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Most popular children’s books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 12 – 19 June 2016

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Pip and Posy: The New Friend Pip and Posy: The New Friend
Axel Scheffler
A charming new title in this best-selling series from Axel Scheffler. Simple but incident-filled stories for two, three and four-year olds. A gently funny story about navigating friendship and being kind, even when every bone in your body is telling …
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My Dad Will Do My Dad Will Do
Martin Thomas
This child’s-eye view of the father-child relationship is very touching and will strike a chord in all families. Little elephant looks up to Dad – literally – and each spread describes something Dad can do because he’s bigger, whether that’s …
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Open Up, Please! Open Up, Please!
Silvia Borando, Lorenzo Clerici
Perfectly paced, and with very few words, this stylish and wickedly funny, interactive lift-the flap book with its rather tasty twist is sure to delight the very youngest of readers. I am a minibombo book: a little book buzzing with …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Nightwanderers Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania – Ti – comes along. …
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If I Was Your Girl If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Detective Dog The Detective Dog
Julia Donaldson
June 2016 Book of the Month A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs typically sparkling rhyme to tell the story of Peter – a very nice child though he could have been neater – and his dog, …
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Home Home
Carson Ellis
June 2016 Book of the Month Home – it could be a house in the country, a flat, a wigwam, or even an old boot. This beautiful book has fun with the notion of home and each page illustrates a …
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My First Book About Nature My First Book About Nature
Felicity Brooks
Very attractive to look at, clearly laid out and including lots of questions for readers and suggestions for things they can do after reading, this is a very good first information book. It begins with a definition of nature and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll …
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Wolfish Stew Wolfish Stew
Suzi Moore
Yikes but Wolfish Stew has a twist in the tale! Little Grey the rabbit has to be constantly on his guard as he skips through the woods, and must always keep watch for the bushy tail, not to mention the …
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Would You Rather: Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot? Would You Rather: Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot?
Camilla de le Bedoyere
Would you rather dine with a dung beetle, drink with a mosquito, have supper with a spider or lunch with a maggot? Pick your answer and learn about bugs but be careful what you choose.  You could end up eating …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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How to Look After Your Human How to Look After Your Human
Kim Sears
June 2016 Book of the Month Though it’s primarily aimed at dogs, humans too – particularly those who share their home with a canine companion – will find lots to inform and entertain them in Maggie Mayhem’s comprehensive guide. Maggie, …
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The Magic Finger The Magic Finger
Roald Dahl
The story of an unusual little girl who has magical powers. When someone makes her angry, she zaps a punishment on them with her magic, flashing finger! …
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The Secret Railway The Secret Railway
Wendy Meddour
In three words: secret worlds – adventure – magic   There are echoes of Narnia in this exciting adventure which begins with two children finding a door into another world, not in a wardrobe, but in an abandoned workshop full of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Accidental Secret Agent The Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month – In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches.
The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin’s new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you daydream …
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The Wilderness War The Wilderness War
Julia Green
June 2016 Book of the Month – In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors
At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia Green’s story of kids protecting their patch of wilderness is …
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Jennie Jennie
Paul Gallico
Gallico’s story of a young boy who metamorphoses into a white cat following an accident is both an exciting adventure and a moving story of friendship. It is also one of the best books on cats ever written. As a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Dangerous Lies Dangerous Lies
Becca Fitzpatrick
Strong-willed Stella is the key witness in a murder trial and has been placed under police protection. After being given a new identity and forced to cut all contact with friends from her former life, including her boyfriend, Stella is …
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Rent A Bridesmaid Rent A Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently Katy, the retelling of Susan Coolidge’s classic What Katy Did. …
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A Stitch in Time A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month June 2016  Award-winning Penelope Lively’s classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is used to quietly observing the world around her. When her …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Crystal Run The Crystal Run
Sheila O’Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers.
At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees him bullied …
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The Book of Pearl The Book of Pearl
Timothee De Fombelle
June 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Timeless fairytale • Eternal love • Lyrical quest
An enchanting, beautifully written novel about how first love can shape one’s life.
Joshua Pearl is from another world but has been trapped in …
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Five Hundred Miles Five Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen,  Reading Age 8
In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle – escape
With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man. Cole and …
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Top 3 Children’s Books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 August 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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
One of the best-loved stories about what makes a child’s toy ‘real’ and how becoming real is the dearest wish of all toys in the nursery. When the handsome Velveteen Rabbit, with his spotted brown and white coat and ears …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
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Look at Me Look at Me
Francesca Simon
Honey needs to gather all her courage to try skating on the slippery, slidy ice. All the other animals in Buffin Street get the hang of it. Can Honey? A perfect beginning read for all those who like to test …
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Wonderful Earth! Wonderful Earth!
Nick Butterworth
Wonderful Earth is the story of the creation of this wonderful world in which we live. Terrifically interactive with pop-ups, split pages and peep holes it will give the reader aged 5 and above hours of entertainment on their own …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
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 for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
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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Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery
Simon Bartram
A must-have for all fans of Bob, the very much loved man in the moon, who is back for a brilliantly entertaining new adventure. Bob knows every inch of the moon which he looks after so carefully. Imagine his surprise …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Alien Schoolboy's Z-A Guide to Earthlings Alien Schoolboy’s Z-A Guide to Earthlings
Ros Asquith
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, this hilarious series goes from strength to strength.
In this forth title, The Aliens exploration of earthlings’ speech reveals the foibles of the English language – capturing the ridiculous things that are said…and revealing …
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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
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 that he won’t like it because …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning Sharon Creech tells a heart warming and delicate story of unexpected connections that lead to great happiness when they are unravelled. Friends Lizzie and Naomi, both of whom are orphans, meet Finn, a mysterious boy who seems to come …
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
A piece of Passion from the Publisher: We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery. It genuinely takes a lot to make me …
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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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cloud Hunters The Cloud Hunters
Alex Shearer
In this thrilling and thought provoking adventure fantasy set in a world without water, the Cloud Hunters are vital for the community’s survival. Setting out on their missions, they track down the clouds and bring the water home. It’s a …
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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

