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The best new children’s books to keep them happy during the Easter holidays…

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Welcome to blossom-clad April from Lovereading4kids! Hans Christian Andersen was born in April over 200 years ago, so here’s to a fairytale Easter – we hope that we’ve found you ‘eggs’actly the right, wonderful books for your Little Mermaids and Steadfast Tin Soldiers to read over the Holidays.

My Oh Mayan, What an Author of the Month! – M. G. Harris

Half-Mexican Manchester United fan and self-confessed geek

M. G. Harris is the author of the fabulous Mayan prophecy influenced, futuristic series, The Joshua Filesperfect for action-hero 9+ year olds.

The 5th and final book in the series is out now and is packed full of gripping, daring teen adventure in dark pyramids and alien tunnels. If you haven’t discovered these pacy adventures yet, now’s the perfect time – particularly as the end of the Mayan calendar (and perhaps even the end of the world) draws near on 21 December 2012!

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month


Jo Empson

4+ Stunning debut with positive takes on individuality, creativity and dealing with loss.
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The Comic Cafe

Roger Stevens

9+ Can kids run the show? Witty, Lemony Snicket-esque adventure!
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Call Me Drog

Sue Cowing

9+ Compelling, courageous and unforgettable, Call Me Drog is a classic coming-of-age story.
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Kieran Larwood

11+ Crime sleuthing, freak-show style,with a band of extraordinarily talented misfits. X-men meets Oliver Twist!

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Immortal City

Scott Speer

14+ Electric debut set in a world where Guardian Angels walk among us in the street.

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Lissa Price

14+ Matched meets The Hunger Games. Action-packed thriller with a great heroine.

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Young Bond and Zombies, Guest Editor Charlie Higson

April’s Guest Editor is the multi-talented and multi-award winning author of the action-packed Young Bond series of books and the gruesome but brilliant Enemy series. The first Young Bond Book, Silverfin, was published in 2005 and the series has been translated into 24 different languages! The Enemy series, about Zombies and aimed at an older 11+ audience, is now into its third outing with The Fear. Find out more about Charlie’s books as well as some personal favourites that have influenced his writing to date.

Get Out! – Out and About Section

This is our section to help you get kids outside and enjoying the open air. Books on all kinds of activities can be unearthed here; gardening, exploring, bird-watching … you name it. Special mention this month goes to:

The Bumper Book of London Everything You Need to Know About London and More…

Becky Jones, Clare Lewis

(7+) Everything you need to know about London … and more! Great for the Olympics.


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The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick

Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield

(7+) Amazingly imaginative guide to all the things you can do with a stick! Genius.

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RSPB Children’s Guide to Birdwatching

David Chandler, Mike Unwin

(7+) Fascinating fact boxes and top tips for young bird watching enthusiasts.

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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots

Ivor Santer

(5+) Practical activities to do in the garden every month of the year, come rain or shine

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…Just One More Thing …

We can’t go without mentioning these two cracking books which have kept us turning pages in the office…

If you enjoyed Long Reach by Peter Cocks then don’t miss the sequel, Body Blow. It’s in our Undercover Reads section (because they’ll be sneaking in another chapter after lights-out!) and is a must for any thrill-seeking teen!

And whatever you do, don’t miss this month’s Free Prize Draws section brimming with exclusive prints, books, goody-bags and a free trip to the Zoo!…

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Happy Reading, and Happy Easter!

Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 5 -12 February 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012 TOP 10

Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
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This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
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Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
A cracking page-turning adventure that brings a new twist on Arthurian legend. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an …
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial! Olympic Poems – 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
All the excitement of the big games – and smaller ones too – is captured in this anthology of poems devoted to different aspects of sport and sporting events. There’s boasting and imagination in I am the Fastest, an understanding …
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Someone Else's Life Someone Else’s Life
Katie Dale
A totally gripping roller-coaster of a story about family secrets, relationships and deceit. It’s Jodi Picoult for teens and a wonderfully engaging debut from a talented young author who won the 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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Love Monster Love Monster
Rachel Bright
No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to …
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not …
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One Cool Cat One Cool Cat
Susannah Corbett
Meet One Cool Cat. He’s got it all: the swagger, the looks, the coolness, so what else could he possibly need? Certainly not luck – One Cool Cat puts this theory to the test as he walks under ladders and confidently breaks a …
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