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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 15 -22 February 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bus is for Us The Bus is for Us
Michael Rosen
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all …
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So Cosy So Cosy
Lerryn Korda
A heart-warming snuggling-up story! Dog looks so cosy in his bed that first Goose and then many other animals including Elephant decide that they would like to snuggle up too! The pile of cosy bodies gets bigger and bigger and …
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My Mummy My Mummy
Paula Metcalf
From happy morning sing-a-longs with the birds, to storytime and lullabies at bedtime, Little Bear describes some of the fun things he does with his mummy. A jolly rhyming text and some quirky details (mummy’s invented recipes include peas on …
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The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten.  It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears!  It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful.  …
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Love HurtsLove Hurts
Malorie Blackman
February 2015 Short Story Collection of the Month   Malorie Blackman has compiled a collection of short stories from some of the best young adult authors writing today.  For anyone who has ever loved and lost – and loved again – …
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The Sin Eater's DaughterThe Sin Eater’s Daughter
Melinda Salisbury
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Like the very best fantasy, The Sin Eater’s Daughter creates a world that is both totally strange, and completely familiar. Twylla has been brought to the court of Lormere as the human embodiment of …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Remarkable Animals Remarkable Animals
Tony Meeuwissen
February 2015 Book of the Month
Beautiful illustrations make this witty book of  ‘heads, bodies and legs’ a delight. What starts as a Platypus can be swiftly altered into a ‘Tratypus’ or a ‘Tratysh’ while a regular Opossum with its …
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Doctor Molly's Medicine Case Doctor Molly’s Medicine Case
Miriam Moss
Molly loves dressing up – especially as a doctor! She has a white coat and a doctor’s hat and, most importantly, she has a very special magical medicine bag! Whenever Molly opens her bag she finds exactly the medicine she …
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Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks A Story About Eating Healthily Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks A Story About Eating Healthily
Steve Smallman
A quirky take on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Humorous writing provides a gentle approach to teaching healthy habits in this fun new series. With lively illustrations complementing each story and talking points to encourage further discussion. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Pip Jones
February 2015 Book of the Month
A mischievous story featuring Ava and her imaginary cat Squishy – this is the fourth in the Squisky McFluff series. Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to …
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Eugene Trivizas
This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
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Street Corner Dad Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of …
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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he …
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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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The Dreamsnatcher The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take care of her. There’s something special …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
Welcome back Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek and the only supermodel in the world who repeats the entire periodic table when stressed. For those not in the know, this is the fourth book about Harriet, who now has a huge following …
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The Honest Truth The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
A beautifully written coming-of-age novel from debut author Dan Gemeinhart about a young boy who, despite his illness, is determined to go on one last adventure with his dog Beau. Mark has been in and out of hospital his whole …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Boy with the Tiger's Heart The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When Thomas Bailey takes his own life and sets his wild animals free …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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Seven Days Seven Days
Eve Ainsworth
February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where …
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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 11-18 February 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bus is for Us The Bus is for Us
Michael Rosen
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all …
Download free opening extract
2
So Cosy So Cosy
Lerryn Korda
A heart-warming snuggling-up story! Dog looks so cosy in his bed that first Goose and then many other animals including Elephant decide that they would like to snuggle up too! The pile of cosy bodies gets bigger and bigger and …
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Snow Snow
Walter de la Mare
This classic poem has been beautifully illustrated to make a wonderfully evocative seasonal picture book. From its opening lines- “No breath of wind,/ No gleam of sun -/ Still the white snow/ Whirls softly down-“ – Walter de la Mare’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Remarkable Animals Remarkable Animals
Tony Meeuwissen
February 2015 Book of the Month   Beautiful illustrations make this witty book of  ‘heads, bodies and legs’ a delight. What starts as a Platypus can be swiftly altered into a ‘Tratypus’ or a ‘Tratysh’ while a regular Opossum with …
Download free opening extract
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Doctor Molly's Medicine Case Doctor Molly’s Medicine Case
Miriam Moss
Molly loves dressing up – especially as a doctor! She has a white coat and a doctor’s hat and, most importantly, she has a very special magical medicine bag! Whenever Molly opens her bag she finds exactly the medicine she …
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Chicken Clicking Chicken Clicking
Jeanne Willis
One of our Books of the Year 2014   Award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross go to the heart of a modern predicament in this cautionary tale about a young chick who hops into the farmer’s house and starts exploring the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Pip Jones
February 2015 Book of the Month
A mischievous story featuring Ava and her imaginary cat Squishy – this is the fourth in the Squisky McFluff series. Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to …
Download free opening extract
2
The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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Imagination According to Humphrey Imagination According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Children’s favourite Humphrey the hamster is back for another adventure, his twelfth no less. The good news is that he’s just as delightful as ever, his school-hamster-eye view of the world just as funny and generous. Humphrey gets to listen …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their …
Download free opening extract
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Street Corner Dad Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of …
Download free opening extract
3
13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he …
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 …
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The Butterfly Club The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
February 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the triplets. She was so little when she was a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
Download free opening extract
2
The Boy with the Tiger's Heart The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When Thomas Bailey takes his own life and sets his wild animals free …
Download free opening extract
3
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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seven Days Seven Days
Eve Ainsworth
February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where …
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The Earth is Singing The Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 Book of the Month  Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in Latvia is among the less well known. This book tells their story for young people, clearly and honestly, emphasising its …
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I Was Here I Was Here
Gayle Forman
February 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling Gayle Forman’s I Was Here explores the complicated repercussions of suicide on all those who are left behind. Cody and Meg have been best friends forever. Surely they have no secrets between them?  …
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Mid-January Email Update

