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Lovereading4kids. Most popular books, by age range, 7 – 14 February 2016

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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Five Minutes' Peace Five Minutes’ Peace
Jill Murphy
Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic.
There can’t be a mum in the country who doesn’t identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her best …
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Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep
Katie Blackburn
This book is dedicated to tired parents, grandparents and children and could prove a real godsend to them all. It’s designed and written specifically to help children relax and ready themselves for a good night’s sleep and uses proven techniques …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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How Hard Can Love be? How Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 Book of the Month  Holly Bourne’s new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything. Amber is in America spending summer with the mum she …
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Beautiful Broken Things Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
February 2016 Debut of the Month  16-year-old Brightonians Caddy and Rosie have been best friends all their lives, their relationship enduring even when Caddy’s aspirational parents send her to a private school. But when an enigmatic new girl arrives at …
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All the Rage All the Rage
Courtney Summers
February 2016 Book of the Month A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the ways in which women are forced to burden the blame for misogynist brutalities.With her alcoholic dad out of the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Alan's Big, Scary Teeth Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, February 2016 Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators and, with his …
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What Pet Should I Get What Pet Should I Get
Dr. Seuss
More than 60 years after they were first published Dr Seuss’s books continue to work their magic on children: his rhyme and rhythm, nonsense humour and wordplay and sudden bursts of anarchy have strong child appeal. All of these Seussian …
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I am Bear I am Bear
Ben Bailey Smith
February 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month Rapper Doc Brown’s Bear cheekily bounces his way through this simple picture book that is full of surprises. This is a Bear who enjoys playing cunning tricks on his friends. He can …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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There's a Dragon in My Dinner There’s a Dragon in My Dinner
Tom Nicoll
February 2016 Debut of the Month   Dragons come in all shapes and sizes in children’s stories, but the one that Eric finds in a box of beansprouts is small, friendly and lots of fun.  Pan is a mini-dragon, lost en …
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Wild Adventures Wild Adventures
Brita Granstrom, Mick Manning
This outstanding nature book demonstrates to children the myriad exciting possibilities for fun and adventure in the world outside their door.  It is packed full of suggestions and information on how to explore the natural world, from how to build …
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My Stinky New School My Stinky New School
Rebecca Elliott
Toby’s little brother Benjamin goes to nursery and loves it. His big sister Clemmie goes to special school, and she loves it too. But Toby is starting at a new school, and he hates it. He hasn’t any friends, doesn’t …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Hamish and the Neverpeople Hamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids’ books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in danger again, or should that be still, and the monsters …
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Zoo Boy Zoo Boy
Sophie Thompson
Julia Eccleshare’s Debut of the Month, February 2016  When Vince turns eight years old he discovers he has the most amazing secret. Although he has always hated animals, which is embarrassing because his father is a zoo keeper, Vince suddenly …
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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 shows …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Awful Auntie Awful Auntie
David Walliams
February 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life, the dreadful aunt Alberta has squandered the family fortunes. Following …
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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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Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den
Aimee Carter
February 2016 Debut of the Month  Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter’s twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some of whom are decidedly untrustworthy. Instead of being trainee wizards …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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How to Look for a Lost Dog How to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
February 2016 Book of the Month  The heroine of Ann M Martin’s fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social rules …
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Wild Lily Wild Lily
K. M. Peyton
K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily will certainly do that.  Set in the 1920s, in those …
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White Lies, Black Dare White Lies, Black Dare
Joanna Nadin
A compelling story for 10+ readers about falling in with the wrong crowd, and standing up for what you believe in. Full Lovereading4kids review to follow.
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the …
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More of Me More of Me
Kathryn Evans
February 2016 Debut of the Month   We all live with our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable – but Teva does so literally: once a year Teva splits into two, the new version goes out into the …
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Am I Normal Yet? Am I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 Book of the Month  Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she’d like a boyfriend too. It’s challenging for Evie though because she’s also coping …
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Author Joanna Nadin discusses Books as beacons

Friday, February 12th, 2016

When I wrote Joe All Alone and its follow-up White Lies, Black Dare I had a checklist of “things I wanted to say” – about child poverty and child neglect, about toxic friendship and family breakdown, about bullying amongst children and adults alike. Fiction has the power to bring new light to these difficult subjects and illuminate not just gory details, but also paths out of the darkness, which is why I will always weave hope into a story, however bleak. But there is another idea lurking in both novels, one that paints books as beacons in a more profound capacity: that books make us who we are, and can change that too.

