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New Year New exciting Children’s books for 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The great J.R.R. Tolkien would have been 121 years old this month and with the recent film release of the first part of The Hobbit, his famous tale of a large-footed unlikely hero, our only resolution is to show you what’s new and exciting for your little Halflings this New Year. Happy 2013 from Lovereading4kids!

Pinch and a Punch…Books of the Month

Christmas may have gone, but our shelves are jostling and rejuvenated with great reads for kids of all ages and abilities: One of our hot tips (actually our reader-reviewers’ hot tip) is:

Ketchup Clouds from Annabel Pitcher. One reviewer said ‘Wow. Ketchup Clouds is without question one of the best books I have ever read. This is one of those books that you start to read, and three hours later look up from and realize the whole world looks different.’ Visit the site to read more reader reviews.

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Wild Thing! – Guest Editor, Matt Dickinson

 

He’s one of only 5 British climbers to scale the North face of Everest, he’s won awards for film-making in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth and he’s the author of the amazing, high-octane and thought-provoking Mortal Chaos series. The latest title Speed Freaks is a January Book of The Month. We love this series – and given the feedback from our Lovereading4kids review panel we’re not wrong. See some of their comments below:
Josh Travers (14) ‘I can honestly say that anybody who has not read this book is truly missing out on one of the best fictional adventures of their lifetime.’

Ellen McTeague (11) ‘This book is so clever and a very exciting read with short chapters

Morgan Steigmann (13) ‘This book is probably the most action-packed novel I have ever read’

For Matt, facing his most testing challenge to date, he’s agreed to be our Guest Editor this month! Click here to find out more

New Year New Talent – January Debuts

There is nothing better than discovering a brand new author with a fabulous debut, and we’re kicking off the New Year with a glittering collection of first-footers: Special mention goes to Boonie, Sorrowline and Into That Forest which have garnered some amazing reviews from our Lovereading4kids reader review panel.

Boonie

Richard Masson

(12+) Gripping, vivid dystopian thrill ride from an imagination that knows no bounds.

Sorrowline

Niel Bushnell

(11+) Refreshingly original, mind-blowing time-travel novel like no other.

Into That Forest

Louis Nowra

(11+) Haunting, captivating and extraordinary. It reads like a true story.

Other new debuts this month are:

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Series Stuff! – January Series’ of the Month…

To kick off the New Year, we haven’t just got one Series of the Month, we’ve a whole series of them!…. Well only two actually, but they’re real humdingers!

Pendragon Legacy by Katherine Roberts (10+). Page-turning, sword-brandishing,

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be-witching and be-wizarding Camelot adventure series. Two books so far and one on the way… and find out what our Lovereading4kids reviewers thought of the books.

Blade by Tim Bowler (14+) Startlingly original and as sharp as its hero’s name suggests, this four book series is an absolute must for teen lads and will bring hours of quiet to your home… that is, until they run downstairs to tell you all about it.

 

Dark, Dangerous Romantic Reads for Teens

First Secrets and Sapphires (At Somerton), the sweeping new period drama from Leila Rasheed. Think Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl.

Also an evocative reimagining of Wuthering Heights, with a extra magic twist called Black Spring by Alison Croggon.

And don’t miss the book of the film Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl A teen romance, with a twist of supernatural danger and and you can win a £25 Odeon cinema voucher!

Read them in secret…go on…treat yourself!


The Costa Winning – Costa Book Prize

 

The good people at Costa give 5 lucky authors a huge (coffee) break at this time every year with the highly sought after Costa Book Prize. The winner of the Children’s award has just been announced; it was also our personal favourite as we mentioned last month.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (14+) A unique dystopian tale of friendship, moon-landings and the truth about dyslexia. Our young reviewers loved it too, find out more today.

Fabbiha Choudhury. ‘I absolutely loved it and cannot commend it more highly. Absolutely superb!’ Josh Travers. ‘This totally original story is brilliant from beginning to end and each gripping chapter urges you to keep reading’

And talking of Dyslexia…

Don’t forget our special category that is chock-full of dyslexia friendly books. Our book-range from those boffins at Barrington Stoke are categorised by Interest Age and Reading Age so that you and your kids can find the perfect, confidence-inspiring reads for them, whatever their ability. For instance:

My Name is O by Sam Enthoven. With an ‘Interest Age‘ of 11+ and a ‘Reading Age‘ of 8+, this is an accessible and thrilling fantasy-tale of courage, choice and individuality in a world of control and expectation.

Other favourites of 2012 are in the shelf below…

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Scroll down for more recommendations in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in.