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A great book really is the best antidote for cold days indoors and video game dependence but why not kick start the upcoming kids’ half term with a visit to Corfe Castle to hear Martin Maudsley open the Purbeck Literary Festival (16 February-1 March) with a free magical storytelling event.…

Coming Soon

As always, we are delighted to be able to offer some exclusive downloadable extracts of leading new titles before they are published so you can whittle down your wish-lists to the cream of the crop! Ones we think are unmissable are: Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth (14+) – Maybe bullies and the people they target are both victims? A terrific debut novel from a unique perspective as the author says ‘Bullying is a real, on-going issue. It takes many forms, and it’s life-changing. There can also be more than one victim’ and from one of our teen reader reviewers – ‘I was hooked from the very first page and loved reading itThe Earth is Singing (14+) by Vanessa Curtis – hard-hitting and beautiful narrative of life lived in fear – so timely in the 70th anniversary year of the liberation of Auschwitz. Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty (9+) – Hilarious, heart-stopping terrifying fantasy with very real and resonant relationships. Great debut! Urban Outlaws Blackout (10+) by Peter Jay Black. – 2nd in the series (the first is called Urban Outlaws): High-tech, high-tension, high-octane teen crime hacking. A good one for even the most reluctant reader. I Was Here by Gayle Forman (14+) – A twisting journey of self-realisation, relationships and the burning pain of loss. From the bestselling author of If I Stay – last summer’s YA blockbuster film. Other brilliant reads are

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Lifting the Flap on Fun Facts!

As part of our Fascinating Facts category, all frothy with fascinating factoid-filled fun for curious kids, we just love Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge (6+). It’s intelligent, informative, interactive, inspiring… and a lot of fun! For example did you know your right lung is larger than your left or that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old? Find out more.

The Chocolate Box Girls stories continue

Late tweens and early teens and their parents love this series from Cathy Cassidy, now into its fifth title following the ups and downs of the five sisters‘ lives. Julia Eccleshare said of the series ‘it has all the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life.’ Members of our kids reader review panel loved it as well ‘a fantastic read!‘ and ‘the characters were great and it was really well written‘. Discover more today.

Definitely one of our Favourite Books

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (3+). With lots of reading jokes and stunning illustrations from the creator of The Gruffalo this is a book within a book, within a book and it has all the brilliance you’d expect from this author/illustrator combo and no poorer for being 10 years old! Our young reader reviewers loved it too. Liam, age 5 liked “all the rhymes and the ginormous spaceman’s cake“. Ellen, age 5 thought “all of the tales were really good especially the ghost story“.Get reading today.

Reluctant Reader? – James Patterson is your Man!

James Patterson, possibly best known for his adrenalin fuelled, page turning thrillers, is also an author who is passionate about getting children reading. So, he’s turned his hand to writing truly accessible, enjoyable and engaging fiction for children aged 8+ of all abilities. His mix of story and illustrations in each of his series’ is brilliant and we defy even the most reluctant reader not to love his books. And, the great thing is once hooked, there’s a whole series to get stuck in to. Take a look at: House of Robots: Brobots – the first in a new series – “Funny and Original. Brilliant Story Telling. I loved this story so much” (Cajsa aged 9). Save Rafe, 6th in the Middle School series. Rafe needs to prove to himself and others he can cope with an outdoor camping exersise to not fall back a year at school. And I Funny, first in a new series, 2nd I Even Funnier is out now too and the third one is published in February.

An Absolute Must Read for teens

First published in 2007 this award winning book has been re-released and it totally deserves to be on any 13+ reading list. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie features poignant drawings as it chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy. It resonated with our teen reader reviewers too – ‘heart-warming and funny‘ and ‘a gripping tale for boys and girls alike‘. Why not introduce your teens to this classic of the last decade?

Time to follow the flock

We all know that great books often inspire people to make great (and not-so-great!) movies. Sometimes it works the other way around and books can spring from celluloid. This month, ahead of the movie release on 6 Feb, look out for a whole host of hugely enjoyable Shaun the Sheep story books and activity books with fun things for kids to do centred on film production.

Join the Party – Picture Book Party 2015

We’re not drawing any lines under our hugely popular Picture Book Party section in 2015. On the contrary! It’s set to grow with even more wonderful, illustrated stories to share with youngsters. We’re very excited about this being the section where you’ll find the books that will plant the love of reading in your young children’s hearts with stunningly varied picture books that will live long in the memory. This month, we love: I am Henry Finch (5+) by Alexis Deacon and Viviane – Funny, inspirational, and profound tale about courage & making a difference.

