Archive for September, 2015

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 20 – 27 September 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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Walter's Wonderful Web Walter’s Wonderful Web
Tim Hopgood
Walter the spider is determined to make a perfect web, just like his friends. At first his webs are too wibbly-wobbly and the wind whooshes them away, so he experiments with different shapes – triangles, squares, rectangles – but they …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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Fans of the Impossible Life Fans of the Impossible Life
Kate Skelsa
September 2015 Debut of the Month
**PLEASE NOTE this title is now classified as an ADULT title due to the content**
Told through the eyes of three utterly unforgettable characters, this is a bold and poignant Young Adult debut about …
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Firewalker Firewalker
Josephine Angelini
The second book in the breathtaking ‘Worldwalker Trilogy’ leaps straight back into the action packed story which began in ‘Trial by Fire’. Back on her native world, Lily attempts to rebuild her life and her friendships, while a persistent FBI …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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Super Happy Magic Forest Super Happy Magic Forest
Matty Long
September 2015 Debut of the Month  A quest is a quest is a quest, even if the heroes are brightly coloured and quite ridiculously cute picturebook characters, in this case a unicorn called Blossom, a fairy called Twinkle, a gnome …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
Leonie Pratt
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  This excellent book is full of fun activities for children that will not only keep them entertained for hours, but will also give them a really useful introduction to the world of …
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Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
Download free opening extract
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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
Download free opening extract
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Alistair Grim's Odditorium Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Gregory Funaro
The odd is the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, a peculiar building located somewhere in the streets of Victorian London and which teems with magic. Grubb (no first name, two b’s), twelve years old or thereabouts, orphan chimney sweep, arrives …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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Night Break Night Break
Andrew Lane
There’s something addictive about the Young Sherlock books and Night Break will have young readers hooked from the very beginning. Sherlock and his brother Mycroft are called back to their family home for the funeral of their mother and while …
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REVIEWERS OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Kids love to read.  We know it but sometimes it can be a little tricky enticing them with a good book and let’s face it there are just so many to choose from that it can be hard to decide which will be best for you.  Well here at Lovereading4kids we love to make that job easier for both child and adult.  We do feel that while we can use our combined experience and passion to search through the many, many books out there to advise and guide you, it’s also vital to glean opinions straight from the mouths of those the books are intended for. This is where our reader review panel comes in.  They are a vital part of Lovereading4kids, providing us with honest reviews and opinions which, alongside reviews from our editorial experts will also help you decide if this book is right for your intended reader.  What could be better than that?

Well we feel it’s time to reward them and so we are introducing our ‘Reviewer of the Month’ award.  Each month we will select a review from three different age ranges, (Young, Middle Grade & Teen/YA), subject to there being books in the categories, reviews that we feel have stood out in some way.

I’m therefore delighted to introduce you to the reviewers of the month for August 2015.

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YOUNG READERS CATEGORY

Sam (age 5) & Jack (age 3) Radford.  

Brothers Sam and Jack reviewed the fantastic Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges. They absolutely loved the cheeky lemons and cool bananas and ‘had great fun wriggling our hips and shaking our pips!’

They also sent in some fantastically fruity drawings which you can see along with their full review.  Both Jack and Sam showed us that sharing this great book not only encouraged a love of reading but also dancing AND drawing.

We wanted to find out a little more about these young booklovers and so put a few book inspired questions to them.

If the planet was under attack from a group of book stealing aliens, which would be the one book you would save?

Sam would save his Colourful Book of Nursery Tales as he likes choosing stories from the different coloured sections.

Jack would save The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers because he thinks it’s really funny.

If you could be one character from a book for a day who would you be?

Sam would like to be Sir Scallywag from Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo by Giles Andrae because he’s clever and funny. Sam thinks it’s very funny when Daddy calls him Sir Scallywag.

Jack would like to be the boy who eats books because it makes him laugh.

What do you love most about being a book reviewer?

Both boys get incredibly excited (as does mummy!) when a book arrives through the post. We all look forward to reading the book for bedtime stories and talking about our favourite parts.

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MIDDLE GRADE CATEGORY

Alexander (age 10) and Daniel (age 8) Bisland.

The brothers have been reviewing books for Lovereading4kids for over two years now and love sharing reviews and books with their classmates too.  They often review individually but as they both enjoyed The Bolds –  by Julian Clary so much, they decided to submit a joint review.  We loved their newspaper headlines for THE DANIEL MAIL and THE ALEXANDER TIMES. Very inventive indeed.

