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Haydays – Hay Literary Festival’s Children Fest – 26 May to 5 June 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

From Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids editorial expert and Director of this year’s Hay Fever.

 

Half term is almost here and with half term comes Haydays, the Hay Festival children’s festival. Nine days jam-packed with opportunities to enter the vibrant world of children’s books.

There are many delights to being the Director of a Haydays but the main one is that I know we can give all children the chance to enter the world of the stories that they love. Apart from the absolute pleasure of hearing about what it takes to be a writer or illustrator, or why fantasy worlds feed the imagination so well, or writing and illustrating, or the importance of family in stories, it is well-established that the children’s love of reading is fostered and enhanced by listening to an author and going behind the scenes of a story. Thus pleasure and education are intertwined to benefit all.

 

During the nine days of Haydays, there are over 100 events giving children the chance to hear favourite authors speaking about best-loved characters. Julia Donaldson launches the festival with a star cast, including herself, performing in a sneaky preview of her new character Detective Dog Nell, heroine of the forthcoming The Detective Dog before Francesca Simon, creator of Horrid Henry battles it out with Steven Butler, author of The Diary of Dennis the Menace to see which of their characters is the most utterly and horribly bad! Jacqueline Wilson will be introducing her delightful new story, Rent-a-Bridesmaid, and talking with me about her writing including the recent Hetty Feather titles and her anthology of animal stories, Paws and Whiskers. For older readers Holly Smale discusses Geek Girl and the importance of books for Young Adult readers and Malorie Blackman introduces Chasing the Stars, her retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello – with a difference!

 

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is appearing twice; he will unleash new drawings on his audience through a visualise in one event while in another he and a his friends, a group of new illustrators, will a great draw-off to equal anything that TV chefs can dream up. Pre-schoolers will love to celebrate 25 years of Elmer – dressed appropriately, of course – or the remarkable 150 years of Beatrix Potter. Roald Dahl’s glorious 100th will be marked by a debate pitching Miss Trunchbull against The Twits, the Grand High Witch and the bad, bad giants in The BFG in a mighty contest to see which is the most evil. Best-loved storyteller Michael Morpurgo is bringing his books to life through performances as is poet Roger McGough; both these much-loved writers show how children’s books reach out beyond children and to readers of all age groups.

 

And, if you’re looking for someone new to move onto, I’ve invited of host of brilliant new writers to unleash their stories for a new audience. These include David Solomons whose first book My Brother is a Super Hero has already won two major awards and M.G. Leonard’s highly original Beetle Boy which features a large Rhino Beetle as its central character. At Hay, M.G .is not only going to talk about the book but she is going to show a live rhino beetle, and some other impressive insects all of which will be carefully handled by Sarah Beynon who runs the nearby Bug centre.

 

And, if you ever tire of listening, in every corner of the Festival site there book based activities from crafts to performance for all ages.

 

At almost 30 years old, Hay prides itself on being a festival of ideas, culture and creativity as well as literature and Haydays matches that spirit perfectly. Come for a week or drop in for a day, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family every day.

 

For more information on the this year’s festival click here.

January 2016. Major New Children’s Book Award Announced

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The Klaus Flugge Prize for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Picture Book Illustration

An important new prize in the UK children’s book world is launched today: the Klaus Flugge Prize will be awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours venerable publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books: who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press.

It will be the only prize specifically to recognise a published picture book by a debut illustrator; the winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £5,000.

Klaus Flugge was born in Hamburg in 1934, apprenticed to a bookshop and sent to Book Trade School in Leipzig. He emigrated to America at the age of 23 as an East German refugee who spoke only German and Russian. After a variety of jobs, and two years as an American GI, he was offered a job working as a Personal Assistant to Lew Schwartz, owner of Abelard-Schuman publishing in New York. After only a year and a half Schwartz suggested he go to Europe to build up the very small list they had there and came to London in 1961. He launched Andersen Press – named after Hans Christian Andersen – in the autumn of 1976.

The roll call of artists Klaus Flugge has worked with at Andersen Press reads like a textbook on illustration: David McKee, Tony Ross, Satoshi Kitamura, Michael Foreman, Susan Varley, Emma Chichester Clark, Sir Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell, Ruth Brown and David Lucas to name but a very few.

