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Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 7 – 14 June 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on …
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new speculative fiction writer. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Isn’t it part of a dad’s job description to come out with cheesy sayings, that he thinks are really funny, but which make everyone else groan? Ask this dad what time it is, and he’ll tell you it’s time you …
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Cezanne and the Apple Boy Cezanne and the Apple Boy
Laurence Anholt
The story of the summer young Paul Cézanne spent with his father is an exciting one in itself: he accompanied his father – a man he hardly knew – on painting expeditions, camped in the mountains, and watched his father …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Shouldn't You be in School? Shouldn’t You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
June 2015 Debut of the Month  Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It’s Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into service to the captain of the Feroshus Maggot, mad wolf …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents died when she was a baby. Placed in an orphanage …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Game on Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai’s Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC’s youth squad – something he’s dreamed of all his life. But there’s lots else going on in Baljit’s life – his girlfriend …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 25 – 31 May 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant demanding admittance. Sam does not want the outsize intruder in his house but it turns …
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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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The Odd Egg The Odd Egg
Emily Gravett
Winner of the 2009 Best Illustrated Book Awards.
Board Book edition. Witty, stylish and surprising, The Odd Egg is a jewel of a book. All the birds have laid an egg – except for duck. How smug the chicken, the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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Have You Seen My Monster? Have You Seen My Monster?
Steve Light
In the follow-up to Steve Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon?, this gorgeously illustrated shape book, with fun search-and-find opportunities throughout will delight kids.  In this one a little girl wanders through a country fair, searching for her monster friend. …
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Fantastic Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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Darkmouth Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Imagination Box The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old Timothy as he is given the chance to decide just this when he discovers the imagination box. It is a …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil's Hound The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil’s Hound
Vicki Lockwood
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in the face of adversity. It’s got a rich mix of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Demons of Dunkirk Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale for young adults with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles …
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Remix Remix
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed to be lively and engaging, the …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 25 Sep – 2 Oct 2011

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Utterly Lovely One Utterly Lovely One
Mary Murphy
This celebration of a baby’s loveliness overflows with warmth, playful humour, energy and love. It is a perfect read-aloud book that simply oozes affection and
positivity and celebrates every person, every animal, for who they are.
The message of love …
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Elmer and Super El Elmer and Super El
David Mckee
Elmer, the best-selling and most beloved elephant, is back for a new adventure. When Super El turns up with his super-costume all torn, Elmer knows just the person to fix it. But getting Super El to Aunt Zelda without the …
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That's Not My Elephant That’s Not My Elephant
Fiona Watt
Little fingers will love touching this book and laughing at all the things that show it is not an elephant! Ears that are too rough, a tail that is too tufty, toenails that are too bumpy. But what about the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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King Jack and the Dragon King Jack and the Dragon
Peter Bently
Award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the rich childhood imagination of this exciting and brave adventure starring knights and dragons and all kinds of scary monsters. Brave King Jack and his friends Zak and the baby Caspar build …
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The Highway Rat The Highway Rat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate
Andrew Weale
Nora’s love of eating knows no bounds. Once she’s eaten all the food, she starts on her toys, her bed, her shoes and her socks….Will she ever stop? Suddenly, she’s had enough. A giant burp propels Nora up into space. …
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The Princess and the Pea (Early Reader) The

Princess and the Pea (Early Reader)
Sally Gardner
A classic story stylishly updated and perfect for first time readers. Sally Gardner retells this favourite tale of how a real princess can only be found by testing how delicate and sensitive she really is. Lively illustrations create a suitably …
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Meet the Gang  (Early Reader) Meet the Gang (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
Honey, the delightful puppy, has to make her mark on the animal gang in Buffin Street. At first they are suspicious but loveable Honey soon wins their trust in this exciting adventure led by a cast of dogs, cats,

