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Most popular children’s books, by age, on Lovereading4kids 20 – 26 June 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Need a Wee! I Need a Wee!
Sue Hendra
Winner of the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 – Picture Book Category  Sure to appeal to toddlers and very young children given Alan the Bear has the same problem that many young children also have.  That of having too many other …
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The National Trust: A Walk in the Countryside The National Trust: A Walk in the Countryside
Rosalind Beardshaw
There’s so much more for young children to learn from this gorgeous board book than just how to count. Rosalind Beardshaw’s two little friends enjoy an autumn walk, and not only do they discover all sorts of wild creatures and …
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Little Blue Truck Little Blue Truck
Alice Shertle
Farmyard fun, vehicles, animal noises to make, a jolly rhyming text and a lovely message about the importance of being kind to others, this picture book has it all. Little Blue Truck is rattling down the road sharing a cheery …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Nightwanderers Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania – Ti – comes along. …
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Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Home Home
Carson Ellis
June 2016 Book of the Month Home – it could be a house in the country, a flat, a wigwam, or even an old boot. This beautiful book has fun with the notion of home and each page illustrates a …
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The Detective Dog The Detective Dog
Julia Donaldson
June 2016 Book of the Month A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs typically sparkling rhyme to tell the story of Peter – a very nice child though he could have been neater – and his dog, …
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Ace Dragon Ltd Ace Dragon Ltd
Russell Hoban
Quentin Blake’s wonderfully airy and energetic illustrations perfectly match this quirky fantasy by that other master, Russell Hoban. A little boy called John accidentally finds a dragon beneath a manhole cover in a busy street.  The passers-by take no notice …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll …
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Flo of the Somme Flo of the Somme
Hilary Robinson
One of our Books of the Year 2015 | Shortlisted for the prestigious Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction | The stories of the many animals involved in the First World War make a great way to explain to children …
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The Great Farty Slob Beast The Great Farty Slob Beast
Charlie Farley
There’s monstrous fun to be had in this raucous picture book! Sisters Molly, Amy and Lola are bored; Mum’s busy so sends them to Dad who warns the three, ‘bored children get monsters to play with!’ Sure enough, a huge, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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How to Look After Your Human How to Look After Your Human
Kim Sears
June 2016 Book of the Month Though it’s primarily aimed at dogs, humans too – particularly those who share their home with a canine companion – will find lots to inform and entertain them in Maggie Mayhem’s comprehensive guide. Maggie, …
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Seacrow Island Seacrow Island
Astrid Lindgren
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month June 2016 When the Melkerson family rent a holiday home on the far away Seacrow Island they have no idea of the wonderful adventures that lie in store for them. Father Melkerson, a very …
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries, Susan Rennie, Roald Dahl
June 2016 Book of the Month Dictionaries don’t come more fun than this celebration of Roald Dahl, his books and the joy he took in gobblefunking (ie playing with words, inventing new words and meanings). Dahl had an extraordinary understanding …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Accidental Secret Agent The Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month – In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches.
The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin’s new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you daydream …
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The Wilderness War The Wilderness War
Julia Green
June 2016 Book of the Month – In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors
At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia Green’s story of kids protecting their patch of wilderness is …
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Street Child Street Child
Berlie Doherty
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month June 2016  Twice the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, here Berlie Doherty movingly captures the life of an orphan in Victorian London. Based on the true accounts of children whose lives led the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most touched a nerve with him, that …
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A Stitch in Time A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month June 2016  Award-winning Penelope Lively’s classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is used to quietly observing the world around her. When her …
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.
Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but conjoined twins, sharing …
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The Crystal Run The Crystal Run
Sheila O’Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers.
At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees him bullied …
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Five Hundred Miles Five Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen,  Reading Age 8
In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle – escape
With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man. Cole and …
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Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 October 2015

