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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 12 – 19 October 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Giraffes Can't Dance Giraffes Can’t Dance
Giles Andreae
A little encouragement was all that was needed to make Gerald the Giraffe realise that he could, after all, dance as well as any other animal in the kingdom.  So, for any child that suffers from a lack of confidence …
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Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World
Elizabeth Hammill
A fine collection of poems and rhymes from all over the world, collected together by Elizabeth Hammill, renowned for her support and expertise in the world of children’s literature. A host of fantastic illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Robert Ingpen and …
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Bear and Hare: Snow! Bear and Hare: Snow!
Emily Gravett
October 2014 Book of the Month     Award-winning Emily Gravett celebrates all the delights of snow in this attractive picture book. Best friends Bear and Hare love playing in the snow. They make footprints and snow angels and have a wonderful …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Bears Don't Read! Bears Don’t Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
October 2014 Book of the Month   George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he soon realises that it contains something very special. But …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month   Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come …
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Seen and Not Heard Seen and Not Heard
Katie May Green
October 2014 Debut of the Month   Children’s imaginations will run wild after reading this delightfully spooky story. Katie May Green is a stunning new talent in the world of picture books. It is an evocative and magical book filled with …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
Julia Donaldson
October 2014 Book of the MonthShortlisted for the Specsaver’s National Book Awards: Children’s Book Of The Year. In their best-loved original adventure the Owl and the Pussy-Cat danced happily on the edge of the sand after their wedding. Children’s Laureate …
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Hubble Bubble: The Pesky Pirate Prank Hubble Bubble: The Pesky Pirate Prank
Tracey Corderoy
The second in this humorous fiction series contains three stories of magical mayhem in one beautifully produced book.
Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow Children’s Fiction says “All grannies are great, but one who can do spells, take you on their broomstick and …
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The Bad Trousers The Bad Trousers
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny’s awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick.  Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents…a …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Hero Pup The Hero Pup
Megan Rix
October 2014 Book of the Month   Can training Patch, a loveable Labrador puppy, help Joe find some happiness after the death of his father? Joe and his dad have always wanted a dog but, when his dad is killed Joe …
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The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Matt Brown
October 2014 Book of the Month  A second hilarious and disgusting adventure wittily told in words and pictures making it perfect for all fans of the Wimpy Kid. A mouldy old sandwich has a remarkable impact on the life of Compton …
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Shouldn't You Be in School? Shouldn’t You Be in School?
Lemony Snicket
October 2014 Book of the Month   Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Mountwood School for Ghosts Mountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
October 2014 Book of the Month   Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive and be wonderfully credible. Her hand guides this delightful story of a top-secret school for ghosts where anything and everything …
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Red Leaves Red Leaves
Sita Brahmachari
October 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sita Brahmachari has a great gift of understanding for the confusions and loneliness of adoloescents and their need to be gently nurtured and cherished. Three young people are trying to find a way …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2014 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in World …
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The Piper The Piper
Danny Weston
October 2014 Debut of the Month   A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to two children evacuated to Romney Marsh in the Second World War. Newly arrived from London, Peter and Daisy are taken …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Calling The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
October 2014 Book of the Month    Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame.  The Players know who they …
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Black Ice Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
October 2014 Book of the Month   Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the …
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Terror Kid Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month   Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. …
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Lovereading4kids Top Children’s Books, by age range 10 – 17 June 2012

