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Most popular books by age range 8 – 15 January 2017

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is the Kiss This is the Kiss
Claire Harcup
A big bear and a little bear are getting ready for bedtime – a process with lots of lovely stages. They wave goodbye to their snowman, hold hands for the walk home, smile, have a last play, tickle and giggle, …
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Picken Mix and Match the Farm Animals! Picken Mix and Match the Farm Animals!
Mary Murphy
January 2017 Book of the Month  Mix and match the split pages of this ingenious board book to make your own amazing farmyard creatures! So whether it’s a Picken or a caglet or a chicken or a piglet babies and …
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I'll Love You Always I’ll Love You Always
Mark Sperring
The passage of time and the everlasting nature of a parent’s love for a child are intertwined in this charming picture book. Big Mouse answers Little Mouse’s question ‘how long will you love me?’ using the natural world to demonstrate …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The One Memory of Flora Banks The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory
Can there ever have been a heroine like Flora Banks? She’s 17 when the book opens, but an accident aged 10 …
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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
January 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets  |   Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to live with bipolar disorder, and finding the strength to reveal …
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Bone Gap Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
January 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award | In a Nutshell:  Unconventional magic realist thriller |  A entrancingly unique novel about a boy’s search for a young woman who’s disappeared from their eccentric …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew! Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew!
Mark Sperring
January 2017 Book of the Month   In suitably jolly rhyme Ed Eaves describes just what joining Captain McGrew’s pirate crew entails, from the reasonably easy – climbing the rigging, shouting ‘Land Ahoy!’ – to the downright difficult – digging up …
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Also an Octopus Also an Octopus
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
January 2017 Book of the Month An octopus playing a ukulele is just the start of this witty and unlikely story that will inspire imagination. While having a character is a good start for a story what happens next is …
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Odd Socks Odd Socks
Michelle Robinson
Everyone will enjoy this epic tale of true love and steadfastness, no less heroic or inspiring for starring a pair of woolly socks! Sosh and Suki are made for one another and their life on a fresh pair of feet …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl takes on the likes of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and brings us a brilliant collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales.  Dahl’s Gobblefunk is brought to life …
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Trouble Next Door Trouble Next Door
Chris Higgins
In a nutshell: new house, new friend, new adventures |    There’s something fascinating about naughty children, and readers will be captivated by Magda, the co-star of Chris Higgins’s new book. Bella and her family are just moving into a new …
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Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves
Sophie Thompson
In a nutshell: charming story of boy who can talk and joke with the animals | Lucky Vince – not only is his dad a zoo keeper but Vince has inherited the family trait and can talk to the animals. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Worst Ever School Trip Worst Ever School Trip
Barry Hutchison
January 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud |    Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he’s now condemned to be completely, even brutally honest at all times thanks …
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Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations Nancy Parker’s Spooky Speculations
Julia Lee
In a nutshell: a diary of detection from our favourite 1920s housemaid  |  With the current craze for historical mysteries and clever girl detectives, readers will be delighted to make the acquaintance of Nancy Parker, bright young maid and experienced …
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Who Stole the Hamster? Who Stole the Hamster?
N. Griffin
In a nutshell: a clever bit of detection in the classroom |    This satisfying, entertaining classroom crime caper thoroughly respects its young readers’ intelligence. Smashie and Dontel are smart as they come and when the school hamster disappears from his …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight |   Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling, …
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Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt’s ancient monuments.   Adventure stories don’t come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens, the Atlas family are about to fly off to Egypt …
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The 78-Storey Treehouse The 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse |   Andy and Terry’s treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It’s now 78 storeys high (new additions include an ALL-BALL sports stadium …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Goldfish Boy The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017   A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by his obsessive fears of germs and much else Matthew watches his neighbours’ lives and details their …
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Welcome to Nowhere Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers |   This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what is happening in Syria and why – serious, …
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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Monstrous Child The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016 – May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of …
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016     Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who …
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Wing Jones Wing Jones
Katherine Webber
January 2017 Debut of the Month |  In a Nutshell:  Losing your way  | Running for your life  | Finding your feet   | 12+   A beautifully bittersweet debut in which a teenage girl discovers a latent talent that shines light on the …
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Lovereading4kids post popular books, by age range, 1 – 8 January 2017

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

  1. This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup
  2. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  3. Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

Featured Books for Young Adults

  1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  2. Cradle and All by James Patterson
  3. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Featured Books for 3+ readers

