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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 Sep 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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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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Alison Jay's Question Blocks Alison Jay’s Question Blocks
Alison Jay
A perfect gift for a newborn baby. Four stunning board books nestle in this beautiful box. Each poses a question. Who is That?, What is Yellow?, Where is

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Iris and Isaac Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but soon both find that they don’t enjoy anything half as …
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Zog Zog
Julia Donaldson
The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win gold stars leads him into loads of mishaps but luckily he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader) The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children, these Early Reader chapter books are punctuated by catchy rhymes and speech bubbles, and with their bright, funny pictures and lively design they are hugely appealing. They’re perfect for children from 5-7. …
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Mr Chicken Goes to Paris Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
Leigh Hobbs
Mr Chicken has left his safe world sets off on a global adventure. He’s on a whistle-stop tour of Paris and, like a good tourist, he’s doing all the famous sites, accompanied by his French friend, Yvette. But it’s not …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Letters from an Alien Schoolboy
Ros Asquith
This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls. Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner. It features an alien who comes to spy on …
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Slog's Dad Slog’s Dad
David Almond
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur,
winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has
conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy
fiction, but one that is spectacularly different …
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To the Extreme To the Extreme
David Gatward
A fun adventure about facing your fears with high quality graphic novel-style illustrations depicting the action throughout and gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. Particularly suitable for reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction/fact books. FYI, the series, also entices them …
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Derek Landy
Best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant has taken the world by storm. A hugely entertaining mix of fear and fun in a magical community where the strangest things seem to happen for unpredictable reasons, this fifth volume tells a new chapter in the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
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 original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a …
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Scat Scat
Carl Hiaasen
Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010, the
winner of which will be announced on 1st November 2010. The shortlist
of six includes: Halo by Zizou Corder, Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning,
The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Revolver by …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Almost True Almost True
Keren David
A thrilling adventure in which the stakes are dangerously high, Almost True is an emotional roller coaster. When someone is shot dead on the doorstep instead of him, fourteen year old Ty, already under police protection since witnessing a murder,

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The Legacy The Legacy
Gemma Malley
What started with The Declaration and continued with The Resistance is brilliantly brought to conclusion in The Legacy. A thrilling finale in which Anna and Peter and their friends risk all to expose the truth behind the quest for Longevity. …
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Children’s most popular books 25 Oct – 1 Nov 2009

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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2
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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The Secret to Teen Power The Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington
‘The Secret’ is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today’s over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. …
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The Unfinished Angel The Unfinished Angel
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning author Sharon Creech tells a magical story that’s truly original, touching and funny of an unusual friendship between an unusual angel and Zola who find themselves sharing a tower high in the Swiss Alps. The story is told by …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney
Here at Lovereading4kids we are delighted to bring you a hot-of-the-press extract of Greg’s latest wimpy adventures. Rest-assured this eagerly awaited next instalment lives up to expectations. So get ready to split your sides laughing as Greg struggles with all …
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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
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Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead
Francesca Simon
Everybody’s favourite bad boy is back for a new set of shocking adventures. Horrid Henry and his brother Perfect Peter will squabble over anything and everything – and, as his fans will know, his behaviour is getting worse! At home …
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Ghost for Sale Ghost for Sale
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Terry Deary, one of the best known children’s authors writing today has written a scary yet funny short novel that is dyslexia friendly. 9+ year olds will find the storyline terrific yet the reading age for it is a little …
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Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel
Anthony Horowitz
THIS BOOK WILL BE RELEASED ON PUB DATE – 12TH NOVEMBER. PLEASE PRE-ORDER
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure. When Alex finds himself in great danger …
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Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the great thinkers and learn how to think …
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Top 10 Children’s Books 18 – 25 Oct

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Lovereading4kids Top 10

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney
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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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3
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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4
Ghost for Sale Ghost for Sale
Terry Deary
Terry Deary, one of the best known children’s authors writing today has written a scary yet funny short novel that is dyslexia friendly. 9+ year olds will find the storyline terrific yet the reading age for it is a little …
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5
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
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6
Ostrich Boys Ostrich Boys
Keith Gray
Shortlisted for the Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009, The YoungMinds Book prize 2009, the Carnegie Award 2009 also shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
A novel that so cleverly, almost miraculously you might say, blends friendship with …
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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again. Crocodile demonstrates to all the watching animals that he …
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The Galloping Ghost The Galloping Ghost
Hilda Offen
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Prize 2009
Another brilliantly funny story from an incredibly funny author. Josh is not impressed when he has to write a poem for homework so he decides to ‘borrow’ one from a book. His …
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Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
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The Willoughbys The Willoughbys
Lois Lowry
A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans. The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d …
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Top Ten Children’s Books 11 – 18 Oct 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney
Here at Lovereading4kids we are delighted to bring you a hot-of-the-press extract of Greg’s latest wimpy adventures. Rest-assured this eagerly awaited next instalment lives up to expectations.  So get ready to split your sides laughing as Greg struggles with all …
Download free opening extract
3
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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4
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
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5
Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
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6
The Willoughbys The Willoughbys
Lois Lowry
A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans.  The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d …
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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
David Benedictus, Mark Burgess, A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
Over eighty years since Winnie-the-Pooh first delighted readers, David
Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood allows readers to spend a few more
treasured hours with the Best Bear in All the …
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Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Prize 2009
Four completely crazy, off the wall crazy, stories about the funniest class ever.  Crammed full of zany and exuberant characters and the mishaps and mayhem that ensue. But spare a thought for …
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9
Ghost for Sale Ghost for Sale
Terry Deary
Terry Deary, one of the best known children’s authors writing today has written a scary yet funny short novel that is dyslexia friendly.  9+ year olds will find the storyline terrific yet the reading age for it is a little …
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The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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Lovereading4kids.co.uk – Most popular Opening Extracts 4 – 11 Oct 2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009
TOP 10
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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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2
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
David Benedictus, Mark Burgess, A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
Over eighty years since Winnie-the-Pooh first delighted readers, David
Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood allows readers to spend a few more
treasured hours with the Best Bear in All the …
Download free opening extract
3
Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
Download free opening extract
4
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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5
Gone Gone
Michael Grant
For a limited period read Gone online for free by clicking here
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 …
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6
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
Download free opening extract
7
The Willoughbys The Willoughbys
Lois Lowry
A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans.  The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d …
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8
Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that …
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9
The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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10
Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Prize 2009
Four completely crazy, off the wall crazy, stories about the funniest class ever.  Crammed full of zany and exuberant characters and the mishaps and mayhem that ensue. But spare a thought for …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books 27 Sep – 4 Oct 2009

Monday, October 5th, 2009
1
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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2
The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’.  Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money.  Edge of your seat writing for …
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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience.  Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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4
Gone Gone
Michael Grant
For a limited period read Gone online for free by clicking here
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 …
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5
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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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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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
Download free opening extract
8
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
Download free opening extract
9
Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
Download free opening extract
10
Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that …
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