The prize, which will be run entirely independently from Andersen Press, will be administered by Julia Eccleshare, Anne Marley and Andrea Reece, who run the Branford Boase Award for debut authors, now in its seventeenth year. Julia Eccleshare said: “The UK has long provided a home for some of the very best illustrators in the world, and UK publishers are adept at discovering and nurturing new talent. It is wonderful to have an award to highlight the gifted illustrators working in picture books and put them in the spotlight. We are delighted too that the award will recognise the extraordinary contribution Klaus Flugge has made to illustration and children’s picture books. Not only did he launch the careers of giants such as David McKee, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown, Chris Riddell and Satoshi Kitamura, but he continues to this day to champion original, creative and bold new illustrator talent.”

The Klaus Flugge Prize will be open to all picture books illustrated by a debut or first time illustrator first published by a UK publisher during 2015.  The panel of judges will be announced in February when submissions will open. The shortlist will be announced at the end of April and the winner will be revealed in September 2016.

Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 15 – 22 November 2015

Monday, November 23rd, 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
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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3
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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2
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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3
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

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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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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3
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

1
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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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
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

1
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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2
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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3
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

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
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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3
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

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
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

1
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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2
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
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

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
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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3
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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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
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. …
Download free opening extract
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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3
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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
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 …
Download free opening extract

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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2
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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3
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
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, …
Download free opening extract
3
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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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 …
Download free opening extract
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

1
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, …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
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

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
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

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. …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract

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 …
Download free opening extract
2
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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3
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; …
Download free opening extract

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, …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract
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 …
Download free opening extract

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 …
Download free opening extract
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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3
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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The 9th TELEGRAPH Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Friday 25 September–Sunday 4 October 2015

 

LOVEREADING4KIDS is delighted to announce we are the proud sponsors of CHRIS RIDDELL

 

Back in Bath by popular demand, Chris Riddell is the Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015 – 2017. He will be appearing in two events at the Festival on Saturday 26 September – with the fantastic Michael Rosen to celebrate their new poetry collection A Great Big Cuddle and solo to talk about his phenomenally popular Goth Girl series and the release of his new book.

Chris will have the audience howling with laughter as he introduces Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. Ghastly-Gorm Hall is to play host to a Literary Dog Show, but something strange is occurring. Mysterious snowy footprints! Night-time barking! What’s going on? Check out Chris’s tips on drawing your own amazing pictures.

 

THE LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S

LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN THE UK

TEN DAYS and OVER 120 EVENTS FEATURING THE BEST CHILDREN’S AND TEEN AUTHORS

THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS AND THE BIGGEST NAMES

IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

 

INCLUDING:

Julia Donaldson, Cressida Cowell, Jacqueline Wilson,

Michael Rosen, Judith Kerr, Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffler, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Floella Benjamin, Julian Clary, Helen Skelton,

Sam & Mark and Andy Day

 

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, now in its 9th spectacular year. This is a festival bursting at the seams with vibrant activity for children of all ages, their teachers, families and friends. Two original founders of the festival, JOHN AND GILL MCLAY are back as Artistic Directors with a world-class line up to thrill book lovers from pre-school to teen and beyond. This has always been a festival that puts fun and laughter first: it’s a chance for children and young people to meet the creators of their literary heroes, see illustrations come to life and fuel their imagination.

 

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS:

• Former Children’s Laureate and festival favourite JULIA DONALDSON returns to Bath with illustrator LYDIA MONKS to reveal What the Ladybird Heard Next • Bath born DAME JACQUELINE WILSON with a sneak preview of her new book Little Stars, the fifth title about Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather • CRESSIDA COWELL and the latest in her massively successful series How To Train Your Dragon • MICHAEL ROSEN and CHRIS RIDDELL with their new Poetry Collection, A Great Big Cuddle • JUDITH KERR creator of classic picture books including The Tiger who came to Tea, will discuss her life’s work and new book, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal with JULIA ECCLESHARE. • FRANCESCA SIMON with her last ever Horrid Henry book • JULIAN CLARY will introduce his fabulous new book, The Bolds, which he has created with award winning illustrator DAVID ROBERTS. • Author, television presenter, politician and advocate for young people FLOELLA BENJAMIN will be talking about the 20th anniversary of her book Coming to England • Lots of events to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland • Workshops and master classes on everything from Shaun the Sheep model making to writing film scripts and creating cartoons. The cover artist for 2015 is BEN CORT, illustrator of the bestselling picture book Aliens Love Underpants and Montersaurus!