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Julia Eccleshare’s October 2015 Book of the Month The much-loved Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show more than lives up to its title! Using his trade-mark collage illustrations he has created spread after spread of surprising and unusual events. Humans and animals …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Wolves!  Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can’t put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won’t …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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Zeroes Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s …
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All Sorts of Possible All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis is not afraid to tackle big issues in his novels for teens, including mysteries of good and evil and, in this book, whether there’s a destiny that shapes our ends. Daniel is travelling with his father when their …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Aliens Love Dinopants Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
October 2015 Book of the Month  Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens’ spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of …
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Happy! Happy!
Pharrell Williams
October 2015 Debut of the Month  ‘Happy! Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!’ Pharrell William’s song is irresistible, guaranteed to cheer you up and fill you with optimism whatever your mood. Now he’s taken the words …
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Fairytales for Mr Barker Fairytales for Mr Barker
Jessica Ahlberg
A familiarity with fairy tales is useful to enjoy this charming little book to the full.  Lucy is reading to her dog Mr Barker but he’s not paying attention, in fact he’s soon off out through the window into – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book – extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning – but none go far enough.  A truly unique work …
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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree …
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Take Away the A Take Away the A
Michael Escoffier
What a difference a letter makes! Without the G the glove falls in love; remove the K and the monkey makes money; without the A, the beast is best! It’s such a clever idea, one reading and you’ll be working …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
Cerrie Burnell
October 2015 Book of the Month  ‘Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins …
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Pinocchio Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his …
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School Ship Tobermory School Ship Tobermory
Alexander Mccall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children’s story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting it on a tall ship. Twins Ben and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
October 2015 Book of the Month  Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love. Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is struggling to find the answers to some important questions: how to properly say …
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Grandpa's Great Escape Grandpa’s Great Escape
David Walliams
October 2015 Book of the Month  There’s no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has built up a huge …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month   A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud
October 2015 Book of the Month  Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, …
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Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
October 2015 Book of the Month  Rick Riordan’s unerring ability to reach readers – including those generally described as reluctant – is evident in his new series. Once again he takes ancient myths as inspiration and with its flawed gods, …
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
October 2015 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Lovereading4kids’ Top 10 books 13 – 20 August 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

KIDS SITE TOP 10

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The Grunts In Trouble The Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts …
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Hav3n Hav3n
Tom Easton
A fast-paced story with a chilling edge Hav3n is an adventure set in a terrifying but credible future. When Hav3n, the deadliest virus the world has even known, is unleashed everyone except Josh, his sister Martha and seventy eight other …
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Coraline Coraline
Neil Gaiman
Tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell, with a new foreword by the author. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar. …
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The Grave Robber's Apprentice The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
Allan Stratton
This is an exhilarating, swash-buckling adventure that’s full of humour and heart and bursting with breakneck action, set in a fantastical world with haunted forests, avalanche sledding and circus bears. …
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Look into My Eyes Look into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks …
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
Bestselling John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has created an inventive adventure about a very unusual boy. Barnaby Brocket’s parents are so normal that they are positively dull but, from the moment of his birth, Barnaby …
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My Hamster is a Genius My Hamster is a Genius
Dave Lowe
When Benjamin Jinks is given a hamster he isn’t best pleased, until he realises his Stinky the hamster is a genius! A hilarious tale of one boy and his hamster and the mischief they create.  New talent Dave Lowe’s first …
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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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How We Make Stuff How We Make Stuff
Christiane Dorian
Do you ever wonder where your clothes come from? Or how we make chocolate? This interactive guide is filled with pop ups, pull-tabs and booklets to explain exactly how we make stuff! This is the third title in the award-winning How …
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Four Children and It Four Children and It
Jacqueline Wilson
The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker , Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum , is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 5 -12 August 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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I Spy Under the Sea--. Edward Gibbs I Spy Under the Sea–. Edward Gibbs
Edward Gibbs
Look through the spy holes and count the sea creatures in this underwater take on the classic game. …
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I Spy on the Farm I Spy on the Farm
Edward Gibbs
Learn as you play, explore letter sounds, colours and animal noises as you play I spy on the farm. This is the third book in the series, so there’s even more to spy in I Spy With My Little Eye …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Snortle Hunt The Great Snortle Hunt
Claire Freedman
A fabulous new picture book from the bestselling author of Aliens Love Underpants. A read-along rhyming text that will capture children’s imaginations. …
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How to Hide a Lion How to Hide a Lion
Helen Stephens
This is one of the loveliest picture books of the year. A wonderful warm-hearted story of friendship with plenty of humour thrown in.
And from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo – ‘Funny and warm-hearted.  I loved reading this with my …
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The Last Tiger The Last Tiger
Rebecca Elliott
Can the Last Tiger and his friend Luka save their ruined world and build a new one? Together, through their friendship, Luka and the Tiger show new ways of thinking that bring hope to a world that has destroyed nature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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My Hamster is a Genius My Hamster is a Genius
Dave Lowe
When Benjamin Jinks is given a hamster he isn’t best pleased, until he realises his Stinky the hamster is a genius! A hilarious tale of one boy and his hamster and the mischief they create.  New talent Dave Lowe’s first …
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The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish Paperback and CD Audio The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish Paperback and CD Audio
Neil Gaiman
A World Book Day ‘Recommended Read’ for 2011
Visually dramatic, this is a hugely entertaining adventure perfectly tinged with an alarming subtext.  Desperate to have his friend’s two goldfish, a boy swaps his father for them – despite the warning from …
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The Big Sticky Bun (Early Reader) The Big Sticky Bun (Early Reader)
Vivian French
Three short stories will delight early readers as they capture incidents from Jason and Daisy’s childhood which will strike a familiar chord.  Jason’s good behaviour earns him the bun he wants while his attempts to get Daisy to grow by …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse
Alexander Mccall Smith
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith tells a charming detective story for children as Precious, even while still a young girl, shows early signs of curiousity and a determination to find things out. When two new children arrive in school Precious …
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The Grave Robber's Apprentice The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
Allan Stratton
This is an exhilarating, swash-buckling adventure that’s full of humour and heart and bursting with breakneck action, set in a fantastical world with haunted forests, avalanche sledding and circus bears. …
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How We Make Stuff How We Make Stuff
Christiane Dorian
Do you ever wonder where your clothes come from? Or how we make chocolate? This interactive guide is filled with pop ups, pull-tabs and booklets to explain exactly how we make stuff! This is the third title in the award-winning How …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Coraline Coraline
Neil Gaiman
Tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell, with a new foreword by the author. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar. …
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Shrunk! Shrunk!
F. R. Hitchcock

