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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 11 – 18 September 2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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The Thousandth Floor The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: glamour | scandal | romance  Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut explores an age-old theme: money doesn’t make you …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to …
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month  Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He’s back in a new adventure just right for this time of year, the pages saturated in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets …
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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel Tom’s Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Philippa Pearce’s classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today’s readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to make the unbelievable – including travelling through time – …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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The London Eye Mystery The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
This was only Siobhan Dowd’s second novel but it’s clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Sadly, however she died in late 2007 so whatever you do don’t miss her four novels. Her first, A Swift Pure Cry, was shortlisted …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range for week ending 24 November

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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This Rabbit, That Rabbit This Rabbit, That Rabbit
Jane Porter
November 2013 Book of the Month  This rabbit, that rabbit…fat rabbit, flat rabbit – this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!).  A great way to introduce simple word play to young children to encourage early literacy. …
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Jolly Snow Jolly Snow
Jane Hissey
November 2013 Book of the Month    In the classic Old Bear, Jane Hissey’s stunning illustrations of the inhabitants of the toy cupboard are brought to life. Now they are back for a new adventure. This time they are waiting for …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Octopus's Garden Octopus’s Garden
Ringo Starr
November 2013 Book of the Month  Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell
Bbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in this touching and sensitive story about a little girl adjusting to a new way of life. Newly arrived from the city to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
Emma Chichester Clark
Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark.  She has carefully …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book.
The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted …
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Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow …
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
November 2013 Book of the Month    An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
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The Ransom of Dond The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented …
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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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
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Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY – 1st NOVEMBER  Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
November 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed with sketches, photos and captions.  It is a …
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The Midnight Dress The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee
The Midnight Dress weaves a mesmerising story of love, loss and longing to the very last page. Full of anger and tension and yet this is a novel to sit down with and admire the lyrical storytelling but prepare yourself …
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November email update

Monday, November 11th, 2013

It’s November (already!) and in the blink of an eye, the bonfire night fire-crackers will be replaced by gold and silver Christmas-crackers. We can’t put better jokes in them, sadly but, as Christmas looms large over a frosty horizon, let us warm your cockles and please your budget with some great-value gift ideas for little Christmas Elves of all ages! Start now and get yourself some silent nights! …

And while we’re talking presents, an extra gift to you this Christmas is FREE postage (2nd class) on all orders over £15. Now that’s a winter warmer worth taking advantage of!

November Books of the Month

Smashing reads for youngsters, from Tots & Toddlers to Teens and ‘Tweeners, with some very useful gift ideas along the way!

The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd (9+, 11+) – Our top pick of the month is a previously unreleased gem from a late, great writer. This dark, folk-tale of dark curses, superstition and bravery is enchanting, delightful, terrifying and dazzling. It’s brilliantly complemented by some truly stunning illustrations by talented illustrator Pam Smy.

The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams & Tony Ross (Baby & Toddler). Two remarkable talents collaborate to create a truly magnificent, warm, witty and wonderful story that is set to become a classic. Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort (3+) – Yep! THE Ringo Starr! A glorious picture-book adventure, based on Ringo’s very own Abbey Road pop classic.

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Author of the Month Sally Gardner

Fresh from winning this year’s Costa Award with Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner has not rested on her many laurels but has cracked on and written a captivating new novel for 14+ readers inspired by the fairytale, The Tinderbox. Tinder is a gripping, bloody and bold story telling how a young and romantic soldier finds true love by overcoming every kind of magic and trickery in the world through a mixture of bravery and cunning while also trying to hold fast to goodness and truth. You can discover this and all of her older titles in our special section.

Fresh Fall – November’s Debut of the Month

Just one this month but a real not to miss for any 11+ reader. The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens by Isobel Harrop.

Enchanting and poignant readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. This book is a must-have for all hipster teenagers and anyone who appreciates the raw creativity of youth.

