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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books by age range 19 – 26 May 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Noisy House The Very Noisy House
Julie Rhodes
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – now out in paperback A dog barking, a cat meowing, a baby screaming – all of these are set off in a chain reaction when the little old lady who lives …
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It Wasn't Me It Wasn’t Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT!  When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple …
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Bing: Something for Daddy Bing: Something for Daddy
Ted Dewan
With short, repetitive texts, bold, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing offers both parent and child an enjoyable reading experience and a simple, reassuring guiding principle – that, whatever happens, it’s just a Bing thing, a normal occurrence, and nothing …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson
May 2014 Book of the Month  Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; …
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Up For The Cup Up For The Cup
Simon Bartram
A brilliant story of the unbreakable football bond between father and son, interspersed with essential football facts – strips, goal-celebrations and more – plus famous footballers to spot. …
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A is for Awesome A is for Awesome
Dallas Clayton
A Is for Awesome is an alphabet book with an edge.  Bursting with colour, energy and life, each spread offers a rhythmic phrase and an abundance of artwork illustrating the featured letter. The message of dreaming big and living life …
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Queen Sardine Queen Sardine
Kate Willis-Crowly
May 2014 Debut of the Month   A brilliantly quirky and humourous story with illustrations throughout.  What’s more surprising than finding a cat in your bath…? Finding a talking cat in your bath, particularly when your mum won’t let …
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The Moonshine Dragon The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself …
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come …
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The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon
David Almond
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Aliens Stink! Aliens Stink!
Stephen Cole
How would you feel if you suddenly came face to face with an alien? Tim is used to being bullied at school for all kinds of reasons but can he stand up to aliens? When Tim is kidnapped and taken …
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Meeting Cezanne Meeting Cezanne
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
This is a gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy’s summer in 1960s rural Provence. This book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by one of France’s finest illustrators. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
May 2014 Book of the Month  A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin …
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World
Nigel Smith
May 2014 Debut of the Month  Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World is a genuinely laugh-out-loud story for 9+ readers, with tons of heart, and with a theme that every child can relate. After all we …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Glass Bird Girl The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
May 2014 Debut of the Month  An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering exactly what is happening …
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Smart Smart
Kim Slater
A truly astonishing debut novel affecting, uplifting and beautifully written, Kim Slate has created an unforgettable hero in Kieran Woods, whose internal deliberation and astute observations will make any reader desperate to see him succeed in his mission for justice. …
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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
May 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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Seven Second Delay Seven Second Delay
Tom Easton
May 2014 Book of the Month  A story that crackles with tension as Mila tries to outwit her captors whose technology has her in their grip. Living on Isles, a vividly imagined futuristic world, Mila had hoped to find a …
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
The movie of The Fault in Our Stars is due for release on 20 June 2014 – read the book before you see the film!  Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 21 – 28 Feb 2010

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Like Fruit I Like Fruit
Lorena Siminovich
This is one of the most beautiful and touchy feely books I’ve seen for babies and toddlers for a while. Each spread depicts a colour and a fruit; for example, a strawberry and alongside it, the words and pictures of …
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I Like Bugs I Like Bugs
Lorena Siminovich
A delightful touchy-feely counting book that depicts numbers and bugs through collage. Whilst looking at some wonderfully vibrant insects as your toddler progresses through the book he/she can also begin to learn to count the number of insects on each …
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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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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Don't Want to Go! Don’t Want to Go!
Shirley Hughes
In her warm and readily recognisable illustrations, award winning illustrator Shirley Hughes always captures the small but important details of how young children feel.
When Mum is ill one day, Dad says Lily has to go to Melanie’s house, but Lily …
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Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very
lonely… until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different
from the huge dragon, Bird somehow changes Sylvia’s life …
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Blue Chameleon Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
Bob, the much loved Man on the Moon, is back in a