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Archie Archie
Domenica More Gordon
June 2012 Debut of the Month.
From an important and exciting new author/illustrator – a hugely original new talent – comes a riot of canine fun, bound to attract appreciative tail-wagging from dog fans! Featuring a royal guest star at the end it’s …
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Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. 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 …
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I Love My Daddy I Love My Daddy
Giles Andreae
An amusing, touching and heart-warming look at the special relationship between father and child from the bestselling Giles Andreae, perfectly portrayed by Emma Dodd’s charming and vibrant artwork. It is the sister picture book to the award-winning I Love My …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Best Kind of Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss
Margaret Allum
A stunning book with plenty of kisses on every page – from fluffy kisses and big kisses to lip smacky and snuggly cuddly mummy kisses – there’s a kiss for every moment. But the best kiss of all for the …
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Have You Ever Ever Ever? Have You Ever Ever Ever?
Colin McNaughton
Talented duo Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark have teamed up to create a witty and original introduction to some very favourite characters from nursery rhymes and popular songs. The cat and the fiddle, incy wincy spider, the four and …
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Good Night, Gorilla Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann
All young readers will delight at knowing the trick the animals play on the unsuspecting zoo keeper! It’s bedtime and the zoo keeper sets off to lock the animals up for the night. But, the gorilla has a clever plan. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Great Dog Disaster The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you’re looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect. It’s told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with …
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The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure hunting …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how,

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The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A witty and original prize-winning debut ‘fairy’ novel that has won the hearts of

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Earthfall Earthfall
Mark Walden
June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it is a thrilling corkscrew of a story. Miraculously …
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Tiger Wars Tiger Wars
Steve Backshall
June 2012 Book of the Month. Wildlife specialist Steve Backshall, presenter of the Award winning TV show Deadly, brings the threat tigers are under sharply into focus in this thrilling eco-adventure. Saker and Sinter are two teenagers on the run from …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Stealing Phoenix Stealing Phoenix
Joss Stirling
June 2012 eBook of the Month. This is a must read for any fan of paranormal romance. Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But …
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Next Next
Keith Gray
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore, what is death? …
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The Adjusters The Adjusters
Andrew Taylor
June 2012 Book of the Month. A chilling story of perfect children, medically transformed! Newly arrived in a new town and in a new school it doesn’t take Henry long to discover that something is wrong. Very wrong. How can …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Theodore Boone 3: the Accused Theodore Boone 3: the Accused
John Grisham
June 2012 Book of the Month. Bestselling John Grisham’s needle-sharp writing is brilliantly on display in this detective story centring on 13 year old Theodore Boone. The son of lawyers, Theo is an expert in how the law works. It’s knowledge …
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At Yellow Lake At Yellow Lake
Jane McLoughlin
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of tension, this is a gripping debut novel with vibrant characters caught up in a complex interweaving of stories all of which are played out on the faraway shores of Yellow Lake. Etta finds …
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The Glimpse The Glimpse
Claire Merle
June 2012 Debut of the Month. We found this an utterly compelling debut novel. It is set in a disturbing near future where society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed towards mental illness. There’s a real passion …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 3 – 10 June 2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Archie Archie
Domenica More Gordon
June 2012 Debut of the Month.
From an important and exciting new author/illustrator – a hugely original new talent – comes a riot of canine fun, bound to attract appreciative tail-wagging from dog fans! Featuring a royal guest star at the end it’s …
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2
I Love My Daddy I Love My Daddy
Giles Andreae
An amusing, touching and heart-warming look at the special relationship between father and child from the bestselling Giles Andreae, perfectly portrayed by Emma Dodd’s charming and vibrant artwork. It is the sister picture book to the award-winning I Love My …
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3
Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. 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 …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Best Kind of Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss
Margaret Allum
A stunning book with plenty of kisses on every page – from fluffy kisses and big kisses to lip smacky and snuggly cuddly mummy kisses – there’s a kiss for every moment. But the best kiss of all for the …
Download free opening extract
2
Have You Ever Ever Ever? Have You Ever Ever Ever?
Colin McNaughton
Talented duo Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark have teamed up to create a witty and original introduction to some very favourite characters from nursery rhymes and popular songs. The cat and the fiddle, incy wincy spider, the four and …
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3
The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World
Gordon Snell
Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that’s been published in 2011 to share with your toddler.  In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
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The Great Dog Disaster The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you’re looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect.  It’s told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with …
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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
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 shows …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When …
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2
The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
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Horrid Henry's Monster Movie Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie
Francesca Simon
June 2012 Book of the Month. Horrid Henry loves scary movies! The problem is Perfect Pete hates them. And so do mum and dad. How will Henry ever get to see The Vampire Zombie Werewolf ? As ever, in this …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure hunting …
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2
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A witty and original prize-winning debut ‘fairy’ novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for September …
Download free opening extract
3
Earthfall Earthfall
Mark Walden
June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it is a thrilling corkscrew of a story. Miraculously …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Adjusters The Adjusters
Andrew Taylor
June 2012 Book of the Month. A chilling story of perfect children, medically transformed! Newly arrived in a new town and in a new school it doesn’t take Henry long to discover that something is wrong. Very wrong. How can …
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A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes …
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Stealing Phoenix Stealing Phoenix
Joss Stirling
June 2012 eBook of the Month. This is a must read for any fan of paranormal romance.  Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Changeling Changeling
Philippa Gregory
June 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling …
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Next Next
Keith Gray
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore, what is death? …
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3
At Yellow Lake At Yellow Lake
Jane McLoughlin
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of tension, this is a gripping debut novel with vibrant characters caught up in a complex interweaving of stories all of which are played out on the faraway shores of Yellow Lake. Etta finds …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 30 May – 5 Jun 2012