  1. Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew! by Mark Sperring
  2. Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  3. Odd Socks by Michelle Robinson

Featured Books for 5+ readers

  1. Jim by Hilaire Belloc
  2. Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves by Sophie Thompson
  3. Trouble Next Door by Chris Higgins

Featured Books for 7+ readers

  1. Worst Ever School Trip by Barry Hutchison
  2. Who Stole the Hamster? by N. Griffin
  3. Spy Toys by Mark Powers

Featured Books for 9+ readers

  1. What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford
  2. Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones
  3. The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg

Featured Books for 11+ readers

  1. Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
  2. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams
  3. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Featured Books for 13+ readers

  1. The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  2. The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
  3. Spook’s: The Dark Assassin by Joseph Delaney

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Lyrebird Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift, will she be exploited or set free? …
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When I Was Invisible When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month.
An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the …
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Behind Her Eyes Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning, …
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The Beautiful Dead The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
December 2016 Book of the Month.
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch …
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The Spy The Spy
Paulo Coelho
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
December 2016 MEGA Book of the Month.
A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real events that surrounded, enclosed and smothered the notorious Mata Hari. Mata Hari is a name that …
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I'm Travelling Alone I’m Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject of a forthcoming ITV series. When a young girl …
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Where My Heart Used to Beat Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
The recurring themes of Sebastian Faulks’s fiction are here brought together with a new stylistic brilliance as the novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in …
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The Crow Girl The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir’s savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish trilogy by a collaborative …
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The Gustav Sonata The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016.
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain’s beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all …
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The Hanging Club The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
June 2016 Book of the Month.
The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very …
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Worst Ever School Trip Worst Ever School Trip
Barry Hutchison
January 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud |    Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he’s now condemned to be completely, even brutally honest at all times thanks …
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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight |   Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling, …
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Jim Jim
Hilaire Belloc
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017    Award-winning Mini Grey pulls no punches in her brilliant illustrations to this classic cautionary tale. Jim’s parents give him everything but, even so, he has a dangerous tendency to run …
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Welcome to Nowhere Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In the winter of 2015, Elizabeth Laird travelled to Jordan to volunteer in two refugee camps. Elizabeth couldn’t help but be moved by the plight and the stories of the people she met, and Welcome to Nowhere is a result …
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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
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Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt’s ancient monuments.   Adventure stories don’t come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens, the Atlas family are about to fly off to Egypt …
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Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves
Sophie Thompson
Another hilarious and delightful story for 6+ readers by actress Sophie Thompson, with black and white illustrations by the wonderfully talented Rebecca Ashdown.
Lovereading Review will follow. …
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Who Stole the Hamster? Who Stole the Hamster?
N. Griffin
In a nutshell: a clever bit of detection in the classroom |    This satisfying, entertaining classroom crime caper thoroughly respects its young readers’ intelligence. Smashie and Dontel are smart as they come and when the school hamster disappears from his …
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The Monstrous Child The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016 – May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of …
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Trouble Next Door Trouble Next Door
Chris Higgins
In a nutshell: new house, new friend, new adventures |    There’s something fascinating about naughty children, and readers will be captivated by Magda, the co-star of Chris Higgins’s new book. Bella and her family are just moving into a new …
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The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective
Elizabeth Eulberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: Sherlock and Watson as you’ve never seen them before  | The Sherlock Holmes stories are given a lively twist.
Eleven-year old John Watson has recently moved into 221 Baker Street, New …
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The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 …
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Beetle Boy Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children’s category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Julia Eccleshare’s Debut of the Month A …
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Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is the Kiss This is the Kiss
Claire Harcup
A big bear and a little bear are getting ready for bedtime – a process with lots of lovely stages. They wave goodbye to their snowman, hold hands for the walk home, smile, have a last play, tickle and giggle, …
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Lost and Found Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards – Best Illustrated book to read aloud. Celebrating the value of friendship, this is an exquisitely illustrated picture book with a simple story line. Opening his door and finding a penguin on it, the little …
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Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book – extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning – but none go …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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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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Cradle and All Cradle and All
James Patterson
January 2017 Book of the Month |   A book to make you flinch! Virulent diseases and natural disasters are sweeping the world, the church and a private investigator seek the truth behind the reports of two pregnant virgins, can …