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The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone
Judy Blume
The Pain (aka Jake Porter) is six years old. His sister, The Great
One (aka Abigail Porter), is eight. Like any siblings, they drive each
other mad but they have fun adventures. In funny, warm and characterful
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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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Winner of the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
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 …
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The Minivers on the Run The Minivers on the Run
Natalie Jane Prior
This terrific new series for newly confident readers is action-packed and based around two irresistibly appealing characters – the glamorous Miniver sisters. They’re rich, they’re famous and they’re only two foot tall. Adopted at birth by the King of Artemesia, …
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The Badness of Ballydog The Badness of Ballydog
Garrett Carr
Can a town be full of badness? When Ewan is moved there against his will he can feel the force of something coming. Something unknown but something to be feared. May knows it too, and Andrew. Will anyone believe the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Little Darlings Little Darlings
Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling Jacqueline Wilson tells a fairy tale story of the unlikely intertwining of two very different families against a strong and realistic background. Destiny is growing up poor with her mum who does three jobs and struggles to pay the …
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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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London Deep London Deep
Robin Price, Paul McGrory
This is a terrifically atmospheric page-turning adventure told through words and comic art. Set in the near future, in a flooded London where rival police forces – one for adults and one for kids – compete to keep the peace, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Time Riders Time Riders
Alex Scarrow
This is a thrilling action adventure which hurtles across time and place at breakneck speed. Three children are on the bring of death: Liam is about to drown as the Titanic sinks in 1912, Maddy is on an aeroplane fitted …
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Day of the Assassins Day of the Assassins
Johnny O’Brien
A thrilling war-time adventure that is a perfect mix of historical
fact and fictional adventure, in which two boys are swept back in time
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The Returners The Returners
Gemma Malley
The Returners is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller from the author of the equally provocative futuristic novels, The Declaration and The Resistance. What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see? This powerful …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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No and Me No and Me
Delphine de Vigan
Deeply moving, this is the touching story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds whose friendship raises huge questions about what concepts of home and family really mean. Lou is bright and successful at school but her home is unhappy …
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Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
A teen romance with a twist of danger and the supernatural told with a sure touch that makes it a headlong read from start to finish. Typical teenager Ethan is bored by his life growing

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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it. It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 4 – 11 November 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Arlo Needs Glasses Arlo Needs Glasses
Barney Saltzberg
This inventive, interactive picture book will charm young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit as the reader gets to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem of not being able to see …
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The Jolly Christmas Postman The Jolly Christmas Postman
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
First groundbreaking and now classic, this Twentieth Birthday celebratory edition of the Ahlbergs’ second interactive book about The Jolly Postman will be a treat for a new generation of families. With Christmas coming, the Jolly Postman is off on his …
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The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
One of the best-loved stories about what makes a child’s toy ‘real’ and how becoming real is the dearest wish of all toys in the nursery. When the handsome Velveteen Rabbit, with his spotted brown and white coat and ears …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
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Look at Me Look at Me
Francesca Simon
Honey needs to gather all her courage to try skating on the slippery, slidy ice. All the other animals in Buffin Street get the hang of it. Can Honey? A perfect beginning read for all those who like to test …
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Wonderful Earth! Wonderful Earth!
Nick Butterworth
Wonderful Earth is the story of the creation of this wonderful world in which we live. Terrifically interactive with pop-ups, split pages and peep holes it will give the reader aged 5 and above hours of entertainment on their own …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery
Simon Bartram
A must-have for all fans of Bob, the very much loved man in the moon, who is back for a brilliantly entertaining new adventure. Bob knows every inch of the moon which he looks after so carefully. Imagine his surprise …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Alien Schoolboy's Z-A Guide to Earthlings Alien Schoolboy’s Z-A Guide to Earthlings
Ros Asquith
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, this hilarious series goes from strength to strength.
In this forth title, The Aliens exploration of earthlings’ speech reveals the foibles of the English language – capturing the ridiculous things that are said…and revealing …
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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure that he won’t like it because …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning Sharon Creech tells a heart warming and delicate story of unexpected connections that lead to great happiness when they are unravelled. Friends Lizzie and Naomi, both of whom are orphans, meet Finn, a mysterious boy who seems to come …
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
A piece of Passion from the Publisher: We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery. It genuinely takes a lot to make me …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cloud Hunters The Cloud Hunters
Alex Shearer
In this thrilling and thought provoking adventure fantasy set in a world without water, the Cloud Hunters are vital for the community’s survival. Setting out on their missions, they track down the clouds and bring the water home. It’s a …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds

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Annabel Pitcher
Winner of the 2012 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding debut novel.
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New Children’s Books for September

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Summer is drawing to a close, in fact for some of us Autumn is well and truly with us so as you return from your holidays, spare a thought for the characters created by September baby William Golding in Lord of The Flies, who are still stuck on their tropical island! Also born in September was legendary detective novelist, Agatha Christie. Well, we’ve been doing some detecting of our own, hard on the case to find a great list of suggested reads for kids of all ages as they get ready to go back to school. Hope you and the children enjoy selecting your reading choices as much as we have done choosing them!

Our Magical Author of the Month – Cornelia Funke

cfcfUntil now, possibly best known in the UK for her Inkheart series, our multi award-winning author of the month in September is the fabulously named magical reality wizard, Cornelia Funke. She has written much, much more than just the Inkheart books, however, and her other titles – brimming with rich fantasy and adventure – are all well worth a look for readers of 8 upwards. However, what she has just completed and is published globally on 15th September is Reckless. 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 original and utterly compelling and we do urge any child of 11+ (and even adults) to experience the storytelling power of Cornelia Funke. Just go to the site and have a browse. It’s so good we’ve also made it our MEGA Book of the Month so get onto Lovereading and check it out!

Books of the Month

September’s basket is crammed with fantastic books for kids of all ages and with our easy to use site, you’ll be able to find something in seconds! Eddie’s Toolbox is our favourite picture book of the month for 3+ year olds whilst for older readers Slog’s Dad by the multi-award winning David Almond is also the talk of the office.

Wild at Heart! – Illustrator of the Month, Catherine Rayner

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Out of This World! Our Guest Editor – Simon Bartram

Simon Bartram is the creator of the loveable Bob, The Man on The Moon and a number of other must reads too for children. Bob is, of course, the man who goes to the moon every day and keeps it tidy for the tourists! Bob is beginning to be quite important in this Universe: already there are two picture books about him, also some longer books about his adventures with his new friend Barry – these short chapter books are perfect for 6+ year olds, and now there’s even a play about him. We are featuring all his books on the site so have a browse, fall in love with Bob and get your kids hooked! In addition, Simon has very kindly agreed to be our Guest Editor this month and to share with you some of the fabulous books by other authors that have inspired him in his life so far. Take a peek.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

Foxly’s Feast

Owen Davey

A visual treat for children aged 3+. Foxly is hunting for things to include in his feast. He visits the farmyard, the fish pond and the rabbit’s burrow. It looks like the animals are in danger, but there’s more to Foxly than meets the eye!

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Alex Keller

This is a ‘Steampunk’ adventure by debut author Alex Keller. It’s packed with murderous inventions, two desperate runaways and one mad dad! Readers of 10+ looking for an exciting plot full of twists and turns will love it!

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H.I.V.E Series by Mark Walden – Our Series of the Month

hiveOur featured series of the month in September is the wonderfully gripping H.I.V.E series. When you know that ‘H.I.V.E’ stands for ‘Higher Institute of Villainous Education’, it is easy to imagine the wonderful world that author Mark Waldon has created, and the page-turning adventures within it. The stories all centre around young Otto Malpense and his fellow students of villainy as they set off on several page-turning adventures from arctic training to global domination. You’ll love these books and so will your kids!

Skullduggery in our Competition?

sdpYes, actually! We are running a great competition all this month with lots of book ghoodies to give away especially the latest book in the Skullduggery Pleasant series Mortal Coil. If you already haven’t met Skullduggery Pleasant, he is a wise-bracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (all for the greater good, of course!) – oh, yeah and he’s also dead! He is accompanied on his adventures by the wonderfully blunt and outspoken Stephanie, his 12 year old sidekick. These brilliant books by Derek Landy are multi-award winning fiction for kids aged 9+. We have signed copies of the lastest in the series and great T-shirts to give away, so look out for them at Lovereading4kids.co.uk!