If the planet was under attack from a group of book stealing aliens, which would be the one book you would save?

Daniel – The Bolds and Boy in Tights

Alexander – The Sword of Kuromori and because I can’t just choose one book, then I’d save The Bolds, Nathalie Buttface, Listen to the Moon, Galactic Hotdogs, Running Wild and The Accidental Prime Minister, which are all in my top ten favourite books!

If you could be one character from a book for a day who would you be?

Daniel – Willy Wonka because I want to make lots of chocolate and I love eating chocolate

Alexander – Kenny Blackwood (The Sword of Kuromori) because I want to be a ninja.

What do you love most about being a book reviewer?

Daniel – Getting really good books to review and sharing my reviews at school.

Alexander – Getting really good books to review and then seeing my review on the website.

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TEEN/YA CATEGORY

Celeste Phelan (age 14).

Last but by no means least we come to Celeste who joined the panel last year. It is certainly hard choosing a winner from so many wonderful reviews but we felt that Celeste’s review –  was engaging and gave a wonderful balance of enticing us to want to read the story but not giving too much away.  It certainly left us wondering about the ‘mysterious, strange and sinister’ Fuzzy mud.

What do you like most about reading?

I like to read because it’s really relaxing and I enjoy the mystery, adventure and excitement within books. Books are a door to another more fantastic world than our own which I undeniably want to be a part of.

What is your favourite thing about being a book reviewer?

My favourite thing about being a reviewer is the fact that we get amazing books in the post that no one else has read yet. I also enjoy writing the reviews which is a great way to improve my English skills.

If you could be one character from a book for a day who would you be?

If a could be a book character for a day I would be Emily from the Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn because she has the most amazing adventures and fights the most horrible villains in Roman Myths.

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We do hope you enjoyed meeting our August Reviewers of the Month.  Come back next month to find out who will be awarded the title for September 2015.

Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by Age range 13 – 20 September 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What’s true? What’s impossible? What’s absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing …
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Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be a happy Christmas. But no-one knows …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
Download free opening extract
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Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
Bob Graham
As Coco’s parents tuck her into bed, far away the winter sun is rising on a polar bear and her cubs. We follow the sun as it skids ‘giddy’ across the sea, caught briefly in the eye of a whale, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
Download free opening extract
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Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
Download free opening extract
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Willy's Stories Willy’s Stories
Anthony Browne
A stunning picture book with a story to each spread to inspire a child’s own imagination into what happens next and all linked to 10 classic stories.  Join Willy the gorilla as he becomes a character in each of these …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
Download free opening extract
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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
Download free opening extract
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The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
Download free opening extract
3
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
Download free opening extract
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
Download free opening extract
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
Download free opening extract
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Overall Winner of 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award – One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month    This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair …
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Mid-September eNewsletter

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Summer may be over but there are still some exciting Book Festivals to look forward to. Lovereading4kids will be at the Children’s Bath Literary Festival (25 Sep – 4 Oct) and The Cheltenham Literary Festival (2 – 11 October) and we’d love to meet you and your children at the events we are supporting if you are coming along. Plus read on for more exciting children’s book news.

    

Sneak Peek! – September Pre-Pubs pt2

As ever, you can get ahead of the gang by reading exclusive extracts of great books before they hit the shelves! Our top picks include: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer. Rick Riordan has done it again with an unputdownable new series, based on Norse mythology, featuring an epic new hero Magnus. 11+ readers will be hooked.

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Julia Eccleshare Shares – September Picks

As recommendations go, there are none finer than our Editor-at-Large and Guardian Children’s Editor, Julia Eccleshare. See her top picks for this month and indeed all previous months, as we have a special category dedicated to her expertise!

One of which is a very late but very exciting addition to the autumn schedule, as it was only announced two weeks ago. 92 year old Judith Kerr of The Tiger who Came to Tea fame amongst many others, has written her first novel since 1978 (!) and it’s called Mister Cleghorn’s Seal. Julia says it is ‘a touching and funny story. A new gem and a classic in the making that will delight readers young and old’.

Get the Picture! – Alma Books new list for Kids

Literary passionados, Alma Books has launched a new list especially for children and young adults. With the same care, panache and enthusiasm they pour into their other lists, they’ve enlisted the talents of some of the finest contemporary illustrators (Axel Scheffler and Chris Mould for example) to bring to life works from acclaimed international authors as well as new talent. We particularly love:

Alistair Grim’s Odditorium (9+)– Victorian London is teeming with magic and an adventure ensues that would have Harry Potter hiding under his cloak and coming soon Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales!

