Archive for April, 2010

The best children’s books for May and Carnegie and Greenaway shortlist

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids! This month we’ve got another outstanding collection of kids’ books to showcase, helping you choose exciting and mind-expanding stories to help your children love reading. According to our literary calendar, JM Barrie of eternal Peter Pan fame was born in Scotland in May 1860. And just over a hundred years later, Eoin Colfer, author of the incomparable Artemis Fowl books was born in May 1965. You’ll find Lovereading4kids is full of literary heroes from every age!

The hottest Young Adult author Patrick Ness

We’re thrilled to have the multi-award winning Patrick Ness as our Author of the Month in May and even more pleased to bring you the hotly anticipated final volume of Patrick’s Chaos Walking Trilogy, Monster of Men. It’s a surefire winner.

So, find out more about this literary wunderkind and about the other books in this amazing series The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – we have free Opening Extract of them all!

Carnegie and Greenaway nominees – the best of the best

The shortlists of the deservedly prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2010 have just been announced, and once again you’ll find all the titles on Lovereading4kids complete with extracts to whet every appetite – there are some definite future-classics in there, including books by Neil Gaiman, Oliver Jeffers and Julie Hearn. You don’t have to rely just on Lovereading4kids for our view because we’ve dropped in the views of the judges too on every title.

A shelf-full of Book of the Month titles

They’re gripping, mad, full of adventure and there’s something for the youngest baby to the oldest teenager. Our mega one for the month is in fact a debut called Unhooking the Moon. Read an extract right here now.























Guest editor – the very very silly Philip Ardagh

The fabulously odd Philip Ardagh is author of the Grubtown Tales series – stories from a bizarre and hilarious world born inside Philip’s mind, and full of extraordinary characters. But as well as discovering Grubtown, you can find out what inspired Philip to write his brilliant tales – he’s picked out a list of his favourite books just for us!

Do please also get your kids to take a look at the just launched Grubtown website – www.visitgrubtown.com – it’s brilliant!

First-time wonders – our Debuts of the Month

Hellion: The Curse of Snakes

Christopher Fowler

14+ A breathtaking teen horror novel about a boy who is sucked into a dangerous Medusa-haunted mystery when walking home from school one day…

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Viola in Reel Life

Adriana Trigiani

14+ Viola is sure she’s going to hate boarding school, but if she can put down her camera and embrace real life, it might be more incredible than she could ever have imagined…

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Montacute House

Lucy Jago

11+ Witchcraft and ambition fill the pages of this wonderfully atmospheric novel set in 1500s Somerset.

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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants

Peter Millett

7+ A wonderfully entertaining story about Charlie, a troubled superhero who has to step up to save the world’s pants from a super-villain!

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Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

9+ One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!

This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids.

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Not Me!

Nicola Killen

Baby and Toddler: This irresistibly charming picture book about a friendly puppy who makes a mess will delight very young readers.

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Invitation to party with a Puffin

Puffin Books – the children’s book part of Penguin Books, has reached the grand old age of 70, and is still turning out the most fantastic kids’ stories. There are lots of ways you can join in the Puffin party, but why not start by entering our competition to win exclusive Puffin prizes!

Other celebratory events include an incredible Penguin Book cover design exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, and National Share-a-Story Day (8 May). Plus here on Lovereading4kids we’ve picked out some of our absolute favourite Puffin titles, still magnificent additions to any child’s bookshelf, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot? and Hairy Maclary.

And you can also buy the brand new short and sweet ‘Pocket Money Puffins’ – just £2.99 on Lovereading4kids.

Happy Birthday 10th Anniversary Judy Moody! (And Stink!)

It’s the 10th anniversary of Megan McDonald’s terrific books about the way-cool girl-hero Judy Moody and her kid brother, Stink. If you haven’t read them before download some free Opening Extracts and discover them today!

Walker Books turns 30!

Walker Books has been bringing us the most wonderful kids’ books for 30 whole years and to celebrate we’re having an exclusive competition. Enter here and you could win a limited edition Walker cloth bag stuffed with 30 of their amazing titles – including some signed copies!

Conspiracy 365 – the adventure continues…

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Finally, to prove the wide appeal of young adult fiction, Guest Editor over on the main Lovereading.co.uk site is John Boyne, writer of the astounding ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘.

