosen some fantastic ‘Must Read books of the year’Gifts and Stocking Fillers to whet the appetite, for all age ranges from toddlers to teens. Remember, you can download a free Opening Extract of every Featured Book to make sure it’s right for the child before making that purchase. If teenagers would like to choose their own books tell them to check out our ‘new gen’ category on Lovereading.

Author of the Month David Almond:

David Almond has the rare honour of winning Whitbread Children’s Book Award. His novels, including Skellig and The Fire-eaters, have become worldwide bestsellers. And his brilliant new book, Jackdaw Summer, is out now. Read this and many of his older novels in our special Author of the Month section.

 

 

 

A bumper crop of great Books of the Month:



Anthony Horowitz’s The Power of Five: Necropolis

the eagerly awaited 4th book in the series about five children with special powers fighting to save the world from evil


The Reckoning by James Jauncey

a thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on

The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre by Julia Donaldson
read the much-loved story, then open the pop-up stage and act out your own adventures, creating hours of fun
Young, Loaded and Fabulous by Kate Kingsley two outrageously spoilt teenage socialites’ position at the top of their school’s social hierarchy suddenly comes under threat
  

Girls Are Best, Sandi Toksvig seeks to redress the injustices of history, and tells us about all the wonderful and fascinating ways females have changed the world

Dugald Speer’s Spyology,  

thrilling stuff for any would be spies – this is a training guide packed with all sorts of secrets.

Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings a witty, literary novel about the trials and tribulations of a 13-year-old boy. Destined to become a classic The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman   

a stunning novel about a child who finds safety from a murderer among the local graveyard’s ghosts and ghouls

The Birthday Book   

a sumptuous collection of illustrated stories and verse by some of the very best authors

 

New writing talent – New Voices:

Fresh from our New Voices category, featuring the brightest talent from Walker Books, comes Winter Song by Jean-Claude Morlevat. This is a powerful story about courage and principle in the face of an oppressive government.

We also have a sneak preview of the December New Voice The Society of S by Susan Hubbard is about a young girl, Ariella, who discovers that everything she knew about her family is a lie, and a deep, dark truth lies beneath…

The kids weekly comic is back – the perfect present for Christmas:

The DFC is a weekly comic, packed with tons of high-quality, 100% entertaining stories from the world’s best writers and artists. If you want to get a brilliant Christmas present in the bag for your kids, look no further than our exclusive Lovereading4kids subscription offers. And this month there’s a brilliant prize draw to win signed artwork too.

Introduce your children to some classic stories:

And finally, more classics – condensed, retold, and beautifully illustrated – from the Real Reads initiative: this time your children can absorb themselves in imagination-shaping sci-fi with Frankenstein and The Lost World.

So, download some FREE Opening Extracts of some of these great reads, get your kids hooked on reading, and remind yourself why books make extremely special presents – to throw into the mix with all the hi-tech toys and gadgets this Christmas.


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