rabbits …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Field Guide - Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide – Spiderwick Chronicles
Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Book one of The Spiderwick Chronicles in which Mallory, Simon and Jared get acquainted with their new home but find many unexpected things. It all started when Jared Grace found their great uncle’s book filled with pictures of fantastic creatures – …
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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin
Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go …
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James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of aging and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics.
From the moment …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011.
Mina was Michael’s thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond’s prizewinning Skellig. This is the story of her …
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Muddle Earth Too Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build a flat-pack wardrobe. …
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Sticky Ends Sticky Ends
Jeanne Willis
Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners, the fate …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Greyhound of a Girl A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH.
Best-selling Roddy Doyle has written a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted family story about the dying of a granny which weaves together the lives of four generations and a little bit of ghostly mystery too. Mary’s relationship …
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Justin Thyme Justin Thyme
Panama Oxridge
This debut novel is a terrific blend of action, adventure, espionage and time travel set in the wilds of Scotland and featuring a 13 year old boy who believes that an anonymous gift he’s been given will enable him to …
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there is the horrific danger of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and …
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Lies Lies
Michael Grant
A compelling sequel to the best-selling Gone and Hunger, Lies is a dark, thrilling and thought-provoking adventure. It is set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving …
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Velvet Velvet
Mary Hooper
A richly atmospheric novel set

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in the Victorian period and perfect for fans of the hugely popular Fallen Grace. Teens will love this romantic, thrilling and exciting new novel from the acclaimed and much loved historical novelist. It’s also a …
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April Children’s Book Updates

Friday, April 5th, 2013

A Blooming Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, was born in April over 200 years ago? Well, the fairytale continues! There are fabulous adventures, old and new, for your Little Mermaids and Brave Tin Soldiers to get stuck into. Read on to find out what else is new this month …

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is an April shower of specially selected, simply sensational, scintillating stories by star scribblers … don’t miss our MEGA Books of the Month – both are not to be missed and have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Reader Review Panel:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess 14+. – Thought-provoking, gripping young-adult thriller from the best-selling author of Junk AND The Dark by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 5+ – Delightful, original and empowering take on the fear of the dark.

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Wise Choice! – Author of The Month, Angie Sage

Sea-loving sailor of a boat named Muriel, April’s Author of the Month is Angie Sage. Angie is internationally renowned for her incredible series for kids aged 9+ (but we know 7 year olds who’ve loved them!) charting the adventures of eponymous hero, Septimus Heap. The 7th (and final) book in the series; FYRE, is out this month and you can find it with all the other six on our special section dedicated to Angie and her wonderful creation!

Check out too, some of the great reviews of the first one, Magyk, from our Kids Reader Review panel.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

As always we have found some great first-time authors for your kids to discover this month. Look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising some brilliant Reader Reviews.

MEGA DEBUT ALERT!!! – Seriously, do not miss this magical and astounding debut: The Last Wild by Piers Torday 8+- (yes, his Dad Paul wrote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – a wonderfully imaginative tale of magical self-realisation and endless possibility. A truly lovely book for kids.

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Let The Games Begin! Ideas for the Holidays and beyond …

The Easter Holidays are here! Hooray. But what happens when you run out of things to do to keep the little ones occupied? Fear not. We have some books dedicated to great holiday fun-and-games for all the family …

The Bumper Book of Family Games – Exactly what it sounds like. And Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book by Mo Willems 5+ – 272 pages of Fun and Games … great, crazy characters and hilarity. Perfect for your Spring chickens!

Great games to play in the non-competitive security of your loving family. What could possibly go wrong? Erm … did you give me my £200 for passing Go?

Outside Chance! – Out and About Section

Remember Kids’ Show: ‘Why Don’t You?’ and their weekly advice to ‘Get out and do something else less boring instead’. Well, with this in mind, we’ve a whole section dedicated to dragging your kids away from the TV, or other electronic devices, and outside having fun … unless it’s raining in which case we have indoor activity suggestions as well!

New this month: RSPB Children’s Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd 5+, 7+ – a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children

Serious about Series’

We love a good series. There’s nothing better than finishing a gripping adventure knowing that the next instalment is in reach! This month, in addition to Angie Sage’s wonderful Septimus Heap, there are 2 more corkers for older and younger kids to enjoy:

Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald is Back!

