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Children’s Literary Festival Update Bath, Henley, Wimbledon and Cheltenham

Friday, August 15th, 2014


Lovereading4kids are delighted to announce that we are festival partners at The Telegraph Children’s Bath Literature Festival, Friday 26 September – Sunday 5 October 2014. We are proud to be sponsoring the Meet Horrid Henry event onSaturday 27 September at 3.45 – 4.30pm at the Guildhall.

Over 5s can join storyteller Liz Fost in to hear tales of some of Henry’s ‘horrible’ adventures. Test your knowledge with a ‘horrible’ quiz and even meet Henry himself!   The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2014 Award-winning children’s author David Almond, has once again curated an unmissable programme that brings the greatest children’s authors, illustrators and characters to Bath.

Young readers will be delighted by the All Time Favourites strand which brings them their favourite characters including Horrid Henry, Miffy, Peppa Pig, Ruby Redfort and the very lovable Elmer and Kipper, who are celebrating their 25th birthdays. Michael Morpurgo joins a cappella trioin a rare performance of Private Peaceful: The Concert and Simon Mayo introduces the third book in the Itch series. Liz Pichon, Lauren Child, Michael Rosen, Jim Smith and Philip Ardagh will entertain and amuse all age groups.

Lego returns with a brick-tastic Star Wars inspired event; Henry Winkler shows children that everyone can succeed in life and Minecraft experts come to share top tips and tricks.   Adults and teenagers alike will be inspired by David Almond, Mal Peet, Melvin Burgess and Cornelia FunkeBenjamin Zephaniah comes to town with Terror Kid, his first novel in 7 years, and hilarious author Andy Stanton hosts the Big, Big Bath Book Quiz. As always there is a vast selection of workshops to really get stuck into; covering everything from comic strip creation and illustration, to story writing, storytelling and spoken word poetry. Keep a top secret diary with Emer Stamp and even learn how to survive a plane crash in the jungle. Join us as we party, laugh, learn and debate our way through children’s literature.

We know you will find plenty to excite you by visiting http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/view-the-brochure/ so take a look and book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Lovereading4kids members can claim a special 10% discount on tickets for Horrid Henry by entering the discount code LOVEBATH on the booking page.

HENLEY CHILDREN’S LITERARY FESTIVAL 29 September – 5 October

Henley Children’s Literary Festival has an exciting new programme which has been extended this year, from 6 to 26 events: “From naughty pets to a prince’s potty, bear hunts to horrible science, this year’s line-up will fire all imaginations from toddlers through to their grandparents.

We will be hosting a celebration of reading and books.  By offering singing and storytelling, drawing and writing workshops we aim to appeal to every child. It is all about learning whilst having fun.  Even children who think they don’t like reading will enjoy seeing their favourite characters and books – such as Maisy Mouse and Hugless Douglas – come to life around the town.”

The week-long programme of events (29 September – 5 October) will be ticketed and held at the River & Rowing Museum and Christ Church Centre, as well as free events taking place in a Festival Hub in Henley’s town square throughout the weekend. Specific events for schools focus on subjects including First World War poetry and Shakespeare.

“We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one…” Lovereading4kids has teamed up with Henley Children’s Literary Festival to offer the chance to win two tickets to a bear hunt on Sunday 5 October, click here to enter our prize draw. Adapted from Michael Rosen’s prize-winning, ever-popular adventure, storyteller Middleton Mann helps us celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beloved book at a special Kenton Theatre event. Why not bring your own bear or even dress up as one? For further information and to book tickets visit http://henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/childrens/.

Wimbledon Book Fest 3-12 October 2014
The eighth annual Wimbledon BookFest is back this autumn with Children’s events at the heart of the programme: art workshops, storytelling with CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and the ever popular Wombles sing-along. Caroline Lawrence will be teaching children How to Write a Great Story.