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Annabel Pitcher
Winner of the 2012 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding debut novel.
The Branford Boase judges said: A very accomplished piece of writing by an author with a clear talent. The descriptions of the way the father handled his daughter’s death …
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Friday, November 9th, 2012

It’s November and as Christmas looms large over a frosty horizon, let us warm your cockles and please your bank manager with some great-value gift ideas for little Christmas Elves of all ages! And don’t miss all the other exciting features on the website.

It’s not just Snicket! November Books of the Month

A bulging bag of brilliant books is fit to burst on our bookshelf this month. All great reads and some even greater gift ideas. Our MEGA Book of the Month and one that we have added to all our Christmas wish-lists is the first book in the new and long-awaited Lemony Snicket series: All The Wrong Questions – Who Could that be at this Hour?

This 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!

You can see all of our Books of the Month in the shelf below. For even more unmissable titles have a look at our section dedicated to Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

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Gruffalo-ad of this! November’s Guest Editor, Axel Scheffler


This month our guest editor is illustrious illustrator-turned-author, Axel Scheffler. Illustrator to the gruffly, global favourite The Gruffalo, Axel has turned his talented hand to writing, creating a stunning new series of books starring Pip and Posy.

Find out more about all Axel’s titles and some of his own personal childhood favourites in our special section.

More New Free Prize Draws

There’s EVEN more reason to try your luck at the competitions on Lovereading4kids this month!

As well as our other great competitions, you could be the lucky winner of:

The Hogwarts Library Boxed set (worth £25)

A Copy of the Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg (5+, 3+) – the ‘Present full of presents’ for kids everywhere!

A selection of books from the new Egmont Heritage Classics series worth over £40.