10 years old this year the Dirty Bertie series, for kids from 5 years up, has a new tale of nose-pickingly disgusting capers for the chaotic Bertie and his horrible habits. We love these stories and so do our kids, particularly the boys. The whole bunch can be found here … but here’s the latest: Dirty Bertie: Toothy by Alan MacDonald – No ordinary trip to the dentist when the patient is Dirty Bertie and there’s an in-flight emergency on the way!

Gone‘ by Michael Grant.

Okay, we mentioned it last month but, hey! We’ve loved these crackingly thrilling books since the first one hit the shelves and we’ve had some terrific feedback during this month from teens which we wanted to share with you. The 6th and LAST book in the series is out now and if you haven’t yet discovered the; ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, genius of Michael Grant’s epic adventures then you can find them ALL here. Get them before its ‘Gone’!

 

Mid March email update

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Welcome to our mid March Children’s book update. Read on for news of the best books being published – next month with exclusive extracts to read now. Find out about the Blue Peter Book Award winners and much more. Finally, parents with toddlers shouldn’t miss Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on 20 March and our very special prize draw to win a bag full of Very Hungry Caterpillar goodies!…

Be the First to Read … March Pre-publication exclusives

As always, we are delighted to be able to bring you a few really special titles before they hit the shelves, all with free downloadable extracts so your kids can try them before you buy them! A real treat this month is a collaboration between bestselling author Lemony Snicket and award winning illustrator Jon Klassen called The Dark. It is an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of being scared of the dark. It is perfect for 3+ readers.

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Get out of here! – Out and About 2013

With warmer weather on the way, we think anything that can get kids outdoors and having fun is just the ticket. Our Out and About category has some great new titles for 2013. And … just in case the weather man says it’s rain … we even have great suggestions for not so sunny days!

The Wild Weather Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield – It’s raining … let’s get out and play! – 72 imaginative suggestions to do on wet and snowy days (we particularly love ‘Watermelon Rugby’!)

And for toddlers all the fun of outdoors, indoors with Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins(3+) – a fabulously colourful book – vegetables and flowers springing to life as you turn pages and pull the tabs!

Uplifting Downloads! – eBooks of the Month

With the digital form growing ever popular, Lovereading4kids is the only place where you can download eBooks in ALL the popular formats. Yes, the only one. Here’s a tiny selection of what’s available for your digi-savvy kids this month:

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Gone’ by Michael Grant

The countdown has begun. On 28 March the finale to this epic series, that began with Gone, Light is published. Described as ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, this cracklingly thrilling series is a complex survival tale loved by reader reviewers and especially our own intrepid reporter Hugh (see his interview with the author from 2009!). See the whole series in the bookshelf below.

They don’t exist but they save your life every day

The Department 19 series by Will Hill is a well crafted pulse-pounding all action paranormal for teens. Department 19 is a government secret agency. One of our reading panel said ‘A book that I didn’t want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other’. Visit Will Hill’s author page to see all the books in the series to date.

What do the Zombies think?

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims, from the master of Young Adult horror Darren Shan.

Combining classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions it is pretty addictive stuff. See the series to date by visiting Darren Shan’s author page on Lovereading4kids.

 

Blue Peter Award

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200 school children voted for and Blue Peter announced recently the two winning books of the Blue Peter 2013 Book Awards.

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Best Book with Facts went to the disgustingly brilliant Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles. You can see the winners and all the shortlist in our special section.

 


Art for Art’s Sake

With the Easter holidays soon upon us, why not plan a trip to a local art gallery for your children to see and appreciate some art as they’re never too young to start. It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help,do have a look at our special category.

Three new titles this month are I Am An Artist, The Interactive Art Book and The Museum. We also have two prize draws to win a copy of the The Art Book for Children from Phaidon and family tickets to the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Books to make the most of Easter

Easter is more than just chocolate eggs so to help young children get much more out of this special time have a look at the books in our special Easter Bookshelf below.