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The One Memory of Flora Banks The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory
Can there ever have been a heroine like Flora Banks? She’s 17 when the book opens, but an accident aged 10 …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew! Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew!
Mark Sperring
January 2017 Book of the Month   In suitably jolly rhyme Ed Eaves describes just what joining Captain McGrew’s pirate crew entails, from the reasonably easy – climbing the rigging, shouting ‘Land Ahoy!’ – to the downright difficult – digging up …
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Also an Octopus Also an Octopus
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
January 2017 Book of the Month An octopus playing a ukulele is just the start of this witty and unlikely story that will inspire imagination. While having a character is a good start for a story what happens next is …
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Odd Socks Odd Socks
Michelle Robinson
Everyone will enjoy this epic tale of true love and steadfastness, no less heroic or inspiring for starring a pair of woolly socks! Sosh and Suki are made for one another and their life on a fresh pair of feet …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Jim Jim
Hilaire Belloc
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017    Award-winning Mini Grey pulls no punches in her brilliant illustrations to this classic cautionary tale. Jim’s parents give him everything but, even so, he has a dangerous tendency to run …
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Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves
Sophie Thompson
Another hilarious and delightful story for 6+ readers by actress Sophie Thompson, with black and white illustrations by the wonderfully talented Rebecca Ashdown.
Lovereading Review will follow. …
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Trouble Next Door Trouble Next Door
Chris Higgins
In a nutshell: new house, new friend, new adventures |    There’s something fascinating about naughty children, and readers will be captivated by Magda, the co-star of Chris Higgins’s new book. Bella and her family are just moving into a new …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Worst Ever School Trip Worst Ever School Trip
Barry Hutchison
January 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud |    Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he’s now condemned to be completely, even brutally honest at all times thanks …
Download free opening extract
2
Who Stole the Hamster? Who Stole the Hamster?
N. Griffin
In a nutshell: a clever bit of detection in the classroom |    This satisfying, entertaining classroom crime caper thoroughly respects its young readers’ intelligence. Smashie and Dontel are smart as they come and when the school hamster disappears from his …
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Spy Toys Spy Toys
Mark Powers
In a nutshell: band of toy superheroes conquer all in a doll eat doll world  |  The Spy Toys are quite possibly the unlikeliest band of superheroes you could to hope to read about: Dan is a teddy bear accidentally …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight |   Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling, …
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Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt’s ancient monuments.   Adventure stories don’t come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens, the Atlas family are about to fly off to Egypt …
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The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective
Elizabeth Eulberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: Sherlock and Watson as you’ve never seen them before  | The Sherlock Holmes stories are given a lively twist.
Eleven-year old John Watson has recently moved into 221 Baker Street, New …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Welcome to Nowhere Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In the winter of 2015, Elizabeth Laird travelled to Jordan to volunteer in two refugee camps. Elizabeth couldn’t help but be moved by the plight and the stories of the people she met, and Welcome to Nowhere is a result …
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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
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The Goldfish Boy The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017   A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by his obsessive fears of germs and much else Matthew watches his neighbours’ lives and details their …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Monstrous Child The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016 – May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of …
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016     Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who …
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Spook's: The Dark Assassin Spook’s: The Dark Assassin
Joseph Delaney
In a Nutshell: Classically creepy supernatural struggles   Exquisitely chilling and brimming with beasts, this third book in the Spooks’ Starblade Chronicles series is an utterly enthralling, spine-tingling treat.
Tom Ward is now a fully-fledged Spook and, as such, his life is …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 3 – 10 Jan. 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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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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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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The Terrible Plop The Terrible Plop
Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner
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Do as you would be done by Do as you would be done by
Hugh Salmon and Anthony Stileman
This whole book is available to download and read free of charge. Either click the ‘Download Entire Book’ button above to get a PDF version you can print out or click the image to the right to read an online …
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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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas
Alex Frith, Kate Leake
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Best Book with Facts’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
An original, innovative and interactive atlas full of flaps to lift, revealing beautiful buildings, exotic animals …
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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’

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Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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Green Smoke Green Smoke
Rosemary Manning
A touching and magical adventure story, Green Smoke tells how Susan meets a very special dragon while on her summer holiday in Cornwall. R. Dragon is 1,500 years old. He’s green and scaly and has two golden-yellow horns but he’s …
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother Tom win the battle to be …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
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Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
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Lucy Christopher
Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see the swans on the lake. Instead …
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Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever.
Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old
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The 13 Curses The 13 Curses
Michelle Harrison
Sequel to the award-winning The 13 Treasures, this shows just about how disagreeable fairies can get! Red returns determined to find her brother and get him back. To do so she must find a way to enter the fairy realm. …
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Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

