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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s books, by age range, 23 – 30 October 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends …
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Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night.  A very odd thing for an owl to do.  But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe.  A really lovely and original picture book.
Shortlisted …
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lie Kill Walk Away Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very short punchy chapters. Each has suffered …
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The Deviants The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships
Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale.
Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, …
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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There's a Snake in My School! There’s a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a …
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We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find …
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3
Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as …
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They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual …
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Motor Miles Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery …
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner
Terry Pratchett
Special Slipcased Edition | In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious   |  This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – …
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The Pumpkin Project The Pumpkin Project
Katie Smith
Winner of ITV Lorraine’s Top Tales 2016 | In a nutshell: growing vegetables grows confidence and puts nasty Penelope in the shade
Katie Smith’s story beat 3000 others in Lorraine’s Top Tales competition on ITV, winning the approval of Lorraine …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The War Next Door The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands …
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The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for …
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The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Clover Moon Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the …
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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story …
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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One One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children’s category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016.
Award-winning Sarah Crossan …
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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids, by age range, 16 – 23 October 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night.  A very odd thing for an owl to do.  But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe.  A really lovely and original picture book.
Shortlisted …
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a …
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3
Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends from an island is a roller-coaster …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Deviants The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships
Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale.
Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re …
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Darkness Follows Darkness Follows
L. A. Weatherly
October 2016 Book of the Month  Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy’ and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than the first. This world must be entered through Broken Sky, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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There's a Snake in My School! There’s a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a …
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2
We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find …
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3
Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual …
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2
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as …
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3
Motor Miles Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery …
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The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of …
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The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop
Clare Balding
October 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: follow your dreams  |  Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding’s utterly delightful book – in fact, they’ll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Clover Moon Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the …
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The War Next Door The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands …
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3
The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story …
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone …
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Time After Time Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure |   Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it’s easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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Reckless II: Living Shadows Reckless II: Living Shadows
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series, Living Shadows, follows The Petrified Flesh and catches up with …
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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, …
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Most popular books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 22 – 29 November 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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Five Minutes' Peace Five Minutes’ Peace
Jill Murphy
There can’t be a mum in the country who doesn’t identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her best to get away from her children for just five minutes peace (and managing a scant three minutes …
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What a Wonderful World What a Wonderful World
Bob Thiele, George David Weiss
This is a book full of sunshine. Tim Hopgood has taken the lyrics from the song made famous by Louis Armstrong and turned them into a picture book. The lyrics are often pretty specific – ‘I see trees of green/ …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award – September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any …
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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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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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Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2015 Book of the Month   There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, …
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Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. …
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Is There a Dog in This Book? Is There a Dog in This Book?
Viviane Schwarz
Shortlisted for Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category  With an irresistible story that directly involves the reader, this book’s clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for a LOT of fun for cat (and dog) lovers! It …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Tom's Sunflower Tom’s Sunflower
Hilary Robinson
Written and illustrated with warmth, humour and sensitivity, this excellent book, part of the Copper Tree Class series, tackles the subject of family break-up. Hana is confused and upset because her parents are going to live separately, and all the …
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The Snow Beast The Snow Beast
Chris Judge
December 2015 Book of the Month – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Chris Judge’s delightful Beast is back for a fresh adventure and this time he has a new friend!  The Beast loves snow but, when he climbs …
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Old Bear's Bedtime Stories Old Bear’s Bedtime Stories
Jane Hissey
December 2015 Book of the Month Jane Hissey’s Old Bear stories make perfect bedtime reading: warm-hearted and so reassuring. Many of her best-loved characters feature in these stories and the more threadbare her bears and toys are, the more authentic …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
November 2015 Book of the Month  The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how …
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I Believe in Unicorns I Believe in Unicorns
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Last of the Spirits The Last of the Spirits
Chris Priestley
December 2015 Book of the Month  What would Christmas be without a ghost story? Chris Priestley, master of the macabre, has written one that while it will send shivers down the spine can be enjoyed by all the family. His …
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Clare and Her Captain Clare and Her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by his wife’s childhood, he writes about young Clare, visiting …
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Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10) Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10)
Jeff KinneyNovember 2015 Book of the Month Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very good form. The generation gap is something of a theme in this episode: Greg doesn’t understand …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Island Island
Nicky Singer
December 2015 Book of the Month Island is a powerful and vivid new story from Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author of Feather Boy. London teenager Cameron is cast away on an uninhabited island in the Arctic with his scientist mother …
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Pick Your Poison Pick Your Poison
Lauren Child
December 2015 Book of the Month  You’ve got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost. There are multiple strands to her new adventure, which involves …
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Young Bond: Shoot to Kill Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
November 2015 Book of the Month  Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming’s, and latterly Charlie Higson’s shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award – Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair in equal measure alongside life and death. It will leave you gasping for breath and keep you hooked to the end and long after it’ll …
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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 15 – 22 November 2015