And don’t miss our Christmas competitions where you can win beautiful first edition gift books – a few even signed to make them even rarer

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Award Winning Children’s Books

Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert and Guardian children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare was chair of this year’s judging panel for the Guardian Children’s Fiction award and said of the winner, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat, the book’s ‘great immediacy and humour really set it apart. Frank writes with such credibility and warmth that his readers will be left wiser when they have finished the story.’ Visit the Book Awards Section of the website to find out more.

Just announced the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

As the giggles die down the cheers start up for two fabulously funny books. The 6 and under award went to the hilarious My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson. It’s a picture book that every parent will relate to. And the 7 to 14 award went to the wonderfully original, completely mad Dark Lord : The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson.

Find out more about the winners and shortlisted titles in our special section.

Loved the Hunger Games time to discover Matched…

Fans of The Hunger Games may already have found Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy for 14+ readers but if you haven’t you’re in for a treat! With film rights having been snapped up, these wonderfully rich and dark novels form a highly addictive, multi-layered dystopian trilogy. The first, Matched, has a page-turning plot and a devastating romance leaving you desperate to learn the fate of the star-crossed lovers and the second Crossed is an even more edge-of-your-seat adventure exploring the basic freedom to choose and what happens when it’s taken from you.

Finally Reached …poetic, page-turning and gripping is published 30 November so there’s plenty of time for teenagers new to Ally Condie to read the first two. We will have an extract as soon as the publisher lifts the embargo on it!!!

En Pointe – A Perfect Gift for Little Ballerinas Everywhere …

7 – 9 year old girl – looking for a book that she’ll love? Well, we have a series of three! Look no further than Cloudberry Castle by Janey

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Louise Jones. Follow the adventures of Katie in her parents’ ballet boarding school, set in a wonderful, remote Scottish castle.

 

Cloudberry Castle

1st in series. Ghosts and dreams of ballet-school in this charming story.

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Ballet School Secrets

2nd in series, hidden secrets and fierce rivalries in a new school year.

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Cloudberry Castle: 

Ballerina Dreams

Just out!! Ballet AND horses, what more could a little girl want?

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And on that Note – November noteworthy …

Catching our eagle eye this month is the brilliant:

Banana Buncha book published in aid of two charities by Dawn Carroll & Linden Hare (5+, 7+) – Loved by kids and adults alike, this is a family favourite and a fabulously characterful, tummy-tickling adventure!

And finally – Answers to all those tricky questions…

Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? What is global warming? Why do children have a knack of asking great questions which we as parents often can’t answer? Well here is a book that can help, as these and many other fascinating questions are answered by experts including Sir David Attenborough, Bear Grylls, and Jessica Ennis. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the NSPCC, helping to fund its projects and services to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK and Channel Islands, including ChildLine. Perfect. Visit the website to find out more.

P.S. We are looking for children to review for us and for their reviews to feature on Lovereading4kids. This month we are giving readers the chance to review one of two sensational debuts? Into That Forest (perfect for 10+ year olds) by Louis Nowra; described by Julia Eccleshare, our editorial expert, as ‘A touching and inspiring story is told with striking originality’ and Sorrowline (perfect for 9-12 year olds) by Niel Bushnell described, by the Editor who discovered it, as ‘full of originality… This book will blow your mind. It’s a time-travel book like no other.’ Just click on the book title to find out how to get involved. But be quick, we’ll be selecting reviewers in the w/c 12th November.

Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 13 -20 May 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
Its message is one to treasure.  Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being born; she feels breezes blowing and …
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Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen

Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It’s a wonderfully celebratory day out …
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
April 2012 Book of the Month. Best known for creating the pictures for the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler has created a perfect story for pre-school. How can Pip’s friends cheer him up when his beautiful red balloon goes POP! ? Luckily Posy …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “The text is very minimal but perfect – and the illustrations are glorious. This isn’t a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws.  Little Max …
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Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London

Best-selling Charlie and Lola and their best friends Marve and Lotta are very excited to be going on a trip to London! They gaze up at Buckingham Palace and wonder which is the Queen’s Bedroom, they look in wonder at …
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The Worst Princess The Worst Princess
Anna Kemp
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A funny new picture book from the team behind the successful Dogs Don’t Do Ballet and Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes! Girls everywhere will be cheering for Sue in this story of determination and derring-do. The galloping, tongue-in-cheek rhyming text …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee

This is a very special Ladybird souvenir edition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. …
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Me, the Queen and Christopher Me, the Queen and Christopher
Giles Andreae, Tony Ross
A touching and funny story about a 7 year-old girl’s adventure having tea with the Queen. Told with Giles Andreae’s trademark warmth and humour, but with an added poignancy when the Queen meets Christopher, Freya’s brother, this is a perfect …
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The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader) The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader)
Vivian French
A delightful animal story, perfect for early readers. There’s nearly a pet shop disaster when a noisy puppy won’t stay quiet at night time. How will the other animals ever get to sleep? Maybe telling stories will do the trick? …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too
Roger Mcgough
May 2012 Book of the Month.  Best-selling poet Roger McGough hits some real Eureka! moments in this cheerfully wacky picture book full of fabulously ingenious inventions. Professor Dotty Dabble is a great inventor so is sure she’ll win the National …
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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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White Dolphin White Dolphin
Gill Lewis
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Bestselling Gill Lewis’s new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins.  Kara’s life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at school and her father is about to …
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The Sleeping Army The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. This is an outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent.  When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking – what’s the point …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
May 2012 Book of the Month. 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 …
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A Waste of Good Paper A Waste of Good Paper
Sean Taylor
A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems. Jason has been told to write something in his new journal everyday. The trouble is there is nothing he wants …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Changeling Changeling
Philippa Gregory
May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling …
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Slated Slated
Teri Terry
May 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is a debut novel not to miss. It’s an original and haunting psychological thriller that’s packed with intense mystery and secrets that will have you gripped from the very first page.  It’s the story of Kyla …
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When It Happens When It Happens
Susane Colasanti
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A terrific romantic comedy drama for all those searching for The One! Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 April 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Baby That Roared The Baby That Roared
Simon Puttock
Love them or loathe then, most babies are sweet. At least, that’s what Mr and Mrs Deer think. They long for a baby of their own to love and cuddle and read aloud to, so, when one is left on …
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The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom
Steve Smallman
What better than a cheeky monkey to enthuse a young child to love books in this bestselling picture book. This edition comes complete with a CD read by CBBC’s Justin Fletcher. The reading is a great aid to improving reading skills, perfect for bedtime, …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy Goat’s antics.

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
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Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Walk in London A Walk in London
Salvatore Rubbino
This walk gives readers a wonderfully close-up and intimate look at some of the best sights of the great city. While the landmarks are accurately positioned and defined, the artist’s impressions bring a distinct and personal flavour to them.
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2012.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme …
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Jogger's Big Adventure (Early Reader) Jogger’s Big Adventure (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
This charming, funny animal story is perfect for early readers. Jogger the hamster is on an adventure, nibbling on books and climbing on chairs. But mean old Sour Puss is about – will Jogger make it back to his cage in …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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The Secret Lake The Secret Lake
Karen Inglis
Author Karen Inglis on what inspired The Secret Lake:
“The Secret Lake was partly inspired by an apartment some friends moved to in Notting Hill many years ago when my children were younger. It backed on to the most fantastic communal …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 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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Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912 Titanic An Edwardian Girl’s Diary,1912
Ellen Emerson White
Titanic, My Story is a vividly imagined account of life on the Titanic by a young girl and told in diary form. A terrific way for children 100 years on to experience what happened in what remains one of the …
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Freaks Freaks
Kieran Larwood
April 2012 Debut of the Month and Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011. 

