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Lovereading4kids top 3 books, by age range, 27 September – 4 October

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
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 …
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2
Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers makes for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.
Awaiting Lovereading4kids review. …
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3
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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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
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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2
The Lone City 2: The White Rose The Lone City 2: The White Rose
Amy Ewing
The enticing second Lone City novel continues to reveal more about the fascinating and thrilling dystopian world previously unveiled in The Jewel. The White Rose plunges straight into the middle of tense and dramatic action, immediately capturing your attention (and …
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3
Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Twit to Who? Twit to Who?
Smriti Prasadam-Halls
A Piece of Passion from editor, Boxer Books  The idea of owls and the dark, dark night has always been a magical one. Owls are known for being wise and watchful and there is something immediately peaceful and comforting about …
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2
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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3
Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
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 …
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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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3
Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
Leonie Pratt
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  This excellent book is full of fun activities for children that will not only keep them entertained for hours, but will also give them a really useful introduction to the world of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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2
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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3
The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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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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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month The powerful new novel from the master storyteller – inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II, it bears all the hallmarks of the next Morpurgo classic …
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3
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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2
The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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3
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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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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2
Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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3
Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 20 – 27 September 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
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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2
Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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3
Walter's Wonderful Web Walter’s Wonderful Web
Tim Hopgood
Walter the spider is determined to make a perfect web, just like his friends. At first his webs are too wibbly-wobbly and the wind whooshes them away, so he experiments with different shapes – triangles, squares, rectangles – but they …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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2
Fans of the Impossible Life Fans of the Impossible Life
Kate Skelsa
September 2015 Debut of the Month
**PLEASE NOTE this title is now classified as an ADULT title due to the content**
Told through the eyes of three utterly unforgettable characters, this is a bold and poignant Young Adult debut about …
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3
Firewalker Firewalker
Josephine Angelini
The second book in the breathtaking ‘Worldwalker Trilogy’ leaps straight back into the action packed story which began in ‘Trial by Fire’. Back on her native world, Lily attempts to rebuild her life and her friendships, while a persistent FBI …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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2
Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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3
Super Happy Magic Forest Super Happy Magic Forest
Matty Long
September 2015 Debut of the Month  A quest is a quest is a quest, even if the heroes are brightly coloured and quite ridiculously cute picturebook characters, in this case a unicorn called Blossom, a fairy called Twinkle, a gnome …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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2
Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
Leonie Pratt
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  This excellent book is full of fun activities for children that will not only keep them entertained for hours, but will also give them a really useful introduction to the world of …
Download free opening extract
3
Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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2
Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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3
The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
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2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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3
Alistair Grim's Odditorium Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Gregory Funaro
The odd is the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, a peculiar building located somewhere in the streets of Victorian London and which teems with magic. Grubb (no first name, two b’s), twelve years old or thereabouts, orphan chimney sweep, arrives …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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2
The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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3
The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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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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2
Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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3
Night Break Night Break
Andrew Lane
There’s something addictive about the Young Sherlock books and Night Break will have young readers hooked from the very beginning. Sherlock and his brother Mycroft are called back to their family home for the funeral of their mother and while …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by Age range 13 – 20 September 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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2
The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What’s true? What’s impossible? What’s absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing …
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3
Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
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2
Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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3
Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
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 a happy Christmas. But no-one knows …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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2
Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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3
How the Sun Got to Coco's House How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
Bob Graham
As Coco’s parents tuck her into bed, far away the winter sun is rising on a polar bear and her cubs. We follow the sun as it skids ‘giddy’ across the sea, caught briefly in the eye of a whale, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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2
Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
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3
Willy's Stories Willy’s Stories
Anthony Browne
A stunning picture book with a story to each spread to inspire a child’s own imagination into what happens next and all linked to 10 classic stories.  Join Willy the gorilla as he becomes a character in each of these …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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2
Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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3
The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
Download free opening extract
3
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
Download free opening extract
2
The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
Download free opening extract
3
The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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3
The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Overall Winner of 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award – One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month    This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 6 – 13 September 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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3
Not Now, Bernard Not Now, Bernard
David Mckee
Two of our Guest Editors chose Not Now, Bernard – celebrating it’s 35th anniversary in 2015 – as one of their favourite books.
Sophie Mckenzie ‘This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children’s writing. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
Download free opening extract
2
Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
Download free opening extract
3
Fans of the Impossible Life Fans of the Impossible Life
Kate Skelsa
September 2015 Debut of the Month
**PLEASE NOTE this title is now classified as an ADULT title due to the content**
Told through the eyes of three utterly unforgettable characters, this is a bold and poignant Young Adult debut about …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
Download free opening extract
2
What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
Download free opening extract
3
Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, bestselling author/illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created yet another bestseller with Stick Man and now the book comes in a beautiful new gift edition complete with a snow dome. “Stick Man lives in the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
Download free opening extract
2
The Ride-by-Nights The Ride-by-Nights
Walter de la Mare
This is the second of Walter de la Mare’s poems to be turned into a picture book by Carolina Rabei and her illustrations provide a rich setting. It’s Hallowe’en and ‘Up on their brooms the Witches stream/Crooked and black in …
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3
Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Our World
Katie Daynes
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  Five of Kipling’s honest serving-men are represented in this excellent book: on pages dedicated to What, Why, When, How and Where are questions to intrigue young children and, under cleverly shaped sturdy …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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2
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
Polly Faber
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Bambang the tapir makes his way from the jungle to the big city where he is lucky enough to be found by Mango, a very capable little girl. Though by nature he’s rather timid, …
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3
Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
Download free opening extract
2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
Download free opening extract
3
Alistair Grim's Odditorium Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Gregory Funaro
The odd is the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, a peculiar building located somewhere in the streets of Victorian London and which teems with magic. Grubb (no first name, two b’s), twelve years old or thereabouts, orphan chimney sweep, arrives …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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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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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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Unbecoming Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a subject that …
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Friday, November 14th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick …
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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night
Kristina Stephenson
Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress? Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure. Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension …
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Winnie's Flying Carpet Winnie’s Flying Carpet
Valerie Thomas
Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Do Try This At Home! Do Try This At Home!
Punk Science
Science without the boring bits. Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs. It …
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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog
Mini Grey
Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish …
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World
We Are What We Do
Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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Whitaker's World Of Weird Whitaker’s World Of Weird
Tracey Turner
Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Girls Are Best Girls Are Best
Sandi Toksvig
Women gladiators, women in the Bayeaux Tapestry, women inventors, Sandi Toksvig uncovers them all in her light hearted approach to the serious message of this book – women have always done amazing things but have mostly been overlooked by history. …
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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – …
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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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Power Of Five: Necropolis Power Of Five: Necropolis
Anthony Horowitz
Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think …
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Skellig Skellig
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special

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and why it may make a difference. It’s full of happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline. The characterisation is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. In eight chapters, each of which depicts …
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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous
Katherine Kingsley
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens! As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the …
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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