   

A World of Facts and Learning from Usborne

Superlative children’s imprint, Usborne has lovingly gathered a series of books designed to teach young kids more about the world we live in. From the countries of the world and the people who live in them to the science that makes it all go around. And all packaged in fun, tactile books they’ll love to explore.

This month for 5+ children who prefer fact to fiction we have two wonderful books of the Month; Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do and Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World that fuel a thirst for knowledge. And for older children do have a look at our Fascinating Facts category full of a bewildering array of books to let them discover the world around them.

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Even More Great Books for Boys!

Boys can sometimes take more convincing of the benefits of reading. Our Great Books for Boys category is crammed with boys’ own adventures that make this a thing of the past! Check out:

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (9+) by Horatio Clare. Heroic and resonant story about saving loved ones and battle despair. Lockdown (9+, 11+) by Peter Jay Black. Part of the celebrated Urban Outlaws series: a gadget packed high-octane, life and death drama. The Boy Who Drew the Future by (11+) by Rhian Ivory. Noah has a strange and unsettling talent – gift or curse? Tense, creepy and thrilling.
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Also great for Boys (but definitely not exclusively) and perfect for reluctant readers are some Rugby themed books timed brilliantly for the World Cup – see the shelf below.

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A Most Unladylike Award winner

Winner of the Waterstone’s Best Fiction for 5-12’s Award 2015 and the first in a fabulous and exciting new detective series set during the 1930s. Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery by Robin Stevens is wonderfully fast-paced, set in a fascinating period and the whole series makes for an entertaining and gripping read for 9+ readers. Our kids reader review panel absolutely loved it too saying things like ‘A crime-riddled murder mystery that I couldn’t put down and kept me guessing until the end‘.

Papercut Perfection! – Unmissable and Unnerving

Two ghoolishly wonderfully illustrated adventures have flown paper aeroplane-style through the office this month and we just had to share them with you!

Goblins and Ghosties: Stories of Darkness from Around the World (7+) – Guaranteed goosebumps. Brilliant, bump-in-the-night stories in short bursts.

Serpents and Werewolves: Tales of Animal Shapeshifters (7+) – More global folk tales awash with the delightfully weird and spine-curdlingly superstitious.

Picture Books to Blow you Away

Definitely worth an enthusiastic delve are the superb books of Rob Biddulph. Blown Away was described as “near perfect” and his latest; Grrrr! is set to sweep the awards boards yet again. Hilarious illustrations and wonderfully imaginative storytelling combine to make books your kids will want to share with you again and again.

Like a Quest? – These are better than the Rest!

Author, David Baldacci is not only a worldwide bestselling author for adults and children, but also the founder of the Wish You Well Foundation, dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across the U.S. Just the calibre of passionate pen smith to trust to write great books for teens!

His Fantasy adventures: Finisher and Keeper are heroic, epic sagas crammed with magical realms and creatures, but also poignant emotions and relatable obstacles. Gripping stuff that our Reader Reviewers described as “exciting”, “thrilling” and “impossible to stop reading”. See more here.

    

The Hero of ‘The Letter for the King’ Returns!

In 2013, the most famous, bestselling classic children’s novel from Holland, Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt was published in the UK for the first time after more than 50 years of international success. It was a Book of the Year for us and has enthralled a new generation of children. Now Knight Tiuri and his trusty squire and friend Piak are back in another thrilling epic adventure called The Secrets of the Wild Wood.

Be a Leaf on the Poetree

Children love verse and rhymes. Some are lucky enough to develop this love into an enjoyment of poetry in all its forms. 8 October sees National Poetry Day and there are events up and down the country. So, why not get inspired by our Poetry Category, filled to the brim with brilliant couplets for kids of all ages. A real favourite is the beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young from Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell called A Great Big Cuddle with the chance to win a book and limited edition print by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell – and there are more on the shelf below.

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Oodles and Oodles of Book Goodies up for Grabs

And speaking of prizes …this month our Free Prize Draw category is veritably groaning with exclusive book prizes from Goody bags of Julia Donaldson books to be won in our Ladybird Treasure Hunt, limited edition prints, button badges and signed copies of Patrick Ness’ latest and the chance to win the 1st 3 books in the Geek Girl Series. What are you waiting for???

That’s it from us this month. What a bumper crop of fact and fiction! We’ll be back with more next month. Happy Reading!

