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Children’s Summer Reading for July

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our Summer Reading selection has been hand-picked by Julia Eccleshare, our ‘expert voice’ behind all the brilliant book choices here at Lovereading4kids and, she is also the Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian.

Read on to find out more and to discover who has just won the prestigious Branford Boase Award for a debut novel. It’s a novel we’ve been raving about even before it was published last year.

The best children’s Summer Reading

Julia Eccleshare said, ‘this year has been such fun putting together a list of titles to get children, from toddler to teenager, inspired to read over the Summer Holidays’. We’re sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children’s authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all without exception fantastic reads.

Our Summer Reading section is conveniently broken down by age or just scroll down to the bottom of this email to see our personal favourites from the summer reading selection based on the age ranges you have told us you want to know more about.

If you want even more of a choice you could try our special sections for, reluctant readers, books that are dyslexia friendly, our Fantastic Fiction category or check out those titles we regard as ‘Must Reads’. As a parent you may even feel summer is the time to get your child hooked on a character that you yourself enjoyed as a child? – so, have a look at our Classics section or the wonderful timeless adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy – re-launched in June 2009.

Branford Boase Winner just announced

Prize-winners are always a safe bet too, not least the winner of the Branford Boase debut award that has just been announced – The Traitor Game by B R Collins – is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created.

Children’s writing competition

Does your child enjoy writing or are you looking for a way to get your kids writing as well as reading during the holidays, then look no further than a terrific writing competition – the Usborne Young Writers’ Award – you’ll find details of it in our ‘Fantastic Fiction’ page.

The Rainbow Orchid:

The Adventures of Julius Chancer

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages.

Ghost Hunter

Michelle Paver

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal.

Darke Academy 1:

Secret Lives

The first book of a brand new series. Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy with more than it’s share of sinister secrets. Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.


So, before you pack your suitcases or stuff the family car, remember that books can be taken anywhere in the world, they don’t need batteries, and they don’t mind the odd dropped blob of ice cream… perfect. Happy Reading

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 6 – 13 June 2010

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads …
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The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again. Crocodile demonstrates …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
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Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth
Louis Sachar
The first of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. Meet Marvin Redpost. He has red hair and blue eyes.

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader
Francesca Simon
A brilliant story with football as the backdrop to the story about Horrid Henry, his little brother, Perfect Pete and of course not forgetting Moody Margaret. Henry is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop …
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Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters
Judy Brown
Super soccer boy Harry Gribble uses his fantastic football skills to solve a mystery. It’s a fun, wacky story packed with lots of pictures throughout and a perfect combination of football and superheroes that will absorb even the most reluctant …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Goodnight Mister Tom Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1980 – 1989
A wonderful debut novel from an author who is now widely acknowledged as one of the great children’s novelists of our time. A storyline that will pull on the heartstrings more than …
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The Babysitters' Club: The Summer Before The Babysitters’ Club: The Summer Before
Ann M. Martin
The bestselling ‘Babysitters Club’ is given a prequel in this brand new title capturing the hopes and fears and above all the friendship of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. Each has their own family and personal issues; all are …
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according …
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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The Moonstone Legacy The Moonstone Legacy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe The Moonstone Legacy is a debut for the quality of the writing is exceptional and has a real timeless quality about it. The story itself is a terrific mix …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 31 May – 6 June 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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3
Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again. Crocodile demonstrates …
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2
Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader

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The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with
Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
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3
What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Children’s most popular Opening extracts, by age range, 14 – 20 Dec 2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Baby And Toddler Treasury Baby And Toddler Treasury

