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An exclusive Q&A with Annabel Pitcher

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Last Days of Archie Maxwe​ll: Annabel Pitcher published by Barrington Stoke

Could you introduce The Last Days of Archie Maxwell to us in less than ten words?
A boy, a girl, a secret, a suicide.

What drew you to writing for young adults in particular?
It was never a choice. It was something subconscious; some inner, unknowable desire to pick up a pen and start creating stories about, and for, young people. I am simply not drawn to writing for adults. It has never been an ambition of mine, but since my early twenties, I have felt utterly compelled to write for children and young adults. I can’t really describe it. I don’t do it out of duty, or some lofty desire to make sense of my own childhood, or to reach out to children who might be struggling. I do it because I am meant to do it, and because it fascinates me, and moves me deeply.

What did you begin with; the characters or the sense of the driving force of the story?
This is so tricky to answer. It is different for every book, and it is hard to put into words that first, mystical flicker of inspiration. With Archie, it was a number of things. The location was important. I walk my dog by a train track, crossing it several times, always surprised and a bit unnerved by how easy it would be to not get off the track when the signal turned from red to green. The rumble of the trains accompanied my thoughts for many long hours, and slowly, the vague outline of a story about a boy who lives by a track and is tempted to do the unthinkable started to emerge. I had also, somewhere, had an idea for a book that began with a boy and a girl going to a bridge to commit suicide on the very same morning. What would they do? What would they say? Would they still feel a duty to save each other, even if they were about to die themselves? Some of these questions found their answers in The Last Days of Archie Maxwell. One thing I can say for sure is that I am not a plotter. I don’t like to have a hard and fast plan when I write. I rely much more on feel and instinct, and allow the characters to drive the story as much as possible.

Is this the first novella length story that you’ve written?
It is, and I absolutely loved the experience. It was wonderful to get the chance to focus on something smaller, where each word, and the position of each word, has a huge part to play. It felt a little like writing poetry at times.

  • Why did you decide to write for Barrington Stoke?

I used to be an English teacher, so I have seen first-hand how daunting reading can be for many students. If words are frightening, picking up a book crammed full of them is a huge ordeal. But stories are for everyone. And everyone, no matter what their reading ability, has the right to access good stories, and hard-hitting stories, which aren’t dumbed down in anyway. That’s what Barrington Stoke represent and I was honoured to be asked to write for them.

What is your writing day like?
Unfortunately there is no such thing! I am a mum of two boys (3 and 1) so my life is happily chaotic at present. I squeeze my writing in wherever I can, so I find myself writing at 4am, or midnight, or during nap times, or at the weekend when my husband takes our sons swimming. It is a tough juggling act, sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

All about The Last Days of Archie Maxwell (13+) by Annabel Pitcher is a super readable YA novella – Dads leave home all the time. It’s not that unusual, really. Leon’s dad walked out. So did Mo’s. But Archie’s? Well, that’s a different story – a story that Archie must keep secret at all cost. Archie knows he should accept Dad for who he is, so he hides his turmoil until he can stand it no longer. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself at the railway track. The track has been calling to him, promising escape, release. The only problem is, it’s been calling to someone else too…

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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 13 – 20 January 2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Cuddle Bear Cuddle Bear
Claire Freedman
Meet Cuddle Bear – the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone!
A perfect book for parent and child to share time and time again.
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A Squash and a Squeeze A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson
Celebrating twenty years of a classic picture book pairing!
Julia Donaldson writes…Although the book you have in your hands is officially a 20th birthday edition, A Squash and a Squeeze is actually nearer forty! It started its life as a song …
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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Shape of My Heart The Shape of My Heart
Mark Sperring
January 2013 Picture Book of the Month
Bright images offer loads to look at for young readers to think about the shape of all the things around them in the world. Birds have a shape and so does food. But what …
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My Monster Mayhem My Monster Mayhem
Anita Pouroulis
A little girl keeps getting into trouble with her Mum,