Leeds-ing the Way – The Leeds Book Award

Dodgy puns aside, the Leeds Book Awards honour the work of great children’s writers in every age group from 9 upwards and there are some stunning titles on the shortlist. In the 9+ category our favourites are Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver and Marcus Sedgwick’s Fright Forest; in the 11+ category it’s definitely the aptly names Socks are Not Enough and in 14+ it’s Slated by Teri Terry. Why not grab a couple and choose your own winners?

Finally don’t miss the 6!! free to enter prize draws we have on the site this month where we have armfuls of book goodies to be won.

…and Happy March, from all of us at Lovereading4Kids. See you in April with yet more great suggestions to keep them reading!

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 April 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Baby That Roared The Baby That Roared
Simon Puttock
Love them or loathe then, most babies are sweet. At least, that’s what Mr and Mrs Deer think. They long for a baby of their own to love and cuddle and read aloud to, so, when one is left on …
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The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom
Steve Smallman
What better than a cheeky monkey to enthuse a young child to love books in this bestselling picture book. This edition comes complete with a CD read by CBBC’s Justin Fletcher. The reading is a great aid to improving reading skills, perfect for bedtime, …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy Goat’s antics.

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
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Rabbityness Rabbityness
Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Walk in London A Walk in London
Salvatore Rubbino
This walk gives readers a wonderfully close-up and intimate look at some of the best sights of the great city. While the landmarks are accurately positioned and defined, the artist’s impressions bring a distinct and personal flavour to them.
A little …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2012.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme …
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Jogger's Big Adventure (Early Reader) Jogger’s Big Adventure (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
This charming, funny animal story is perfect for early readers. Jogger the hamster is on an adventure, nibbling on books and climbing on chairs. But mean old Sour Puss is about – will Jogger make it back to his cage in …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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The Secret Lake The Secret Lake
Karen Inglis
Author Karen Inglis on what inspired The Secret Lake:
“The Secret Lake was partly inspired by an apartment some friends moved to in Notting Hill many years ago when my children were younger. It backed on to the most fantastic communal …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912 Titanic An Edwardian Girl’s Diary,1912
Ellen Emerson White
Titanic, My Story is a vividly imagined account of life on the Titanic by a young girl and told in diary form. A terrific way for children 100 years on to experience what happened in what remains one of the …
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Freaks Freaks
Kieran Larwood
April 2012 Debut of the Month and Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011. 

This well-written and action-packed debut is even being considered the new Harry Potter for its originality but we’d say X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Chomp Chomp
Carl Hiaasen
April 2012 Book of the Month.
An hilarious, edge-of-your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. Wahoo’s Dad …
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A Tiger Too Many A Tiger Too Many
Antony Wootten
April 2012 Debut of the Month. A Tiger Too Many is enchanting from the word go and very readable. The sentences are short and concise with no waffle and therefore the story goes forward quite briskly and the reader’s attention …
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Call Me Drog Call Me Drog
Sue Cowing
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Parker’s got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent’s separation and his father’s expectations of him. He thinks he’s coping alright until he finds Drog …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there …
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Fear Fear
Michael Grant
April 2012 Book of the Month.
This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi futuristic thriller of epic proportions and the fifth of the six planned titles in the GONE series. Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.
The Judges said: An exquisite piece of writing of great depth which has huge impact upon the reader, guiding them through some difficult emotional lessons. Well plotted and lyrically written …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 15 – 22 Aug 2010