Events for schools include Jacqueline Wilson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Rosen and a special 10 year anniversary event of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series with Wimbledon writer and Patron, Michelle Paver. Children visiting might find something unexpected on Wimbledon Common – as well as our traditional Wombles-themed events, The Gruffalo will be paying a visit on 3 and 4 October.” To book tickets visit www.wimbledonbookfest.org

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL  3-12 October 2014

BOOK IT! FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
Book It! for Schools is all about encouraging young minds to develop a love for reading and writing, and there will be plenty of activities to excite and enthuse pupils attending the 2014 programme. From the power of storytelling to the magic of seeing drawing live on stage, the Book It! for Schools aims to get children involved in literature and appreciate reading for pleasure.
Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/education/take-part/book-it-for-schools-2014/ for more information.

Top 3 Children’s Books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 August 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Safari Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari
Axel Scheffler
August 2014 Book of the Month
A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family and in particular young toddlers as they flip and flap the pages to their hearts content and create two animals into …
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can’t stop! There …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Dinosaurs are Having a Party! The Dinosaurs are Having a Party!
Gareth P. Jones
August 2014 Book of the Month  A rip-roaring dinosaur romp from a Blue Peter Book of the Year winner teamed up with the inimitable Garry Parsons, winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award. …
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Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
Birgitta Sif
From a truly special new voice in picture books, the award-winning author-illustrator of Oliver comes a heart-warming story about finding strength in your friends, overcoming your fears and following your dreams! It glows from the inside out and is also …
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Quest Quest
Aaron Becker
This is a stunning adventure, the second in the luminous wordless trilogy by Aaron Becker, that began with his stunning debut Journey, takes readers further into the realms of the imagination and beyond. All who explore each page will be …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy Mcfluff: and the Supermarket Sweep! Squishy Mcfluff: and the Supermarket Sweep!
Pip Jones
August 2014 Book of the Month A second helping of deliciously funny adventures for Ava and her invisible cat Squishy McFluff. Ava is not looking forward to a trip to the supermarket with her mum as shopping is no fun. But …
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Twit Twit
Stephen Cole
Poor little Twit is always having mean tricks played on him by his big brothers, Boggle, Bumf and Baffle.  One trick too far and Twit is left stuck in a hole where Norma the vole comes to is rescue.  The …
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The Pirates' Picnic The Pirates’ Picnic
Angela Mcallister
Join Jim on a pirates’ picnic in this brand-new blue Early Reader by Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted author, Angela McAllister.
Life is a bit glum on the bad ship Skullywag.  Jim the cabin boy wants to cheer up the crew. So he …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov
John Matthews
August 2014 Book of the Month Henry Hunter is a most unusual boy – even among the boys at St Grimbold’s School. He has a private jet and an appetite for finding things that possibly comes from living up to his …
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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon
Sarah Courtauld
July 2014 Book of the Month  Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being …
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Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White
How a wise spider saves a young pig from slaughter is the most touching of animal stories. Fern saves Wilbur, the runty little piglet of the litter from her father’s axe and promises to look after him. Fern finds Wilbur …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger
David O’Doherty
August 2014 Book of the Month  This book lets you know exactly how to avoid all sorts of dangers of the most unlikely kind.  It is a brilliantly funny handbook that will have boys and girls with enquiring minds completely …
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The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard
Julia Lee
August 2014 Book of the Month   Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Gully Potchard is an ordinary kind of boy who tries his …
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Wilds of the Wolf Wilds of the Wolf
Steve Backshall
August 2014 Book of the Month  TV presenter Steve Backshall tells a cracking adventure set in a remote and treacherous corner of Siberia as Saker and Sinter do everything they can to sabotage an illegal oil pipeline. Their mission is …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Castle The Castle
Sophia Bennett
August 2014 Book of the Month   In a fast-paced and richly imagined adventure Peta Jones risks her life when she recklessly embarks on a deadly dangerous adventure following a clue that might reveal that he father is still alive. Stowing …
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
August 2014 Book of the Month  Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god – his father is Poseidon – and half-mortal – he is also …
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Night Runner Night Runner
Tim Bowler
August 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny’s life is bleak enough …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Every Second Counts Every Second Counts
Sophie Mckenzie
August 2014 Book of the Month A dramatic sequel to  Split Second which picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take a …
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The Jewel The Jewel
Amy Ewing
A fascinating and entirely captivating young adult dystopian romance full of spirit, spark and tenacity. Step into another world, one that’s entirely different to our own but in some ways as familiar. Cruelty, jealousy, affection and trust join in battle …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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August email update

