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TIMMY FAILURE at The Edinburgh Fringe 2015 – from Book to Stage

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Timmy Failure is a name many of you may be familiar with, some may not (you will be forgiven just this once).  His books  are close to becoming the thing of legend.  Just like the adventures Alice embarked on when she fell down the rabbit hole or Frodo’s quest to destroy the one ring to rule them all; Timmy’s quest for global domination will no doubt be whispered through the ages.

Well those whisperings are just beginning, or should I say shouted in an hour of non-stop fun and shenanigans at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Taken from the stupendous first book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis, it made us wonder, could a show really be as good as a book?

Well Ben and I took a trip up to grand old London town to watch a rehearsal of this very show on our own quest to find out.  And what did we learn?  Well first a little background information…

Ben and I are big fans of Timmy.  We have chortled, giggled and gasped our way through 3 ½ of the Timmy Failure Books (we are half way through number 4 as we speak – due to be published in October!).  We of course leapt at the chance to see the rehearsal but arrived with some apprehension.  Could this one man show really capture the essence of the fantastical Timmy Failure book that Stephan created?  Well I can honestly say that we are both in total agreement, the show is going to be packed full of greatness!

Timmy is played by the very talented (and energetic) Leander Deeny.  Leander also takes on the roles of Gunnar, Old Man Crocus, Molly Moskins (aka Tangerine Girl), Rollo Tookus and of course ‘The Beast’.  Watching him in the rehearsal was a complete treat and both of us laughed pretty much the whole way through.  Even in this early stage, Leander brought Timmy (and all the other characters to life) wonderfully and we very much look forward to seeing the show again when it hits the theatre.

This is of course a one man show and only an hour long, so Ollie Burch who has adapted the book for the stage, has tried hard to take the most relevant parts to capture the story.  Working alongside director Abigail Graham (along with a small team of very talented people) and with help of the kids who have attended the rehearsals, they have produced something that Ben and I think will be very special.

Stories are like seeds, they grow and take on roots to many different adventures.  This is one thing that makes books so special, they begin as something we hold in our hands and read and share but they can take on new life through countless different mediums.  After enjoying the books so much I asked Ben to sum up the show in just one word and his choice of word?  EPIC.

THE TIMMY FAILURE SHOW will be showing at the Edinburgh Fringe from 6 – 31 August (there is no show on 17 August) at 11.15 am at Assembly George Square Theatre – The Box.  Click here to book tickets:  https://www.assemblyfestival.com/event/154/

Or if you can’t make it to Edinburgh there are previews of the show at The Tristan Bates Theatre in London on Wednesday 29, Friday 31 July & Saturday the 1 August.  Click here to book tickets: http://tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/timmy-failure-mistakes-were-made

by Shelley Fallows Lovereading4kid’s Roving Reporter and Mum to Ben

Lovereading4kids Mid July Email update

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Welcome to the Lovereading4kids mid-month update where you can read exclusive extracts of August books, fall in love with some beautiful picture books and see Julia Eccleshare’s favourite reads of the month. Also don’t miss our age ranged, Summer Reading and Summer Activities category packed with sunshine and adventure for children and teens.

For Early Birds – August Pre-Publication Exclusives

What could be better than getting your mitts on a brilliantly compelling read as soon as it’s out? Well, getting it before it’s out. That’s what. Thorfinn (the Nicest Viking) and the Awful Adventure (7+) by David MacPhail is a fantastically illustrated, action-packed and brand new ‘odd-one-out’ adventure series for kids who love Horrid Henry. And Barry Loser fans will be thrilled to know about a splendid new series, Future Ratboy (7+) by Jim Smith. Attack of the Killer Robot Grannies is the 1st of this series of super-hero hilarity.

Based on the hugely popular strategy game World of Warriors: A New Hero is the first novel featuring characters from the game. Perfect for 9+ year olds it is written by Curtis Jobling and features non-stop action and adventure and the legions of fans will enjoy every battle. Finally, Fuzzy Mud (11+) by Louis Sachar. An empathic, magical, hugely relatable and intense mystery from the celebrated author of Holes.

