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Top 3 books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 14 – 21 May 2017

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Grumpy Frog Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere
Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting – and getting rid of – the grumps from New York Times …
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Elmer Elmer
David McKee
The wonderfully colourful story of Elmer the patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, the story of Elmer is known to millions, and continues to be one of the …
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Hello, Mr World Hello, Mr World
Michael Foreman
The future of the world is in our children’s hands says this beautiful and sensitive picture book. ‘Let’s be doctors’ say two little children in front of a dressing up box. In their white coats they meet their first patient, …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Release Release
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content.
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release  |  A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those who …
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Encounters Encounters
Jason Wallace
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events |   An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren claiming to have experienced an extra-terrestrial encounter.
With …
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After the Fire After the Fire
Will Hill
In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events
After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a fire …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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King of the Sky King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy …
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The Treasure of Pirate Frank The Treasure of Pirate Frank
Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
Unusually clever and skilfully told this pirate story has echoes of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt both in the way that the narrative grows and builds from page to page and in its lovely surprise ending. A young boy …
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Just Like Daddy Just Like Daddy
Lucy Freegard
May 2017 Debut of the Month
This charming picture book delivers messages that children always need to hear: that daddy loves them no matter what they do; that grown-ups are playful and sometimes silly too; that everyone makes mistakes, and if …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Superdad's Day Off Superdad’s Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 |  In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …|  Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he’s a superhero, Dynamo …
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The Barefoot Book of Children The Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
April 2017 Book of the Month  Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe.  Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world – …
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All Aboard the London Bus All Aboard the London Bus
Patty Toht
Both an engaging guidebook to the major sights of our capital city and a collection of new London poems, this is a lovely book to read aloud and to look at. Sam Usher’s attractive pen and watercolour illustrations catch the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear…  |   A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour, surrealism, incompetent detection – and chickens. Timmy is …
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King Coo King Coo
Adam Stower
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. …
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
May 2017 Book of the Month |  This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they left behind. Though the story is fiction, many of those …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Wave Me Goodbye Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
In a nutshell: an evacuee story as imagined by the one and only Jacqueline Wilson
Queen of contemporary fiction, Jacqueline Wilson is now setting her stories in the past, but they’re not one bit less lively, immediate or relevant to young …
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Where the World Ends Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling |
In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds and eggs, were stranded on Warrior Stac, a pinnacle …
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Moonlocket Moonlocket
Peter Bunzl
In a nutshell: child-centred adventure where the action runs like clockwork.
Peter Bunzl continues the adventures of the stars of the hugely popular Cogheart in his new adventure which has all the charm and appeal of his debut. Robert is now …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Dark Prophecy The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
May 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius
It’s not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan’s Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he’s been …
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The Island at the End of Everything The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting
Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a story set in the real world, though one still filled with a …
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Cogheart Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 |  September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure   From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who …
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Between the Lies Between the Lies
Cathy MacPhail
In a Nutshell: Devastating deceits and sanity-shattering set-ups | Tense, twisty thriller in which a girl’s disappearance spirals into a snare of manipulation and lies..
Fourteen-year-old Jude has gone missing from Port Glasgow. No one has heard from her until she …
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Spellslinger Spellslinger
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Witty fantasy anti-hero forges his own path
There’s trickery, traps, and action aplenty in this vividly conjured magical fantasy – the first in a series – about finding your place and discovering who you really are.
Soon-to-be-sixteen, Kellen is …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by Age Range, 4 – 11 September 2016

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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Meltdown! Meltdown!
Jill Murphy
Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Five Minutes Peace here makes the worst (read most public) kind of toddler tantrum into a blissfully funny picture book. A trip to the supermarket starts well with toddler Ruby in high spirits and determined …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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Beck Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to fight against …
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and …
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2016 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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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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Cogheart Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure   From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the story …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 28 August – 4 September 2016

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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Beck Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to fight against …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month  Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He’s back in a new adventure just right for this time of year, the pages saturated in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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2
Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle
Clara Vulliamy
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing them. Dot is sure there must be a ghost but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2016 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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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The Other Alice The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Award-winning Michelle Harrison’s The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in the world outside to characters who should remain safely …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
August 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Tales of the Peculiar Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
A beautifully illustrated book of fairy tales set in the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the internationally bestselling series by Ransom Riggs.
Lovereading Review to follow… …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 20 – 27 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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Gilbert the Great (Board Book) Gilbert the Great (Board Book)
Jane Clarke
Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge’s Gilbert is a charming picture book character – despite being a great white shark! The story of his touching friendship with Raymond the Remora is delightfully retold in this handsome board book version. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Two Monkeys (World of Happy) Two Monkeys (World of Happy)
Giles Andreae
A gorgeous story that shows the importance of true friendship between two monkeys.  Will the monkey prince forget his servant friend in the end or not?Stylish and affordable books for children and parents alike.
One of an initial series of 13 …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
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Conker Conker
Michael Morpurgo
Prize-winning Michael Morpurgo packs in a range of big emotions in this beautifully written short novel for newly fluent readers and reissued for a new generation of children. Helped by his granny, Nick learns to see off the nasty bully …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war.  It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
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Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition
Eva Ibbotson
Special 10th Anniversary Edition
Chosen by Anne Fine as one of her favourite reads.  A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Favourite Story.
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2011. Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
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can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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Double or Quits Rachel Riley's Year of (almost) Taking Control Double or Quits Rachel Riley’s Year of (almost) Taking Control
Joanna Nadin
A fantastically fat and sparkly bind-up of two riotous Rachel Riley books … Back to Life and The Facts of Life. …
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When I Was Joe When I Was Joe
Keren David
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Highly Commended for the Teenage Book Prize 2010. An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium. Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Elmer's Special Day Elmer’s Special Day
David Mckee 