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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Guess Who Says Moo? My Little Book of Riddles Guess Who Says Moo? My Little Book of Riddles
Leonie Shearing
This perfect introduction to farm animals combines some absolutely charming illustrations with the ever-popular flip-the-flaps, creating a fun guessing game for the very young. Farm and farm animal words are introduced in a really fun way. …
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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
A Useful book about Families.
An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows …
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Just Because Just Because
Rebecca Elliott
This is a book that deserves a place on the nursery bookshelf to be read and reread time and time again by parents and children alike.  It helps children to recognise that everyone is different.  Both heartfelt and loving it …
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Cub's First Winter Cub’s First Winter
Rebecca Elliott
Within this snuggly bedtime story there is an excellent introduction to looking at nature. It is Cub’s first winter and he wants to learn everything he can about it. Mum gives him lyrical answers to his many questions as she …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure
Thomas Docherty
This is a magical adventure in which a drab landscape is transformed into a place of beauty and delight. Ruby’s playground is rundown; nothing works except for one swing for which there is always a long queue. One day, Ruby …
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Play the Shape Game Play the Shape Game
Anthony Browne
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Vile A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters Vile A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters
Mark Robinson
This is a terrific Cautionary Tale for mischievous kids demonstrating as it does that perhaps life’s not so great when spent solely in the pursuit of vileness  And when two of the pupils of the University of Vile discover that …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dead Man's Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1 Dead Man’s Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1
Lauren St.John
Feisty orphan Laura Marlin is rescued from her life in a children’s home by her mysterious uncle Calvin. Laura loves everything about her new life in Cornwall but soon realises that it is full of secrets. Laura’s sharp observation and …
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Find Chaffy Find Chaffy
Jamie Smart
Join in the search for the missing Chaffies! Ten loveable Chaffies have wandered off into the world and someone needs to set out and find where they are hiding! Join in the search for these delightful creatures among a graveyard …
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The Good Green Lunchbox: Tasty, Healthy Lunches and Picnics The Good Green Lunchbox: Tasty, Healthy Lunches and Picnics
Jocelyn Miller
This is the book to help you and the children give what you eat an eco-makeover! It’s a make-and-do book and contains 16 ideas for tasty and healthy lunches and picnics, which at the same time highlight a range of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witches at War: The Wickedest Witch Witches at War: The Wickedest Witch
Martin Howard
Full of dark humour in fact seriously funny this is the start of a series that should not be missed and packaged in a terrific small hardback format.  There is great anticipation in the witching world as the Wicked Witch …
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Eating Things on Sticks Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009. .
Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining. …
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Midnight on Lundy Midnight on Lundy
Victoria Eveleigh
This is Victoria Eveleigh’s fourth novel, her first three all feature an Exmoor pony called Trifle.  This one however, is set, first on Lundy Island* and then on the mainland in Devon.  Heart-rending but ultimately uplifting it will at times …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
This title is published in September 2010 but we have an exclusive extract to whet your appetite.  Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of …
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Raven's Gate (Power of Five) Graphic Novel Raven’s Gate (Power of Five) Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz
The long-awaited graphic-novel adaptation of the No. 1 bestseller Raven’s Gate, from the creator of Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz.  A sinister and incredibly atmospheric story of the supernatural; first of five in the Power of Five series. Matt has always …
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Dark Life Dark Life
Kat Falls
This is a debut novel that won’t disappoint.  Set in a world where the rising oceans have taken over continents and there are humans living on the small tracts of land that remain whilst others have moved under the sea …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The 10pm Question The 10pm Question
Kate De Goldi
This is a warm, surprising, quirky, yet real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with. It’s a coming of age tale of Frankie Parsons, a twelve year old boy (who thinks and acts much older) who worries incessantly …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
This paperback edition will be available in September 2010.
Here’s what Hugh (14), one of our teenage reviewers think of Hunger:
Hunger, like it’s prequel Gone was unputdownable. It’s an excellent follow-up to an original idea.
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Whisper My Name Whisper My Name
Jane Eagland
This is an incredibly eerie and chilling story of 16 year old Meriel Garland who is trapped in her grandfather’s strict regime of study and silence.  It’s a narrow, solitary existence, yet Meriel doesn’t always feel alone for someone is …
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August Mid Month Children’s Book Update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

As Summer draws to a close don’t miss these last few weeks to get your children reading some new and interesting books. Our Summer Reading section is a terrific first stop on the site. Also do have a look at our special Back to School section to keep one eye on the new term as well. Read on to find out more.