We hope you uncover some real gems here to inspire your kids’ to become lifelong reading fanatics. With stories this imaginative and writing and illustration this beautiful, it shouldn’t take long! And finally, don’t forget about our gorgeous range of must have picture books in the Picture Book Parade – there are loads of gems not to be missed.

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 18 – 25 April 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book) Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
With just 4 words this exceptionally talented author and illustrator has created a deliciously simple, yet wonderfully fun juxtaposition of animal and fruit as well as an all-important introduction to the ‘comma’. It’s not just a breathtakingly beautiful book but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Monsters of Men Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Moon Rabbit Moon Rabbit
Natalie Russell
As an author/illustrator Natalie is not just an immensely talented storyteller but also her print-making skills are shown off to their absolute best in this, one of the most striking debuts seen in the world of picture books. Fresh and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Oi, Cave Boy! - Iggy the Urk Book 1 Oi, Cave Boy! – Iggy the Urk Book 1
Alan Macdonald
Fans of Mr Gum, Grubtown Tales, Charlie Small and Dirty bertie or indeed the Flintstones will love this new series featuring a wonderfully adventurous cave boy called Iggy.
Full of humour it will entertain on every page as you discover more …
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Where Do They Go When it Rains? Where Do They Go When it Rains?
Gerda Muller
A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island Michael Foreman’s Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo
Michael Foreman’s stunning illustrations brilliantly capture the fast-paced action and drama of Stevenson’s classic, of high seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar. The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Shine Shine
Kate Maryon
Tiff’s life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, until that is her mother is sent to prison for theft. So Tiff begins a new life with some distant relatives in what she perceives to be a god-forsaken island …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love. Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on. Luke and Jon is a …
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The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. …
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Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
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Perfect Picture Books, Fascinating Facts and Pre Publication Exclusives

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

We hope you all had a good Easter Break and your children have had a relaxing time off school giving them more time to enjoy reading. In our second book e-zine for April find out more about books to make the most of Spring and Summer, understand the world around us with new fun packed and fact filled category and don’t miss some of the best books for the under 5’s in our Picture Book Parade.

Picture Perfect – the Picture Book Parade

Picture books are of course the way we all start to love books; they often give us warm memories that stay with us our whole lives. Here in the Macmillan Picture Book Parade we’re delighted to be highlighting the work of some of their finest illustrators (including Tim Hopgood, Catherine Rayner, Emily Gravett, Rod Campbell and Nick Sharratt), plus some of their ‘bookshelf essentials’. And don’t forget to enter the Picture Book Parade competition as well to win signed books from a number of their amazing illustrators.

Find out more about these beautiful books today.

Fascinating facts – the universe brought to life for kids!

Fascinating Facts is a new feature on Lovereading4kids which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. To launch we’ve selected the impressive Insider series from Templar, which uses state-of-the-art 3D illustrations that seem to rise up out of the pages, bringing factual information vividly to life.

There are two series aimed at different age groups – the Insiders Alive books for younger readers include visual explorations of the human body and Ancient Egyptians complete with pop-ups, while the series for older children – Insiders – takes in dinosaurs, the universe, and a myriad of other fascinating topics!

Make the most of Spring with your kids – Out and About re-launch

Now the weather’s warming up and Britain is blooming into colourful life again, we’re relaunching our section of books about getting outside and enjoying it. On the Out and About page you’ll find titles on gardening, bird watching and any number of other fresh-air pursuits to share with your children.

And if you like the great outdoors your younger children will love the picture book Where do they go when it Rains? A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. We think this is a truly special picture book.

This month’s highlights not to miss

More Dyslexia Friendly Books

In this special section of the site you can find books to help children who struggle with reading crack the reading code. There are plenty of brilliant short titles (some by very well-known popular authors), that have absolutely no boring bits – their only aim is to help struggling and dyslexic readers grow to love reading!

Find out more about the new books we have added.

The oldest Puffin in the World!

2010 sees Puffin celebrating 70 years. There’s a big birthday bash planned including a Puffin Storytelling Day on 8th May with events planned all over the country click the birthday logo to find out more. And right here on Lovereading4kids there’s a competition to win loads of Puffin goodies.

Be first to read the very best new kids books – Pre-publication exclusives on Lovereading4kids

Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness

The much-anticipated final volume of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is almost here, and you can download a free Opening Extract of it right now on Lovereading4kids! In other exclusive news — Patrick Ness has taken on the task of completing an unfinished novel by celebrated author, Siobhan Dowd, who sadly died of cancer two years ago now. It promises to be amazing.