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Mum's Cronky Car Mum’s Cronky Car
Anita Pouroulis
Unloved and unappreciated, Mum’s Cronky Car is on the verge of being scrapped and abandoned.Then one morning, on the school-run, the Cronk is living up to his name being overtaken by a disability scooter! Then out of nowhere he does …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Oh Dear, Geoffrey! Oh Dear, Geoffrey!
Gemma O’Neill
January 2013 Debut of the Month
This beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated book is a tale about a rather tall and clumsy giraffe who struggles to make friends but eventually he finds he has plenty because he can show them something …
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Horrid Henry's Fearsome Four Horrid Henry’s Fearsome Four
Francesca Simon
Four best-selling Horrid Henry stories, each richly illustrated by Tony Ross, are gathered up in this bumper volume making a perfect gift book. The chaos of Horrid Henry’s birthday party; the shock of Horrid Henry’s underpants – as

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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Spin The Spin
Rebecca Lisle
January 2013 Book of the Month A magical and action packed adventure in a cleverly created other world packed full of delightful characters. Orphaned Stormy works at the lowest level in the castle kitchens but he has dreams and aspirations …
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Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I
John Chambers
January 2013 Debut of the Month
There are loads of great laughs in this wild story of a granny with a difference. Samuel Johnson who ‘scribes’ this story has the misfortune to turn up at a new school and find himself …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Far Rockaway Far Rockaway
Charlie Fletcher
January 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Fletcher cleverly intertwines stories within stories in this dramatic and ambitious adventure. When Cat is slammed into by a fire truck crossing a road in central Manhattan, the blow to her …
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Shiverton Hall Shiverton Hall
Emerald Fennell
January 2013 Debut of the Month
A boarding school story with a difference. With its imposing entrance and spooky appearance Shiverton Hall more than lives up to its chilling name. When Arthur Bannister arrives on a scholarship he finds himself dealing …
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Unleashed Mind Over Matter Unleashed Mind Over Matter
Ali Sparkes
January 2013 Book of the Month
Prize winning Ali Sparkes has created a fresh new action-packed series about a group of children with special powers. This is the second in the series. Each novel is brimming with adventure and danger; the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she …
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Burning Bright Burning Bright
Sophie Mckenzie
January 2013 Book of the Month
In this high-octane sequel to Falling Fast, River, still passionately in love with Flynn, finds herself more and more confused and anxious by his violent behaviour. Time and again she forgives him knowing some of …
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
January 2013 Book of the Month Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is fuelled by the rawest emotions deftly handled but never falsely diluted. The role a book plays in their lives …
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New Year New exciting Children’s books for 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The great J.R.R. Tolkien would have been 121 years old this month and with the recent film release of the first part of The Hobbit, his famous tale of a large-footed unlikely hero, our only resolution is to show you what’s new and exciting for your little Halflings this New Year. Happy 2013 from Lovereading4kids!

Pinch and a Punch…Books of the Month

Christmas may have gone, but our shelves are jostling and rejuvenated with great reads for kids of all ages and abilities: One of our hot tips (actually our reader-reviewers’ hot tip) is:

Ketchup Clouds from Annabel Pitcher. One reviewer said ‘Wow. Ketchup Clouds is without question one of the best books I have ever read. This is one of those books that you start to read, and three hours later look up from and realize the whole world looks different.’ Visit the site to read more reader reviews.

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Wild Thing! – Guest Editor, Matt Dickinson

 

He’s one of only 5 British climbers to scale the North face of Everest, he’s won awards for film-making in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth and he’s the author of the amazing, high-octane and thought-provoking Mortal Chaos series. The latest title Speed Freaks is a January Book of The Month. We love this series – and given the feedback from our Lovereading4kids review panel we’re not wrong. See some of their comments below:
Josh Travers (14) ‘I can honestly say that anybody who has not read this book is truly missing out on one of the best fictional adventures of their lifetime.’