 

First Signs? – Win Signed Firsts! …

By now you’re no stranger to our great big Signed First Edition Prize Draw. If not we’ve been giving you the chance to win some amazing cherish-for-life signed 1st editions of great books by big name children writers. What’s more, we’ve added lots of NEW titles like Patrick Ness and Julia Donadlson. But hurry as the the prize draws close at the end of the month. If you click here, you can find out what’s up for grabs. What are you waiting for?


Win, Win! – More November Free to Enter Prize Draws

You know we love a give-away at lovereading4kids! Here’s what else is in the prize drawer this month:

Dark Satanic Mills – a Book of the Month and a unique chance to win one of 10 limited edition signed prints to accompany this complex, dark and intriguing graphic novel.

It’s a Lovely Hoiliday with MaryWin the Mary Poppins Experience! – In the shadow of Disney’s imminent film “Saving Mr Banks”, we’re giving away a copy of the Essential Modern Classic version of Mary Poppins, as well as a BLU ray copy of the film. Click here to enter. Good Luck!

 


Ant and Bee are back!

Angela Banner first wrote Ant and Bee as a way to teach her son how to read. The first book in the series was published in 1950. Since then, Angela has written 22 Ant and Bee books.

Original author and creator Angela Banner has re-illustrated the Ant and Bee books and Egmont UK are proud to be bringing these cherished classics back into print in 2013. Discover more today.

Flavour of the Month is Michael Morpurgo

Yes. November is Michael Morpurgo month. A skilled writer, Morpurgo’s tales capture the heart and shine a unique light on the human condition. So much more(purgo) than War Horse, we are giving you the chance to get to know more(purgo) of his other writing and also to WIN exclusive signed copies.

Also linked to Armistice Michael Mopurgo will be reading extracts from his beloved novel, War Horse, at an event called Anthems For Peace is at the National Theatre, London, on Sunday 10th November. Find more information here and see our World War One Category of Books.


Great writers in Shorts

Chris Van Allsburg’s famous illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired for more than twenty-five years. Now, by award winning US authors, including Louis Sachar, Stephen King, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself, have reinterpreted them into 14 vivid short-stories. Each uses a different illustration as a starting point and between them they create an extraordinary collection that form a cohesive and captivating read. Get your copy today. Also makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

A Book To Tickle Your Curiosity…

Take real questions from inquisitive kids and get some well-loved national experts such as David Attenborough, Heston Blomenthal and Dame Kelly Holmes to answer them and you’ve got a great fun book that will amaze you and your kids.

The first was called Why Can’t I Tickle Myself and just out in this great series of books is Does My Goldfish Know Who I am? Both are perfect Christmas quiz books.

P.S. Finally any 11+ reader shouldn’t miss Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead that has recently beaten off stiff competition to win the Guardian Fiction Prize 2013 – find out more about the winner and the rest of the shortlist in our special section.

P.P.S – make reading a riot of laughs by having a look at all the shortlisted books for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – the winner will be announced 10 December.

Read on for more handpicked books in the age ranges you have let us know you wish to be kept unto date with. Click here to change any selections.
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 1 – 7 June 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Hullabaloo Hullabaloo
Gordon Volke
A wonderfully humorous picture storybook that kids will have great fun joining in with the animals. From a donkey called Drew, to hopping bunnies with grass to chew, this
rowdy group of animals at the zoo are making a hullabaloo! …
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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium.  Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created 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 …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader) The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Meet Trixy, Tammy and Trig, three little girl pirates who have a big adventure!  A delightful splash of ocean fun and adventure. Perfect for reading
aloud or for children to enjoy alone, with lots of bright funny
pictures, maps to …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending.  The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Parent Swap Shop The Parent Swap Shop
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do!  Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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Funnybones Funnybones
Allan Ahlberg
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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One Dog and His Boy One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house …
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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to live with their uncle, Emmanuel is put in charge. But, when you are …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s not essential to read the books in order but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King
Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly
Exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love adventure! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no
others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm, a
dark …
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Sky Hawk Sky Hawk
Gill Lewis
Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH….
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, …
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The Taming of Lilah May The Taming of Lilah May
Vanessa Curtis
This cleverly written novel is told with sensitivity and humour and introduces a new anti-heroine in Lilah May.  Clever and sassy Lilah is finding is hard to keep her anger under control but it’s only been like this since her …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick 

