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Lovereading4kids October mid month newsletter

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

At last, cold dark nights means it’s nearly Halloween. Get your children in the mood for trick-a-treating with our special selection of books. We also have lots of Pre Publication Exclusives, Classics and books to celebrate Black History Month.

Wimpy Adventures

Our series of the Month is Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, about the trials and tribulations of American seventh grader Greg Heffler. The 4th book, Dog Days, has just been released so it’s the perfect time to put them all into their own special section here on Lovereading4kids.

Timeless magic – Children’s Classics

Our classics section makes it easy to find some timeless stories that every child should enjoy while the world

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is still magical. We’ve added some beautifully produced hardbacks with all the trimmings from publisher Templar (perfect for Christmas gifts!), including the much-loved Alice in Wonderland.

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Stick your towel out and don’t panic – you may win a prize

30 years on and still as fresh and funny as ever. With the publication of the sequel And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer, now is a perfect time to introduce this hilarious series of books to your children. In our Hitchhiker’s Guide section we have all 6 books, some Audio CDs and even the chance to win a brilliant prize. So, why not download and read a free Opening Extract of And Another Thing, the book that completes the six book trilogy today!

Exclusive Pre-Publication titles – get them while they’re hot (off the printing presses)

The Owl and the Pussycat

3+ A beautiful reincarnation of the classic poem with an extra special brand new verse at the end that will have you bent double with laughter!

Tumtum and Nutmeg, A Christmas Adventure by Emily Bearn

5+ These titles have been a huge hit with Lovereading4kids members so we’re thrilled that Emily Bearn has served up another treat with this Christmassy adventure.

The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson

9+ This tale of dragons, knights, and a brave boy called Jack is a nail-bitingly exciting adventure from the pen of Jeanette Winterson, the author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Winter Shadow by Richard Knight and Richard Johnson

7+ A thought-provoking and beautifully written novel about a girl who finds a wolf cub on her way to school and the relationship that grows between them. Heart-warming, heart-rending, and definitely memorable.

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

11+ Inspired by Jane Eyre, Charlotte goes looking for a dashing modern day Mr Rochester for her lovely mum; she finds one, but is he the real-life romantic hero he seems at first?

The Great Death by John E Smelcer

14+ A moving and inspiring true story, but written as fiction, about two sisters during a terrible pandemic which killed two-thirds of Natives in Alaska between 1918 and 1920.

Parental advice at the finger tips

We’ve added some new titles to our selection of parenting books, to help you deal with some of the issues every parent faces. Take a look at The Spoilt Generation by Dr Aric Sigman, who argues that a bit more discipline will make parents and children happier in the long run.

Real Reads – classics retold for kids

Real Reads are classic stories condensed down to 64 pages and beautifully illustrated. The books are perfect for young or less confident readers, and really help as a bridge into longer, more complex fiction. There’s Dickens, Austen, Bronte and now just added some American literature from Twain.

Black History Month on Lovereading4kids.co.uk

As part of this annual event, now well into its 3rd decade, Lovereading4kids is promoting some amazing fiction and non-fiction that will provide children of all ages a real feel and understanding of black history. It even includes the most wonderfully vivid portrait of the life of Nelson Mandela for 5+ year olds.

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Children’s Books

Our very own Julia Eccleshare has not just been busy being our editorial expert and Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian, as over the last year she has also been compiling a brick of a book called 1001 Children’s Books you must read before you grow up. It’s well worth keeping on the book shelf, for when you can’t get online, and referring to from time to time. Don’t forget if you’re not sure whether one of Julia’s selected titles is suitable, you can always ‘try before you buy’ as the chances are we’ll have an extract of the titles featured in the book here at Lovereading4kids.

Happy Reading and don’t forget to check out this month’s competition page in which you stand a chance of winning all sorts of goodies. From Winnie the Pooh and Spiderwick to Stephenie Meyer and Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy…

Children’s October Books

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hello again! Our Indian Summer might be drawing to an end but we’ve got a phenomenal range of books that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Also, looking at our Literary calendar this October has some impressive bookish credentials. The classic whale tale Moby Dick was first published in October 1851 and it’s still delighting readers. Also the children’s author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich 19 Oct 1946.

Our book selections below are also sure to get your kids flipping pages, so download some free Opening Extracts and see which get your kids rearing to read.

Author of the Month – literary princess Meg Cabot

As well as being a wonderful writer, Meg Cabot is wonderfully prolific – the 10th and final title in her Princess Diaries series, Ten out of Ten, is out now. This series has helped millions of girls catch the reading bug over the last few years, so if you’ve got a girl of 10+ who is a bit reluctant to read for fun then why not introduce this series to her now. Meg has also written several other books for teenagers and novels for grown ups.

Illustrator of the Month – amateur cross-country skier Jessica Meserve

Jessica grew up in America and now lives in Canada, walking her dog and trying out new winter sports. Her latest beautifully illustrated children’s book is Bedtime Without Arthur – Bella’s favourite teddy has gone missing, but the search is on to get him back! We’ve also collected together a few of her wonderful earlier titles too, so you don’t miss out.