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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum – the mad, bad and dangerously funny hero of this series – is back with another hilarious adventure!

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Meeow and the Pots and Pans

Sebastien Braun

A wonderful, colourful picture book about a playful cat who starts a kitchen orchestra with his friends.

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Threads: Beads, Boys and Bangles

Sophia Bennett

A glittery adventure about four girls and their fantastical adventures in fashion.

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Oscar: Ellie’s Bad Hair Day

Jerome Keane

A visually sumptuous picture book about a little girl (and her chilled-out pet rabbit) who travel round the world in search of someone else who has the same problems with their hair as she does.

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Closer: Tunnels book 4

Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

The 4th episode in the pacy, page-turning series about the world at the centre of the Earth run by a violent regime. Will is in serious trouble…again!

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The Boy who climbed into the moon

David Almond

From the master of magical realism, David Almond, comes a beautifully illustrated children’s book about crackpot notions and sky-high courage!

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Havoc

Chris Wooding

Havoc is the second grippingly clever adventure about some real children trapped in a comic book world. If you’ve not read the first book, Malice, we suggest you start with that, as the nail-biting cliff-hanger ending is well worth experiencing before you read this second episode!

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More Essential Children’s Books

Some children’s books never seem to lose their charm and to celebrate these we have our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ – which parents can always turn to for books which we believe have a perennial appeal. This month we have added two republished classics books Up in the Tree by Margaret Attwood and a pop up edition of The Little Mole by Verner Holzwarth to make the category even more essential!

Digital Prize Winners

And who says books and computers don’t mix – think again with Orca’s Song from new publisher Top That which has recently won the Independent Publisher Guild Digital Award for their Astral Legacies series.

These are internet-linked adventures, where readers join in the quest in each book by searching for the hidden GPS locations to solve puzzles which unlock the thrilling climax to each story.

Lovereading4kids most popular Children’s Books 4-11 April

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Circus My Circus
Xavier Deneux
Full of stylish images, this is a chunky board book with cunning holes and cutaways that reveal the different and lively characters that perform at the circus. A clown, magician, jugglers and a tightrope walker all make their appearance wittily …
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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
as easy as …
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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
scene she has made a considerable name
for herself with children with her stunning and clever but simple
picture books. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Big Bug, Little Bug Big Bug, Little Bug
Paul Stickland
A fantastic book of opposites featuring bugs of all shapes and sizes which can be found wriggling, creeping and crawling their way through the book. It also features vibrant illustrations, lively rhyming text and a spectacular pop-up ending. …
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Green Green
Mark Sperring
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Everybody Was a Baby Once Everybody Was a Baby Once
Allan Ahlberg
A wonderful collection of the simplest and most joyous poems produced in a gorgeous picture book format. Nineteen delightful poems about everything from meeting a witch to getting sausages to dance jump off the page in Allan Ahlberg’s witty words …
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Outside in Outside in
Clare Smallman
With clear, simple text for any child of 5 or 6+ and some terrific lift the flaps for children to see what’s going on inside their body! Loads of information is well described and explained in this introduction to the …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball
Nathan, Helen
This is not just a wonderful story of Flossie Crums the Fairy, this is also a wonderful baking adventure too.  Simple mouth-watering recipes are woven into the story so that parents and children together can have fun baking alongside the …
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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Emma Thompson
With wit and warmth and warts and all, the wonderfully talented writer and star of Nanny Mcphee, Emma Thompson recounts the story of the film, a story of one family’s summer with Nanny McPhee, a story of blackmail, tragedy and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar.  The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Mortlock Mortlock
Jon Mayhew
This devilishly good debut sees the birth of a wickedly witty and original new voice in the children’s book world. Mortlock is the sort of adventure that boys and girls will enjoy in equal measure for it is peppered with …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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2
Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love.  Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on.  Luke and Jon is a …
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3
The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
Download free opening extract
2
Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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3
Dreaming of Amelia Dreaming of Amelia
Jaclyn Moriarty
A spellbinding story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when Riley and Amelia realise the future’s coming to get you. They might be glamorous, talented …
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April Children’s Book recommendations

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Hi again and welcome back to Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find terrific books to help your kids build up their reading momentum. It only takes a few great stories to get lodged in their imaginations and they’ll be bookworms for life! Our Guest Editor this month, William Nicholson, for example, says that books like The Sword in the Stone kick-started his lifelong passion for books.