Tell your friends about Lovereading and get money off books

Do you know anyone who would love Lovereading? Why not tell them about us using our handy recommendation engine? For the next few months for every friend who becomes a Lovereading member we’ll award you 5 LoveHearts; our way of saying thank you for spreading the word on Lovereading.

Each LoveHeart is worth £0.50. You can build up a collection of LoveHearts in your account, and choose when you want to convert them into a book voucher – redeemable at our online shop. It’s easy to see how many LoveHearts you have. Just login to your account.

This month’s Highlights

Exclusive Opportunity to Discover Pre-Publication Titles

September and October is traditionally the time when the established authors release their new books and we feel very privileged to be cleared to run some exclusive pre-publication extracts on some eagerly awaited new novels. Below are three that we

think should not be missed.

Reckless – Cornelia Funke

11+ and 14+ An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is utterly compelling.

Annexed – Sharon Dogar

14+ With absolute clarity, compassion and accuracy, Annexed, told through the voice of Peter van Pels, offers its readers an entirely new perspective on the most famous diary ever written. Anne’s diary tragically ends suddenly, but Annexed takes the reader on into Auschwitz and into the concentration camp at Mathausen where Peter died.

Lies – Michael Grant

14+ The Human Crew pitched against the Mutants in a fast paced, alternate reality teen thriller which Stephen King described as “torrential narrative” and “great fiction”.

Lies is the 3rd in the Gone series and we have them all on Lovereading4kids.

Graphic Novels – bringing books to life

Graphic novels have really taken off in the last few years. Much more than comics they have been shown to helpreluctant readers start to love books and for confident readers, the illustrations can bring a new dimension to the reading experience. On Lovereading4kids we have a whole section ofthe site dedicated to this growing genre split by age and this month don’t miss the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s new supernatural series Raven’s Gate.

Fascinating Facts – understand more about the world around you

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. New this month for 7+ readers we have the vividly illustrated Infinity series helping to understand nature and the world around us and for 5+ the Henry’s House that is full of information on everything from Romans to Space!

We also have dozens of other titles for all ages so get clicking and discovering today.

Help is at hand for budding writers The new Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is out…

If you’re a budding children’s writer or illustrator, this annual publication is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in fiction.

Back to School – get a head start on the new academic year

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Exclusive Book prizes up for grabs

Wimpy Kid film prizes, £100 worth of school reference books and exclusive signed picture books are just some of the brilliant prizes up for grab this month.

Find out more in our Free Prize Draws area and remember to come back every month to have a chance to win.

Always wanted to be a Children’s Author? … The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Are you a secret storyteller? Now’s the time to let your talent out into the open! The Times and Chicken House are on a mission to find another great undiscovered children’s writer, whose novel will be published by Chicken House around the world. Closing date for entries is last mail delivery October 29, 2010. The prize includes a £10,000 advance and is too good an opportunity to let go by. Dig out those old ideas and get writing!

Now in its 4th year they are looking for new entries. All details can be found here:

100 free books to give away – first clicked first served!

We have 100 copies of The Wickedest Witch to giveaway. Children aged 9+ will be enthralled by this gripping story with fantastic names for all the witches – Diabolica Nightshade, Tiffany Toadlick and Cakula von Drakula to name but a few and the illustrations add a lovely dimension.

The sequel is published in October, it’s called White Wand and we have a pre-pub extract exclusively on Lovereading4kids. What are you waiting for?

New Children’s Books for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August is one of our favourite months. No school; hazy summer days; trees hanging with fruit. And the book-tree this month is positively bursting with ripe gems for kids of all ages. Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration behind his father AA Milne’s young friend to Winnie the Pooh and all the other animals of Hundred Acre Wood) was born in August?

It’s a great month then, to discover new titles and old favourites and where better to do so than Lovereading. We’ve highlighted some real gems below to suit a variety of ages but don’t forget our Summer Reading selection that is chock full of great reads for babies and toddlers right through to teenagers.