Have A Scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl Day In 2010!

Finally, September 13th is Roald Dahl Day (but feel free to celebrate any time you like throughout September!). There are hundreds of events happening all around the country to get kids celebrating the World’s No.1 storyteller (see for yourself at http://www.roalddahlday.info/). We at Lovereading are wholeheartedly supporting this annual initiative and will have some Roald Dahl goodie bags to give away teeming with some of his books.

And it doesn’t end there. You can get your school involved too. Does your classroom or library have what it takes to be Roald Dahl Revolting Readers? Join the Roald Dahl Reading Relay today!

“The WHAT?“

The challenge is for kids to read three Roald Dahl books between September and December 2010. All participants can download a Roald Dahl Reading Relay Diary and, on completion of reading three Roald Dahl books, an ‘I’m a Roald Dahl Revoting Reader’ certificate! You can download everything you need to get started, as well as the Roald Dahl Challenge calendar at www.roalddahl.com

Easy Peasy! Especially as once you’ve read one of Roald Dahl’s fantastic books, you’ll want to read them all!

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 28 Feb – 7 Mar 2010

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
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Playtime (Slip and Slide Book) Playtime (Slip and Slide Book)
Maureen Roffey
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Lorena Siminovich
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The Heart and the Bottle The Heart and the Bottle
Oliver Jeffers
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Shirley Hughes
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Jeanne Willis
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Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball
Nathan, Helen
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The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone
Judy Blume
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Winner of the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Jo Nesbo
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Raven Mysteries 3: Lunatics and Luck Raven Mysteries 3: Lunatics and Luck
Marcus Sedgwick
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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.
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Little Darlings Little Darlings
Jacqueline Wilson
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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus
K.A.S. Quinn
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I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend
Cora Harrison
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Alex Scarrow
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Pseudonymous Bosch
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Drawing with Light Drawing with Light
Julia Green
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The Facts of Life The Facts of Life
Joanna Nadin
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No and Me No and Me
Delphine de Vigan
Deeply moving, this is the touching story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds whose friendship raises huge questions about what concepts of home and family really mean. Lou is bright and successful at school but her home is unhappy …
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Children’s Book – Most popular by Age range, 31 Jan – 7 Feb 2010