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

August is the month that Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley was born and we’ve got a ‘monster’ crop of kids’ books for you to get ‘animated’ about this month. Not least our brilliant Summer Reading section which will help you fill the holidays with fantastic flights of fancy for your fledglings. Read on for more ….

Summer Superstars – August Books of the Month

As always, there’s something for every age and ability in this month’s lovingly hand-picked books of the month so don’t miss our four top favourites:


9Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding DangerDavid O’DohertyWimpy Kid meets Horrible Histories meets Dangerous Book for Boys…brilliantly funny
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9Wilds of the Wolf Steve BackshallA face-paced, thought-provoking fiction from a man who knows!

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14Every Second CountsSophie MckenzieAn emotional, high-octane web of secrets, lies, adventure and mystery.Download Extract

14The Castle
Sophia Bennett
A risk filled adventure oozing with danger that young teens will love.
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At the Going Down of the Sun…WWI remembered

4 August 1914 saw Britain at war with Germany and fighting started in earnest in the first global conflict of the 20th Century. 100 years on, ensure your children understand the significance of this event and sacrifice of those who fought with our special section of books for children inspired by these tragic events.

Quench a First! – Delectable Debuts

In our thirst for firsts, we love discovering brand new talent and great debut titles for kids. This month we have two extra special ones both of which were loved by our reader reviewers.

14City of HalvesLucy InglisA fast paced danger-filled adventure that makes magical delightfully credibleDownload Extract

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14SolitaireAlice OsemanTeenage author captures the passion, anger and cynicism of adolescenc.Download Extract

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He’s No Loser! Barry Loser – Series of the Month

Fans of Wimpy Kid will love these awesome, hilarious and thought provoking books by Jim Smith. The stationery designer cum author has created a fantastically madcap 5-book series about an unfortunately named young boy’s trials and tribulations at school. Bullies beware! It’s cool to be a loser! Perfect for boys (and girls) aged 7+. Click here for more.

Walking on Air – Emma Carroll’s New Title

If you took our advice last year and read 2013 Book of the Year (9+), the ghostly debut by Emma Carroll, you’ll be no stranger to her wonderful style and amazing story-telling. Prepare to fall in love again with the release of The Girl who Walked on Air (9+) – an enchanting historical adventure. See what our Kids Reader Reviewers made of it here.

Her Sweetness is Our Weakness! – Michelle Gayle’s Brill Books …

She’s been a favourite on TV, a glittering popstar, and now she’s the author of several books for children. And we think they’re really pretty brilliant! Her latest: What’s the Drama, Malibu Bennet is the last in her hugely popular Remy Bennet diaries. Sassy and enjoyable, it’s a story with a serious message about which dreams are really worth following. Brilliant for these instant fame-seeking times! See it and all of her other books here.

Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. And don’t forget you can Login at any time if you would like to update your age range preferences.

