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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books by age range 21 – 28 June 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on …
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It's About Love It’s About Love
Steven Camden
June 2015 Book of the Month It’s About Love is a kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Two young people, from different sides of their town and with different backgrounds, meet studying film at college, and are instantly drawn to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she’s queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most …
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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-smith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome.  He’s as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a …
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Tiny Tiny
Nicola Davies
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal   This is simply an outstanding book. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton explain the life and purpose of microbes clearly and lucidly for very young children, through simple language and beautiful illustrations. Using …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Car-Jacked Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
Readers are plunged straight into the action in Ali Sparke’s new thriller: Jack and his parents are on holiday when their car is stolen, with him still on the back seat. The car-jacker turns out to be a kinder, more …
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The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin
Guy Bass
Stitch Head and the residents of Castle Grotteskew are back for another adventure – hoorah! They’re struggling to keep order in the castle which has become home to 100 ravenous human orphans – not even the Creature’s ‘entertrainment’ show can …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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The King's Shadow The King’s Shadow
Philip Womack
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, June 2015  Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It’s a …
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Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Judges comment “We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often traumatic …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Poppy in the Field Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015   A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry …
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Minus Me Minus Me
Ingelin Rossland
Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching her 13th birthday. Linda discovers she …
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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Mid April Children’s Book update

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-April children’s book update. Read on for some terrific titles from an already award-winning new children’s publisher, Nosy Crow, this month’s pre-publication exclusives and lots of ‘spring cleaned and refreshed’ book categories including a focus on dyslexia friendly titles…

 

Something to Crow About

Nosy Crow is new, independent, vibrant and within its first year has become an award-winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Find out more about some of the books in their exciting range in this special section we’ve created to celebrate their first year.

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A Debut for 14+ readers Not to be Missed

Matched meets The Hunger Games in our April 2012 MEGA Debut of the Month, Starters by Lissa Price. This is an outstanding and action-packed futuristic dystopian thriller in which teenagers are at the mercy of wealthy geriatrics who will go to any lengths to use them for their own gain, whilst anyone aged 20 to 60 has been killed off.

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Hitler’s Angel

William Osborne

9 + Perfect for fans of Henderson’s Boys or the Young Bond series’.

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White Dolphin

Gill Lewis

11+ Engaging story of unlikely friendship and courage against adversity. From the author of Sky Hawk.

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Unrest

Michelle Harrison

14+ Chilling ghost story from an award – winning young writer.

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Insurgent

Veronica Roth

14+ Fast paced, high-octane fuelled dystopian thriller from the author of Divergent.

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Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists just announced

The shortlists for these two prestigious children’s book awards have just been announced. Browse all the chosen books below. The winners will be announced on 14 June 2012.

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Dust off the Musts – Essential Reading for Kids …

We don’t want to blow our own trumpet but: TOOT-TOOT!! You have told us how much you love our Essentials ‘must read’ section – a comprehensive compilation of timeless classics brought back for a new generation. New this month:

 

Lady Lollipop

Dick King-smith

5+ Lollipop is a pig with a difference. And it is lucky that she is as Lollipop becomes the pet pig of the very, very spoilt Princess Penelope.

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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren

7+ Not to be missed, this classic story about a very special little girl with a great new cover by the wonderful Tony Ross.

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Picture Books you’ll want to read again and again

Our Picture Book Picnic category is another of your favourites – and you’ll find a few more titles added to the collection. We LOVE this feast of a section dedicated to picture books for toddlers and early readers. And we’re glad you love it too!

 

A Walk in London

Salvatore Rubbino

5+ All the best sights of London brought to life on a mother-daughter walk.

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You’re a Hero, Daley B!

Jon Blake

5+… or is he just a rabbit? This will be one of your favourites!

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Great news for reluctant readers or children with dyslexia

If your child struggles to get into a book then take a browse through our totally revamped Dyslexia Friendly section. Shorter books from first class authors, with inspiring content, realistic characters and a gripping plot will help crack the reading code. The bulk of the books are from Barrington Stoke, the UK’s best known publisher of dyslexia friendly titles, and they are all sorted by interest age and reading age so you can quickly find the ones that are right for your child.

And if your child is not dyslexic but needs cajoling into getting into a good book then check out our Reluctant Reader category as this is chock-full of some really great reads that will hook them right from the start.

 

April Competitions with books galore up for grabs

If you haven’t visited our Free Prize Draw section this month then you are missing the chance to get some amazing prizes.

