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Patrick Ness does unique Children’s Prize Double

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

14 June 2012. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has won the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes!

Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging episode in one child’s life.”

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The Lovereading4kids review of A Monster Calls

Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, denied much information by his family and treated as a weirdo by his class mates and a ‘special case’ by his teachers, Conor struggles to get to grips with the devastating emotions which threaten to overwhelm him.

How he finds the courage and strength to face the end when it happens is both utterly shattering and deeply satisfying. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.

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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, 31 May – 6 June 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again. Crocodile demonstrates …
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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader

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The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
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Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael 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 …
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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with
Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
on him so that he can turn London into a city …
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The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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The Sky is Everywhere The 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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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 th July 09

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby? What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby?
Cressida Cowell
An entertaining story which will strike a chord with all parents! How can the animals stop the Boo Hoo baby from crying? Feeding him helps, as does bathing him and playing with him but, in the end, bedtime is the …
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Walk With Me! Walk With Me!
Stella Blackstone
Open the flaps to find out how different animals get about. Who can hop? A rabbit can hop. Who can glide? A snake can glide. Each spread shows a different country and the animals in it providing a perfect background …
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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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Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very …
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Quirky and original, this will be a real joy for both toddler and parent.  Full of kindness, Barry, a fish with the special attributes of fingers, uses his unusual feature to delight his friends. Fingers are good for all sorts …
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At the Seaside At the Seaside
Germano Zullo
An absolutely gorgeous large format board book.  Each spread is crammed full of fun and humorous illustrations.  You and your toddler can share in the excitement of finding one of the many characters in the book and follow that character …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Troll The Troll
Julia Donaldson
An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where he is meant to live. And the pirates are out …
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Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider
Dosh Archer
A fun first read that no 5+ year old, who is just beginning to want more words on the page than a picture book offers, should miss.  It’s been a while since something as good as has been published for …
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Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf
Dosh Archer
The familiar characters from little Red Riding Hood are given an exciting new adventure in this entertaining and easy to read hospital drama. Everyone is afraid when the Big Bad Wolf  is brought into the hospital. Nurse Percy cowers under …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Master Crook's Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals Master Crook’s Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals
Terry Deary
Welcome to the school where scoundrels save the day.  This is Robin Hood meets Oliver Twist in a laugh-out-loud new series from one of the most-loved children’s authors, Terry Deary.  With a cast of hilarious characters, witty asides and farcical …
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Cookie Cookie
Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson knows exactly the ways in which Beauty Cookson feels insecure. It’s hard enough fitting in at school where she’s horribly teased by the cool crowd, but she has even more difficulties at home where she seems …
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Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons
Jake Lancing
Terrific comedy adventures with a footballing twist that are sure to be
loved by boys in particular as well as reluctant readers. These books
show that mischievousness doesn’t necessarily mean naughty!  The kids
are part of an anything-but-ordinary football team.  For starters each
kid …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well.  The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it’s don’t judge …
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The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk he reinvents himself and begins to see …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
A stunning 6th and final episode, brings the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother to a close. Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into the mountains and find the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days
Sue Limb
Brilliant fun, this is a roller coaster of a read as it swings effortlessly from the wild extremes of  total despair to absolute ecstasy capturing the trials and tribulations of Zoe and Chloe, best friends forever. Zoe and Chloe have …
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award 2009 and shortlisted for the . New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, …
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The Demon's Lexicon The Demon’s Lexicon
Sarah Rees Brennan
From its dramatic start when two boys are set on by a savage flock of ravens – with demons inhabiting the bird’s bodies – this is a thrilling and chilling adventure. Nick and Alan’s everyday life looks quite normal but …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
This is a remarkable and moving debut novel that was causing waves well before it was published.  The author has crafted a powerful and at times frightening tale that explores humanity’s unfailing desire not just to survive, but to live, …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.

Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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Megan Book One: The Biggest Decision of All Megan Book One: The Biggest Decision of All
Mary Hooper
Tender and thoughtful, Megan charts the welter of complex emotions Megan goes through from the moment she discovers she’s pregnant. At only fifteen she has to deal with the impossibly difficult choices that it throws up, as well as coping …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 11 – 18 May 09

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mr Bear Says: I Love You Mr Bear Says: I Love You
Debi Gliori
Warm and loving, Mr Bear introduces all the things he likes and ends with what he loves best of all – his own little baby. Lovely bright illustrations in a slimline, easy to hold board book.

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Embossed Board Books: Colours Embossed Board Books: Colours
Emily Bolam
Whole pages devoted to a single colour make this a striking book. The surface of each page is embossed with a pattern which makes it interesting and exciting to touch giving it multi-sensory appeal.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when
first published 40 years ago. Its vivid and colourful illustrations and
cut back and die-cut pages together with some very simple text provide
a wonderful story that is immensely satisfying for …

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A warm and gentle celebration of the relationship between parent and child. it is immensely touching and the perfect bedtime read. …
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The Perfect Baby The Perfect Baby
Tony Bradman
A wonderfully quirky story by Tony Bradman about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world is complemented brilliantly by some illustrations that are sure to get the smallest little child giggling away! …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

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Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon’s Diary
Dugald Steer
The dragonological adventure continues in this eagerly-awaited second instalment of The Dragonology Chronicles. An illness has spread among the dragons and Daniel and Beatrice must deliver a strange book to Dr. Drake so that the cure that lies therein can …
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Highway Robbery Highway Robbery
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. With the thundering of hooves never far away, Kate Thompson weaves an attractive yarn as told by a cheeky but brave street boy whose fortunes change after he’s left holding the horse …
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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects,

magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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Shark Island Shark Island
David Miller
Hold on to your seats for what could well be THE blockbuster this summer for children of 9+. Marooned on a tropical island, two children – Hanna and Ned – are in fear of their lives after pirates had raided …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Freefall: Tunnels 3 Freefall: Tunnels 3
Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper will once again take you way beneath the earth, in a subterranean world that’s almost too frightening to imagine and yet it will pull you into the story …
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The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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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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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 first …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Most popular books, by age range, 27 Apr – 4 May 2009

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Can You Moo Too? Can You Moo Too?
David Wojtowycz
A big book which encourages all readers to join in with the noisy lion roaring, bouncy frogs croaking, baby bear growling, ducks quacking and cows moo-ing. Bright and lively illustrations make joining in fun!
If you’re looking for other great books …
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Bathtime With Woof Bathtime With Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows in the bath and the softness of the fluffy towel he dries himself on afterwards. All babies will love seeing themselves scrubbed …
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No Bed Without Ted No Bed Without Ted
Nicola Smee
Pull the tabs, lift the flap and help a little girl find her missing Ted. Is he in the drawer? No, that’s full of mice. Can he be in grandpa’s chair? No, that’s a bag of sweets. And he’s not …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers. Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
story about friendship and home. …
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Babies Love Books Babies Love Books
Laurence Anholt
Celebrate books anytime and any place with these jolly babies who are shown sharing books and loving them too, in all kinds of likely and unlikely places from the library to a beach and with loads of places in between. …
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Little Boat Little Boat
Thomas Docherty
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Wonderfully detailed yet simple illustrations coupled with minimal text make this an absolutely fantastic picture book to enjoy with even the youngest toddler. Later this year, this title will be joined by an …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s

Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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Snow Goose Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations capture the haunting magic of this modern classic. Set in the Essex marshes in the years before the Second World War, it is a touching story of how a young girl …
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911. In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Stepsisters' Story The Stepsisters’ Story
Kaye Umansky
A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step …
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Fever Crumb Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 from the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of the Mortal Engines Quartet. Reeves’ post-apocalyptic world where mobile cities fight for survival has brought many a child into the world of reading …
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Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
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wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Coraline (film tie-in edition) Coraline (film tie-in edition)
Neil Gaiman
Film-tie-in edition to the weird and wonderful Coraline, which has just released as an animated film in the UK. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar. It has …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Ask and the Answer The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Tense, shocking and deeply moving, The Ask and the Answer is a terrifying novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. The sequel to the highly acclaimed and prize-winning The Knife of Never Letting Go, the author who is also …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment on, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the …
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for …
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Prize winning books and pre publication extracts

Friday, April 24th, 2009

April is always a particularly exciting time in the children’s book market. The shortlist for two of the most important prizes were announced earlier today, so we have delayed our usual mid month email to get the news to you as soon as possible. We also have plenty of other exciting news too.

Prize winnersStop Press.. Children’s Prize winning shortlists

The Carnegie Award is for the year’s best fiction and the Greenaway  for the best picture books and we have all the shortlisted books in our Prize Winners section. Gratifyingly, we have already featured a lot of the books and the whole shortlist makes impressive reading. On the Carnegie there are novels from established authors such as Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eoin Colfer through to a debut novelist Patrick Ness with his Knife of Never Letting Go. On the Greenaway shortlist you’ll find a wonderful variety and range of illustration styles. We don’t envy the judges’ job in choosing the winners. Find out more today…

DyslexiaNew category dyslexia-friendly books

Our ‘reluctant’ readers category, launched in 2008 was greeted with tremendous enthusiasm but we also received feedback from our members that we needed to go further. So, working with the charity Dyslexia Action and the publisher Barrington Stoke we have created a special section featuring 12 books for readers of around 9+ readers, but whose reading age is around 6+, and this is just a start. We will be adding to it as the year progresses and we hope it will become an invaluable resource for all those parents of children who are struggling with reading.

Start reading books before they are published

Our pre-publication area of the site is becoming increasingly popular as parents and children want to get ahead of the crowds by reading extracts of books before they are published.

This month we have 4 pre publication books including Revolver, the latest from Author of the Month Marcus Sedgwick


   

Revolver

Marcus Sedgwick

14+ A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic, where a boy confronts a stranger come to take revenge on his dead father.

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The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness

14+ Tense, shocking and deeply moving. This is the follow up to the award winning The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve

9+ This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 it’s a prequel to the brilliant Mortal Engine series. So why not check it out now. 
 

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Lifegame

Alison Allen-Gray

11+ A topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the controversial scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible.
 

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top tenFind out what’s hot this week!

Another new feature on the site is one that enables you to see which books other Lovereading4kids members are looking at. It’s called our Top 10 and it updates every night with the ten most popular books on the site in the last week. Why not check it out on a regular basis to ensure you’re not missing some gems that other readers have discovered on the site?

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Childrens classicsClassic books make perfect gifts

And you’re looking for the perfect gift then why not consider our superb range of Classics. Great to read aloud to children and enjoyed, by children and adults, time and time again. We have paperback classics from Penguin, some great value little hardbacks from Oxford and from Walker a sumptuous collection of illustrated paperbacks. Each month, we’re adding to the list with newly released titles so check it out on a regular basis and add titles to your collection.

CoralineGreat films come from Brilliant Books

Finally you may have seen that Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline has been made into a film that is due for release on 7 May. So, why not read the book beforehand or try the graphic novel version to get the whole story.

PS – don’t forget our competitions page – lots of goodies to giveaway this month.