Happy Lovereading in 2013

Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 December 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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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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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Goldilocks Goldilocks
Allan Ahlberg
‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more and more …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents Horrid Henry’s Christmas Presents
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry loves getting Christmas presents but he’s not so keen on giving them. That’s because, he hasn’t got them to give! However, Henry comes up with a very clever plan firmly based on the principle, it’s the thought that …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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The Tobermory Cat The Tobermory Cat
Debi Gliori
Once upon a time…best-selling illustrator Debi Gliori tells a witty story about cats poking fun at fame and asking if it really has any merit. All the towns on Mull have cats with special attributes, such as being able to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid charts new aspects of his life in his trademark frank and highly humorous diary. From reflecting on the time before he was born to his struggles to find a date for the Valentine Day’s Dance and …
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Dark Lord : The Teenage Years Dark Lord : The Teenage Years
Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 – aged seven to fourteen. This is wonderfully original, completely mad but according to a 10 year old boy we gave it to is one of the funniest books he’s read all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
November 2012 Book of the Month A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure …
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Liar and Spy Liar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
Award-winning Rebecca Steed tells a wonderfully touching story with great

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Sword of Light Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
This cracking page-turning adventure is now available in paperback. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an award winning author. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the Children’s Costa Award 2012. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in …
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Reached Reached
Ally Condie
December 2012 Book of the Month The best-selling Matched trilogy takes off in a dangerous and shattering new direction as Cassia’s revolt and her determination to fight for what matters to her most comes to a head. Now the signs …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic …
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Top 10 most popular children’s books 19 – 26 February 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Lovereading4kids TOP 10

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012.  It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors.  There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend.  The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna.  Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit.  It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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The Worst Thing About My Sister The Worst Thing About My Sister
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 February 2012

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star Chris Haughton, whose bold art and psychedelic colour …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great read you may have missed 2011’ selection.
A Lovereading4Kids ‘Debut of the Year 2011’ selection.
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
Babies and Toddlers +. When Little Owl falls out of …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Explorer The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from …
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One Cool Cat One Cool Cat
Susannah Corbett
Meet One Cool Cat. He’s got it all: the swagger, the looks, the coolness, so what else could he possibly need? Certainly not luck – One Cool Cat puts this theory to the test as he walks under ladders and confidently breaks a …
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Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head
Daniel Hahn
This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with any toddler. Parent and child are sure to laugh through it as you meet three rather miserable ladies who live in a completely mad world but by the end of …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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Dirty Bertie : Pong! Dirty Bertie : Pong!
Alan MacDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back
for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he comes a cropper on
his Chopper, tests his patience – and everyone else’s – on a
bird-watching trip, …
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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns – our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally’s world – a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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2
The Worst Thing About My Sister The Worst Thing About My Sister
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012. It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
Excitingly for Lovereading4kids we were approached by the author in early 2011 who showed us the first three chapters …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit. It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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The Other Life The Other Life
Susanne Winnacker
Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, this is essential reading. Here at Lovereading we’re glad to see the back of too much paranormal publishing and pleased to see a new theme – dystopian fiction – coming to the fore. The worry …
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Mice Mice
Gordon Reece
Sixteen-year-old Shelley tells this dark and gripping story. Bullied so badly at school that she has to leave and surviving – just – her parents’ bitter divorce, Shelley and her mum hole up in an isolated house, miles from anywhere. …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 5 -12 February 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Lovereading4kids.co.uk TOP 10

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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012. It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
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War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
Excitingly for Lovereading4kids we were approached by the author in early 2011 who showed us the first three chapters …
Download free opening extract
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
Download free opening extract
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial! Olympic Poems – 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
All the excitement of the big games – and smaller ones too – is captured in this anthology of poems devoted to different aspects of sport and sporting events. There’s boasting and imagination in I am the Fastest, an understanding …
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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit. It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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Love Monster Love Monster
Rachel Bright
No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to …
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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One Cool Cat One Cool Cat
Susannah Corbett
Meet One Cool Cat. He’s got it all: the swagger, the looks, the coolness, so what else could he possibly need? Certainly not luck – One Cool Cat puts this theory to the test as he walks under ladders and confidently breaks a …
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February Children’s Book Update

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Yes, the days are short and it’s all a bit dull and cold but let us add some excitement and distraction, especially with school half-terms coming up, and the Lovereading4kids bookshelf full of new and brilliant books. Read on to find more.

Two Heads are Better … February’s Authors’ of the Month

Two brothers – both authors brilliant at telling great stories that really pack a punch in terms of action and

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adventure. Alex Scarrow’s Time Riders series follows the hurtling time-travel adventures of three kids who have cheated death in different decades. Brother Simon’s Gladiator series follows the fortunes of a young Roman slave forced to fight in gladiatorial combat. All their titles are reviewed on the website, with free extracts so you can ‘try before you buy’! Fans of Percy Jackson and of Harry Potter will devour them, but which are you going to try first?

February’s Books of the Month

There’s a wonderful array of page-turners for the Toddler to the Teen this month. For readers aged 9+ our MEGA book of the month is Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins, the author of the blockbusting Hunger Games – a fantasy adventure for young Gregor and his talkative little sister Boots, in their perilous bid to save the Underland.

And while we’re talking MEGA books don’t miss Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts (11+). Book One of The Pendragon Legacy, it is an Arthurian adventure filled with romance, danger and courage… and a female hero, Rhianna, who just happens to be King Arthur’s daughter together with her best friend, Elphin, a Prince of Avalon!