Love is in the ‘Share’ – Valentine’s Gifts from Little Loved-ones

You may be a Valentine’s enthusiast or staunch denier. Either way, we love any excuse to suggest gift ideas! Giving your partner, husband, wife, co-parent, ‘conscious coupling’, other half (or whatever you call them) a little book from your children is a great way to “do” Valentine’s Day. Here’s two (love-themed) ideas to get you going: Love Monster by Rachel Bright (3+) – Touching and heart-warming and much better than a box of heart-shaped choccies Love Always Everywhere by Sarah Massini (3+) – Uplifting, enjoyable, joyful and charming exploration of love in its many forms

What Next? … “If they Like, they’ll Love”

We want to make finding truly enjoyable books for your kids as easy as possible. What happens when a beloved series comes to an end or a favourite author doesn’t have a new title coming out for a while? Where do you turn for their next adventure? Our, If ‘They Like, They’ll Love’ section is designed to help you put your finger on fantastic new titles for kids that will be right up their street. For instance: if they liked The Fault in Our Stars (14+), by John Green, they’ll love All the Bright Places (12+) by Jennifer Niven – life-affirming, thought-provoking, lessons in life from a boy determined to die. Check out our If They Like, They’ll Love category for more ideas. Below you’ll find a wonderful reminder to ‘OUR Class of 2014‘ just for you to browse in case you missed any. And that, book fans, is January at Lovereading4kids. We hope you find what you’re looking for on the site and we’ll be back in February with more of the same carefully selected titles for you… but different!

Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth – the story behind the book

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

I’ve honestly always wanted to write a book about bullying. I think it’s something that so many individuals experience and the repercussions can be life changing.

Part of the problem is the isolation and stigma that it still causes. No-one chooses to be bullied – and if it happens, the victim can often feel too ashamed to talk about it. They blame themselves, internalise their worries and fears. Meanwhile the bully has latched onto something that makes them feel in control. Rather like a spider entrapping its fly, the bully almost seems to enjoy watching someone else suffer. It can become a performance, a show if you like. Look at me making you look worthless. At least I’m not like you…

But we understand why spiders make their webs, that’s nature. What is more interesting and perhaps more important is exploring what can make a person chose to bully another.

There is little doubt that bullying is a worldwide problem. It corrodes our schools and beyond. When you look at figures such as 45,000 children calling Childline last year about bullying alone (source, NSPCC website) it is quite alarming. You can’t always escape the nasty comments, the abuse. Even in the safety of your own home, it can continue online. Victims are truly trapped in the bully’s web – and from that, it is hard to escape.

Working in a school environment, I was exposed to different bullying stories on a daily basis – some more severe than others. I would sit and listen as student after student poured out their stories. Some were terrified and would speak in hushed tones, paranoid that just uttering their experiences would mean even more grief. Some would show me their phones, point out the messages that had been sent to them or about them. Others would be angry, would want to fight back. Sometimes they did and got into trouble themselves. One boy refused to speak at all, too frightened after experiencing extreme homo-phobic abuse online.

Speaking to the perpetrators was a mixed experience. Some would sob with remorse. Some had been drawn into it, encouraged by their peers. Others would look at you blankly and state that the target ‘got what they deserved’, to them this was natural state of things, survival of the fittest. I would see the impact of physical attacks, the slapped cheeks, the pulled hair – the fights outside school. I would see the emotional impact, the simple words that could tear through a person like a blade and leave them a crumpled wreck. I would also see the physiological damage – the shredded confidence, the isolation, the self-harm, the school refusing.

Hearing these stories was difficult but common themes developed. The target would always feel alone, confused and scared to speak up. But in many cases, the bully would be indignant, stubborn, frustrated by a weakness that they saw in the other. Often, I could identify what led to a particular student becoming a bully, I could see pressures (both internal and external) that they were being exposed to a daily basis and could begin to understand why someone might chose to exert their frustrations on someone else. I met angry young carers, victims of domestic abuse, girls in controlling/abusive relationships, students with underlying self-confidence issues, all of them terrorising someone else, somebody more vulnerable in their eyes.

All trying to detract from their own lives, their own worries, their own insecurities.

In Seven Days there are two victims. Jess is clearly the bullied one. She is struggling with many issues such as low self-confidence and negative body image. Her father is estranged from her and she misses him. She feels vulnerable. In many ways she is an easy target. Kez, on the other hand, appears to ‘have it all’, she is popular and pretty, she presents herself as self-assured and in control. But behind closed doors, Kez is battling to keep herself on track. In many ways, Kez is the real victim.

I believe that Seven Days would be a very inspiring book for any reader that has experienced bullying, or indeed been a bully themselves. The book is not looking to judge, it is simply providing a message that there are often two sides to every story. I also hope it will help anyone who has experienced bullying to have something to identify with, but also to see that they are not weak, or pathetic just because they have been targeted. Perhaps someone else will read my book and recognise their own negative behaviours. Perhaps they can question why they are doing it and seek the help that they need.

In Seven Days I wanted to keep the message alive. Bullying is a real, on-going issue. It takes many forms, and it’s life-changing.

There can also be more than one victim.


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