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Courtesy of Pavilion Children’s Books, publisher of The Gentle Lion and the Little Owlet, you can win a family day out at a zoo! And the lovely people at Walker Books has given us a limited edition print of the brilliant picture book Oh No George. Not to be outdone, Templar Publishing has given us a load of Robert Ingpen books and signed book plates to celebrate the bicentennial publication of The Owl and the Pussycat.

Next up, we have 100 copies to give away of the horrifically good The Vampire Hunters from award-winning humorous author Pete Johnson. This new series continues with The Vampire Fighters, out in June, but you can start reading it now in our Pre-Publication section.

Finally, linked to the publication of Jasmine Skies, the second breathtaking novel from the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, we have five signed copies of Sita Brahmachari’s debut novel Artichoke Hearts to be won.

Happy reading until your next Lovereading4kids instalment.

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 4 – 11 March 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book
Eric Carle
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is a much-loved classic, but as relevant today as it was when
first published over 40 years ago. Now available in this sound-book format so you can actually listen to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as …
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What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book) What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category).
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! …
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Bunny Bunny Catkin Bunny Bunny Catkin
Cathy Maclennan
Discover all the delights of spring in this joyful new book from Kate Greenaway Award nominated author/illustrator Cathy MacLennan, a companion to the highly acclaimed Chicky Chicky Chook Chook.  A wonderful read-aloud tale, full of fun-to-imitate sounds, rhythm and
movement, that gently introduces the idea …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Explorer The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from …
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Monstersaurus! Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman
March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title.  Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star Chris Haughton, whose bold art and psychedelic colour …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Winnie Under the Sea Winnie Under the Sea
Valerie Thomas
March 2012 Book of the Month. Join Winnie and Wilbur under the sea for another irresistible adventure.  Winnie the madcap witch and her faithful cat Wilbur are enjoying a well-deserved holiday by the seaside. But the sea is very WET …
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Yum Yum Yum Yum
Francesca Simon
Lola the cat sets off in search of a delicious dinner in this charming, funny animal story, perfect for early readers. Featuring all the gang from Buffin Street.  If you enjoyed this one then why not try some of the …
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Vulgar the Viking and the Rock Cake Raiders Vulgar the Viking and the Rock Cake Raiders
Odin Redbeard
Revolting – in the very best way – this is a rollickingly good adventure. Vulgar the Viking finds his home life in the town of Blubber exceptionally boring. If only things were like they used to be in the good …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
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 …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors.  There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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Wonder Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the Cult Books of 2012.
Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Twilight Robbery Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of …
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The One Dollar Horse The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
February 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
Excitingly for Lovereading4kids we were approached by the author in early 2011 who showed …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Look The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month.
We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett’s break-out novel.  Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good.  It’s the story of two sisters whose world falls apart …
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All Fall Down All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month.  This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today’s most exciting young writers.  Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one …
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The Girl in the Mask The Girl in the Mask
Marie-Louise Jensen
March 2012 Book of the Month. How can feisty Sophia take her revenge on her father for forcing her into a life of high society in Bath? Outwardly, Sophie conforms by attending balls and masques. But, at night, she leads quite …
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Top 10 most popular children’s books 19 – 26 February 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Lovereading4kids TOP 10

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
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 …
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012.  It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors.  There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend.  The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna.  Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit.  It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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The Worst Thing About My Sister The Worst Thing About My Sister
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 February 2012

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star Chris Haughton, whose bold art and psychedelic colour …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great read you may have missed 2011’ selection.
A Lovereading4Kids ‘Debut of the Year 2011’ selection.
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
Babies and Toddlers +. When Little Owl falls out of …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Explorer The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from …
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One Cool Cat One Cool Cat
Susannah Corbett
Meet One Cool Cat. He’s got it all: the swagger, the looks, the coolness, so what else could he possibly need? Certainly not luck – One Cool Cat puts this theory to the test as he walks under ladders and confidently breaks a …
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Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head
Daniel Hahn
This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with any toddler. Parent and child are sure to laugh through it as you meet three rather miserable ladies who live in a completely mad world but by the end of …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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Dirty Bertie : Pong! Dirty Bertie : Pong!
Alan MacDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back
for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he comes a cropper on
his Chopper, tests his patience – and everyone else’s – on a
bird-watching trip, …
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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns – our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally’s world – a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
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 …
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2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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2
The Worst Thing About My Sister The Worst Thing About My Sister
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012. It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
Excitingly for Lovereading4kids we were approached by the author in early 2011 who showed us the first three chapters …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit. It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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The Other Life The Other Life
Susanne Winnacker
Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, this is essential reading. Here at Lovereading we’re glad to see the back of too much paranormal publishing and pleased to see a new theme – dystopian fiction – coming to the fore. The worry …
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Mice Mice
Gordon Reece
Sixteen-year-old Shelley tells this dark and gripping story. Bullied so badly at school that she has to leave and surviving – just – her parents’ bitter divorce, Shelley and her mum hole up in an isolated house, miles from anywhere. …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 Sep 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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Alison Jay's Question Blocks Alison Jay’s Question Blocks
Alison Jay
A perfect gift for a newborn baby. Four stunning board books nestle in this beautiful box. Each poses a question. Who is That?, What is Yellow?, Where is