There is Nothing Like a Dame! – Guest Editor Dame Jacqueline Wilson

We are HUGELY honoured and jumping up and down with excitement to have the multi award-winning Jacqueline Wilson as our Guest Editor this month. Creator of the infamous Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline is not only a Dame of the Realm and an OBE but a former Children’s Laureate to boot! Not only has she agreed to share some of her favourites with us, but her book, The Worst Thing about my Sister, a brilliant tale of the bond of sisterhood, is a Book of the Month right here! Click for more.

First things First – February Debuts of the Month

Four great first novels grabbed us this month:

Nature Mage

Duncan Pile

11+ Something a bit special the first in a new fantasy magic series packed with excitement, thrills perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson..

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Socks Are Not Enough

Mark Lowery

11+ Laugh-out-Loud cringe-worthy recollections of the teenage son of nudist parents who are ready to go public. This is one of our favourites!

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The Other Life

Susanne Winnacker

14+ Gripping, terrifying, and heartening post Apocalyptic father and daughter survival tale.

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Someone Else’s Life

Katie Dale

14+ A hugely gripping, roller-coaster of a story of family secrets, relationships and deceit – Jodi Picoult for teens!

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Winning is Believing! – Lovereading Competitions

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5:
The Ugly Truth

Jeff Kinney

7+ 5th in the series and it has taken the world by storm, we are offering the chance to win one of 3 FULL SETS of Wimpy Kids books.

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Love Monster

Rachel Bright

3+ & 5+ by Rachel Bright – We have 5 signed copies to giveaway. It’s not easy being an ugly monster in Cutesville! Give him a good home …

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The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition)

Suzanne Collins

12+ Suzanne Collins. The movie is due for release 23 March, and we have the books and film companion book to giveaway. Not read this brilliant trilogy yet… then get clicking now.

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Finally news of a great fantasy book that has been picked up by Puffin after it became a self publishing sensation. Keeper of the Realms, think Lemony Snicket meets The Wizard of Oz! Charlie Keeper has been forced from her home by a bloodthirsty and terrifying stranger. But in escaping she discovers her house holds the gateway to the Realm of Bellania – a place of myth, magic …and an evil Lord with a very bad attitude. Now its fate rests squarely upon Charlie’s shoulders. Game on!

Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 29 Jan – 5 Feb 2012

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey Red, Monkey Blue Monkey Red, Monkey Blue
Nicki Greenberg
Jolly chaos follows Monkey Red and Monkey Blue, the two bad monkeys who run amuck after bedtime. Together they create a riotous midnight feast; fruit salad, pancakes, popcorn – there’s food everywhere and it flies across the page in a …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy Goat’s antics.

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Clare Beaton's Bedtime Rhymes Clare Beaton’s Bedtime Rhymes
Clare Beaton
Classic bedtime rhymes for small children, including favourites like ‘I See the Moon’, ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ and ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’. Soothing poems have been chosen to develop language and learning skills, while also encouraging peaceful and relaxing bedtimes.
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Love Monster Love Monster
Rachel Bright
No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to …
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Ella Ella
Alex T. Smith
Ella is a little ladybird with big dreams. Her ugly wasp stepsisters make her do all the housework, all of the time, and Ella feels very sad. Then one day the famous Parisian artist Pierre decides to throw a Grand …
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The Great Explorer The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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How the World Works How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
Winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.
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A fully interactive guide to different aspects of the workings of the world. The story of the water cycle pops up in the …
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Swallows and Spiders : Follow the Swallow and Spinderella Swallows and Spiders : Follow the Swallow and Spinderella
Julia Donaldson
Two stories in one! – Follow the Swallow and Spinderella – in this great bind-up of two titles, perfect for children bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books. It’s part of Egmont’s highly sought after and hugely respected …
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Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life
Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
The eventful ups and downs of the life of Charles Dickens, the best-selling author of his day, are told in words and pictures in this excellent introduction to the man and his works. Many of the scenes that Dickens includes …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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Opal Moonbaby Opal Moonbaby
Maudie Smith
When a strange new girl who claims to be an alien arrives unexpectedly in the street Martha is determined not to have anything to do with her. After all, she’s just given up friends For Ever after her disastrous experience …
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The Story of Matthew Buzzington The Story of Matthew Buzzington
Andy Stanton
Reading age 8+, interest age 9+. Creator of the best-selling Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton delights again is this story of the importance of self-belief. 10 year old Matthew Buzzington badly needs some special powers when his family suddenly relocates to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award.
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the …
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Sky Hawk Sky Hawk
Gill Lewis
Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to …
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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar The Wreck Of The Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s name is almost synonymous with the little islands off the toe of Cornwall called The Isles of Scilly for a considerable number of his books are set there. The Wreck of the Zanzibar is no exception. Here the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit. It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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Blood Red Road Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Winner of the 2011 Costa Children’s Book Award.
The story’s searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal YA debut novel.
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Mice Mice
Gordon Reece
Sixteen-year-old Shelley tells this dark and gripping story. Bullied so badly at school that she has to leave and surviving – just – her parents’ bitter divorce, Shelley and her mum hole up in an isolated house, miles from anywhere. …
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