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Magic, Mystery and Adventure – The Books of Emma Carroll (9+)

From the dark secrets of a travelling circus (The Girl Who Walked on Air) to the nerve-breaking shiver of haunted hallways (Frost Hollow Hall), Emma Carroll has always chosen the mysterious, dark and surreal to inspire her stories.

Beloved of many and a regular name in our Books of the Year and Staff Picks, her latest title, In Darkling Wood (9+), is a captivating, dream-like and immersive mission-tale with wonderful characters and a plot that will live long after the last page is thumbed.

It’s Tweet of Her to do it! – @jeccleshare’s July Picks

As children’s book gurus go, they don’t get better than Julia Eccleshare (MBE). Every month our very own editor-at-large, Guardian Children’s books editor and Branford Boase judge chooses her top picks for kids. Find out what her July hot-shots are, and peruse past picks in our specially created category. Follow her on Twitter and you’ll never be stuck for something to read!

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David Levithan. No ‘Every Day’ Author – oh wait

If your teens are looking for thought-provoking, dimension-twisting fiction why not simply leave one of David Levithan’s novels inside their Adidas mini-bag? Every Day and its companion Another Day speak so empathically to teens and their world perceptions that they’ll be hooked. In a good way. These are fresh, funny, achingly honest and non-patronising books about what it’s like to find your own skin in a world of uncertainties.

Puppy Power! – Puppy Academy Series

Animal lovers unite! Gill Lewis, widely acknowledged as the principle contemporary writer of animal stories – Sky Hawk among others – and adored by 7+ year olds has a paw-droppingly brilliant new series out that will have your younger animal loving kids sitting up and begging for more. Join Scout on her quest to become a police dog. Can she follow the leads, solve the crime or will the teachers have a bone to pick with her? We’ve got loads more puns, but we can tell you’re Rover them. See the books here.

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For Kids (and grown ups) that love cars

Move over Thomas the Tank Engine and make way for these delightful Land Rover adventures featuring Fender and Landy (other 4×4 vehicles are available) from South Africa born, now Cornwall resident, Veronica Lamond. These books are of course aimed at delighting children, however they would also make an appealing addition to the book shelves of any Land Rover enthusiasts or farming and fishing folk and are even approved by the company who owns the Land Rover brand.

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While we’re Talking Picture Books … Let’s have a Party

Our celebration of picture books has had a refresh this month. New arrivals include: It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo by Sean Taylor, a goofy tale about being yourself; and Soon by Timothy Knapman (3+), an adorable animal adventure and a top pick by Julia Eccleshare in May. See all the Picture Book Party-goers here, and don’t miss the chance to WIN one of 3 fabulous Picture Book Party goody bags while you’re at it!

Gravettas! – Wolves by Emily Gravett is 10!

Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and an author/illustrator of exceptional talent, Emily Gravett created a timeless, engaging and deliciously spine-tingling picture book for kids aged 3+, in which a rabbit who borrows a book about wolves gets more than he bargained for in his burrow. Hard to think it’s 10 years ago now. But it’s just as vibrant and wonderful today. Get it here and enjoy!

In the ancient world where cats rule – Maze of the Minopaw

Imagine an ancient Rome where cats rule the world and people have never existed. These stories by Robin Price are fun and exciting and the descriptions of life in classical Rome are accurately portrayed. Young classicists will enjoy picking up all the references, while those who know less about the ancient world will want to find out more.

New to Rome, the Son of Spartapuss has a lot to learn in gladiator school. Spartapuss’ adventures continue … en route to the Olympuss Games. Spartapuss is shipwrecked near the terrifying Minopaw’s labyrinth.
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Summer and Early Autumn Book Festival News

26 September 2015: Save the date for the Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival (25 Sept-4 Oct) where we are proud to be sponsoring an event by the new Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. He is guaranteed to have kids howling with laughter! Also, don’t miss the Hoo’s Kids Book Fest on 29 July at Luton Hoo.