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Lorena Siminovich
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Lorena Siminovich
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I Love You, Little Bear I Love You, Little Bear
Claire Freedman, Gavin Scott
Little Bear loves to go exploring with his mummy and as they do so they discover new places and meet new friends. This is a wonderful story about love and the importance of friendships. …
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Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009
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Blue Chameleon Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he …
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For Just One Day For Just One Day
Laura Leuck, Marc Boutavant
Everyone’s dreams are brought to life in this wonderful world of make believe as a child thinks of all the things she’d like to be – just for one day. A buzzing bee, a creeping crocodile, a bunny rabbit, a …
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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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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
Bob, the much loved Man on the Moon, is back in a new adventure for beginner readers. As ever, he doesn’t believe in aliens! But when it looks as if he might lose his head after he tinkers with a …
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The General The General
Michael Foreman
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman’s very first book is beautifully reissued in this 50th anniversary edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, …
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
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 …
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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1) The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1)
Lemony Snicket
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the …
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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.
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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.
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Lucy Christopher
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
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Time Riders Time Riders
Alex Scarrow
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The Returners The Returners
Gemma Malley
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My So-Called Afterlife My So-Called Afterlife
Tamsyn Murray
A wonderful debut novel which, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny, is full of insights, compassion, and love. Fifteen-year-old Lucy has been stuck in the men’s loo ever since she was murdered there six months ago. No one has been …
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Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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Jaclyn Dolamore
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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it. It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 Sep 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Flip Flap Flop Flip Flap Flop
Mary Cartwright
Perfect for ‘reading’ in the bath; penguins slip and slide, swim and glide and flip and flap agreeably through the pages.
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That’s not my…’ series help an owner to know more about an animal. In That’s Not My Frog, the frog’s …
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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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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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym. Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Roald Dahl
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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
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Michael Morpurgo
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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary
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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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Conn Iggulden
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Graham Marks
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John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
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Josh Lacey
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Charlie Higson
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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
Part one of a powerful historical fantasy full of politics, magic and enchantment. The Healing Wars tells of the unusual powers of fifteen year old orphan, Naya. In a world where many have special power, Naya stands out from the …
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Keith Gray
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Suzanne Collins
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B R Collins
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Ian Beck
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Monday, September 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
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Emily Hawkins
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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
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Gillian Shields
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Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
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Roald Dahl
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Steve Alton
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Simon Bartram
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Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
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John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
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Cathy Macphail
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Wishing for Tomorrow Wishing for Tomorrow
Hilary Mckay
A new chapter to the story of Sara Crew has been cleverly crafted by Hilary McKay who picks up the threads at Miss Minchin’s after Sara has left and, in particular, the loneliness of Sara’s friend Ermengarde who is teased …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.
Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into …
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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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Airhead: Being Nikki Airhead: Being Nikki
Meg Cabot
Step right into the celebrity life of teenage supermodel Nikki. Apparently the golden girl of the catwalk Nikki looks like an absolute airhead but that’s just the surface. Underneath there’s nerdy Emmerson Watts who somehow got trapped in the wrong …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Aug 09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is my Duck This is my Duck
Felicity Brooks
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed …
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Where's Spot? (Board Book) Where’s Spot? (Board Book)
Eric Hill
This chunky board book edition of Eric Hill’s classic first lift-the-flap book receives a new brightly coloured cover. The simple text and colourful pictures will engage pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot. A No.1 bestseller …
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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
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 what happens after Lonely sends …
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Gruff the Grump Gruff the Grump
Steve Smallman
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing …
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Call Me Gorgeous Call Me Gorgeous
Giles Milton
Stunning illustrations show the most arresting features of all sorts of animals – the pointy teeth of a crocodile and the long curving neck of a flamingo – all of which are fitted together to create a wonderful invented creature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Henry's House: Egyptians Henry’s House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and …
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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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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Exciting moon adventures for Bob, the man on the moon, and his dog Barry. Bob’s job is to look after the moon but it isn’t always easy especially when the magician Alacazamo suddenly makes it disappear! Can Bob and Barry …
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The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer - Vol One The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer – Vol One
Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined. If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.

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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a

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Wolven Wolven
Di Toft
A howlingly hairy summer adventure – Picture a boy, his eccentric grandparents and a pet dog that is a kind of special werewolf in reverse, all living on the edge of a strange and eerie wood. Now imagine that this …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Missing, Believed Crazy Missing, Believed Crazy
Terence Blacker
Fun to read, this is a cleverly constructed narrative of different voices all telling their version of the same story. Students at Cathcart College, an exclusive boarding school, plan a novel way of raising money for charity. The kidnapping is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Grass Grass
Cathy Macphail
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.
Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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Friday, November 28th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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My First Nursery Stories My First Nursery Stories
Tony Ross
 
Best loved, classic nursery stories are vividly brought to life in Tony Ross’s humorous and vigorous illustrations. Follow the charmingly agile goats as they trip-trott over the bridge having dispatched the hairy troll SPLASH into the river with a well-aimed …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants …
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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
Julia Donaldson
Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create …
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, …
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)
Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon was one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone
Jenny Nimmo
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he …
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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The Number 7 Shirt The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it’s likely to attract less keen readers but readers who may have a passion for football. His heroes …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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The Carbon Diaries 2015 The Carbon Diaries 2015
Saci Lloyd
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015.  It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous
Katherine Kingsley
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens!  As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted.  If you’re up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the …
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