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2015 Book of the Month   There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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Lady Helen The Dark Days Club Lady Helen The Dark Days Club
Alison Goodman
This first novel in a trilogy of deliciously dark, supernatural page-turners set in Regency England is packed with passion, period detail and devastating demons.
London, 1812, and sharp-minded, strong-spirited Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented to Queen Charlotte. Her …
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Fans of the Impossible Life Fans of the Impossible Life
Kate Skelsa
September 2015 Debut of the Month
**PLEASE NOTE this title is now classified as an ADULT title due to the content**
Told through the eyes of three utterly unforgettable characters, this is a bold and poignant Young Adult debut about …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. …
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2
Is There a Dog in This Book? Is There a Dog in This Book?
Viviane Schwarz
Shortlisted for Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category  With an irresistible story that directly involves the reader, this book’s clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for a LOT of fun for cat (and dog) lovers! It …
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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma’s Wardrobe
Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
November 2014 Book of the Month  A deliciously funny version of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. Cat tries to read Little Red Riding Hood, one of his most-favourite stories, to his friend Dog. But Dog is a …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Too Many Toys! Too Many Toys!
Heidi Deedman
How many toys is too many? It’s a question that’s bothers Lulu. She has had her teddy Jupiter since she was a baby and loves him very much, but as she grows up, she’s given more, and more, and more …
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Tom's Sunflower Tom’s Sunflower
Hilary Robinson
Written and illustrated with warmth, humour and sensitivity, this excellent book, part of the Copper Tree Class series, tackles the subject of family break-up. Hana is confused and upset because her parents are going to live separately, and all the …
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Wendel and the Robots Wendel and the Robots
Chris Riddell
Crazy inventions, mad robots and a stupendous battle! Wendel and the Robots is a very funny adventure full of crazy inventions and magnificent robots from award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell – with a subtle environmental message. Available in mini …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Clare and Her Captain Clare and Her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 -November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by …
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The Adventures of Miss Petitfour The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Anne Michaels
A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – November 2015 Debut of the Month There is something quite wonderful about indulging in your favourite cake, beautifully decorated with sweet delectable icing.  Well the same can be said for …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
November 2015 Book of the Month  The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains …
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2
Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10) Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10)
Jeff KinneyNovember 2015 Book of the Month Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very good form. The generation gap is something of a theme in this episode: Greg doesn’t understand …
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The Fish Detective The Fish Detective
Chris O’Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
November 2015 Book of the Month  Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as you could hope for, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Island Island
Nicky Singer
Island is a powerful and vivid new story from Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author of Feather Boy. London teenager Cameron is cast away on an uninhabited island in the Arctic with his scientist mother Pascale, who seems more interested in …
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Young Bond: Shoot to Kill Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
November 2015 Book of the Month  Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming’s, and latterly Charlie Higson’s shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of …
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Five Children on the Western Front Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – October 2014 Book of the Month – Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2014    Witty, tender and full of insights …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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A Song for Ella Grey A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
Winner of the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize -Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year ‘Teen Fiction’ Award Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this eloquent, tender and ultimately devastating contemporary teenage love story …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 8 – 15 November 2015