A Bear of Very Little Brain is back

pooh_piglet_greyThe late AA Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback, with the first authorised sequel to the original 1920s books. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is true to its roots and Pooh fans will be enthralled. We have an exclusive Opening Extract to whet your appetite along with various other Pooh titles we’ve brought together. Tiddely-pom!

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GONE – the ‘must read’ teenage book – free online

Our biggest book of the year so far has been teenage novel GONE, a debut novel that took the world by storm. Just imagine Lord of the flies meets ‘Heroes’. Well now it’s available in paperback. It’s also available FREE, for a limited time, to read online – click here to find out more.

A plethora of prize winning stories

The winners of the Book Trust Early Years Awards for babies, toddlers and pre-school readers were announced last week and having read all the titles shortlisted for the award, we can safely say all of them are highly original and have that hard-to-define magic that leads kids in to reading. What do you think? And if you were judging, would you have selected the same winners as the judges?

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country’s leading children’s mental health charity, to celebrate books that help young people cope with the challenges of growing up. The six shortlisted titles are all featured on Lovereading4kids and we rate each of them very highly, with Malorie Blackman’s The Stuff of Nightmares being a favourite in the Lovereading office. But will the judges on 17 November think the same?

Another very important prize shortlist that has just been announced is the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Award, launched last year. One of this year’s judges, who in fact won the award himself last year, is Andy Stanton. He says he ‘laughed out loud at all of the books on the lists’. The winners will be announced in November.

Win some book treasure – our competitions and prizes

There’s loads going on at Lovereading4kids – and you could be the proud winner of some highly desirable book-related prizes if you enter our competitions. Right now we’re giving away New Moon, Fantastic Mr Fox, Princess Diaries and Winnie the Pooh goodies! There’s even a chance for one lucky person to have a Dinosaur Cove title dedicated to them, but you’ve got to be quick!

Calling all budding poets – your prose could win you £250

To link with the theme of National Poetry Day on 8 October, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf is asking children aged 7-11 to write a poem about ‘Heroes and Heroines’. The closing date is 19th October. More details can be found in our Poetry section on the site.

Why should kids have all the fun? Visit Lovereading.co.uk

If you haven’t already, visit our sister site for grown-up book lovers. With over 1.2 million books in stock and dozens of recommended reads every month helpfully arranged into categories, adults can treat themselves to a good book on Lovereading.co.uk. Just like Lovereading4kids you can download free Opening Extracts and discover more about the books our experts recommend before you buy.

We hope you have fun with this month’s bumper book selections. From teenage princesses to lovable bears and dragons and knights, there really is a whole host of wild adventures on Lovereading4kids to help your kids get hooked on books. Enjoy!

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 30 Aug – 6 Sep 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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Amazing Baby: Look at Me! Amazing Baby: Look at Me!
Emily Hawkins
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
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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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The 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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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Bob, the Man on the Moon, has already had several prize-winning adventures. Now he and his extra special dog Barry are back in a new format for more surprises about a very special place. Bob and Barry have to use …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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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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StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition) StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition)
John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
A brilliant and completely unique book package appeared recently here at Lovereading4kids and we think it’s absolutely marvellous. It will enable young and old, reluctant readers and those who love books, to unlock their imaginations. The world of storytelling has …
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Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
Cathy Macphail
Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn’t but tricking Destiny seems like a bit of …
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Wishing for Tomorrow Wishing for Tomorrow
Hilary Mckay
A new chapter to the story of Sara Crew has been cleverly crafted by Hilary McKay who picks up the threads at Miss Minchin’s after Sara has left and, in particular, the loneliness of Sara’s friend Ermengarde who is teased …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.
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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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Airhead: Being Nikki Airhead: Being Nikki
Meg Cabot
Step right into the celebrity life of teenage supermodel Nikki. Apparently the golden girl of the catwalk Nikki looks like an absolute airhead but that’s just the surface. Underneath there’s nerdy Emmerson Watts who somehow got trapped in the wrong …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 22 – 28 Jun 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
Join Otto and his friends on a very special birthday day out – to the moon! A delightful pull-tab book that little readers will enjoy again and again. With an originality and quirkiness that makes it stand out from the …
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Where's Spot? Where’s Spot?
Eric Hill
Best-selling Spot is as irresistible as ever in this board book version. Spot is hiding. Where can he be? Opening the flaps to find where he isn’t hidden gives endless delight while finding him will always bring a smile.
If you’re …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Seaside Poems Seaside Poems
Jill Bennett
A wonderful collection of poetry perfect to read together with your toddler this summer on your beach holiday. Beach holidays will never be the same once you’ve read this. …
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Extremely funny and wacky too, this crazy deep-sea caper is sure to have both parent and child in absolute stitches. Lots of bright bold artwork coupled with a great story make this a perfect read. …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
Winner of the Younger Children category – Red House Book Award 2009. This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Jake in Danger Jake in Danger
Annette Butterworth
Lovable Jake is an ordinary dog but with some very special qualities. Exciting stories written in easy-to-read texts with highly attractive illustrations make the Jake books perfect for first time readers. In Jake in Danger, Jake has to prove his …
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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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 7+ readers