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
Its message is one to treasure.  Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being born; she feels breezes blowing and …
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Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. 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 …
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Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen

Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It’s a wonderfully celebratory day out …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
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The Worst Princess The Worst Princess
Anna Kemp
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A funny new picture book from the team behind the successful Dogs Don’t Do Ballet and Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes! Girls everywhere will be cheering for Sue in this story of determination and derring-do. The galloping, tongue-in-cheek rhyming text …
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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “The text is very minimal but perfect – and the illustrations are glorious. This isn’t a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws.  Little Max …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Monster Movie Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie
Francesca Simon
June 2012 Book of the Month. Horrid Henry loves scary movies! The problem is Perfect Pete hates them. And so do mum and dad. How will Henry ever get to see The Vampire Zombie Werewolf ? As ever, in this …
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Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (Early Reader) Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
For all Horrid Henry fans here’s the perfect book to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Bestselling Horrid Henry celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in his own special way… When Perfect Pete is asked to greet the Queen and present her …
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Me, the Queen and Christopher Me, the Queen and Christopher
Giles Andreae, Tony Ross
A touching and funny story about a 7 year-old girl’s adventure having tea with the Queen. Told with Giles Andreae’s trademark warmth and humour, but with an added poignancy when the Queen meets Christopher, Freya’s brother, this is a perfect …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
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2
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When …
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Muddle Earth Too Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, now in paperback. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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White Dolphin White Dolphin
Gill Lewis
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Bestselling Gill Lewis’s new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins.  Kara’s life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at school and her father is about to …
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The Sleeping Army The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she …
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The Messenger Bird The Messenger Bird
Ruth Eastham
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Cleverly interweaving a modern day storyline with one from the 1940s, it’s the story of Nathan who must find out what the link is between his father’s recent disappearance and that of Lily, an ex-Bletchley Park employee, before it’s too late …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the …
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A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow
Rick Riordan
May 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the third and final book in this awesome and electrifying Kane Chronicles series that is set in ancient Egypt. Carter and Sadie have their biggest and most important quest yet; to defeat the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Slated Slated
Teri Terry
May 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is a debut novel not to miss. It’s an original and haunting psychological thriller that’s packed with intense mystery and secrets that will have you gripped from the very first page.  It’s the story of Kyla …
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Insurgent Insurgent
Veronica Roth
May 2012 Book of the Month. This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best.  Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent.  No teenager should miss these great reads. Will have fans of The …
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The Hunger Games The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “I don’t usually go for blockbuster dystopian stories – but this trilogy is imaginatively conceived and well written and a genuine page-turner. Sixteen year old Katniss takes part in a terrifying annual televised game where teenagers fight …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 13 -20 May 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
Its message is one to treasure.  Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being born; she feels breezes blowing and …
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Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen

Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It’s a wonderfully celebratory day out …
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
April 2012 Book of the Month. Best known for creating the pictures for the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler has created a perfect story for pre-school. How can Pip’s friends cheer him up when his beautiful red balloon goes POP! ? Luckily Posy …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “The text is very minimal but perfect – and the illustrations are glorious. This isn’t a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws.  Little Max …
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Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London

Best-selling Charlie and Lola and their best friends Marve and Lotta are very excited to be going on a trip to London! They gaze up at Buckingham Palace and wonder which is the Queen’s Bedroom, they look in wonder at …
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The Worst Princess The Worst Princess
Anna Kemp
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A funny new picture book from the team behind the successful Dogs Don’t Do Ballet and Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes! Girls everywhere will be cheering for Sue in this story of determination and derring-do. The galloping, tongue-in-cheek rhyming text …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee

This is a very special Ladybird souvenir edition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. …
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Me, the Queen and Christopher Me, the Queen and Christopher
Giles Andreae, Tony Ross
A touching and funny story about a 7 year-old girl’s adventure having tea with the Queen. Told with Giles Andreae’s trademark warmth and humour, but with an added poignancy when the Queen meets Christopher, Freya’s brother, this is a perfect …
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The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader) The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader)
Vivian French
A delightful animal story, perfect for early readers. There’s nearly a pet shop disaster when a noisy puppy won’t stay quiet at night time. How will the other animals ever get to sleep? Maybe telling stories will do the trick? …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too
Roger Mcgough
May 2012 Book of the Month.  Best-selling poet Roger McGough hits some real Eureka! moments in this cheerfully wacky picture book full of fabulously ingenious inventions. Professor Dotty Dabble is a great inventor so is sure she’ll win the National …
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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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White Dolphin White Dolphin
Gill Lewis
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Bestselling Gill Lewis’s new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins.  Kara’s life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at school and her father is about to …
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The Sleeping Army The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 2012 Book of the Month. 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 …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. This is an outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent.  When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking – what’s the point …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the …
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A Waste of Good Paper A Waste of Good Paper
Sean Taylor
A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems. Jason has been told to write something in his new journal everyday. The trouble is there is nothing he wants …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Changeling Changeling
Philippa Gregory
May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling …
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Slated Slated
Teri Terry
May 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is a debut novel not to miss. It’s an original and haunting psychological thriller that’s packed with intense mystery and secrets that will have you gripped from the very first page.  It’s the story of Kyla …
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When It Happens When It Happens
Susane Colasanti
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A terrific romantic comedy drama for all those searching for The One! Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 20 – 27 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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Gilbert the Great (Board Book) Gilbert the Great (Board Book)
Jane Clarke
Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge’s Gilbert is a charming picture book character – despite being a great white shark! The story of his touching friendship with Raymond the Remora is delightfully retold in this handsome board book version. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Two Monkeys (World of Happy) Two Monkeys (World of Happy)
Giles Andreae
A gorgeous story that shows the importance of true friendship between two monkeys.  Will the monkey prince forget his servant friend in the end or not?Stylish and affordable books for children and parents alike.
One of an initial series of 13 …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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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Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
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Conker Conker
Michael Morpurgo
Prize-winning Michael Morpurgo packs in a range of big emotions in this beautifully written short novel for newly fluent readers and reissued for a new generation of children. Helped by his granny, Nick learns to see off the nasty bully …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war.  It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
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Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition
Eva Ibbotson
Special 10th Anniversary Edition
Chosen by Anne Fine as one of her favourite reads.  A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Favourite Story.
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2011. Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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Double or Quits Rachel Riley's Year of (almost) Taking Control Double or Quits Rachel Riley’s Year of (almost) Taking Control
Joanna Nadin
A fantastically fat and sparkly bind-up of two riotous Rachel Riley books … Back to Life and The Facts of Life. …
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When I Was Joe When I Was Joe
Keren David
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Highly Commended for the Teenage Book Prize 2010. An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police …
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Mid May Update

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Dear Reader,

Just launched and a ‘world first’ – Paperback, CD Audio, Hardback, ePub, Kindle and iBook – whatever the format, we now have them all on Lovereading4kids. Find a book and we will automatically show you all the versions there are which you can buy at the click of your mouse.