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My Love Lies Bleeding My Love Lies Bleeding
Alyxandra Harvey
This is a teen romance to really get your teeth into. It’s an action-packed, urban fantasy full of Gothic seduction, teen angst, passion, wicked humour and adventure, all skilfully ignited by an age-old prophecy and a reluctant vampire princess that …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
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 at heart-in-your-mouth pace just like GONE and …
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Inside Inside
Julia Jarman
This is raw and powerful writing but a book that should be read for it doesn’t shy away from telling the reader exactly how awful a Young Offenders’ Institution is for a first-timer.
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Monday, December 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as …
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Bathtime with Woof Bathtime with Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
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Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book) Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book)
Erin Ranson and Hannah Wood
Pull out the sliders on each page to reveal a brightly coloured animal of the rainforest. From a purple hummingbird to an orange-spotted gecko it will have lots of appeal and provide plenty of entertainment to children of 3+. It’s …
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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 Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
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The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition) The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition)
Oliver Jeffers
Delicious pop-up spreads bring an interactive version of this popular story about a boy who loves books so much that he actually eats his way through them. An entertaining story about different ways of loving reading from an award winning …
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Explore, Dream, Discover Explore, Dream, Discover
Charlotte Samiec, Andrew Pinder
Put quite simply, if you’re looking for a travel diary, a memory-maker, a doodle pad, a story-storer, a brain-engager, a boredom-stopper, a kick-starter, an idea-waker, a picture-keeper, a captain’s log or simply a thought-provoking book then look no further than …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
These classic 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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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
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS)
B. Strange
Ghosts, slime and a huge dose of humour is the order of the day in this terrific series for 8-12 year olds. James’ school has a paranormal problem but is he and his gang up to the challenge of finally …
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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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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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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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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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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated) A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
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This edition of The Christmas Carol is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the ’50s and ’60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a terrifically …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 22 – 29 Nov 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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The Snowlies Find a Letter The Snowlies Find a Letter
Corinne Mellor, Ashe Ericksson
An absolutely enchanting pop-up story book. Enter a world of dark pine forests, purple skies and icy lakes. Children will fall in love with the magical snowlies – forest fairies – as they journey across the arctic to deliver a …
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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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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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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
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its

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The Snow Goose The Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Radio 4 Open Book listeners recently crowned The Snow Goose ‘The book most deserved to be re-read’ – the novel by Paul Gallico. It will be dramatised on Radio 4 in 2010
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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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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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New and Collected Poems for Children New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from …
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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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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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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 11+ readers

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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator …
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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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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

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Nation Nation
Terry Pratchett
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s …
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Lovereding4kids Top 10

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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny.  What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Mrs Cockle's Cat Mrs Cockle’s Cat
Philippa Pearce
This magical story weaves a delightful fantasy around a simple and touching story of a lost cat. Mrs Cockle lives at the top of a very tall house which has a useful trap door that opens directly onto the roof. …
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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
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according …
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Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the great thinkers and learn how to think …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It has a terrific sense of place.  Although the narrator …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour.  Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Anthony Horowitz
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure.  When Alex finds himself in great danger he turns to MI6 for protection. They are willing to help – …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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Darwin Day, Secret of Moonacre prizes and much more

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

We hope your children are having as much fun reading the fantastic array of children’s literature that we selected for you this month as we did when we were making the selection. The power of the story is so important and we only choose those books that really provide that unique something that makes it different or special from the rest.


Next a classic children’s book – The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – that is about to be released as a film called The Secrets of Moonacre. The book is enchanting and we have an exclusive, free to enter, prize draw where you can win a stunning slipcase edition of the book together with some movie goodie bags!

Prize winning books are always a good place to start if you are stuck for a book to choose from and this month our prize winning section is overflowing with a range of books from the Costa and the Marsh Award for Books in Translation.

 

The winner of which Toby Alone was announced on 20 January. [add in some copy about the book] Find out more today.

Also did you know that if Charles Darwin were alive he would be 200 on 12 Feb 2009. To celebrate this massively influential scientist and visionary we have a small selection of titles for children that bring his life and exploits to life. Visit our special section to find out more.