Most popular books, by age range, 12 – 19 April 09

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Snowman The Snowman
Raymond Briggs
This is one of the all time favourites of any nursery and certainly a book to turn back to time and time again whether you’re a child or an adult. No words, just the most wonderful pictures telling a …
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Daydream Dan Daydream Dan
Sarah Garson
This is a debut picture book from an exciting new talent.  A
delightful book that both parent and child will warm to as the plotline
is something that both will relate to.  That dreaded ‘I’m not day
dreaming’ as your child is quite …
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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers.  Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
story about friendship and home. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Barefoot Book of Earth Tales Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
Dawn Casey
This stunning collection of stories from around the world, which celebrate the importance of the world we live in, is supported by inspiring hands-on activities to encourage all to protect and preserve our world as much as we are able. …
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Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates' Treasure Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure
Emily Bearn
The enchanting and delightful mice Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a third adventure. This time the two home lovers are off on a camping trip but soon things begin to go very wrong as they get swept down the …
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Winnie The Twit Winnie The Twit
Laura Owen
Fun to read and well-matched by their illustrations, these four short stories tell of yet more dramatic and hilarious adventures for Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. Winnie variously tries to find the perfect pet, to fix things with …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable.  The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911.  In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Fungus The Bogeyman Fungus The Bogeyman
Raymond Briggs
This is a book that is enduringly funny, wonderfully poignant and at times quite rude. Beautifully described through stunning illustrations and hand written text is the story of the bogey men – and in particular Fungus – who live …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Ribblestrop Ribblestrop
Andrew Mulligan
In this quirky and original debut there’s never a dull moment.  Even before the student’s turn up to the school, you can tell is no ordinary place. The building is semi-ruined (some dormitories don’t even have a roof ), the …
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The Well Between the Worlds The Well Between the Worlds
Sam Llewellyn
From the pen of a very talented author whose writing is of the highest quality comes a book that is full of magic and intrigue, myth and environmentalism in a land that was once green and pleasant but whose land …
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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically dramatic, dangerous and funny new adventure. The world of Skulduggery …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference.  It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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Dragonfly Pool Dragonfly Pool
Eva Ibbotson
A wonderful, magical adventure spins out of a school story with a
difference. Tally doesn’t want to leave her father and her aunts and go
away to boarding school. But Delderton Hall is a very special school
with interesting staff and pupils and …
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Unique Unique
Alison Allen-Gray
This debut novel, published back in 2004 has only just hit our radar screen at Lovereading4kids with the publication of her second novel Lifegame. We’ve been so blown away by the brilliance of Unique that we just had to tell …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Gone Gone
Michael Grant 

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Beautiful Dead: Jonas Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Eden Maguire
This is the first of a proposed series of 4 books in the increasingly popular area of paranormal romance.  Fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series will love the intrigue, the excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery.  …
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Falling Falling
Sharon Dogar
Falling is a dark and dangerous multi-layered love story between an Asian girl and a white boy, in which the past and present collide. It’s the gripping second teenage novel from Sharon Dogar, the critically acclaimed author of Waves.  Intensely …
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New Children’s Books and Pre Publication exclusives

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Read the next big children’s book FREE!

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Comics can be good for reading

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Start reading Books before they are published

And finally, our ripe bunch of Pre-Publication exclusives – a chance for your kids to be at the forefront of great new children’s writing before the playground crowds:

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure by Emily Bearn. Brambly Hedge meets the Borrowers in another enchanting book following two home-loving mice that get accidentally swept off on an incredible adventure. Beyond the Barricade by Deborah Ellis. The compelling second book in the Prison Runner series sees Diego caught up in more dangerous events in politically unstable Bolivia – but can he find his family again? Jake Highfield, Chaos Unleashed by Alec Sillifant. In this slick, edge-of-your-seat thriller, nothing will stop, teenage spy (and rebel), Chaos from discovering the secret of ‘The Academy’.

With such an array of tremendous reading, you can be sure there’s plenty to really grip your children’s imagination. So download our free Opening Extracts, select the titles you want to buy and watch your children devour them.

Finally, don’t forget to take a look at this month’s prize draws – lots of free books are being given away.

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
most innovative and imaginative illustrated children’s books. Through
nursery rhyme stories follow Little Mouse as he confronts his many
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Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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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
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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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
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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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
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise

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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
uplifting debut novel explores what being a ‘good …
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