A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.  OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 29 Nov – 6 Dec 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as …
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Bathtime with Woof Bathtime with Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows

in the bath and the softness of the fluffy towel he dries himself on afterwards. All babies will love seeing themselves scrubbed …
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Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book) Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book)
Erin Ranson and Hannah Wood
Pull out the sliders on each page to reveal a brightly coloured animal of the rainforest. From a purple hummingbird to an orange-spotted gecko it will have lots of appeal and provide plenty of entertainment to children of 3+. It’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition) The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition)
Oliver Jeffers
Delicious pop-up spreads bring an interactive version of this popular story about a boy who loves books so much that he actually eats his way through them. An entertaining story about different ways of loving reading from an award winning …
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Explore, Dream, Discover Explore, Dream, Discover
Charlotte Samiec, Andrew Pinder
Put quite simply, if you’re looking for a travel diary, a memory-maker, a doodle pad, a story-storer, a brain-engager, a boredom-stopper, a kick-starter, an idea-waker, a picture-keeper, a captain’s log or simply a thought-provoking book then look no further than …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats …
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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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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
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS)
B. Strange
Ghosts, slime and a huge dose of humour is the order of the day in this terrific series for 8-12 year olds. James’ school has a paranormal problem but is he and his gang up to the challenge of finally …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated) A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 22 – 29 Nov 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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The Snowlies Find a Letter The Snowlies Find a Letter
Corinne Mellor, Ashe Ericksson
An absolutely enchanting pop-up story book. Enter a world of dark pine forests, purple skies and icy lakes. Children will fall in love with the magical snowlies – forest fairies – as they journey across the arctic to deliver a …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its

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The Snow Goose The Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Radio 4 Open Book listeners recently crowned The Snow Goose ‘The book most deserved to be re-read’ – the novel by Paul Gallico. It will be dramatised on Radio 4 in 2010
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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2
Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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New and Collected Poems for Children New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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Nation Nation
Terry Pratchett
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 th July 09