P.S. Amazing Grace – 25th Anniversary A quick word to celebrate Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. 25 years since publication and just as poignant now as it was then, it’s a beautiful story with self-belief and racial and gender equality at its core.

P.P.S. New Skin for Funnybones – The much loved Allen and Janet Ahlberg timeless classic, Funnybones (5+) is out in a brand new edition. Deliciously spooky and incongruously joyful, this is a book that you’ll love as much as they do. And so will their children!

Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 6 – 13 September 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
Download free opening extract
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Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
Download free opening extract
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Not Now, Bernard Not Now, Bernard
David Mckee
Two of our Guest Editors chose Not Now, Bernard – celebrating it’s 35th anniversary in 2015 – as one of their favourite books.
Sophie Mckenzie ‘This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children’s writing. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
Download free opening extract
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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
Download free opening extract
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Fans of the Impossible Life Fans of the Impossible Life
Kate Skelsa
September 2015 Debut of the Month
**PLEASE NOTE this title is now classified as an ADULT title due to the content**
Told through the eyes of three utterly unforgettable characters, this is a bold and poignant Young Adult debut about …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, bestselling author/illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created yet another bestseller with Stick Man and now the book comes in a beautiful new gift edition complete with a snow dome. “Stick Man lives in the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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The Ride-by-Nights The Ride-by-Nights
Walter de la Mare
This is the second of Walter de la Mare’s poems to be turned into a picture book by Carolina Rabei and her illustrations provide a rich setting. It’s Hallowe’en and ‘Up on their brooms the Witches stream/Crooked and black in …
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Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
Polly Faber
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Bambang the tapir makes his way from the jungle to the big city where he is lucky enough to be found by Mango, a very capable little girl. Though by nature he’s rather timid, …
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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Alistair Grim's Odditorium Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Gregory Funaro
The odd is the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, a peculiar building located somewhere in the streets of Victorian London and which teems with magic. Grubb (no first name, two b’s), twelve years old or thereabouts, orphan chimney sweep, arrives …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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Unbecoming Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a subject that …
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September eNewsletter

Monday, September 7th, 2015

September is a month of new beginnings. Back to school with a bang and a new year to look forward to. Let us conjure worlds of words to keep them learning and loving reading this month – an opportunity for a little down time and away from school work. After all, we all need a work/life balance. From tentative tots to reluctant teens, there’s something for every young reader this month …

Monsters, Demons and Dreams! – Books of the Month

Both September and October are huge months in children’s publishing, and this year is no exception – we’ve picked some crackers for your little ones and for this month here’s the definitive list of what’s hot for Autumn. Don’t miss:

One by Sarah Crossan (13+) – MEGA teen Book of the Month! – Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming tale of two girls in one body.

A Great Big Cuddle (3+) – will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child – a future classic from two of the biggest names in children’s publishing. Or Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion (5+) by David MacPhail – delightful and truly funny brand new series, from an ex-chicken-wrangling author who counts writing about Yetis and Vikings as “the first proper job I’ve ever had”. Along with Pugs of the Frozen North (7+) – Reeve and McIntyre bring you another rip-roaring read and this time involving pugs, 66 of them to be precise! Even The Wolf Wilder (9+) by Katherine Rundell – Brilliantly imaginative and unique – a modern children’s classic in the making. ‘A snowy, action-packed adventure full of wild animals and excitement’ (Reader Review).

Finally, Demon Road (13+) by Derek Landy – Buckle up for you are in for one hell of a ride for Skulduggery Pleasant creator Derek Landy has done it again but now for a slightly older audience with a suspenseful, terrifying, gripping, funny, saddening, heart-stopping read says one of our teen/YA Reader Reviewers, Poppy aged 16.

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September’s New Intake – Debuts of the Month

A new school year and a host of first-time authors vying (successfully, we think) for popularity on our debutantes bookshelf this month: We love:

Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig
(5+) – Mango is a girl, good at all sorts of things and Bambang is a tapir who could be mistaken for a pig. Join them on their many delightful adventures; ideal for younger readers who are just becoming confident at reading alone.

The Blackthorn Key (10+) – Follow the clues. Crack the code. Stay alive. A brilliant, fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.

Everything, Everything (13+) – already optioned for a major feature film, this is a fantastic tale about breaking out of your shell and grabbing life by the horns.