 

Books matter. Of course I’m going to say that: the ability to pay my bills depends on me writing and selling enough of them. But my belief in their transformative power goes far beyond personal monetary gain. And it’s not writers who think so. There are government studies that point to reading for pleasure as raising test scores in subjects as seemingly unconnected as maths and science. There is research that highlights how stories encourage empathy. But there is evidence too that books penetrate deeper than that, changing our very selves as they show us new ways to be, offering us a pick and mix menu of characters to incorporate into our own.

 

As a child I worked my way through an array of fictional role models – George from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Velvet Brown from Enid Bagnold’s National Velvet, even Pandora from Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. The academic Francis Spufford describes this appeal in his homage to the power of children’s fiction The Child That Books Built: “Be a roman soldier, said a book by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Be an urchin in London, said a Leon Garfield… Be an Egyptian child beside the Nile, be a rabbit on Watership Down. Be a King. Be a slave. Be Biggles.” In other words, reading helps us try out new lives for size. It helps us try out being better or bigger or just different people.

 

It was this in mind that I gave both Joe in Joe All Alone and Asha in White Lies, Black Dare books not just as background reading, but as talismans, magic amulets that would change the course of their lives on and beyond the page. For Joe, the eponymous Huckleberry Finn gives him the courage to face up to his situation. It helps knowing that someone else has been where he is – been alone in the world – before. It helps him work out who he wants to be – brave like Huck. It helps knowing that Huck finds a friend. It helps knowing that Huck can evade the adults who are closing in on him.

 

For Asha it’s Sodapop and Ponyboy in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that drive her final dare and damnation, as well as her ultimate salvation. “So I do what I always do,” Asha says. “ I pick up my book and bury myself in story, glorious story. I read until it’s so real I can feel myself right there in Ponyboy’s house, smelling the eggs and chocolate cake he’s cooking for breakfast, and smoke from Two-Bit’s cigarettes. McCardle’s right, I think, that books get you through stuff.”

 

This is what books can do. They can teach us, they can show us the way. They can give us hope. And more than that they can make us. They have certainly made me – I am part George, part Velvet, part Pandora, and so many others besides. I am even part Asha now, and all the better for it.

JOANNA NADIN ABOUT WRITING

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Read more about the Author Joanna Nadin.

How did you start writing?
I started writing books because I had ridiculously long summer holidays (several months it seemed) and I’m not really a sunbathing/beach kind of person so I stayed indoors and wrote stuff instead.

Why do you write?

Because I love it. Because I have to. It’s like asking Wayne Rooney why he plays football. Not that I’m Wayne. I hope not, anyway.

When and where do you write?
I write most days, from nine in the morning, until about three, in my office, which looks out over the roofs of Bath and the hills behind. So actually I so spend too much time staring at the view.

What do you do when you’re stuck for an idea?
I look at the view, and if that doesn’t work, I watch old films, and TV box sets, and read other books. Or sometimes I just eat cake.

What are your top writing tips?
Keep a diary, because it helps you to get into the habit of writing every day.

And finally, tell us something we didn’t know about you:
I can sing the books of the Bible off by heart.

What words do you live by?
Never underestimate the comedy value of a monkey.

Joanna Nadin talks about her new series for younger readers.  The series begins with Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and me.

What made you want to write the book?
It started with the name. I heard the name Billy Grimshaw on Coronation Street – he was a baby that sadly died. But I wanted to write a book about what he’d have been like if he’d have grown up.

Is it based on your own experience?
In a small sense, as I have gone through a marriage break-up, as Billy’s mum does. And Billy’s little brother does bear a striking resemblance to my own irritating one.

Tell us about the main character(s). Are they like you?
Billy is a boy who has always known he was different. His best friend is a girl, and he has some problems dealing with anxiety too, which show up in the way he has to count his glow stars, and do exercise to get rid of all the adrenalin. He’s also a boy with a vivid imagination, who confuses fiction and real life. And, without revealing too much, I’d say, yes, Billy is very much like me.

Who is your favourite character in the book?
Billy, of course. Though I do have a soft spot for Nan and Dolly the cat.

What is your favourite moment in the book? (Don’t give too much away!)
When Big Lauren gives Billy’s mum a makeover. That’s all I’m saying.