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby? What Shall we do with the Boo-hoo Baby?
Cressida Cowell
An entertaining story which will strike a chord with all parents! How can the animals stop the Boo Hoo baby from crying? Feeding him helps, as does bathing him and playing with him but, in the end, bedtime is the …
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Walk With Me! Walk With Me!
Stella Blackstone
Open the flaps to find out how different animals get about. Who can hop? A rabbit can hop. Who can glide? A snake can glide. Each spread shows a different country and the animals in it providing a perfect background …
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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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Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very …
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Quirky and original, this will be a real joy for both toddler and parent.  Full of kindness, Barry, a fish with the special attributes of fingers, uses his unusual feature to delight his friends. Fingers are good for all sorts …
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At the Seaside At the Seaside
Germano Zullo
An absolutely gorgeous large format board book.  Each spread is crammed full of fun and humorous illustrations.  You and your toddler can share in the excitement of finding one of the many characters in the book and follow that character …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Troll The Troll
Julia Donaldson
An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where he is meant to live. And the pirates are out …
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Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider Urgency Emergency! Injured Spider
Dosh Archer
A fun first read that no 5+ year old, who is just beginning to want more words on the page than a picture book offers, should miss.  It’s been a while since something as good as has been published for …
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Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf Urgency Emergency! Choking Wolf
Dosh Archer
The familiar characters from little Red Riding Hood are given an exciting new adventure in this entertaining and easy to read hospital drama. Everyone is afraid when the Big Bad Wolf  is brought into the hospital. Nurse Percy cowers under …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Master Crook's Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals Master Crook’s Crime Academy: Robbery For Rascals
Terry Deary
Welcome to the school where scoundrels save the day.  This is Robin Hood meets Oliver Twist in a laugh-out-loud new series from one of the most-loved children’s authors, Terry Deary.  With a cast of hilarious characters, witty asides and farcical …
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Cookie Cookie
Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson knows exactly the ways in which Beauty Cookson feels insecure. It’s hard enough fitting in at school where she’s horribly teased by the cool crowd, but she has even more difficulties at home where she seems …
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Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons Demon Defenders: Classroom Demons
Jake Lancing
Terrific comedy adventures with a footballing twist that are sure to be
loved by boys in particular as well as reluctant readers. These books
show that mischievousness doesn’t necessarily mean naughty!  The kids
are part of an anything-but-ordinary football team.  For starters each
kid …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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 subliminal message too and in Angel Cake it’s don’t judge …
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The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk he reinvents himself and begins to see …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
A stunning 6th and final episode, brings 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 the mountains and find the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days
Sue Limb
Brilliant fun, this is a roller coaster of a read as it swings effortlessly from the wild extremes of  total despair to absolute ecstasy capturing the trials and tribulations of Zoe and Chloe, best friends forever. Zoe and Chloe have …
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award 2009 and shortlisted for the . New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, …
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The Demon's Lexicon The Demon’s Lexicon
Sarah Rees Brennan
From its dramatic start when two boys are set on by a savage flock of ravens – with demons inhabiting the bird’s bodies – this is a thrilling and chilling adventure. Nick and Alan’s everyday life looks quite normal but …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
This is a remarkable and moving debut novel that was causing waves well before it was published.  The author has crafted a powerful and at times frightening tale that explores humanity’s unfailing desire not just to survive, but to live, …
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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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Megan Book One: The Biggest Decision of All Megan Book One: The Biggest Decision of All
Mary Hooper
Tender and thoughtful, Megan charts the welter of complex emotions Megan goes through from the moment she discovers she’s pregnant. At only fifteen she has to deal with the impossibly difficult choices that it throws up, as well as coping …
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July children’s summer reading

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Summer holidays are nearly upon us, and this month’s selection of books will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about all those wonderful things associated with this time of year – ice creams, beaches, swimming, and picnicking in the park. With our special Summer Reading section and some of the most prestigious children’s book awards just announced, finding amazing stories for children with Lovereading4kids is easy.

For services to the planet’s young readers – medal-winning books

Two of the most important prizes in the children’s book world were announced at the end of June, and you can see for yourselves why they won by downloading free Opening Extracts of both books here. You may have seen them on Lovereading4kids before, because we’ve been raving about them for yonks!

The Carnegie Medal was won posthumously for Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child, a fascinating novel about a boy who is simultaneously haunted by the body of a dead child he finds, and the troubles going on in his Northern Ireland home. It is sad but life affirming.

And the Greenaway Medal for Illustration went to the adorable Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner. Told in exquisite pictures, this is the story of a young hare with huge feet and a wonderful grandfather to help him realise how useful they are.

The judges said it was a particularly difficult decision to make on both awards for the quality of the shortlist was so strong. We have the full shortlist in our Prize Winners section so if you’ve not yet checked out the shortlist then why not go there now.  You can also find the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award for best debut there too, the winner of which will be announced later this month.

A bulging basket of Books of the Month

For fear of running out of breath and collapsing in an excited heap on the floor when telling you about our Books of the Month I’ll be brief but rest assured these are some of the very best children’s books out there at the moment. For toddlers there’s a funny fish called Barry who has fingers, for slightly older children a new Julia Donaldson featuring a troll, for 7+ there’s the delightfully named, The Boy in the Dress and for 9+ there’s Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s unputdownable Cosmic. A new series launch for 11+ readers from the hugely popular Sophie Mckenzie, The Medusa Project has been eagerly awaited and doesn’t disappoint and last but by no means least a superbly evocative historical romance/mystery for 14+ readers What I saw and how I Lied, a coming of age novel set just after WW2 in America. So download some Opening Extracts and see which piques your child’s enthusiasm. To view all our Books of the Month together, just click here.