A rich resource of stories, poems, action rhymes and more for all new babies and their parents, this Treasury is an excellent ‘first book’. The addition of a scrap book for recording all the babies own milestones is fun too.
If …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
Beatrice Rodriguez
An entertainingly illustrated wordless picture book story which will be loved by all ages. When the daring fox comes by and steals the chicken away from under the noses of her friends Bear and Rabbit, he sets off a dramatic …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Daddy Lost his Head Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake
What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father loses his head. Having searched high and low for the …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas
Kes Gray
Daisy starts to think about Christmas in september; ideas for presents that friends and family will give, what to ask Santa for, even being told that she’s in the school Christmas play, but can you guess what part? The trouble …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Jenny Overton & Shirley Hughes
A charming and deliciously witty story about an unusual Christmas present and the part it plays in bringing a young couple together. Three children long for their older sister to marry her sweetheart but they know that he’ll only woo …
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A Traveller in Time A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain. It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
PRE-PUBLICATION – AVAILABLE 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Aug 09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is my Duck This is my Duck
Felicity Brooks
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed …
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Where's Spot? (Board Book) Where’s Spot? (Board Book)
Eric Hill
This chunky board book edition of Eric Hill’s classic first lift-the-flap book receives a new brightly coloured cover. The simple text and colourful pictures will engage pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot. A No.1 bestseller …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows what happens after Lonely sends …
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Gruff the Grump Gruff the Grump
Steve Smallman
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing …
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Call Me Gorgeous Call Me Gorgeous
Giles Milton
Stunning illustrations show the most arresting features of all sorts of animals – the pointy teeth of a crocodile and the long curving neck of a flamingo – all of which are fitted together to create a wonderful invented creature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Henry's House: Egyptians Henry’s House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Exciting moon adventures for Bob, the man on the moon, and his dog Barry. Bob’s job is to look after the moon but it isn’t always easy especially when the magician Alacazamo suddenly makes it disappear! Can Bob and Barry …
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The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer - Vol One The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer – Vol One
Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined. If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.

Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into …
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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a

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Wolven Wolven
Di Toft
A howlingly hairy summer adventure – Picture a boy, his eccentric grandparents and a pet dog that is a kind of special werewolf in reverse, all living on the edge of a strange and eerie wood. Now imagine that this …
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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Missing, Believed Crazy Missing, Believed Crazy
Terence Blacker
Fun to read, this is a cleverly constructed narrative of different voices all telling their version of the same story. Students at Cathcart College, an exclusive boarding school, plan a novel way of raising money for charity. The kidnapping is …
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Grass Grass
Cathy Macphail
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.
Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 27 July – 2 Aug 2009

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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Charlie and Lola's Opposites Charlie and Lola’s Opposites
Lauren Child
Favourite TV characters Charlie and Lola explore the differences between big and small, few and many, off and on and other opposites.  A bold photographic illustration on each page of this sturdy board book makes it easy to grasp the …
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Walk With Me! Walk With Me!
Stella Blackstone
Open the flaps to find out how different animals get about. Who can hop? A rabbit can hop. Who can glide? A snake can glide. Each spread shows a different country and the animals in it providing a perfect background …
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At the Seaside At the Seaside
Germano Zullo
An absolutely gorgeous large format board book.  Each spread is crammed full of fun and humorous illustrations.  You and your toddler can share in the excitement of finding one of the many characters in the book and follow that character …
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Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very …
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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the imagination of toddlers.  Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original story about …
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The Troll The Troll
Julia Donaldson
An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where he is meant to live. And the pirates are out …
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Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider
Dosh Archer
A fun first read that no 5+ year old, who is just beginning to want more words on the page than a picture book offers, should miss.  It’s been a while since something as good as has been published for …
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Dear Miss Dear Miss
Amy Husband
A perfect companion to the holiday season.  Written in the form of letters from a little boy called Michael who writes some terrifically witty notes to his new teacher to explain why he can be late getting back to school.  …
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Master Crook's Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals Master Crook’s Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals
Terry Deary
Welcome to the school where scoundrels save the day.  This is Robin Hood meets Oliver Twist in a laugh-out-loud new series from one of the most-loved children’s authors, Terry Deary.  With a cast of hilarious characters, witty asides and farcical …
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Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons
Jake Lancing
Terrific comedy adventures with a footballing twist that are sure to be
loved by boys in particular as well as reluctant readers. These books
show that mischievousness doesn’t necessarily mean naughty!  The kids
are part of an anything-but-ordinary football team.  For starters each
kid …
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The Story of Matthew Buzzington The Story of Matthew Buzzington
Andy Stanton
The bestselling creator of Mr Gum turns his hand to a wildly fanciful story about a boy with a very unusual power; he can turn himself into a fly. Matthew Buzzington’s adventures including getting locked into school and dealing with …
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The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk he reinvents himself and begins to see …
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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well.  The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it’s don’t judge …
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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts
Emma Kennedy
The author of Wilma Tenderfoot is a comedy actress who has appeared in The Kumars.  Her humour shines through brilliantly in her writing in this debut and readers will find her heroine Wilma Tenderfoot (a wannabe detective) enormously funny, feisty, …
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Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days
Sue Limb
Brilliant fun, this is a roller coaster of a read as it swings effortlessly from the wild extremes of  total despair to absolute ecstasy capturing the trials and tribulations of Zoe and Chloe, best friends forever. Zoe and Chloe have …
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Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
Catherine Macphail
Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn’t but tricking Destiny seems like a bit of …
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Bloodline Bloodline
Katy Moran
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
Go back in time to Dark Age Britain for this powerful story about loyalty and survival in another time. Abandoned by his father, Essa makes a new life for himself among …
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
This is a remarkable and moving debut novel that was causing waves well before it was published.  The author has crafted a powerful and at times frightening tale that explores humanity’s unfailing desire not just to survive, but to live, …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.

Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 th July 09

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby? What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby?
Cressida Cowell
An entertaining story which will strike a chord with all parents! How can the animals stop the Boo Hoo baby from crying? Feeding him helps, as does bathing him and playing with him but, in the end, bedtime is the …
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Walk With Me! Walk With Me!
Stella Blackstone
Open the flaps to find out how different animals get about. Who can hop? A rabbit can hop. Who can glide? A snake can glide. Each spread shows a different country and the animals in it providing a perfect background …
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3
Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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1
Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very …
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Quirky and original, this will be a real joy for both toddler and parent.  Full of kindness, Barry, a fish with the special attributes of fingers, uses his unusual feature to delight his friends. Fingers are good for all sorts …
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At the Seaside At the Seaside
Germano Zullo
An absolutely gorgeous large format board book.  Each spread is crammed full of fun and humorous illustrations.  You and your toddler can share in the excitement of finding one of the many characters in the book and follow that character …
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1
The Troll The Troll
Julia Donaldson
An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where he is meant to live. And the pirates are out …
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2
Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider
Dosh Archer
A fun first read that no 5+ year old, who is just beginning to want more words on the page than a picture book offers, should miss.  It’s been a while since something as good as has been published for …
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3
Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf
Dosh Archer
The familiar characters from little Red Riding Hood are given an exciting new adventure in this entertaining and easy to read hospital drama. Everyone is afraid when the Big Bad Wolf  is brought into the hospital. Nurse Percy cowers under …
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Master Crook's Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals Master Crook’s Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals
Terry Deary
Welcome to the school where scoundrels save the day.  This is Robin Hood meets Oliver Twist in a laugh-out-loud new series from one of the most-loved children’s authors, Terry Deary.  With a cast of hilarious characters, witty asides and farcical …
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Cookie Cookie
Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson knows exactly the ways in which Beauty Cookson feels insecure. It’s hard enough fitting in at school where she’s horribly teased by the cool crowd, but she has even more difficulties at home where she seems …
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3
Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons
Jake Lancing
Terrific comedy adventures with a footballing twist that are sure to be
loved by boys in particular as well as reluctant readers. These books
show that mischievousness doesn’t necessarily mean naughty!  The kids
are part of an anything-but-ordinary football team.  For starters each
kid …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well.  The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it’s don’t judge …
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2
The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk he reinvents himself and begins to see …
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3
Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
A stunning 6th and final episode, brings the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother to a close. Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into the mountains and find the …
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Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days
Sue Limb
Brilliant fun, this is a roller coaster of a read as it swings effortlessly from the wild extremes of  total despair to absolute ecstasy capturing the trials and tribulations of Zoe and Chloe, best friends forever. Zoe and Chloe have …
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2
Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award 2009 and shortlisted for the . New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, …
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The Demon's Lexicon The Demon’s Lexicon
Sarah Rees Brennan
From its dramatic start when two boys are set on by a savage flock of ravens – with demons inhabiting the bird’s bodies – this is a thrilling and chilling adventure. Nick and Alan’s everyday life looks quite normal but …
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
This is a remarkable and moving debut novel that was causing waves well before it was published.  The author has crafted a powerful and at times frightening tale that explores humanity’s unfailing desire not just to survive, but to live, …
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2
What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.

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