This well-written and action-packed debut is even being considered the new Harry Potter for its originality but we’d say X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Chomp Chomp
Carl Hiaasen
April 2012 Book of the Month.
An hilarious, edge-of-your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. Wahoo’s Dad …
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A Tiger Too Many A Tiger Too Many
Antony Wootten
April 2012 Debut of the Month. A Tiger Too Many is enchanting from the word go and very readable. The sentences are short and concise with no waffle and therefore the story goes forward quite briskly and the reader’s attention …
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Call Me Drog Call Me Drog
Sue Cowing
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Parker’s got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent’s separation and his father’s expectations of him. He thinks he’s coping alright until he finds Drog …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there …
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Fear Fear
Michael Grant
April 2012 Book of the Month.
This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi futuristic thriller of epic proportions and the fifth of the six planned titles in the GONE series. Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.
The Judges said: An exquisite piece of writing of great depth which has huge impact upon the reader, guiding them through some difficult emotional lessons. Well plotted and lyrically written …
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Top ten children’s books on Lovereading4kids 8 – 15 April 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Lovereading4kids TOP 10

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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 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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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
My Adventure Island is a magical place where anything can happen particularly if you have a little bit of imagination. It’s a brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem by Timothy Knapman, author of the Mungo and …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2012.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme …
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Rabbityness Rabbityness
Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
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A Walk in London A Walk in London
Salvatore Rubbino
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
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Freaks Freaks
Kieran Larwood
April 2012 Debut of the Month and Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.

This well-written and action-packed debut is even being considered the new Harry Potter for its originality but we’d say X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of …
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Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912 Titanic An Edwardian Girl’s Diary,1912
Ellen Emerson White
Titanic, My Story is a vividly imagined account of life on the Titanic by a young girl and told in diary form. A terrific way for children 100 years on to experience what happened in what remains one of the …
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Top ten children’s books on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 April 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
Download free opening extract
4
Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
This is a wonderfully inspiring book for the great outdoors or indoors for that matter. The authors offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, …
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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
My Adventure Island is a magical place where anything can happen particularly if you have a little bit of imagination. It’s a brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem by Timothy Knapman, author of the Mungo and …
Download free opening extract
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme with echoes of Grimm’s Fairy …
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The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition) The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition)
Suzanne Collins
The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover.
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of …
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
April 2012 Book of the Month. Best known for creating the pictures for the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler has created a perfect story for pre-school. How can Pip’s friends cheer him up when his beautiful red balloon goes POP! ? Luckily Posy …
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Down in the Jungle (Early Reader) Down in the Jungle (Early Reader)
Vivian French
Down in the Jungle it’s time for bed, but Monkey wants a story and he sets off to find one in this charming, funny story, perfect for early readers and for reading aloud and sharing with less confident children. These …
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Monday, December 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Baby And Toddler Treasury Baby And Toddler Treasury

A rich resource of stories, poems, action rhymes and more for all new babies and their parents, this Treasury is an excellent ‘first book’. The addition of a scrap book for recording all the babies own milestones is fun too.
If …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
Beatrice Rodriguez
An entertainingly illustrated wordless picture book story which will be loved by all ages. When the daring fox comes by and steals the chicken away from under the noses of her friends Bear and Rabbit, he sets off a dramatic …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Daddy Lost his Head Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake
What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father loses his head. Having searched high and low for the …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats …
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Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas
Kes Gray
Daisy starts to think about Christmas in september; ideas for presents that friends and family will give, what to ask Santa for, even being told that she’s in the school Christmas play, but can you guess what part? The trouble …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Jenny Overton & Shirley Hughes
A charming and deliciously witty story about an unusual Christmas present and the part it plays in bringing a young couple together. Three children long for their older sister to marry her sweetheart but they know that he’ll only woo …
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A Traveller in Time A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain. It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
PRE-PUBLICATION – AVAILABLE 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues …
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