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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
Bestselling John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has created an inventive adventure about a very unusual boy. Barnaby Brocket’s parents are so normal that they are positively dull but, from the moment of his birth, Barnaby …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Look into My Eyes Look into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks …
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Hav3n Hav3n
Tom Easton
A fast-paced story with a chilling edge Hav3n is an adventure set in a terrifying but credible future. When Hav3n, the deadliest virus the world has even known, is unleashed everyone except Josh, his sister Martha and seventy eight other …
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Unfed Unfed
Kirsty McKay
A message from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham:
‘No I don’t want to get back on the bus. Please don’t make me.  Kirsty, do I have to? You’re sure those zombies are safe this time? You’re not? Then don’t leave me, please. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Throne of Glass Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J Maas’s novels have been an online sensation with bloggers the world over hearing about her.  Her protagonist is 18 year old Celaena; beautiful but deadly and destined for greatness but only if she can free herself from the …
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The Apothecary The Apothecary
Maile Meloy
July 2012 Debut of the Month.
Spies, secrets and spells lie at the heart of this thrilling mystery adventure set in the 1950s. Newly arrived in England after her parents’ hurried flight from Los Angeles, Janie finds it hard to adjust. …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
11+. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 2010, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2010, winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009 and of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life …
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New Children’s Books for August

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

On your marks, get set… Go! It’s Olympic August and at Lovereading4kids we’ve been shaping up to find some great Summer Reading for your little winners. Talking of which, we have an amazing competition to enter. All they have to do is answer one easy(ish) question and they could be reading their favourite authors from their own shiny new

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kindle (actually they’re not shiny at all …). Read on for what else is new this month.

Author of the Month – Neil Gaiman

A self-confessed ‘feral kid who was raised in libraries’, Author of the Month Neil Gaiman, spent much of his childhood devouring the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, C.S. Lewis, Michael Morcock and a host of others. He uniquely combines cult status in the world of fantasy and horror writing with award winning, unpatronising writing for young people: Here’s just a small selection of his books.

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And don’t miss Coraline (9+) the brilliantly chilling tale, which has won numerous international book awards, was adapted into a hugely successful animated film in 2009 and has been compared to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We are featuring the special 10th Anniversary issue.


The Kids Are ALL Right! – August Books of the Month

We’ve got a bumper bag-full of medal winners this month for kids of all ages. Top of our leaderboard though, are:

MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH!!! The Terrible thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket (9+) by John Boyne – From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; a warm, whimsical, levitating adventure of a very special boy.

Hav3n (12+) by Tom Easton – Hunger Games fans will love this dystopian survival tale.

The Last Tiger (5+) by Rebecca Elliott. Our Picture Book of the Month, this is a thoughtful, striking and uplifting book that will leave a lasting impact.

Rebel Heart (14+) by Moira Young – sequel to a Costa Award Winner: Blood Red Road, this is a riveting, futuristic fight for survival and the search for loved-ones.

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Illustrious Guest!! – Illustrator of the Month, Edward Gibbs

An exciting new talent and already making huge waves, Edward Gibbs‘ simple and engaging style has made him a real hit with kids and parents alike.

He’s enjoyed huge success with the dramatic and bold. See our bookshelf and special section to discover more…


Children First! – Debuts of the Month

Whatever you do please don’t let your teenagers miss Throne of Glass (definitely 14+) by Sarah Maas – a dark, witty and epic fantasy romance debut – with a brilliant kick-ass heroine – that girls and guys will love. See our favourite Debuts in the bookshelf below.

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Getting Active for Summer!