Author of the Month, Michael Grant

American born Michael Grant has taken the US by storm over the last year and now his UK fan base is growing fast too. All because of his addictive teen novel series ‘Gone’ – think Lord of the Flies combined with the hit TV show Heroes. So, with the second and third in the series, Hunger (in paperback) and Lies (in hardback), coming in September we thought it was the perfect opportunity to make him our Author of the Month.

So if you’re looking for an unputdownable read for a boy or a girl from 12 upwards then give them the first one – Gone – to read during August and they’ll then be ready for 2 and 3 in September.

Books of the Month for August

As we said above, our basket is crammed with fabulous titles this month for children of all ages to enjoy including books from Eoin Colfer, Alex Scarrow, Lauren St John, Nick Sharratt, Thomas Docherty and Mary Hoffman. It’s impossible to pick one out, but to whet your appetite; we have been very excited by Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby – our MEGA book of the month! Julia (author of the much-loved The Gruffalo) has teamed up with award-winning illustrator, Emily Gravett, to create this fabulous tale, in which a hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by exotic animals. And, for slightly older readers a page-turning horsey tale from tiny publisher, Tortoise Books called Midnight on Lundy. Whether you’ve ever been to Lundy Island (it’s in the Bristol Channel) or not this novel for 7+ year olds is absolutely not to be missed. Finding nuggets such as this one away from the world of big publishing makes our job here at Lovereading all the more enjoyable.

“When I grow Up I want to be a Writer and an Artist” Our Illustrator of the Month – Rebecca Elliott

This quote from one of Rebecca’s school projects hinted at what was to come. Rebecca remembers endlessly boring her long-suffering family with ill-conceived stories she had written about rabbits wearing flat caps and aliens flying around in suitcases.

It has all paid off though, because that childhood dream is now a reality, with her first three picture books all published this summer; Cub’s First Winter, Milo’s Pet Egg and Just Because. Her work is a celebration of nature and she has drawn her inspiration from the beautiful Suffolk countryside, where she lives with her other great inspirations – husband Matthew and children, Clementine and Toby.

… and introducing! Our Lovereading.co.uk Debuts of the Month

Dark Life

Kat Falls

11+Two kids thrown together, in a World that has long been engulfed by rising oceans, to save a young brother and the whole underwater-dwelling community from evil criminals. A thrilling adventure!

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A Most Improper Magick

Stephanie Burgis

10+ A magical and dark tale of self discovery as one young witch sets out to save her family name. Her journey throws up much more than she bargained for in this page-turning adventure.

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White Chin

Marilyn Edwards

9+ This is the story of a wandering cat, told by the cat himself. It tells of cruel abandonment and scary adventures and a new life with a loving little girl called Kirstie. But that’s when things start to go wrong.

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Martha causes chaos wherever she goes paying no attention at all to Nanny saying No! A witty contemporary cautionary tale with a satisfying resolution.

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Spy Thrillers, Aliens, Dark Worlds and History, his Novels Have it covered! Guest Editor – Graham Marks

Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He is also involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award. His work comprises page-turning, fast-paced thrillers in magical worlds and futuristic settings, certain to fire the imagination of the young reader.

His most recent novel I Spy: The Constantinople Caper is a gripping adventure, combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find his father. An extract is available on the lovereading4kids.co.uk site and well worth a look! This Autumn he has two novels being released. The first is in September, Playing with Phyre and then the second in the I Spy series, Mean Streets.

Take a leisurely peek through his comprehensive and thrilling list of titles, as well as the wealth of authors and books that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career, which he kindly shares with us this month. Interestingly, one of his selections is a novel by John Buchan whose life and work, if you’re also a member of Lovereading, you’ll see we’re celebrating on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Back to School

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Great books made into brilliant films

This month sees the long-awaited film release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the first in the Jeff Kinney created series that has taken the US, and now the UK, by storm. The fantastic illustrations and hilarious story chart Greg’s life at a new school. Why not get your kids to read the book before seeing the film if only so they can knowledgeably tell their friends that “The book’s much better”! – You can even win a Wimpy Kid film goodie bag.