Just launched is an Elmer’s Special Day App! – click on the button on the right to find out more.
This book is a wonderful celebration not just of the fun that can be had when everyone “all joins in” but …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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An Imaginary Menagerie An Imaginary Menagerie
Roger Mcgough
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011
Roger McGough’s poetry dances off the pages in this delicious anthology which he has illustrated as well as written. True to its title there are poems for all kinds of animals from an …
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Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
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Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Troubletwisters Troubletwisters
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
Two best-selling authors have teamed up to create this highly inventive, fast-paced new series. When twins Jack and Jaide receive a strange letter from Grandma X, a Grandma they have never heard of, they have little idea that they are …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book. Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code. Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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3
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Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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David David
Mary Hoffman
An epic story of art, passion and danger set in turbulent sixteenth-century Florence. This incredibly talented author, Mary Hoffman, uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story
of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo’s model,
finds himself drawn …
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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 June 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book
Julia Donaldson
A first introduction to the best-selling Gruffalo for little hands. All the deliciously scary features of The Gruffalo are laid bare before the happy ending of his very unfriendly self is revealed. An ideal addition to any buggy. …
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I Want a Party! I Want a Party!
Tony Ross
Everybody’s favourite Little Princess is back for an entertaining new adventure. Bored by her life she longs to throw a party. Luckily the staff at the palace are willing to help her and soon the games, the food, the party …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
Download free opening extract
2
A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
Download free opening extract
3
The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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2
The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader) The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do! Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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3
Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
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2
An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
Download free opening extract
3
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
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New York …
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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. OMGods, I
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New recommended reads for Children June 2011

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Greetings June Bugs! Did you know that it was on 26 June 1284 that the Pied Piper is said to have lured the children of Hamelin to a watery end? Don’t worry – the only end we’ll lead them to is a literary one! We’ve got a bumper basket filled with great titles and exciting reads for all ages, from toddlers to teens, this month. Read on for more information about what’s new at Lovereading4Kids this summer.

STOP PRESS… Julia Donaldson is the New Children’s Laureate

The Children’s Laureate is a vital role, especially in todays video game and tv dominated culture. So we are delighted to let you know that Julia Donaldson, creator of the Gruffalo, has just been announced as a sucessor to Anthony Browne.

Coincidentally we also have her latest book on the site the hilarious Rhyming Rabbit. Find out more today…

Jumping in ‘Peet’ First! – Mal Peet, Our Author of the Month

Our multi award-winning Author of the Month this month is the brilliant Mal Peet. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, his 2009 novel Exposure (a topical novel about fame and football) won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His latest title, Life: An Exploded Diagram is an intricate and brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War that has already garnered fabulous praise.

As part of our Author of the Month category we are featuring all of Mal’s books on the site and all have extracts which you can download and read to see if you like thems.

 

Guest Editor – Michael Morpurgo

We are delighted to welcome back Michael as our Guest Editor this month. Author of the modern classics War Horse and Why the Whales Came, he is one of the most prolific children’s writers. Perhaps his passion for animals and city farms has given Michael the inspiration for his amazing catalogue of literature for kids of all ages? He has two novels published this month. An Elephant in the Garden is a brilliantly touching novel about a family during the war, who must not only save themselves but also their pet … er … elephant. Little Manfred, again set in wartime, is both heart-warming and heart-breaking with beautiful illustrations from his friend, the phenomenally talented Michael Foreman!

Passionate about encouraging children, Michael has agreed to share with us not only his own favourite books but also his 10 rules for becoming a writer.

First steps – Our Debuts of the Month.

 

The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes

Zehra Hicks

3+ Vibrant, fun and sparkly book for 3 year olds and up – It’s tooth-love!

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Duty Calls : Dunkirk

James Holland

9+ The realities of an horrific war and the bravery it inspires, through the eyes of an 16 year old soldier.

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Too Much Trouble

Tom Avery

12+ Touching adventure tale of two brothers all alone in the world

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Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

14+ Haunting epic, where true love must do battle with ancient Gods and their feuds.

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Forgotten


Cat Patrick

14+ What if you could see the future but not remember the past?

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Green Teens! Exodus, Zenith and Aurora – Our Teen Series of the Month

We love this unique and topical adventure from award-winning author Julie Bertagna, which comes to its brilliant end with the publication of the third in the trilogy, Aurora. In a drowned world, the search for a future is a terrifying fight for survival. The mighty ice caps at the poles are in meltdown, the seas have risen and land has disappeared forever beneath storm-tossed waves…. Exodus, Zenith and Aurora tell the incredible story of young people with the will to make their own new beginnings in the harshest of worlds.