Ellen McTeague (11) ‘This book is so clever and a very exciting read with short chapters

Morgan Steigmann (13) ‘This book is probably the most action-packed novel I have ever read’

For Matt, facing his most testing challenge to date, he’s agreed to be our Guest Editor this month! Click here to find out more

New Year New Talent – January Debuts

There is nothing better than discovering a brand new author with a fabulous debut, and we’re kicking off the New Year with a glittering collection of first-footers: Special mention goes to Boonie, Sorrowline and Into That Forest which have garnered some amazing reviews from our Lovereading4kids reader review panel.

Boonie

Richard Masson

(12+) Gripping, vivid dystopian thrill ride from an imagination that knows no bounds.

Sorrowline

Niel Bushnell

(11+) Refreshingly original, mind-blowing time-travel novel like no other.

Into That Forest

Louis Nowra

(11+) Haunting, captivating and extraordinary. It reads like a true story.

Other new debuts this month are:

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Series Stuff! – January Series’ of the Month…

To kick off the New Year, we haven’t just got one Series of the Month, we’ve a whole series of them!…. Well only two actually, but they’re real humdingers!

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be-witching and be-wizarding Camelot adventure series. Two books so far and one on the way… and find out what our Lovereading4kids reviewers thought of the books.

Blade by Tim Bowler (14+) Startlingly original and as sharp as its hero’s name suggests, this four book series is an absolute must for teen lads and will bring hours of quiet to your home… that is, until they run downstairs to tell you all about it.

 

Dark, Dangerous Romantic Reads for Teens

First Secrets and Sapphires (At Somerton), the sweeping new period drama from Leila Rasheed. Think Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl.

Also an evocative reimagining of Wuthering Heights, with a extra magic twist called Black Spring by Alison Croggon.

And don’t miss the book of the film Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl A teen romance, with a twist of supernatural danger and and you can win a £25 Odeon cinema voucher!

Read them in secret…go on…treat yourself!


The Costa Winning – Costa Book Prize

 

The good people at Costa give 5 lucky authors a huge (coffee) break at this time every year with the highly sought after Costa Book Prize. The winner of the Children’s award has just been announced; it was also our personal favourite as we mentioned last month.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (14+) A unique dystopian tale of friendship, moon-landings and the truth about dyslexia. Our young reviewers loved it too, find out more today.

Fabbiha Choudhury. ‘I absolutely loved it and cannot commend it more highly. Absolutely superb!’ Josh Travers. ‘This totally original story is brilliant from beginning to end and each gripping chapter urges you to keep reading’

And talking of Dyslexia…

Don’t forget our special category that is chock-full of dyslexia friendly books. Our book-range from those boffins at Barrington Stoke are categorised by Interest Age and Reading Age so that you and your kids can find the perfect, confidence-inspiring reads for them, whatever their ability. For instance:

My Name is O by Sam Enthoven. With an ‘Interest Age‘ of 11+ and a ‘Reading Age‘ of 8+, this is an accessible and thrilling fantasy-tale of courage, choice and individuality in a world of control and expectation.

Other favourites of 2012 are in the shelf below…

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Scroll down for more recommendations in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in.

Happy Lovereading in 2013

Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 December 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Goldilocks Goldilocks
Allan Ahlberg
‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more and more …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents Horrid Henry’s Christmas Presents
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry loves getting Christmas presents but he’s not so keen on giving them. That’s because, he hasn’t got them to give! However, Henry comes up with a very clever plan firmly based on the principle, it’s the thought that …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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The Tobermory Cat The Tobermory Cat
Debi Gliori
Once upon a time…best-selling illustrator Debi Gliori tells a witty story about cats poking fun at fame and asking if it really has any merit. All the towns on Mull have cats with special attributes, such as being able to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid charts new aspects of his life in his trademark frank and highly humorous diary. From reflecting on the time before he was born to his struggles to find a date for the Valentine Day’s Dance and …
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Dark Lord : The Teenage Years Dark Lord : The Teenage Years
Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 – aged seven to fourteen. This is wonderfully original, completely mad but according to a 10 year old boy we gave it to is one of the funniest books he’s read all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
November 2012 Book of the Month A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure …
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Liar and Spy Liar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
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Sword of Light Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
This cracking page-turning adventure is now available in paperback. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an award winning author. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the Children’s Costa Award 2012. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in …
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Reached Reached
Ally Condie
December 2012 Book of the Month The best-selling Matched trilogy takes off in a dangerous and shattering new direction as Cassia’s revolt and her determination to fight for what matters to her most comes to a head. Now the signs …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic …
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Children’s Christmas Books November 20

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Christmas lights are up, adverts are everywhere and the shops are playing the same old Christmas tunes. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. What can you put in their stockings? Where do you start? Well, why not make us your ‘Bookshelf-Elf’? Yes. Elf is on its way! And spend more than £15 and we will give you free 2nd class UK postage. What are you waiting for?