Joanna Nadin also writes for teen readers.  Here she talks about her series featuring Rachel Riley

1.    What inspired you to write the series?
I started out trying to write a deep and meaningful book about bullying and how torturous it is being a teenager, especially one who is forced to wear M&S clothes to discos. But every time I started to type, I kept hearing the voice of Adrian Mole in my head, and remembered that what I thought was torturous at the time is actually quite funny. Also, it is quite hard to write about Jacqueline Wilsonesque things when you have been brought up in a nice middle-class 1970s estate in a non-broken home and your parents are not drug addicts or transvestites.

So I shamelessly wrote about my own childhood, friends and enemies, and about how tragically dull it is growing up in a market town in Essex when all we wanted to do was live in London and wear black and snog Sting and George Michael (oh how innocent we were in the 80s).

The family is loosely based on my own. Though I stress the word loosely. My mother is not that manic (quite) although my brother is that pedantic. Also my Cornish relatives do not live on Fray Bentos (though my Grandma Nadin, rest her soul, did, along with Viennetta, out-of-date twiglets and Supermousse). The Kylies are entirely fictional, though certain “hard” girls may recognise aspects of themselves, notably the badges for sexual favours. The dog is also fictional, as my mother would not let us have one on grounds of poo and moulting.

2.    Describe it in two lines?

Tragically normal teenager tries to make life less Enid Blyton and more Julie Burchill and in process gets vomiting dog, loses best friend and has uncle called Jesus.

3.    How long did it take you to write?
About three years of pondering then five months of actual writing, whenever I could squeeze a few hours when I wasn’t playing with lego or writing speeches on the shipping industry.

4.    What do you think people will say about this book?
I hope they will say – I know just how she feels! I suspect they will say – thank God I am not that utterly dull and do not have a friend called Thin Kylie.

5.    Did you have an exciting childhood or did you, like Rachel, find yourself bored with normality?
At the time I think I thought it was exciting. Until the age of about 14 or 15 when I discovered John Peel on Radio 1 and realised there was life beyond riding ponies and playing ‘kick can’ and non-stop cricket on our street. That’s when I started wearing black and pretending to be tragic and depressed. I wasn’t but it was compulsory to look very annoyed with life if you wanted to be different in Saffron Walden.

6.    Did you keep a diary? Do you still?
I did. It makes for excruciating reading. And, weirdly, not dissimilar to Rachel’s diary. Here is an extract:

26 October 1985
Have got off with Guy.

7 November 1985
I really like Guy.

8 November 1985
Have decided to chuck Guy. Karen is going to tell him for me at work tomorrow.

9 November 1985
Guy came into Woolworth’s. I told him he had to go and see Karen but Karen and Little Nich chickened out so I had to ask Big Nic who had to ask Alice. She phoned him up when I was babysitting. I totally would have done it myself but the Deans had moved their portable phone.

I don’t keep a diary anymore. Writing Rachel’s is therapy enough!

7.    If you could sneak a peek at anyone’s diary, whose would it be?
Anyone’s as long as I didn’t know them. Sneaking a peek at diaries of friends or boyfriends is always a huge mistake. You will only find out things you don’t want to.

8.    Rachel can be quite naïve. Can you remember any instances of embarrassing naiveté from your own teenage years?
I think my teenage years were an endless succession of embarrassingly naïve incidents. The Karl Marx / Marx Brothers mix-up actually happened. But not until I was 16. Which is utterly shameful.

9.    Did you always dream of being a writer or did it happen by accident?
Accident really. What I dreamt of was winning the Grand National or being Babe in Dirty Dancing. But what I was better at (not owning a pony or having any dancing skills) was writing. I have written everything from radio news bulletins to TV scripts for puppet worms to John Prescott’s agony column, and I still write speeches for Ministers. It is much easier than writing for teenagers.

10.    What kind of books were you reading at Rachel’s age?
Judy Blume. We used to read them out loud on the school field together and they provided essential snogging advice. But that was about the limit to teen fiction then so we quickly progressed to Jackie Collins and Danielle Steele.

11.    You’ve worked with the prime minister. Was it very exciting?

Absolutely. While typing scripts all day in a sort of cellar underneath Alastair’s office was not entirely glamorous, it is always exciting working to deadlines, as part of the news cycle, whether as a journalist or for the people who are making the news. And walking up to the front door of No 10 every day never lost its appeal. It was a huge privilege to work in such an amazing building and to meet some of the people I did.