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First time lucky (and enormously talented) – Debuts of the Month

The Undrowned Child

Michelle Lovric

9+ Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, this wonderful adventure set in a troubled 20th century Venice is a stunning debut.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

11+ A fresh and riveting take on the zombie genre from a very talented new author, Carrie Ryan.

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Escape from Shadow Island

Paul Adam

9 +High octane adventure about an ordinary schoolboy who by night wows crowds as an escapologist. But can he discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance.

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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts

Emma Kennedy

The humour shines through in this debut brilliantly. The heroin is enormously funny, feisty, cheeky and charming.

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Jiggy McCue – the off-the-wall hero is our Series of the Month

The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence has had boys and girls laughing their socks off with his peculiar misadventures for nearly a decade. Jiggy is a very odd 11-year-old who seems to encounter supernatural goings on wherever he goes! And now there’s a new collection of stories, One for All and All for Lunch – each told by a different character from the Jiggy stories. It’s a real treat for existing fans or indeed for any 8+ reader who is new to Jiggy it’s the perfect introduction. But you have been warned, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Beat the crowds – Exclusive Pre-Publication Books

The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer (Vol One)

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages. You’ll be in awe of the creator when you see it. Check out a sneak preview now.

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal and the final denouement will satisfy all.

Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives

In the first book of a brand new series, a scholarship student Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy – but what sinister secrets are some of the other students sitting on? Knowing too much could prove deadly… Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

Get some rhymes in their minds

Poetry is definitely in. It can be fun, silly, clever, or goose-bump raising; it helps learning and memory and builds confidence when read aloud. It could even inspire your own children to start writing themselves.

With this in mind, we’ve picked two classic anthologies by John Foster for your children to get hooked on: School’s Out and Excuses, Excuses – both bestselling hilarious anthologies and very timely for the time of year.

So pick a few of this colourful array, sit down with your children and find out whether there’s a free Opening Extract that really gets them excited to find out what happens next.

Book Goodies galore to win this month

Finally, don’t forget about our Prize Draw page – there are as ever lots of prizes to be won including Benefit cosmetics for What I saw and How I Lied, lots of Clarice Bean goodies and signed copies of titles too numerous to mention.

Happy summer reading from the Lovereading4kids team of Julia, Louise, Steve and Peter.

Most popular Children’s Opening Extracts, by age range, 23 Feb – 1 Mar

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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My Mum! My Mum!
Beth Shoshan
From the same author that brought us the charmingly funny My Dad! – we now have My Mum! – who is rather silly but simply lovely. Guarenteed to put a smile on your child’s face. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated Edition Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Illustrated Edition
Lewis Carroll
Abundantly illustrated with warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury, the memorable cast of characters are to be found in all their glory here in this edition, from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. …
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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Malice Malice
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The 13 Treasures The 13 Treasures
Michelle Harrison
Winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2009.

This is an enchanting and at times terrifying debut that’s beautifully written. 13 year old Tanya and her mother have an uneasy relationship so for part of the summer she is despatched …
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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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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Numbers Numbers
Rachel Ward
A tough, teenage novel about being different. Jem’s life has been hard from the beginning and it is not made any easier by her dangerous secret; every time she looks into a person’s eyes, she sees the date on which …
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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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Matty Takes Off! Matty Takes Off!
Miriam Moss
A delightful pair of bear siblings, Matty and Milly make a delightful duo. Matty likes everything to be just-so. He is as neat and tidy as his sister Milly is not. In Matty’s house, everything has its own place but, …
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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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Brilliant Billy Does His Bit Brilliant Billy Does His Bit
Simon Hutton
An entertaining story about how one boy gets so absorbed in the effect of the Second World War on ordinary people’s lives that he begins to do things in the same way. When the teacher describes how people managed by …
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Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure
Amanda Wood
This lavish account of Darwin’s life and of the voyage of the Beagle from 1831 to 1836 provides the most detailed but accessible account for children about Darwin, his discoveries and a part of his life that was so important …
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The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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3
Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd  

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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