Pre-Publication Exclusives for November

This category is getting increasingly popular and we love sharing news of upcoming books with you. See the shelf below for this month’s books. We are also looking for ten teen readers to review a stunning debut Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood before it’s published in February 2013. We love it – but we want to know what you think!

But be quick you only have until 30 November!

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Beautiful Poetry Book and App!

Poetry for a younger audience is often ‘shunted in the realm of schoolwork’ but IF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility by Allie Esiri reminds us of the resonance that particular poems can have throughout our life. A perfect collection of poetry for the whole family to share.

And to make it even more relevant and immediate the poems are available in a wonderful ‘App’ where you can hear some of the poems read by Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy.

Free Prize Draws not to miss

Our Free Prize Draws category is bursting with book goodies up for grabs. From Hogwarts Box sets, and Heritage Classics from Egmont to Beautiful slipcase edition’s of Clarice Bean and exclusive Mr Gum books. Click here to find out more and enter them all!

Win a signed copy of our Mega Book of the Month

From Lemony Snicket comes – All The Wrong Questions – Who Could that be at this Hour? Is a wise-cracking detective story in a topsy turvy world packed with brilliantly weird characters is perfect for 7-11 year olds. As well as reading an exclusive free Opening Extract you can WIN a signed first edition!

Reader reviews of Annabel Pitcher’s novels

Annabel Pitcher’s multi-award winning debut novel My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was one of our favourites last year and her latest, Ketchup Clouds, is out shortly.

Check out what a number of 11+ year olds thought who were lucky enough to be selected to receive review copies of these books. There’s time to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece before Ketchup Clouds is published at the end of December and you can read an exclusive extract of both of them here right now.

Which is your favourite Children’s Book of 2012?

The shortlist of the final children’s book award of the year, sponsored by National Book Tokens, has just been announced – there’s some pirate fun for toddlers and young children right up to 9-12 year olds who will love BBC Presenter Simon Mayo’s all-action adventure that’s perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Young Bond.

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The One Stop Shop for Children’s Classics

Is it time you started collecting a library of children’s classics for your children or grandchildren? Christmas is the perfect time to give them as gifts. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Hardback or paperback, large or small format we have something to suit your needs, and budget, from the best names in Children’s Publishing – Walker, Templar, Puffin, Oxford, Vintage and Egmont. Visit our Children’s Classics category today.

Finally, scroll down to see a taster of our Christmas book for all age ranges or visit the site to see the whole glorious selection.

P.S. With the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, soon to be in cinemas why not build up the excitement with The Hobbit Companion. Intriguing to the uninitiated, enchanting to the Tolkien enthusiast, The Hobbit Companion can only enhance our enjoyment of this dark, mysterious world created by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 4 – 11 November 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Arlo Needs Glasses Arlo Needs Glasses
Barney Saltzberg
This inventive, interactive picture book will charm young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit as the reader gets to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem of not being able to see …
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The Jolly Christmas Postman The Jolly Christmas Postman
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
First groundbreaking and now classic, this Twentieth Birthday celebratory edition of the Ahlbergs’ second interactive book about The Jolly Postman will be a treat for a new generation of families. With Christmas coming, the Jolly Postman is off on his …
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The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
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Francesca Simon
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Nick Butterworth
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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
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Michael Morpurgo
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Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery
Simon Bartram
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
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Ros Asquith
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Cornelia Funke
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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free. …
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Alex Shearer
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Annabel Pitcher
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Annabel Pitcher
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