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 25 Sep – 2 Oct 2011

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Utterly Lovely One Utterly Lovely One
Mary Murphy
This celebration of a baby’s loveliness overflows with warmth, playful humour, energy and love. It is a perfect read-aloud book that simply oozes affection and
positivity and celebrates every person, every animal, for who they are.
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Elmer and Super El Elmer and Super El
David Mckee
Elmer, the best-selling and most beloved elephant, is back for a new adventure. When Super El turns up with his super-costume all torn, Elmer knows just the person to fix it. But getting Super El to Aunt Zelda without the …
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That's Not My Elephant That’s Not My Elephant
Fiona Watt
Little fingers will love touching this book and laughing at all the things that show it is not an elephant! Ears that are too rough, a tail that is too tufty, toenails that are too bumpy. But what about the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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King Jack and the Dragon King Jack and the Dragon
Peter Bently
Award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the rich childhood imagination of this exciting and brave adventure starring knights and dragons and all kinds of scary monsters. Brave King Jack and his friends Zak and the baby Caspar build …
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The Highway Rat The Highway Rat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate
Andrew Weale
Nora’s love of eating knows no bounds. Once she’s eaten all the food, she starts on her toys, her bed, her shoes and her socks….Will she ever stop? Suddenly, she’s had enough. A giant burp propels Nora up into space. …
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The Princess and the Pea (Early Reader) The

Princess and the Pea (Early Reader)
Sally Gardner
A classic story stylishly updated and perfect for first time readers. Sally Gardner retells this favourite tale of how a real princess can only be found by testing how delicate and sensitive she really is. Lively illustrations create a suitably …
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Meet the Gang  (Early Reader) Meet the Gang (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
Honey, the delightful puppy, has to make her mark on the animal gang in Buffin Street. At first they are suspicious but loveable Honey soon wins their trust in this exciting adventure led by a cast of dogs, cats,

rabbits …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Field Guide - Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide – Spiderwick Chronicles
Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Book one of The Spiderwick Chronicles in which Mallory, Simon and Jared get acquainted with their new home but find many unexpected things. It all started when Jared Grace found their great uncle’s book filled with pictures of fantastic creatures – …
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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin
Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go …
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James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of aging and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics.
From the moment …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011.
Mina was Michael’s thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond’s prizewinning Skellig. This is the story of her …
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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. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build a flat-pack wardrobe. …
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Sticky Ends Sticky Ends
Jeanne Willis
Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners, the fate …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Greyhound of a Girl A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH.
Best-selling Roddy Doyle has written a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted family story about the dying of a granny which weaves together the lives of four generations and a little bit of ghostly mystery too. Mary’s relationship …
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Justin Thyme Justin Thyme
Panama Oxridge
This debut novel is a terrific blend of action, adventure, espionage and time travel set in the wilds of Scotland and featuring a 13 year old boy who believes that an anonymous gift he’s been given will enable him to …
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there is the horrific danger of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and …
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Lies Lies
Michael Grant
A compelling sequel to the best-selling Gone and Hunger, Lies is a dark, thrilling and thought-provoking adventure. It is set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving …
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Velvet Velvet
Mary Hooper
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in the Victorian period and perfect for fans of the hugely popular Fallen Grace. Teens will love this romantic, thrilling and exciting new novel from the acclaimed and much loved historical novelist. It’s also a …
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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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This Rabbit, That Rabbit This Rabbit, That Rabbit
Jane Porter
November 2013 Book of the Month  This rabbit, that rabbit…fat rabbit, flat rabbit – this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!).  A great way to introduce simple word play to young children to encourage early literacy. …
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Jolly Snow Jolly Snow
Jane Hissey
November 2013 Book of the Month    In the classic Old Bear, Jane Hissey’s stunning illustrations of the inhabitants of the toy cupboard are brought to life. Now they are back for a new adventure. This time they are waiting for …
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Octopus's Garden Octopus’s Garden
Ringo Starr
November 2013 Book of the Month  Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell
Bbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in this touching and sensitive story about a little girl adjusting to a new way of life. Newly arrived from the city to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
Emma Chichester Clark
Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark.  She has carefully …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book.
The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted …
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Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow …
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
November 2013 Book of the Month    An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
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The Ransom of Dond The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
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Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY – 1st NOVEMBER  Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during …
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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
November 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed with sketches, photos and captions.  It is a …
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The Midnight Dress The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee
The Midnight Dress weaves a mesmerising story of love, loss and longing to the very last page. Full of anger and tension and yet this is a novel to sit down with and admire the lyrical storytelling but prepare yourself …
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Lovereading4kids – Most popular children’s books, by age range, 10 – 17 February 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Ant and Bee Ant and Bee
Angela Banner
I remember the original Ant and Bee books. Mine had a cloth cover, smelt musty and the pages were falling out! Here, the books have been beautifully revamped and revitalised with colourful new pictures by Angela Banner whilst maintaining the …
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More Ant and Bee More Ant and Bee
Angela Banner
The much-loved Ant and Bee are back! More Ant and Bee is another alphabetical story in which the dynamic duo fly off to Asia, introducing children to longer words along the way. …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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The Wind in the Wallows The Wind in the Wallows
Jeanne Willis
A side-splitting look at a topic every child knows and giggles about – noisy bottoms! – cheeky, quirky and outrageous humour from this bestselling team. Boys in particular will love this but beware parents they may decide to wallow around …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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Monster and Chips Monster and Chips
David O’Connell
Meet the amazing monster customers and sample the foul-food served up daily at Fuzzby’s diner – the brilliant setting for this innovative series from debut author and illustrator, David O’Connell. Boys aged 6 or 7 upwards will love the series …
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Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 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 Alex …
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The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks – from her dead father, …
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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story 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 …
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OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands. Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator

