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Most Popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 7 – 13 Nov 2008

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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3
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

1
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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2
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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3
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

1
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.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale …
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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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3
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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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 11 – 17 Oct 2008

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense
Michael Rosen
In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems, rhymes, wordplay and limericks to make everyone smile and laugh out loud.  Children will delight in unravelling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse. …
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2
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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3
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Her Mother's Face Her Mother’s Face
Roddy Doyle
The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully. …
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2
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. …
Download free opening extract
3
The Dragon Tamer's Castle The Dragon Tamer’s Castle
Ben Cort
This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Cosmo and the Secret Spell Cosmo and the Secret Spell
Gwyneth Rees
Brilliant spooky fun with plenty of giggles for both parent and child to enjoy as well as a fair dose of frightening goings on.  What more do you need at halloween? …
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2
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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3
Storlax: The Power of the Deep Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
This is an epic children’s story, told with great humour, optimism and warmth.  It will grip the reader not just because of the loveable fishy characters and exciting adventures but almost more so because it subtly shows us the impact …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes …
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2
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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3
Tamburlaine's Elephants Tamburlaine’s Elephants
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Uncle Montague's Tales Of Terror Uncle Montague’s Tales Of Terror
Chris Priestley
Chris Priestley in his first book with Bloomsbury has written a book that is impossible to put down. Be warned however! The content is scary, no doubt about it. The book contains a series of short fast-paced horror stories, climaxing …
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2
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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3
The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ ‘New Voices’ campaign which throughout …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Eclipse Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
The much-anticipated 3rd novel in the captivating saga of vampire romance that began with Twilight, continued with New Moon. Friendships are stretched beyond breaking point and love choices must be made that are a matter of life and death and …
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2
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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3
Exposure Exposure
Mal Peet
A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper, …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range 7 – 14 Oct 2008

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008


Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense
Michael Rosen
In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems, rhymes, wordplay and limericks to make everyone smile and laugh out loud.  Children will delight in unravelling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse. …
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3
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
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. …
Download free opening extract
2
Her Mother's Face Her Mother’s Face
Roddy Doyle
The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully. …
Download free opening extract
3
The Dragon Tamer's Castle The Dragon Tamer’s Castle
Ben Cort
This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin. …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Storlax: The Power of the Deep Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
This is an epic children’s story, told with great humour, optimism and warmth.  It will grip the reader not just because of the loveable fishy characters and exciting adventures but almost more so because it subtly shows us the impact …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Cosmo and the Secret Spell Cosmo and the Secret Spell
Gwyneth Rees
Brilliant spooky fun with plenty of giggles for both parent and child to enjoy as well as a fair dose of frightening goings on.  What more do you need at halloween? …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes …
Download free opening extract
2
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
Download free opening extract
3
Tamburlaine's Elephants Tamburlaine’s Elephants
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Uncle Montague's Tales Of Terror Uncle Montague’s Tales Of Terror
Chris Priestley
Chris Priestley in his first book with Bloomsbury has written a book that is impossible to put down. Be warned however! The content is scary, no doubt about it. The book contains a series of short fast-paced horror stories, climaxing …
Download free opening extract
3
Blade: Closing In Blade: Closing In
Tim Bowler
The second in the Blade series, this is another short, very accessible novel for teens. Pacy, gripping and packed with action, and a central character that’s incredibly engaging, even the most reluctant reader will devour it. Blade is on …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Eclipse Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
The much-anticipated 3rd novel in the captivating saga of vampire romance that began with Twilight, continued with New Moon. Friendships are stretched beyond breaking point and love choices must be made that are a matter of life and death and …
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2
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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3
The Reckoning The Reckoning
James Jauncey
A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors clam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl …
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Most Popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 22 – 29 Sep 08

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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2
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different.  When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out.  A really heart-warming story …
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3
Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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2
The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from no where and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers’ tractors and diggers. How the …
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3
Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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

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

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

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
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3
The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 14 – 21 Sep 08

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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2
Aliens Love Underpants! Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and
Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of
jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to
even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the story. There are …
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3
Pink! Pink!
Lynne Rickards
This is a delightful tale of learning that it’s ok and quite fun to be different. When Patrick turns pink overnight he worries about what his friends might think and travels the world to find out. A really heart-warming story …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
Download free opening extract
2
Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A miraculous story of survival. Kaspar is a feline fairy tale which tells how, after a pampered life as Countess Kandinsky’s beloved pet which includes a spell staying in the Savoy, the eponymous cat survives the dramatic sinking of the …
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3
The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Inkheart 3: Inkdeath Inkheart 3: Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales

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that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is …
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The Red Necklace The Red Necklace
Sally Gardner
Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront …
Download free opening extract
3
Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
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2
Brisingr Brisingr
Christopher Paolini
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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

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

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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon as one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
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Derek The Sheep Derek The Sheep
Gary Northfield
One of the Beano’s most popular cartoon strip characters, Derek the Sheep, makes his long-awaited entry into a bumper collection. Existing fans of Derek as well as children who enjoy a more graphic approach to reading will love this …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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

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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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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
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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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The Eye of The Serpent The Eye of The Serpent
Philip Caveney
When Sir William Devlin and his assistant Tom open the tomb of Akhenaten they uncover something that has been hidden for three thousand years. That something is so terrifying that it changes the lives of both. When Sir William’s nephew …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Stormbreaker Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less …
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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
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The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 1 – 7 Sep 08

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark – Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for …
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Colin And The Wrong Shadow Colin And The Wrong Shadow
Leigh Hodgkinson
A stunning picture book from a wonderfully talented new children’s artist. Colin the cat is a very appealing protagonist, but he has a problem. Somebody has borrowed his shadow and given him someone else’s. Join Colin as …
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape
Emily Bearn
An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse …
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2
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 – humour, …
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Little Mouse's Big Book Of Fears Little Mouse’s Big Book Of Fears
Emily Gravett
Winner of the of the 2008 Kate Greenaway Medal. This award winning author illustrator continues to create some of the
most innovative and imaginative illustrated children’s books. Through
nursery rhyme stories follow Little Mouse as he confronts his many
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7+ readers

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Waggit's Tale Waggit’s Tale
Peter Howe
This is an absolutely delightful and heart-warming animal tale about a puppy that gets dumped in the park by its owner. As he learns to fend for himself with the help of other strays, his life becomes both exciting and …
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Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words
Various Authors , Ian Whybrow, Georgia Byng, Roddy Doyle, Jeremy Strong
This anthology of 240 mini stories, each told in just 366 words, features authors such as Roddy Doyle, Raymond Briggs, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and a surprise entry from the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This book is a great …
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The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
 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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Oathbreaker Oathbreaker
Michelle Paver
Welcome to best-selling author Michelle Paver’s latest in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.This is the series that began with Wolf Brother and now continues with the story of Torak alongside his trusted and loyal Wolf. Once an outcast, Torak has …
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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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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her …
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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death Pendragon: The Merchant of Death
D J Machale
This is the first in an epic series of adventures through time and space featuring a daring hero, Bobby Pendragon, with a quest to save the world. Time travel, adventure and excitement will greet the reader and if Pendragon …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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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2
Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise

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Life On The Refrigerator Door Life On The Refrigerator Door
Alice Kuipers
Beautifully told through notes left on the kitchen fridge, here is an
intimate glimpse into the lives of a mother who has just discovered
she’s got cancer, and her teenage daughter. This tragic but ultimately
uplifting debut novel explores what being a ‘good …
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