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2015 Book of the Month   There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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Zeroes Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s …
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3
All Sorts of Possible All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis is not afraid to tackle big issues in his novels for teens, including mysteries of good and evil and, in this book, whether there’s a destiny that shapes our ends. Daniel is travelling with his father when their …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. …
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The Emperor of Absurdia The Emperor of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
Put on your jingle-jangle socks, and prepare for adventure! Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle on umbrella trees. The young Emperor is a charming child with a …
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Is There a Dog in This Book? Is There a Dog in This Book?
Viviane Schwarz
Shortlisted for Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category  With an irresistible story that directly involves the reader, this book’s clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for a LOT of fun for cat (and dog) lovers! It …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Too Many Toys! Too Many Toys!
Heidi Deedman
How many toys is too many? It’s a question that’s bothers Lulu. She has had her teddy Jupiter since she was a baby and loves him very much, but as she grows up, she’s given more, and more, and more …
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Tom's Sunflower Tom’s Sunflower
Hilary Robinson
Written and illustrated with warmth, humour and sensitivity, this excellent book, part of the Copper Tree Class series, tackles the subject of family break-up. Hana is confused and upset because her parents are going to live separately, and all the …
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Wendel and the Robots Wendel and the Robots
Chris Riddell
Crazy inventions, mad robots and a stupendous battle! Wendel and the Robots is a very funny adventure full of crazy inventions and magnificent robots from award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell – with a subtle environmental message. Available in mini …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10) Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10)
Jeff KinneyNovember 2015 Book of the Month Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very good form. The generation gap is something of a theme in this episode: Greg doesn’t understand …
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If Only We Had a Helicopter If Only We Had a Helicopter
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7  Here’s a slice of Roger McGough’s childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school; …
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Clare and Her Captain Clare and Her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by his wife’s childhood, he writes about young Clare, visiting …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
November 2015 Book of the Month  The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains …
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The Fish Detective The Fish Detective
Chris O’Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
November 2015 Book of the Month  Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as you could hope for, …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Island Island
Nicky Singer
Island is a powerful and vivid new story from Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author of Feather Boy. London teenager Cameron is cast away on an uninhabited island in the Arctic with his scientist mother Pascale, who seems more interested in …
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2
Young Bond: Shoot to Kill Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
November 2015 Book of the Month  Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming’s, and latterly Charlie Higson’s shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of …
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3
Winterkill Winterkill
Kate A. Boorman
This is such a gloriously different and delightful read. The storyline sucks you in whole and clamours to be read as quickly as possible, while the beautifully bewitching writing encourages you to savour every word. Emmeline and her people rely …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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2
The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair in equal measure alongside life and death. It will leave you gasping for breath and keep you hooked to the end and long after it’ll …
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3
The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 1 – 8 November 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2015 Book of the Month   There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, …
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2
Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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A Little Owl Called Hooty A Little Owl Called Hooty
Diana C Vickery
Enter the magical world of Swankypants the cat as we meet a young owl called Hooty. Hooty is hungry and must leave the safety of his branch for the very first time to catch his dinner. But he’s afraid of …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Zeroes Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s …
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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
*** Suitable for 16+ due to some explicit content.  Pure and completely engaging escapism in the form of high fantasy. Feyre; stubbon, independent and loving has taught herself how to provide for her impoverished family, however on a winters day, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. …
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2
The Emperor of Absurdia The Emperor of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
Put on your jingle-jangle socks, and prepare for adventure! Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle on umbrella trees. The young Emperor is a charming child with a …
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Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat
T. S. Eliot
Arthur Robins’s scratchy illustrations are full of humour and he’s proving to be the perfect partner for T.S. Eliot. Skimbleshanks is the third of the Old Possum poems Robins has illustrated and it’s another rousing success. The world Eliot describes …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
November 2015 Book of the Month  The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains …
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2
Tom's Sunflower Tom’s Sunflower
Hilary Robinson
Written and illustrated with warmth, humour and sensitivity, this excellent book, part of the Copper Tree Class series, tackles the subject of family break-up. Hana is confused and upset because her parents are going to live separately, and all the …
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3
Too Many Toys! Too Many Toys!
Heidi Deedman
How many toys is too many? It’s a question that’s bothers Lulu. She has had her teddy Jupiter since she was a baby and loves him very much, but as she grows up, she’s given more, and more, and more …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10) Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 10)
Jeff KinneyNovember 2015 Book of the Month Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very good form. The generation gap is something of a theme in this episode: Greg doesn’t understand …
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My Parents are Driving Me Crazy My Parents are Driving Me Crazy
Pete Johnson
The ups and downs of would-be comic Louis’s life make for highly amusing reading.  Ups include first date with his friend/comedy agent Maddy, and forth-coming appearance on a TV talent show; downs are school, Mr Beach in particular, and Dad, …
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If Only We Had a Helicopter If Only We Had a Helicopter
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7  Here’s a slice of Roger McGough’s childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school; …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Fish Detective The Fish Detective
Chris O’Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
November 2015 Book of the Month  Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as you could hope for, …
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2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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3
The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Big History The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Big History
Christopher Lloyd
November 2015 Book of the Month  If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn’t do better than opening out the Wallbook Timeline of Big History. Each one …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Young Bond: Shoot to Kill Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
November 2015 Book of the Month  Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming’s, and latterly Charlie Higson’s shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of …
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2
Clare and Her Captain Clare and Her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
November 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by his wife’s childhood, he writes about young Clare, visiting …
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3
Island Island
Nicky Singer
Island is a powerful and vivid new story from Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author of Feather Boy. London teenager Cameron is cast away on an uninhabited island in the Arctic with his scientist mother Pascale, who seems more interested in …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair in equal measure alongside life and death. It will leave you gasping for breath and keep you hooked to the end and long after it’ll …
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2
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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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
A special edition slipcase edition of John Green’s Paper Towns, with pop-up paper town. Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life …
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Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 October 2015