So, the kids are STILL on holiday and you’re running out of things to keep them occupied? Check out our Summer Activity section in our Summer Reading category. It’s teeming with cool stuff to do. This month (for rainy days) we recommend:

100 Yummy things to Cook and Eat (8+) by Rebecca Gilpin & Fiona Watt – 100 great savoury and sweet recipes, each with simple instructions, step-by-step pics and an end result photo!


Not Just the Olympics! – Lovereading4kids Competitions

As well as the chance to win an Amazon kindle we have other great comps for your kids this month:

 

Play Lion hide and Seek and win copies of picture books by Helen Stephens. All you need to do is find which four books in the 3+ category this month have a lion hiding on their page.
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Linked to the brilliant Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Dog Days Film, in cinemas now, we have 10 Wimpy Kid ‘Dog Days’ Goodie Bags (Diary, Teeshirt and Satchel) up for grabs.
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Unfed

Kirsty McKay
The Sequel to the brilliant zombie thriller The Undead is out 6 September and we have 15 copies of Undead to give away to get you in the mood.
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Hot, Key Reading!!

Hot Key Books, a brand new kids publisher focuses on children’s fiction books for ages 9+. Up to 50 titles a year will fire the imagination and unlock the power of reading and a love of books. Well, that’s right up our street! Details of the first four books are below and there will be more to follow in the Autumn.

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Insignia

S. J. Kincaid

(14+) Alex Rider meets Hogwarts in space in this futuristic story .

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Angel Dust

Sarah Mussi

(14+) An urban ROMEO AND JULIET with a paranormal twist.

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Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner

(14+) A powerful story about friendship, love and heroism .

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Shrunk!

F. R. Hitchcock
(9+) Warm-hearted and funny writing, great to read aloud .

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Mend and Make Do!! – Learn with Eddie!

That clever Sarah Garland has managed to combine great storytelling with practical learning in two fabulous picture-based books for kids aged 5+ which help them acquire confidence in their skills:

Eddie’s Toolbox – Fixing things has never been more fun than in this attractive story which also helps children to use tools & Eddie’s Garden – A delightfully told, gentle story packed full of information on how to grow a garden for yourself!


Books that they won’t want to put down – Undercover Reads!

We all remember those great books that we just had to have ‘one more chapter’ of, don’t we? Well, we have a whole section full of them! Undercover Reads from Walker Books. We especially love:

Diabolical (14+) by Cynthia Leitch Smith – Angels, demons, werewolves, fire-breathing monsters … and all of them at the same school! See the bookshelf below for this and more Undercover reads.

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And that is August at Lovereading4kids. Happy holidays and happy reading! Read on for our hand-picked selections in the age ranges that you have told us you are interested in.

Most Popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 22 – 29 Sep 08

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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2
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different.  When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out.  A really heart-warming story …
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3
Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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2
The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from no where and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers’ tractors and diggers. How the …
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Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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2
The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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3
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Inkheart 3: Inkdeath Inkheart 3: Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is …
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2
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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3
The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Brisingr Brisingr
Christopher Paolini
Oaths are sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide in a fantasy epic that promises to be one of the key publishing sensations of 2008. This, the third in Paolini’s Inheritance cycle is eagerly awaited on Saturday 20th September when it …
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2
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
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3
The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ ‘New Voices’ campaign which throughout …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
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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2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
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3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 14 – 21 Sep 08

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
Download free opening extract
2
Aliens Love Underpants! Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and
Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of
jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to
even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the story. There are …
Download free opening extract

3
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different. When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out. A really heart-warming story …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
Download free opening extract
2
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
Download free opening extract
3
Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
Download free opening extract
2
Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A miraculous story of survival. Kaspar is a feline fairy tale which tells how, after a pampered life as Countess Kandinsky’s beloved pet which includes a spell staying in the Savoy, the eponymous cat survives the dramatic sinking of the …
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3
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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Inkheart 3: Inkdeath Inkheart 3: Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
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2
The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront …
Download free opening extract
3
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
Download free opening extract
2
Brisingr Brisingr
Christopher Paolini
Oaths are sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide in a fantasy epic that promises to be one of the key publishing sensations

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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
Download free opening extract
3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 8 – 14 September

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
Download free opening extract
2
My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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3
Aliens Love Underpants! Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and
Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of
jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to
even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the story. There are …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
Download free opening extract
2
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
Download free opening extract
3
Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
Download free opening extract
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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
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Philip Caveney
When Sir William Devlin and his assistant Tom open the tomb of Akhenaten they uncover something that has been hidden for three thousand years. That something is so terrifying that it changes the lives of both. When Sir William’s nephew …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Stormbreaker Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
Download free opening extract
3
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
Download free opening extract
3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
Download free opening extract

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