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Iris and Isaac Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but soon both find that they don’t enjoy anything half as …
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Zog Zog
Julia Donaldson
The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win gold stars leads him into loads of mishaps but luckily he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader) The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children, these Early Reader chapter books are punctuated by catchy rhymes and speech bubbles, and with their bright, funny pictures and lively design they are hugely appealing. They’re perfect for children from 5-7. …
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Mr Chicken Goes to Paris Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
Leigh Hobbs
Mr Chicken has left his safe world sets off on a global adventure. He’s on a whistle-stop tour of Paris and, like a good tourist, he’s doing all the famous sites, accompanied by his French friend, Yvette. But it’s not …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Letters from an Alien Schoolboy
Ros Asquith
This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls. Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner. It features an alien who comes to spy on …
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Slog's Dad Slog’s Dad
David Almond
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur,
winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has
conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy
fiction, but one that is spectacularly different …
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To the Extreme To the Extreme
David Gatward
A fun adventure about facing your fears with high quality graphic novel-style illustrations depicting the action throughout and gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. Particularly suitable for reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction/fact books. FYI, the series, also entices them …
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Derek Landy
Best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant has taken the world by storm. A hugely entertaining mix of fear and fun in a magical community where the strangest things seem to happen for unpredictable reasons, this fifth volume tells a new chapter in the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new

imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a …
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Scat Scat
Carl Hiaasen
Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010, the
winner of which will be announced on 1st November 2010. The shortlist
of six includes: Halo by Zizou Corder, Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning,
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Almost True Almost True
Keren David
A thrilling adventure in which the stakes are dangerously high, Almost True is an emotional roller coaster. When someone is shot dead on the doorstep instead of him, fourteen year old Ty, already under police protection since witnessing a murder,

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The Legacy The Legacy
Gemma Malley
What started with The Declaration and continued with The Resistance is brilliantly brought to conclusion in The Legacy. A thrilling finale in which Anna and Peter and their friends risk all to expose the truth behind the quest for Longevity. …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 1 – 7 Sep 08

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
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Colin And The Wrong Shadow Colin And The Wrong Shadow
Leigh Hodgkinson
A stunning picture book from a wonderfully talented new children’s artist. Colin the cat is a very appealing protagonist, but he has a problem. Somebody has borrowed his shadow and given him someone else’s. Join Colin as …
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Little Mouse's Big Book Of Fears Little Mouse’s Big Book Of Fears
Emily Gravett
Winner of the of the 2008 Kate Greenaway Medal. This award winning author illustrator continues to create some of the
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nursery rhyme stories follow Little Mouse as he confronts his many
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Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
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Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words
Various Authors , Ian Whybrow, Georgia Byng, Roddy Doyle, Jeremy Strong
This anthology of 240 mini stories, each told in just 366 words, features authors such as Roddy Doyle, Raymond Briggs, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and a surprise entry from the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This book is a great …
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The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – …
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Oathbreaker Oathbreaker
Michelle Paver
Welcome to best-selling author Michelle Paver’s latest in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.This is the series that began with Wolf Brother and now continues with the story of Torak alongside his trusted and loyal Wolf. Once an outcast, Torak has …
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Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her …
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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death Pendragon: The Merchant of Death
D J Machale
This is the first in an epic series of adventures through time and space featuring a daring hero, Bobby Pendragon, with a quest to save the world. Time travel, adventure and excitement will greet the reader and if Pendragon …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
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Life On The Refrigerator Door Life On The Refrigerator Door
Alice Kuipers
Beautifully told through notes left on the kitchen fridge, here is an
intimate glimpse into the lives of a mother who has just discovered
she’s got cancer, and her teenage daughter. This tragic but ultimately
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