Highlights Not to Miss this Month

 

 

A veritable feast of talent – Our May Pre-Publication Exclusives

 

 

The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes

Zehra Hicks

3+ Super sparkling fun. Minty-fresh and educational too!

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Zoo Girl

Rebecca Elliott

3+ Vibrant and energetic with a lasting impact both for the parent and the toddler.

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Buttercup Mash

Joanna Nadin

9+ Crazy teen Buttercup and her Glee Club diaries! Girls will love this.

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Duty Calls : Dunkirk

James Holland

11+ Gritty, real-life account of an incredible point in history.

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Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

14+ Magical-reality tale of destiny romance and self-discovery.

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Forgotten

Cat Patrick

14+ What if you could see the future but not remember the past?

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Life An Exploded Diagram

Mal Peet

14+ Amazing and compelling coming-of-age tale set in the shadow of the Cold War.

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Blood Red Road

Moira Young

14+ Unforgettably vivid characters, violent action and a glorious love story.

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Starting Out? – Try our New Section for Early Readers

There is a lot of talk about publishing books that

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bridge the gap between picture books and reading alone, so we hope our Early Readers section achieves just that. We plan to feature accessible stories, illustrated in full colour and designed to entertain and encourage a love of reading. From Horrid Henry to Cinderella, there really is an Early Reader for parents to share and enjoy with their kids. Perfect too, for children who are just starting to read alone but want short chapter books that are packed full of illustrations on every page. We hope they will inspire a life-long love of literature!

 

Zombie Reviewers Needed!

We are looking for 10 children to review Undead by Kirsty McKay – an unstoppable zombie-horror debut novel due out in September. If you are over 12 and a fan of comedy and zombie-horror then email contact@lovereading4kids.co.uk using the subject line UNDEAD REVIEWER and tell us in no more than 200 words why you should be one of the 10 chosen reviewers.

Good Luck!

 

Practice at Home! Read with Biff and Chip (and Kipper and Floppy too!)

We understand the importance of nurturing a love of books and reading from an early age and hearing that Oxford University Press were relaunching their classic Read at Home series as ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ has prompted us to give it a section of its own on our website. The series will not just help you to nurture a love of reading in your kids before they even go to school but will also support the work your kids are doing in the early stages of school!

Why not start with a visit to our site to find out how the Read with… series can help? There are also details of a great website called Oxford Owl, created by the publishers of Biff and Chip, that is dedicated to helping to parents encourage their youngsters to learn through reading.

 

Undercover Reads – Teen Fiction from Walker Books

We just had to spread the word about the new teenage books from Walker released under the umbrella of Undercover Reads. The quality of the writing, from award-winning and new featured authors, is nothing short of breathtaking – with a real highlight being our Mega Book of the Month, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Of course, we have free extracts so your kids can try the books before you buy them and also we have a one-stop-shop for ebooks which is EXCLUSIVE to Lovereading.

Get ready for Half-Term

Every summer half-term the gates of Dairy Meadows in Hay are flung open to welcome thousands of families to Hay Fever. If you can find the time do consider a family day out or weekend to the Hay Festival.

Nine jam-packed days of fun ensue with plenty of brilliant things to get up to whether you’re a tot, teen or in between. Personal favourites of the Lovereading4kids team heading to Hay this time round include Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Jason Wallace, Geraldine Mccaughrean, Korky Paul, Gill Lewis, Joanna Nadin, Tim Bowler, AliSparkes, Guy Bass, David Roberts, Peter Cocks, Patrick Ness, Emma Dodd, Johnny O’brien, Simon Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Alex Scarrow, Jeremy Strong, Michelle Magorian, Meg Rosoff, Marcus Sedgwick, Lauren St John, Keren David, Sean Taylor and Ally Kennen.