 

And don’t forget to have a look at the other key books this month

 

Finally, race headlong into the new year and keep ahead of the crowds, by discovering our latest exclusive Pre-Publication titles: All three will we believe be heading for the shortlists of the major awards this year, so why not get in there early.

Henderson Boys – The Escape by Robert Muchamore.

Author of the bestselling Cherub series has a new adventure series about child spies helping the British Secret Service in World War Two.

The Sandfather by Linda Newbery is a wonderful story about a boy searching for some grounding in life, and doing a lot of growing up along the way

Dogs, by Emily Gravett, is another awesomely satisfying picture book filled with gorgeous bounding canines of every sort – and a twist in the tail.

Don’t forget you can download free Opening Extracts on every title we feature for your children to whet their appetite to read more and in turn get their 2009 off to an energetic flying start.

New recomended children’s books for January

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Happy 2009!

If the quality of children’s books scheduled for publication in 2009 that we’ve so far read here is anything to go by then there’s going to be no shortage of some terrific literature for the whole family to enjoy throughout 2009 and hopefully our expert guidance will help you to choose between them and in turn help your kids start the new year as you’d like them to go on – reading and learning and enjoying some dazzling stories.

But before going on to the January titles we’ve personally selected for you here at Lovereading4kids, first up is the winner of Costa Children’s Book Award, which has just been announced. Michelle Magorian’s Just Henry, according to the Costa judges ‘is a soaring, uplifting warm bath of a book a wonderful roller-coaster of a story which we all absolutely loved’. At Lovereading4kids we’ve championed it since its publication back in May last year. Whilst on the subject of awards don’t forget to take a peek at the shortlist for the Marsh Award for books in Translation.

There’s also a new category on the site where we’ve gathered all our free-to-enter competitions and prize draws; a one-stop shop for amazing give-away goodies!

Author of the Month

Author of the Month is the brilliant Chris Higgins, whose new story Love ya Babe gives a very astute insight into teenage troubles. Not only does Gabby have to put up with an outrageously embarrassing mum, troubled brothers, and friendship problems at school; but the arrival of a new baby sibling brings chaos to the whole family.

There are three great Books of the Month:

Then, by Morris Gleitzman, tackles a topic most children’s authors would shy away from, following Felix and his friend Zelda as they witness the atrocities being committed by the Nazis in Poland in 1942. 9+ readers will be hooked.

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Lady in the Tower (3760) is Marie Louise Jensen’s second novel. A rich tapestry of 16th century life centred around Eleanor, a tomboyish young girl who is betrothed to be married, but would rather be riding horses and jousting.

Everything Beautiful is the eagerly awaited and brilliant second novel by the author of Notes from the Teenage Underground.

And January seems to be the month of debuts we have 7 crackers:

Numbers, by Rachel Ward, is a spooky story for teenagers about a girl who can tell the date people will die by the numbers that pop into her head. Waiting to go on the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen…

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there’s The Bad Tuesdays 1: Twisted Symmetry. An action-packed novel about three street rat children who are being mysteriously pursued by two sinister organisations.Zelah Green – Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis deals with the serious subject of OCD by way of a charming tale about a girl coming to terms with personal grief and
The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, is a gripping story about a girl who gets in trouble and is sent away from home because nobody believes she can see fairies.


For 9+ year old boys there’s Johnny Macintosh and the Spirit of London, by Keith Mansfield, in which a 13-year-old boy’s life change forever when his computer, Kovac, detects an extraterrestrial signal.And for the girls, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant is a brilliantly accomplished debut that packs a lot of punch touching as it does on family death and relationships. Finally for 7+ year olds, a mad-cap adventure, The Monkey Pirates, by Mark Skelton will take you on a ride through space in wardrobes in the capable or not so capable hands of some pirate monkeys searching for treasure.

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Friday, December 5th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
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Helen Cooper
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
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Matt And Dave
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Carol Ann Duffy
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
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Michael Morpurgo
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
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Sarah Prineas
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Frankenstein - retold by Gill Tavner Frankenstein – retold by Gill Tavner
Mary Shelley
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
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Meg Cabot
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
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Joanna Nadin
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Stephenie Meyer
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Julia Donaldson
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Kristina Stephenson
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Valerie Thomas
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Punk Science
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Mini Grey
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We Are What We Do
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Michael Morpurgo
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Tracey Turner
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Trenton Lee Stuart
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Sarah Prineas
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Anthony Horowitz
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Neil Gaiman
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Katherine Kingsley
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Jenny Downham
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