P.S. Keep up to date with all the latest kids’ book gongs by visiting our Book Awards category. Recent announcements include the winner of the debut writing prize the Branford Boase Award and the winners of the UK Literacy Awards and, hot off the press, the CLPE Poetry award that has gone to the hilarious Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems by Joseph Coelho.

PLUS we have three signed copies of Shackleton’s Journey, a stunning picture book which recently won the Kate Greenaway Medal, to give away. Click here to enter.

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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 12 – 19 July 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABC The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC
Eric Carle
July 2015 Book of the Month  Explore the amazing animal alphabet with the very hungry caterpillar in this delightful board book. Featuring Eric Carle’s bright, distinctive artwork and lots of favourite animals, big and small.
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month  Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting …
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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Lynn Weingarten
July 2015 Book of the Month  June and Delia had an intense relationship, the kind that is all important, all-consuming even, but hard to maintain. In fact, when June hears the terrible news that Delia has died, they hadn’t spoken …
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month   The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers.  Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love …
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Albert and Little Henry Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels …
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Where the Bugaboo Lives Where the Bugaboo Lives
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015 Brilliantly conceived, this hugely attractive picture book is also a sophisticated ‘chose your own adventure’. Floyd wants to go exploring down the valley behind the house where he lives. But his mum …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Catherine Storr
The first in a collection of stories for young children in which the resourceful and kind Polly outwits the enthusiastic but dim wolf over a number of encounters which are close enough to be alarming while funny enough to be …
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Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you’d expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems …
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool
Pamela Butchart
The pupils at Wigglesbottom Primary have very active imaginations and are quick to believe that there’s a shark in the swimming pool, a dinosaur skeleton under their vegetable garden and that Miss Ranger’s play parachute bestows invisibility. Their poor teachers …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets …
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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There The Complete Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children’s books ever since they …
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Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief
Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis is best known for her very successful award-winning animal stories for children of 9-plus. This new series is for younger readers and features puppies that are learning to become working dogs. Each book will star a different dog …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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In Darkling Wood In Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, July 2015 There’s magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends as they each come to terms with hopes and fears. …
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in …
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Dream on, Amber Dream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month  A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness.  Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Magisterium: The Iron Trial Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month  From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.  Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman, …
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Bulletcatcher Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month  Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce …
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The Potion Diaries The Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month  When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there’s an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom’s alchemists are sent out …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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All My Secrets All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month    Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents …
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The Village by the Sea The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family …
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One One
Sarah Crossan
The One book you have to read this summer! The phenomenal new title from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; incredibly moving and extraordinarily crafted, it explores the unbreakable bond and love between sisters. …
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The 9th TELEGRAPH Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Friday 25 September–Sunday 4 October 2015

 

LOVEREADING4KIDS is delighted to announce we are the proud sponsors of CHRIS RIDDELL

 

Back in Bath by popular demand, Chris Riddell is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015 – 2017. He will be appearing in two events at the Festival on Saturday 26 September – with the fantastic Michael Rosen to celebrate their new poetry collection A Great Big Cuddle and solo to talk about his phenomenally popular Goth Girl series and the release of his new book.

Chris will have the audience howling with laughter as he introduces Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. Ghastly-Gorm Hall is to play host to a Literary Dog Show, but something strange is occurring. Mysterious snowy footprints! Night-time barking! What’s going on? Check out Chris’s tips on drawing your own amazing pictures.

 

THE LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S

LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN THE UK

TEN DAYS and OVER 120 EVENTS FEATURING THE BEST CHILDREN’S AND TEEN AUTHORS

THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS AND THE BIGGEST NAMES

IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

 

INCLUDING:

Julia Donaldson, Cressida Cowell, Jacqueline Wilson,

Michael Rosen, Judith Kerr, Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffler, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Floella Benjamin, Julian Clary, Helen Skelton,

Sam & Mark and Andy Day

 

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, now in its 9th spectacular year. This is a festival bursting at the seams with vibrant activity for children of all ages, their teachers, families and friends. Two original founders of the festival, JOHN AND GILL MCLAY are back as Artistic Directors with a world-class line up to thrill book lovers from pre-school to teen and beyond. This has always been a festival that puts fun and laughter first: it’s a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imagination.