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Julia Eccleshare’s October 2015 Book of the Month The much-loved Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show more than lives up to its title! Using his trade-mark collage illustrations he has created spread after spread of surprising and unusual events. Humans and animals …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Wolves!  Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can’t put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won’t …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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2
Zeroes Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s …
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3
All Sorts of Possible All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis is not afraid to tackle big issues in his novels for teens, including mysteries of good and evil and, in this book, whether there’s a destiny that shapes our ends. Daniel is travelling with his father when their …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Aliens Love Dinopants Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
October 2015 Book of the Month  Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens’ spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of …
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Happy! Happy!
Pharrell Williams
October 2015 Debut of the Month  ‘Happy! Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!’ Pharrell William’s song is irresistible, guaranteed to cheer you up and fill you with optimism whatever your mood. Now he’s taken the words …
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Fairytales for Mr Barker Fairytales for Mr Barker
Jessica Ahlberg
A familiarity with fairy tales is useful to enjoy this charming little book to the full.  Lucy is reading to her dog Mr Barker but he’s not paying attention, in fact he’s soon off out through the window into – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book – extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning – but none go far enough.  A truly unique work …
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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree …
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Take Away the A Take Away the A
Michael Escoffier
What a difference a letter makes! Without the G the glove falls in love; remove the K and the monkey makes money; without the A, the beast is best! It’s such a clever idea, one reading and you’ll be working …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
Cerrie Burnell
October 2015 Book of the Month  ‘Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins …
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Pinocchio Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his …
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School Ship Tobermory School Ship Tobermory
Alexander Mccall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children’s story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting it on a tall ship. Twins Ben and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
October 2015 Book of the Month  Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love. Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is struggling to find the answers to some important questions: how to properly say …
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Grandpa's Great Escape Grandpa’s Great Escape
David Walliams
October 2015 Book of the Month  There’s no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has built up a huge …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month   A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud
October 2015 Book of the Month  Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, …
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Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
October 2015 Book of the Month  Rick Riordan’s unerring ability to reach readers – including those generally described as reluctant – is evident in his new series. Once again he takes ancient myths as inspiration and with its flawed gods, …
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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3
Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
October 2015 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Lovereading4kids top 3 books, by age range, 27 September – 4 October

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close …
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2
Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers makes for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.
Awaiting Lovereading4kids review. …
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3
The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Julia Eccleshare’s October 2015 Book of the Month The much-loved Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show more than lives up to its title! Using his trade-mark collage illustrations he has created spread after spread of surprising and unusual events. Humans and animals …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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2
The Lone City 2: The White Rose The Lone City 2: The White Rose
Amy Ewing
The enticing second Lone City novel continues to reveal more about the fascinating and thrilling dystopian world previously unveiled in The Jewel. The White Rose plunges straight into the middle of tense and dramatic action, immediately capturing your attention (and …
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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Twit to Who? Twit to Who?
Smriti Prasadam-Halls
A Piece of Passion from editor, Boxer Books  The idea of owls and the dark, dark night has always been a magical one. Owls are known for being wise and watchful and there is something immediately peaceful and comforting about …
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Aliens Love Dinopants Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
October 2015 Book of the Month  Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens’ spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of …
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3
Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six …
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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
Leonie Pratt
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  This excellent book is full of fun activities for children that will not only keep them entertained for hours, but will also give them a really useful introduction to the world of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
Cerrie Burnell
October 2015 Book of the Month  ‘Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins …
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3
The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
October 2015 Book of the Month  Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love. Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is struggling to find the answers to some important questions: how to properly say …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month The powerful new novel from the master storyteller – inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II, it bears all the hallmarks of the next Morpurgo classic …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud
October 2015 Book of the Month  Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by Age range 13 – 20 September 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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

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

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

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Overall Winner of 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award – One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month    This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair …
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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 February 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey Nut Monkey Nut
Simon Rickerty
Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The friends find a monkey nut can be a bench, a drum or a boat – in fact, there seems …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does he know what Little Owl’s mummy will look like? Young readers will enjoy the …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month  Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman.  The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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Friends Friends
Michael Foreman
Award-winning Michael Foreman puts an unlikely friendship at the heart of this captivating story of a cat and a fish who become such firm friends that the fish chooses friendship over freedom. Together the friends tour the world – especially …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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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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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.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story  Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume.  Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month  This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks  – from her dead father, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands.  Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story   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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month   A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix.  Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond.  However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month  Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Dead Romantic Dead Romantic
C.J. Skuse
February 2013 Book of the Month  Very funny and touching, this is a refreshingly original teen novel which stirs traditional themes into a thought provoking mix of science and more. Newly into sixth form college, Camille – unfortunately named after …
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