The powerful mind behind the Demon Headmaster – Author of the Month Gillian Cross

Gillian is most famous for hypnotising kids with her Demon Headmaster series, but her new book, Where I Belong, is just as spellbinding. Guns, bandits and supermodels feature in a riveting story that spans the entire world.

It’s not to be missed by anyone of 11+, while younger children should definitely grab her Demon Headmaster titles.

Illustrator of the Month Brian Wildsmith

Brian Wildsmith is without doubt one of the foremost children’s book illustrators of the 20th Century and so we’re thrilled to bring together a large body of his work in celebration of his 80th birthday this year. His picture books exudes warmth, feeling, exuberance, and imagination and when you open any one of them it is as if he has invited you to step into an art gallery. Generations of children and their parents have pored over his books as further generations will do for years to come.

A Bookshelf not to be missed

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is chock full of some absolute gems, ranging from new editions of timeless classics to new titles for every age range.. There’s an extract of every one so

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Guest Editor – screenwriting sensation William Nicholson

William’s impressive CV includes writing and co-writing such big-screen smashes as Shadowlands and Gladiator. His books for teenagers are equally as exciting, and his new story, Rich and Mad (for readers 14+) is a beautiful and compelling tale of first love and first sex.

But, as our Guest Editor this month, you can also find out about the books that inspired William on his own writing journey right here.

Ology books – Vampireology and the true history of ‘the fallen’

The Ologies’, as they’ve come to be known, are truly fantastical books about anything and everything -from Spyology and Oceanology to Dragonology and Wizardology. They have been capturing imaginations for a while now, and the new book, Vampireology, is sure to thrill and delight.

David Almond wins the Hans Christian Andersen Award

This month sees the 205th birthday of the legendary Hans Christian Andersen, who certainly knew how to spin a good yarn – his immortal Fairy Tales, which include Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid, have been delighting children for 185 years. And some of the new books below are so good they might be around for the next 185…

Appropriately then, the winner of the most prestigious prize in international children’s literature, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, has just been announced. David Almond deservedly took the prize – his incredible body of work has made, and will continue to make, a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Rising Stars – our Debuts of the Month

Mortlock

Jon Mayhew

A deliciously rich mix of Gorhic thriller and black humour set in Victorian London, this is perfect entertainment for kids 9+.

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Inside My Head

Jim Carrington

A powerful and cleverly constructed novel for 14+ told by three narrators – a victim of bullying, the bully’s friend and a new girl arriving at the school.

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The Truth About Leo

David Yelland

An incredibly moving story for 11+ year olds and adults too, about a kid trying to cope with his father’s alcoholism.

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Shine

Kate Maryon

Poor old Tiff gets packed off to live on an island when her mum gets caught stealing, but may be Sark isn’t as dull as she thinks it’s going to be? Ideal for 9+ year olds.

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Luke and Jon

Robert Williams

A striking honest and emotional story for 11+ year olds about friendship, grief, and how lives can be changed in an instant – highly recommended.

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Series of the Month – the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness comes to its epic conclusion…

This dazzling series about Torak and his wolf companion is absolutely not to be missed by any reader over the age of nine! Ghost Hunter is the 6th and final one but you can check out extracts of every book right here on Lovereading4kids. And if you’d rather hear the action, we’re now featuring the books on CD as well.

Science at its most fun – our Non-fiction Series of the Month

The new book in this series by Dan Gilpin and Basher, Planet Earth, is a creative and brilliant blend of science and manga, making learning about our planet really exciting! Also in this explosive science series are a number of other compelling, wacky-fact-filled reads.

With adventures about everything from friendship to murderous hatred, and fromfashion to amnesiaccats, we hope there are stories here for every taste. Download some freeOpening Extracts of some of these great new books today. We’re sure they’ll get your kids

raring to read!

PS. Conspiracy 365, the year-long action-packed story, continues with the fourth episode out this month. If your kids aren’t hooked already it’s not too late to catch up – remember there’s a new book published each month, so it’s an easy and exciting way to encourage children to read all the way through 2010.

Finally there are plenty of goodies being given away this month and not just books… There are mugs in celebration of Puffin’s 70th birthday, lots of picture books in the brilliant Picture Book Parade, signed copies of some Gillian Cross titles as well as a hefty weight of ‘Ology’ books. And don’t forget, if you don’t enter you won’t win!


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