 

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS:

• Former Children’s Laureate and festival favourite JULIA DONALDSON returns to Bath with illustrator LYDIA MONKS to reveal What the Ladybird Heard Next • Bath born DAME JACQUELINE WILSON with a sneak preview of her new book Little Stars, the fifth title about Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather • CRESSIDA COWELL and the latest in her massively successful series How To Train Your Dragon • MICHAEL ROSEN and CHRIS RIDDELL with their new Poetry Collection, A Great Big Cuddle • JUDITH KERR creator of classic picture books including The Tiger who came to Tea, will discuss her life’s work and new book, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal with JULIA ECCLESHARE. • FRANCESCA SIMON with her last ever Horrid Henry book • JULIAN CLARY will introduce his fabulous new book, The Bolds, which he has created with award winning illustrator DAVID ROBERTS. • Author, television presenter, politician and advocate for young people FLOELLA BENJAMIN will be talking about the 20th anniversary of her book Coming to England • Lots of events to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland • Workshops and master classes on everything from Shaun the Sheep model making to writing film scripts and creating cartoons. The cover artist for 2015 is BEN CORT, illustrator of the bestselling picture book Aliens Love Underpants and Montersaurus!

 

To see the full programme and book tickets visit: www.bathfestivals.org.uk

Kids July eNewsletter

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Welcome to a jumping, joyful, jamboree July for junior readers! There’s so much sunshine to fill their summer with in our superlative Summer Reading section. Plus, with the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaways Award Winners recently crowned and ‘the’ debut Branford Boase winner announced later this month, there’s a lot to get balmy about! Read on for more.

Just Right for July – Books of the Month

A wonderful world of words for book worms of all ages and abilities is crammed onto our “best of” bookshelf this month just waiting to be read. Our top picks are:

The Complete Alice (7+) by Lewis Carroll – Follow Alice as she tumbles into Wonderland, leaps Through the Looking Glass and see what she Found There all in one beautifully illustrated anniversary edition. A great gift and prized possession to pass on to the next generation and beyond.

What’s the Opposite? (3+) – 4th in the series: a charismatic, quirky exploration of opposites from a deserved giant of the Picture Book world Oliver Jeffers.

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Hazy Daze – Summer Reading

srOne benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by”. Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle.

The long days of summer are a perfect companion to a good book. Plus, if you get kids reading, you’ll get some peace and quiet! We’ve a huge summer hamper of great books for all ages to spend the holidays broadening minds and horizons. Check out our refreshed Great Books for Boys category, ignite their passion for Poetry, inspire them to become the new James Bond with the Alex Rider series or, for the nostalgia fans among you, stick a classic in their lunch box with our Pack a Puffin section. Happy Summer!

Reluctant Readers can Lovereading too!

A recent study shows that 1 in 6 adults and children struggles with reading. We believe that this shouldn’t get in the way of a life long love affair with books, if those readers are inspired from a young age. Our Reluctant Reader and Dyslexia Friendly categories are teeming with titles that give just that support and fire their imaginations, empowering them to enjoy a fervent love of books for life.

Summer Firsts – Debuts of the Month

Yet again we have some fabulous first-time novelists to float even the flimsiest of boats! Look no further than:

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (13+) – genuinely original friendship story with a dark, gasp-producing twist – our teen/YA reader reviewers loved it – just click here to see all the reviews.

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Feeling Curious? – Publisher of the Month

With a fantastic array of imaginative, creative, and jaw-droppingly enjoyable titles for readers aged 8+, Curious Fox will satisfy their hunger for everything from Adventure and Animals to Super Heroes and Villains, Horror, Humour and Real life to Romance. We love this imprint and we know that kids and teens will too. The shelf below is just a taster of what we have in the special category.