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues…

For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010. One book of this 12-part series is being published each month during the year, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. These fast-paced and heart-stopping short thrillers follow Cal, who is on the run after discovering that the people who killed his father are now after him as well. The monthly installments are an especially brilliant way to get your boys away from the games consol and buried in an un-put-downable read!

Great Books for Boys – we find them for you!

Talking of getting boys hooked on books, we have a great section on the site dedicated to helping you find titles to suit boys at every age-range. Simply go to the site and click on the appropriate age range for more information. An invaluable tool in the holiday season!

Kids Reluctant to Read? … Some Books to Get Them Started.

Similarly, there is a great section on the site offering suggestions for boys and girls who are reluctant to read. These titles – again listed by age group from 5+ to 14+ – are the ones we think are most likely to get young readers interested in, if not hooked on, reading and starting to enjoy and own their independent choices. Take a look and give it a try.

Get them Hooked! A Journey to Independent Reading for Early Readers…

In a stroke of brilliance, Usborne have released 15 new titles under the Very First Reading banner for children just starting on their reading journey. Each book in the series builds on the last, taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. There are fantastically imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together. Why not try them now so your child starts their first term at school in September ahead of the game?

Branford Boase Prize Winner – Lucy Christopher

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations to Lucy Christopher, winner of the much coveted and highly esteemed Branford Boase Children’s Debut Prize.

Her debut novel, Stolen (14+), is a love story like no other. Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and forced to live in the wild and desolate landscape of the Australian Outback. Her assailant, however, is motivated by obsessive love. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, can he force Gemma to love him back, isolated as they are from the rest of the world? The book takes the format of a letter, written by Gemma to her captor reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the wilderness. This is an extraordinary novel.

Well, that just about wraps up our August gift of information from the rich world of children’s literature. We hope we have inspired you to encourage your children to dive in and get reading and that you will continue to enjoy sharing that journey with them!

P.S – Don’t miss the chance of winning some brilliant book prizes by visiting out ‘Free Prize Draw’ section! Genre/pri where you can join in the Find Chaffy treasure hunt.

Read on to see our recommendations in your favourite age categories

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 3 – 10 Jan. 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009

Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Terrible Plop The Terrible Plop
Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner
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Do as you would be done by Do as you would be done by
Hugh Salmon and Anthony Stileman
This whole book is available to download and read free of charge. Either click the ‘Download Entire Book’ button above to get a PDF version you can print out or click the image to the right to read an online …
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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas
Alex Frith, Kate Leake
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Best Book with Facts’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
An original, innovative and interactive atlas full of flaps to lift, revealing beautiful buildings, exotic animals …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’

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Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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Green Smoke Green Smoke
Rosemary Manning
A touching and magical adventure story, Green Smoke tells how Susan meets a very special dragon while on her summer holiday in Cornwall. R. Dragon is 1,500 years old. He’s green and scaly and has two golden-yellow horns but he’s …
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother Tom win the battle to be …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky …
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Frozen In Time Frozen In Time
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A page-turning mystery-adventure with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel as two children, frozen by cryonic suspension by …
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Flyaway Flyaway
Lucy Christopher
Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see the swans on the lake. Instead …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Season of Secrets Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever.
Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old
legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic.
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The 13 Curses The 13 Curses
Michelle Harrison
Sequel to the award-winning The 13 Treasures, this shows just about how disagreeable fairies can get! Red returns determined to find her brother and get him back. To do so she must find a way to enter the fairy realm. …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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My Love Lies Bleeding My Love Lies Bleeding
Alyxandra Harvey
This is a teen romance to really get your teeth into. It’s an action-packed, urban fantasy full of Gothic seduction, teen angst, passion, wicked humour and adventure, all skilfully ignited by an age-old prophecy and a reluctant vampire princess that …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues at heart-in-your-mouth pace just like GONE and …
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Inside Inside
Julia Jarman
This is raw and powerful writing but a book that should be read for it doesn’t shy away from telling the reader exactly how awful a Young Offenders’ Institution is for a first-timer.
Aged seventeen, Lee is inside for a crime …
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