 

To see the full programme and book tickets visit: www.bathfestivals.org.uk

Children’s books for Christmas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Christmas is a time of great excitement and fun but sometimes the shopping and organising can really get in the way of that festive feeling. Here at Lovereading4kids our aim is to take all of that stress away with our one stop, age ranged, shop to the best books to buy this Christmas for all ages of children. You can also use our unique Book Price Comparison Engine to find the best price as well!

The incomparable Chris Riddell December Author and Illustrator of the Month

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books. They include numerous richly entertaining picture books; Alienography and the story of Ottoline for 7+ year olds, and for 11+ year olds ,multi award winner, The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He has also garnered so many book awards (including the coveted Kate Greenaway – twice – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! That aside we are hugely excited and proud to make him our Author and Illustrator of the Month. Find out more about his wonderful books today…

Sally Grindley our final Guest Editor of 2010

Our Guest Editor is also an award winning author and has published over 100 books from picture story books to poignant, powerful and emotive stories for older readers. Her latest book is Bitter Chocolate for 9+ year olds, which you can read a free opening extract of along with a number of our favourite titles written by Sally. And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Sally has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

Small – but perfectly formed – some Christmas stocking fillers

We’ve selected a small but perfectly formed handful of stocking fillers for this year – why not check out for youngsters, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Moomins Little Buggy Book, for young readers Outside In, Yuck’s Crazy Christmas and How to Survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry, for 9+ readers the latest Mr Gum and How to make a Universe with 92 Ingredients and finally, for older readers take a look at the stunning Twilight series in a Limited Edition livery.

Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

Fantasy, magic, coming of age and a retelling of the most famous diary story in the world make up this. We are proud to say we had already picked up on the titles well, before they were selected, and we have free Opening Extracts for you to download to get your children hooked.

Each one is utterly compelling with some great storytelling that will engage readers in some challenging and sometimes provocative situations. Find out more in our Prize Winners section…

Books of the Month for December

Alien Storm

A.G. Taylor

A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from those who want to exploit their super skills. All set to escape from Australia to a new life far away from danger is halted when Nikolai Makarov suddenly enters their world. His plan is deadly. Can the children stop him?

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Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper

Graham Marks

Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre.

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Ally Condie

Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. .

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Two Series of the Year – perfect as Christmas Gifts

A most unfortunate series!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events sold pretty much more than any other children’s book (yes even more than Harry Potter!) in hardback so we were very excited when the publisher announced they were to be released in great value paperback.

Now all 13 are available. Why not get the whole set? – readers of 7-10 will love the story of the Baudelaire family.

A year of high octane adventure

For slightly older readers and particularly boys Conspiracy 365 is a brilliant series which has had a book released every month since January.

Follow the teenage hero Cal and his adventure to uncover the truth about his father’s death but he must stay alive for 365 days to do it! The final installment has just come out.

Both of these series would make a brilliant Christmas gift.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

Michael Rosen, when

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he was Children’s Laureate, wanted to honour books that ‘made children laugh’ so he created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Even though it is only in its 3rd year it is the prize that comic authors covet. Split into two categories, under 6 and 7 – 14 the 2010 winners have just been announced. The ‘under six’ award went to Louise Yates with Dog Loves Books that Mr Rosen described as ‘an outrageous idea, beautifully told and illustrated. Louise Rennison took the ’over seven’ award with Withering Tights and Michael Rosen said, ‘this is a witty, wry, inside view of what it feels like to be a gawky, witty girl’. Enjoy!

Finally, before you scroll down to see just a small selection of our Christmas books – or visit the site to see them all – don’t forget to have a look at our exclusive free prize draws and competitions section. It is packed full of exclusive book prizes that frankly we have to put in a locked cupboard to stop them walking out of the Lovereading office!

We have £100 limited Edition box sets and signed books galore – so what are you waiting for? – get clicking.

Happy Reading

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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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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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
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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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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