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WARP Their Minds! – Series of the Month

We just love W.A.R.P. Eoin Colfer’s action-packed, gadget rich, time-travelling and head-spinning crime series for readers aged 9+. The celebrated author of the Artemis Fowl adventures has hit the jackpot with his fans yet again in this addictive series full of life-or-death situations; gory action; sharp, funny dialogue; and characters you’ll believe in. Latest title; The Forever Man is out in paperback now and you can see the whole lot here. That’s your summer booked!

Dear Diary, I’m Back! – Princess Diaries Re-Launched

After 15 years, Meg Cabot’s bestselling 10-book Princess Diaries series featuring Mia is back! It’s set to delight a whole new generation of late tween and teen fans.

Alongside the relaunch, their parents or elder siblings can revel and fall back in love with Mia with Meg’s new novel for grown ups – Royal Wedding – you’re in your 20s now!! It features Princess Mia’s very own Royal Wedding. It’s glamour personified and utterly addictive. If you like that kind of thing.

And don’t Forget ME!! – Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

And if you DO like that kind of thing. Check out Meg’s; Notebooks of a Middle School Princess one of our reader reviewers Grace, aged 11 said ‘When I first got this book I thought, ‘this is definitely not my type of book. I was wrong. From the first page I was hooked.‘ Future fans, don’t miss the chance to win copies of this wonderful series as well as notebooks of the author herself! Click here.

Stage Success! – Timmy Failure hits London and The Fringe

Hilarious and hugely popular, Timmy Failure (7+) has leapt from page to stage for a one man show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. We have five family tickets to giveaway . But, if you can’t make it to Edinburgh, the show has three preview dates in London in late July/early August. Click here to be in with a chance to win tickets to these.

Read on for this month’s hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. Log in to your account if you want to update them.

P.S. Spring, Summer, Autumn, WINNER! – July Competitions – Comfortingly antiquated, hugely enjoyable and homely classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (3+) is nearly 50 year old (it was 1st published in 1968) and we are giving 5 copies away of a special gift hardback edition. See what other book goodies you can win in our Free Prize Draws category.

Top 10 most popular books on Lovereding 31 June – 6 July 2015

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Lovereading Top 10

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All the Little Pieces All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month.
All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy read, it’s disturbing, sad, unsettling and… addictive. You are launched straight into the terrified thoughts of a young woman …
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The Looking Glass House The Looking Glass House
Vanessa Tait
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll is the great-grandmother of the author of this novel. Alice’s keepsakes have …
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The Last 10 Seconds The Last 10 Seconds
Simon Kernick
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010.
Simon Kernick is fast becoming one of the top crime writers in Britain today and at Lovereading we have been fans for a long time. Here we have another …
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Find Me Find Me
Laura van den Berg
June 2015 Debut of the Month.
A sensitive debut novel by a young American author, previously praised for her short stories, Find Me belongs to the somewhat topical recent school of hopeful dystopias and reminded me of both Sarah Pinborough’s The …
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The Replacement The Replacement
Patrick Redmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
An accomplished psychological thriller that uncovers the layers of deceit and human delusion at the heart of families and which at times reaches the sharp brilliance of Ruth Rendell’s similar tales about the unseen side of …
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To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read.  It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading.  It is quite simply brilliant, a tale of prejudices and injustice in small town America which should …
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The Cartel The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski’s June 2015 Book of the Month.
Winslow’s The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary. This lengthy sequel …
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Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she interviews him for her student paper. Things get both troubling …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)
Lewis Carroll
From her catwalk shows inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to her world famous twisted take on Britishness, Dame Vivienne Westwood has always seen the world through the looking glass. Now she has illustrated her favourite children’s story by …
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The Accident Season The Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.
Each October Cara’s family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter how much their mother tries to protect them, covering every surface in padding, removing electrical gadgets, hiding knives, they …
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