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of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix. Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond. However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Hidden Among Us Hidden Among Us
Katy Moran
A sophisticated and complex novel told in different voices, this interweaves a contemporary family story with a haunting story of another world – the place where the elven folk live. As a newly formed family gather in an old family …
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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 February 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Monkey Nut Monkey Nut
Simon Rickerty
Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The friends find a monkey nut can be a bench, a drum or a boat – in fact, there seems …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
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 he know what Little Owl’s mummy will look like? Young readers will enjoy the …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month  Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman.  The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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Friends Friends
Michael Foreman
Award-winning Michael Foreman puts an unlikely friendship at the heart of this captivating story of a cat and a fish who become such firm friends that the fish chooses friendship over freedom. Together the friends tour the world – especially …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
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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2
Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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3
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 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 Alex …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story  Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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2
Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume.  Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month  This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks  – from her dead father, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands.  Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story   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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month   A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix.  Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond.  However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month  Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Dead Romantic Dead Romantic
C.J. Skuse
February 2013 Book of the Month  Very funny and touching, this is a refreshingly original teen novel which stirs traditional themes into a thought provoking mix of science and more. Newly into sixth form college, Camille – unfortunately named after …
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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

1
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
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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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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
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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2
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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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium. Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
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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2
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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Elmer's Special Day Elmer’s Special Day
David Mckee 

Just launched is an Elmer’s Special Day App! – click on the button on the right to find out more.
This book is a wonderful celebration not just of the fun that can be had when everyone “all joins in” but …
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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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An Imaginary Menagerie An Imaginary Menagerie
Roger Mcgough
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011
Roger McGough’s poetry dances off the pages in this delicious anthology which he has illustrated as well as written. True to its title there are poems for all kinds of animals from an …
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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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
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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2
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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3
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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
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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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Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Troubletwisters Troubletwisters
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
Two best-selling authors have teamed up to create this highly inventive, fast-paced new series. When twins Jack and Jaide receive a strange letter from Grandma X, a Grandma they have never heard of, they have little idea that they are …
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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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Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice Young Sherlock

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Holmes: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
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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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David David
Mary Hoffman
An epic story of art, passion and danger set in turbulent sixteenth-century Florence. This incredibly talented author, Mary Hoffman, uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story
of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo’s model,
finds himself drawn …
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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 June 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book
Julia Donaldson
A first introduction to the best-selling Gruffalo for little hands. All the deliciously scary features of The Gruffalo are laid bare before the happy ending of his very unfriendly self is revealed. An ideal addition to any buggy. …
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I Want a Party! I Want a Party!
Tony Ross
Everybody’s favourite Little Princess is back for an entertaining new adventure. Bored by her life she longs to throw a party. Luckily the staff at the palace are willing to help her and soon the games, the food, the party …
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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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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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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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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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The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader) The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do! Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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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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Featured Books for 7+ 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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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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
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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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A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
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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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2
Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
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