Read to Win! – Our June Competitions

We like nothing more at Lovereading than being able to give books away for free and this month we have some absolutely cracking free prize draws for you to try your luck in! We have already mentioned the 100 copies of Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John (get reading now as the sequel is out shortly) and the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper sets – but did you know that the late Reverend Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, would be 100 this month and we have a £130 set of books up for grabs? Finally fans of I am No 4 and Young Sherlock Holmes should get clicking as well…

The House of Elliott

Talented writer and illustrator Rebecca Elliott knew from an early age that her love of writing and art would fuse together. Her much acclaimed book Zoo Girl (for 3+) is a beautiful picture book blending the

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appeal of animals with the heart-warming message of friends and family. Also published this month is Sometimes, a touching tale of the love between brother and sister and the overcoming of disability to have a fun-filled life. Click here for more info.

W. Awdry gets his Century!

You may have gathered by now that The Reverend W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, would have been 100 on 15 June this year! To celebrate the work of this late, great author and his much loved creation, a 42nd title, by his son Christopher who took up the Thomas baton some years ago, is due for release in tribute.

What’s more, a special centenary box set of Reverend Awdry’s original 26 titles is also out. It’s a must-have – in fact a must for kids and adults alike! We think it’s a great one to give to Dad on Father’s day. We also have one of the amazing £130 boxed sets to give away – so enter the free prize draw today.

 

Where-wolf? Here Wolf! – Wolven: Bad Wolf Rising

Having given away 100 copies of the first in the Wolven Series by Di Toft, we are big fans of this fun and exciting werewolf series for kids aged 9+. We hope you are too, because the 3rd in the series, Bad Wolf Rising, is out now and is another great adventure for wolven friends, Woody and Nat, as they battle evil and try to stop the rise of a bad wolf-pack. Catch up with the action here…

Well, that’s all for this month. We hope you get great weather and great reading in June and we’ll see you again in sweltering July! Before that, though, don’t forget that Father’s Day is 19 June. We have loads of gift ideas to help you here!

Give Dad a gift he can keep forever.

Happy Reading

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 1 – 7 June 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Hullabaloo Hullabaloo
Gordon Volke
A wonderfully humorous picture storybook that kids will have great fun joining in with the animals. From a donkey called Drew, to hopping bunnies with grass to chew, this
rowdy group of animals at the zoo are making a hullabaloo! …
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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium.  Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
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3
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader) The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Meet Trixy, Tammy and Trig, three little girl pirates who have a big adventure!  A delightful splash of ocean fun and adventure. Perfect for reading
aloud or for children to enjoy alone, with lots of bright funny
pictures, maps to …
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2
The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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3
Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending.  The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Parent Swap Shop The Parent Swap Shop
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do!  Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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Funnybones Funnybones
Allan Ahlberg
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
One Dog and His Boy One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house …
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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to live with their uncle, Emmanuel is put in charge. But, when you are …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s not essential to read the books in order but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King
Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly
Exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love adventure! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no
others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm, a
dark …
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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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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH….
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, …
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The Taming of Lilah May The Taming of Lilah May
Vanessa Curtis
This cleverly written novel is told with sensitivity and humour and introduces a new anti-heroine in Lilah May.  Clever and sassy Lilah is finding is hard to keep her anger under control but it’s only been like this since her …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick 

A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
Download free opening extract

2
Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.  OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
Download free opening extract
3
Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
Download free opening extract

 

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 16 – 23 May 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Charlie and Lola's Clothes Charlie and Lola’s Clothes
Lauren Child
Favourite characters Charlie and Lola show off the clothes they love in this attractive, brightly coloured board book. Gloves, socks, bobble hats, a dress and trousers – all are almost touchable in these bold illustrations. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again.  Crocodile demonstrates …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Francesca Simon
A World Cup Selection. A new collection of stories about Horrid Henry and his little brother, Perfect Pete. Henry
is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop at nothing to
achieve his ends. Above all, he won’t …
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The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Fantastic Football 2010 Fantastic Football 2010
Clive Gifford
Packed with facts and figures and handsomely produced, Fantastic
Football makes perfect pre-World Cup reading. Everything about previous
World Cups – who won, who lost, shock results and highlights about the
superstars who created the thrilling moments is told in photos, charts
and easy …
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The World at Our Feet Football Poems The World at Our Feet Football Poems
Paul Cookson
A terrific little book that’s full of poems about football. Many kids think poems are not for them, but perhaps with football fever in the air, as it is at the moment you can persuade them otherwise.  This collection is …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hazel's Phantasmagoria Hazel’s Phantasmagoria
Leander Deeny
This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is …
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Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library
Kate Brown
The dramatic illustrations of this powerful graphic novel convey the tension of a world in which a prophesy looks horribly likely to come true. The fates have decreed that Bekka’s world will be destroyed by the falling sky which will …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It has a terrific sense of place.  Although the narrator is only 10 years old, …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
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. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Keeper Keeper
Mal Peet
Reissued to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, this is the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet.  Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports …
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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