Top 3 Children’s Books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 27 July – 3 August 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Spy With My Little Eye I Spy With My Little Eye
Edward Gibbs
A simple I-spy with die-cut holes so little ones can spy through the page and guess the animal. Dramatic bold illustrations focus on a single colour and each page also includes a helpful factual clue about the animal. This is …
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Dinosaur Rhyme Time Dinosaur Rhyme TimeFavourite nursery rhymes- especially ones with actions to go with them – are nicely presented on the page in this pretty edition. A perfect gift for a new baby – and their parents who will be delighted to be reminded …
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My First Elmer Collection My First Elmer Collection
David Mckee
Multi-coloured Elmer is everyone’s favourite elephant! This first collection of four board books includes Elmer’s Weather, Elmer’s Friends, Elmer’s Day and Elmer’s Colours. Perfect as an introduction to each topic! …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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This is Not My Hat This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014- Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012   Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows up his …
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Abigail Abigail
Catherine Rayner
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner’s gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book.  Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when …
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Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
Birgitta Sif
From a truly special new voice in picture books, the award-winning author-illustrator of Oliver comes a heart-warming story about finding strength in your friends, overcoming your fears and following your dreams! It glows from the inside out and is also …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Twit Twit
Stephen Cole
Poor little Twit is always having mean tricks played on him by his big brothers, Boggle, Bumf and Baffle.  One trick too far and Twit is left stuck in a hole where Norma the vole comes to is rescue.  The …
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The Pirates' Picnic The Pirates’ Picnic
Angela Mcallister
Join Jim on a pirates’ picnic in this brand-new blue Early Reader by Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted author, Angela McAllister.
Life is a bit glum on the bad ship Skullywag.  Jim the cabin boy wants to cheer up the crew. So he …
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Cudweed's Time Machine Cudweed’s Time Machine
Marcus Sedgwick
Meet Cudweed and his slightly – well, unusual family.  One day, feeling bored and anxious for teatime to arrive, Cudweed decides to ‘borrow’ his dad’s time machine.  Oh, his dad just happens to be an inventor by the way.  However, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon
Sarah Courtauld
July 2014 Book of the Month  Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being …
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Borgon the Axeboy and the Dangerous Breakfast Borgon the Axeboy and the Dangerous Breakfast
Kjartan Poskitt
July 2014 Book of the Month  Be careful where you read this savagely funny new series for 8+ year olds as you’ll struggle to contain yourself! From the author of Agatha Parrot, Kjartan Poskitt and with illustrations by the one …
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Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White
How a wise spider saves a young pig from slaughter is the most touching of animal stories. Fern saves Wilbur, the runty little piglet of the litter from her father’s axe and promises to look after him. Fern finds Wilbur …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong
Wendy Meddour
Wendy seems to be a magnet for trouble! Back for a third set of adventures she is now riding a bike – rather dangerously – which is just one of the ways in which she gets full up of wrong! …
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Billy's Blitz Billy’s Blitz
Barbara Mitchelhill
Award-winning Barbara Mitchelhill brings Billy’s war-struck childhood vividly to life in this dramatic story of survival. Billy’s dad is away fighting and Billy’s mum thinks that the war will always be far away from their home in South London. As …
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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy asleep on their porch one morning …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Savage Kingdom The Savage Kingdom
Simon David Eden
July 2014 Debut of the Month  An epic fantasy adventure about loyalty, courage, hope, survival… and the awesome power of nature. Michelle Paver meets Michael Morpurgo meets Homeward Bound in this unforgettable story between a girl and her cat. …
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No Going Back No Going Back
Alex Gutteridge
A moving contemporary tale of family, love and loss from the author of Last Chance Angel. Laura’s dad had died but why having moved into her grandmother’s home does he appear ghostlike in the house and why does her mum …
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Head Over Heart Head Over Heart
Colette Victor
July 2014 Debut of the Month  Boys, homework and family – Zeynab has all the usual concerns of any girl her age. But Zeynab has another thing to think about which is perhaps most important of all. Does she want …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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She is Not Invisible She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Book Award 2014   When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn’t go alone; she takes her …
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Poppy Poppy
Mary Hooper
Women’s roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper’s Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old …
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The Apple Tart of Hope The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when Meg moves away everything changes. Now Paloma Killealy lives next door and Oscar gets …
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