Second Wimpy kid Movie

There are also a couple of big films doing the rounds, perfectly timed for the half-term break . The second Wimpy Kid, ‘Rodrick Rules, is just as funny as the original, with Greg trying to get the upper hand over his older brother Rodrick.

Happy reading – we’ll be back with more brilliant children’s books in June.

P.S. Have you discovered the World of Happy series from award-winning poet and illustrator Giles Andreae? They are playful, charming, quirky, joyous and heart-warming stories about positive and uplifting values: love, happiness, freedom, pleasure, being yourself and revelling in the wonders of what it means to be alive. Get happier today!

P.P.S. – Author / Illustrator Gillian McClure has become a publisher as well and if her delightful picture book The Little White Sprite is anything to go by we are all in for a treat. Live in Sussex? – then catch her at her local bookshop at half-term. See her book for more details.

Most popular Children’s Opening Extracts, by age range, 23 Feb – 1 Mar

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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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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My Mum! My Mum!
Beth Shoshan
From the same author that brought us the charmingly funny My Dad! – we now have My Mum! – who is rather silly but simply lovely. Guarenteed to put a smile on your child’s face. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated Edition Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Illustrated Edition
Lewis Carroll
Abundantly illustrated with warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury, the memorable cast of characters are to be found in all their glory here in this edition, from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. …
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.

Short snappy sentences with pages …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
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The 13 Treasures The 13 Treasures
Michelle Harrison
Winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2009.

This is an enchanting and at times terrifying debut that’s beautifully written. 13 year old Tanya and her mother have an uneasy relationship so for part of the summer she is despatched …
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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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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Numbers Numbers
Rachel Ward
A tough, teenage novel about being different. Jem’s life has been hard from the beginning and it is not made any easier by her dangerous secret; every time she looks into a person’s eyes, she sees the date on which …
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Most poplar Children’s Book Opening Extracts, by age range, 16 – 22 Feb 09

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Gilbert in Deep (book & CD - read by Dervla Kirwan) Gilbert in Deep (book & CD – read by Dervla Kirwan)
Jane Clarke
Witty writing with lots of shark-infested humour.  Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet friend Remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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2
Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.    Short snappy sentences with pages …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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2
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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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 11+ readers

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Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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The Princess Plot The Princess Plot
Kirsten Boie
A thrilling debut adventure combining the glamour of the world of movies with a sharply drawn political background. Jenna never expects to land the part of the princess when she goes for an audition. But when she does, she finds …
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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Everything Beautiful Everything Beautiful
Simmone Howell
This novel is so tuned in to the teenage psyche – sharp, full of humour and a touch subversive – that it’s hard to believe it’s not written by one.  In fact it comes from the pen of Simmone Howell …
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
A chilling, powerful and thought-provoking thriller about a Polish orphan’s subversion of Nazi ideals.  Meticulously researched and incredibly imagined it will at times almost take your breath away. Perceived as the perfect Aryan specimen by the German family who adopt Peter …
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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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Monday, February 16th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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Matty Takes Off! Matty Takes Off!
Miriam Moss
A delightful pair of bear siblings, Matty and Milly make a delightful duo. Matty likes everything to be just-so. He is as neat and tidy as his sister Milly is not. In Matty’s house, everything has its own place but, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Brilliant Billy Does His Bit Brilliant Billy Does His Bit
Simon Hutton
An entertaining story about how one boy gets so absorbed in the effect of the Second World War on ordinary people’s lives that he begins to do things in the same way. When the teacher describes how people managed by …
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Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure
Amanda Wood
This lavish account of Darwin’s life and of the voyage of the Beagle from 1831 to 1836 provides the most detailed but accessible account for children about Darwin, his discoveries and a part of his life that was so important …
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The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd  

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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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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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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