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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots Green Fingers and Muddy Boots
Ivor Santer
Children benefit immensely from spending time outdoors in the fresh air, and a great way to get them outside is to encourage an interest in their garden. This book presents fun and practical activities to do in the garden every …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
CD Audio edition read by Paul Chequer.
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney
A book to write yourself, this diary is filled with the prompts any reader needs to make their own Wimpy Kid Diary. Embarrassing, revealing or just plain funny, answering these questions will encourage all kinds of writing amid the jokes. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the …
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The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving
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Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
A poignant and moving story that is ultimately uplifting about friendship triumphing over adversity. Funny, touching and inspirational yet cleverly mixed with some scary and tragic moments, it is the story of Max who is considered big and stupid who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Come On Danny (gr8 reads) Come On Danny (gr8 reads)
Andy Croft
Full of emotion and understanding but written in such a way that a struggling or reluctant reader will devour, Come On Danny is a hard hitting story describing the difficulties of dealing with life when everything goes wrong. Danny likes …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a
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The Medusa Project: The Set-Up The Medusa Project: The Set-Up
Sophie Mckenzie
This is not science fiction. Within the lifetime of children now the human race will have created new improved humans through genetic manipulation. Frightening but true. Here in the first of a thrilling roller-coaster adventure series you can join four teenagers, each …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award – the winner will be announced in July

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.

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Tim Bowler
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award.
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
Join Otto and his friends on a very special birthday day out – to the moon! A delightful pull-tab book that little readers will enjoy again and again. With an originality and quirkiness that makes it stand out from the …
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What Shall We Do With The Boo-hoo Baby? What Shall We Do With The Boo-hoo Baby?
Cressida Cowell
An entertaining story which will strike a chord with all parents! How can the animals stop the Boo Hoo baby from crying? Feeding him helps, as does bathing him and playing with him but, in the end, bedtime is the …
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Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book) Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book)
Allan Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
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Patrick Ness
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Jerry Stone
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Meg Cabot
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Andy Croft
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Melvin Burgess
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Kate Thompson
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Can You Moo Too? Can You Moo Too?
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Rod Campbell
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Jerry Stone
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Catherine Jinks
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Kate Thompson
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Mariko Tamaki
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Julia Donaldson
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Helen Cooper
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Richard Johnson
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Matt And Dave
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Carol Ann Duffy
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Wiley Miller
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Michael Morpurgo
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Michael Morpurgo
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
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Sarah Prineas
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Mary Shelley
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Patrick Ness
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Chris Higgins
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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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Twilight Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. The 2nd …
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Most popular children’s opening extracts, by age range, 20 – 27 Nov 08

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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My First Nursery Stories My First Nursery Stories
Tony Ross
 
Best loved, classic nursery stories are vividly brought to life in Tony Ross’s humorous and vigorous illustrations. Follow the charmingly agile goats as they trip-trott over the bridge having dispatched the hairy troll SPLASH into the river with a well-aimed …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants …
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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
Julia Donaldson
Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, …
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)
Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon was 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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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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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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone
Jenny Nimmo
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he …
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The Magic Thief The 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 Number 7 Shirt The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it’s likely to attract less keen readers but readers who may have a passion for football. His heroes …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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 and Booktrust Teenage 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’ …
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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 Carbon Diaries 2015 The Carbon Diaries 2015
Saci Lloyd
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015.  It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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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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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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Children’s most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 24 – 30 October 2008

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Great Paper Caper The Great Paper Caper
Oliver Jeffers
Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and …
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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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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition) Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)
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 …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell
Sue Mongredien
More magical mayhem from the junior wizard who is always getting himself into big trouble. Here it is no exception for when he tries a Grow-bigger spell on the cauldron he finds himself in very BIG trouble indeed. Great …
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Traction Man Is Here Traction Man Is Here
Mini Grey
Hurrah for Traction Man, the toy hero who, with his faithful side kick Scrubbing Brush, is up for adventures anytime and anyplace. They’ll tackle any challenge and bravely fight their way through to success. But, when Traction Man is given …
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The Ship's Kitten The Ship’s Kitten
Matilda Webb
A wonderfully heart-warming and funny story about a little kitten who is desperate to be a ship’s cat. Try as she might she’s ejected from boat after boat by other cats until that is, she finds herself on the biggest …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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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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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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Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: The New Girl Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: The New Girl
Meg Cabot
Allie is a brilliant heroine who 7+ year old girls will love and really look up to. She’s full of adventure, quite precocious and at times her army of family and friends despair of her. At times it’s …
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Reavers' Ransom Reavers’ Ransom
Emily Diamand
Winner of The Times Children’s Fiction Competition, this original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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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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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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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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Stop In The Name Of Pants Stop In The Name Of Pants
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense

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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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