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Sneak Peek! – September Pre-Pubs

As ever, you can get ahead of the gang by reading exclusive extracts of great books before they hit the shelves! Our top picks include:

Zeroes (13+) by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – Break-neck, explosive superhuman shenanigans from an international bestselling writing team.

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The Picture Book comes Home!

Home (3+, 5+) by Carson Ellis explores the different interpretations of “home” in this engaging, imaginative and immersively beautiful book for youngsters. Thought-provoking, chat inducing and stunning – perfect for kids who want to elongate bedtime! What’s more, we’ve some limited edition prints and books to giveaway on our Facebook page. Click here.

Thought-Provoking Teen Titles

Highly acclaimed and deservedly popular author, William Sutcliffe writes dystopian tales for teens that reflect society, highlight the sense of ‘otherness’ that kids often feel and take them on wonderfully-crafted journeys of sensational storytelling.

The Wall is a moving tale raising important questions about divisions in society, while Concentr8 (new this month) focusses on how young people can be led to anti-social behaviour by the very conditions that aim to curb it. More here.

Opening the ‘National Treasure’ Chest

The phrase “National Treasure” gets bandied about perhaps a little too often these days. But, in the case of Shirley Hughes it’s entirely deserved. Recently awarded the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award – the cherry on a career-cake filled with accolades – Shirley has made an outstanding contribution to book illustration over several decades. Find out more about her and her work here, or have a peak at Hero on a Bicycle (11+), her first novel and a gripping, life-affirming wartime tale of family strength.

Animal Magic! – The Books of Gill Lewis

Animal fans unite! Gill Lewis is deservedly revered for her passionate and poignant stories about the power of relationships between children and animals. It’s her own love for animals that shines through every page and lends an authenticity that her readers immediately engage with and adore. You can see all of work here, but her latest is Gorilla Dawn, a heart-stopping rescue story that will warm you to your jungle boots and, according to our very own editorial expert, Andrea Reece, one of the best books of the year

Book Festival Fun

Treats galore are in store this October as Lovereading4kids is proudly sponsoring two spectacular events; Goth Girl with Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell (26 Sept) at The Telegraph’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival (25 Sept-4 Oct) and Where My Wellies Take Me with Michael Morpurgo (11 Oct) at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (2-11 Oct).

Watch out for the Hilarious Obstreperous Crayons!

The first collaboration between Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers The Day the Crayons Quit swept the awards board last year and so we were very excited to hear that the crayons are back. Postcards from lost, forgotten, or broken crayons sets Duncan on another unmissable adventure in colouring, for 5+ readers, called The Day the Crayons Came Home.

 

Scroll down for more hand-picked books in the age ranges you have told us you want to be kept up to date with.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a bag full of Julia Donaldson books by playing our ‘Ladybird Hunt’ game.

Most popular books, by age range, 30 August – 6 September

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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Not Now, Bernard Not Now, Bernard
David Mckee
Two of our Guest Editors chose Not Now, Bernard – celebrating it’s 35th anniversary in 2015 – as one of their favourite books.
Sophie Mckenzie ‘This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children’s writing. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
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Midnight Dolls Midnight Dolls
Kiki Sullivan
A return to the hot south beckons in this new episode of Kiki Sullivan’s moreish series, a sultry mix of romance and voodoo. Eveny Cheval has just come to terms with the knowledge that she is the latest in a …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
Bob Graham
As Coco’s parents tuck her into bed, far away the winter sun is rising on a polar bear and her cubs. We follow the sun as it skids ‘giddy’ across the sea, caught briefly in the eye of a whale, …
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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, bestselling author/illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created yet another bestseller with Stick Man and now the book comes in a beautiful new gift edition complete with a snow dome. “Stick Man lives in the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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Ted Rules the World Ted Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that’s certainly the case here. Ted’s birthday starts quietly – he finds his parents fast asleep …
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How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Wendy Meddour
Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown put a clever twist on the Rapunzel story in this excellent picturebook. Rapunzel sits alone and fed up at the top of her tower block. Her friends urge her to let down her hair but …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Pets
Sir Tony Robinson
Have you ever looked at your cat or dog and wondered about how they first came to live with humans?  Or what would happen if, instead of a cat, they were actually … a lion?!  Or whether your dog would …
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The Bolds The Bolds
Julian Clary
August 2015 Book of the Month  Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket’ Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children’s writer too. The Bolds, his first book for children, is a real treat – a funny story with a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
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2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O’Doherty
Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world’s greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know from his first book, danger really is everywhere: toast, pets, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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