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Children’s most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 15 – 21 June 09

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
Join Otto and his friends on a very special birthday day out – to the moon! A delightful pull-tab book that little readers will enjoy again and again. With an originality and quirkiness that makes it stand out from the …
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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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Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book) Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book)
Allan Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in …
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Extremely funny and wacky too, this crazy deep-sea caper is sure to have both parent and child in absolute stitches. Lots of bright bold artwork coupled with a great story make this a perfect read. …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
Winner of the Younger Children category – Red House Book Award 2009. This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is

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To The Beach To The Beach
Thomas Docherty
Docherty’s Little Boat has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal so we thought we’d introduce to you an earlier title of his that is equally captivating. Join a delightful little boy when he decides he wants to go …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Jake in Danger Jake in Danger
Annette Butterworth
Lovable Jake is an ordinary dog but with some very special qualities. Exciting stories written in easy-to-read texts with highly attractive illustrations make the Jake books perfect for first time readers. In Jake in Danger, Jake has to prove his …
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Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion
Sue Mongredien
Enter the magical world of Oliver Moon – junior Wizard extraordinaire. He’s smashing at spell-craft and tip-top at toad training and with him you’ll encounter some fantastic adventures full of gruesome details, extraordinary characters, comic exploits and more than a …
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Princess Ellie to the Rescue Princess Ellie to the Rescue
Diana Kimpton
Princess Ellie is pony-mad! And she’s fed up with being a princess! She’d much rather be riding one of her four gorgeous ponies. Full of authentic pony facts and sparkly princessy detail this series is sure to set the mind …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots Green Fingers and Muddy Boots
Ivor Santer
Children benefit immensely from spending time outdoors in the fresh air, and a great way to get them outside is to encourage an interest in their garden. This book presents fun and practical activities to do in the garden every …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney
A book to write yourself, this diary is filled with the prompts any reader needs to make their own Wimpy Kid Diary. Embarrassing, revealing or just plain funny, answering these questions will encourage all kinds of writing amid the jokes. …
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Bumper Book of Nature Bumper Book of Nature
Moss, Stephen
This is the book that will get you and your child out of the house (away from the computer games and the TV) and into the great outdoors seeking out all sorts of exciting things to do during Spring and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the …
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The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving
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The Thornthwaite Inheritance The Thornthwaite Inheritance
Gareth P Jones
Fans of mayhem, mishap and adventure who also themselves have a flair for the mischievously macabre and an appreciation of deadly whodunits will love this darkly gothic tale. In particular fans of Lemony Snicket, The Dragon Detective Agency, The Addams …
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The Medusa Project: The Set-Up The Medusa Project: The Set-Up
Sophie Mckenzie
This is not science fiction. Within the lifetime of children now the human race will have created new improved humans through genetic manipulation. Frightening but true. Here in the first of a thrilling roller-coaster adventure series you can join four teenagers, each …
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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
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Come On Danny (gr8 reads) Come On Danny (gr8 reads)
Andy Croft
Full of emotion and understanding but written in such a way that a struggling or reluctant reader will devour, Come On Danny is a hard hitting story describing the difficulties of dealing with life when everything goes wrong. Danny likes …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Killing God Killing God
Kevin Brooks
A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from the critically acclaimed Kevin Brooks. Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn’t fit in and she couldn’t care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it’s all God’s …
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award – the winner will be announced in July

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.

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Bloodchild Bloodchild
Tim Bowler
If you’re on the hunt for a book that will really grab you,
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Children’s Books – most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 8 – 14 June 2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Zoo: board book Dear Zoo: board book
Rod Campbell
An elephant is too heavy, a giraffe is too tall, a frog is too jumpy.
Hidden behind a flap, each new arrival that the zoo sends is a
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Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
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Can You Moo Too? Can You Moo Too?
David Wojtowycz
A big book which encourages all readers to join in with the noisy lion roaring, bouncy frogs croaking, baby bear growling, ducks quacking and cows moo-ing. Bright and lively illustrations make joining in fun!
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Extremely funny and wacky too, this crazy deep-sea caper is sure to have both parent and child in absolute stitches. Lots of bright bold artwork coupled with a great story make this a perfect read. …
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The Adventures of Scratch, Sniff and Mr Smith: Mr Smith Invents a Robot The Adventures of Scratch, Sniff and Mr Smith: Mr Smith Invents a Robot
Shibani Mohindra
Mr Smith Invents a Robot is a beautifully illustrated ‘smell and tell’ book, containing smells to encourage young and reluctant readers to enjoy the reading experience. Big, bold, colourful imagery fills every page and coupled with the great storyline and …
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To The Beach To The Beach
Thomas Docherty
Docherty’s Little Boat has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal so we thought we’d introduce to you an earlier title of his that is equally captivating. Join a delightful little boy when he decides he wants to go …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion
Sue Mongredien
Enter the magical world of Oliver Moon – junior Wizard extraordinaire. He’s smashing at spell-craft and tip-top at toad training and with him you’ll encounter some fantastic adventures full of gruesome details, extraordinary characters, comic exploits and more than a …
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Jake in Danger Jake in Danger
Annette Butterworth
Lovable Jake is an ordinary dog but with some very special qualities. Exciting stories written in easy-to-read texts with highly attractive illustrations make the Jake books perfect for first time readers. In Jake in Danger, Jake has to prove his …
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Princess Ellie to the Rescue Princess Ellie to the Rescue
Diana Kimpton
Princess Ellie is pony-mad! And she’s fed up with being a princess! She’d much rather be riding one of her four gorgeous ponies. Full of authentic pony facts and sparkly princessy detail this series is sure to set the mind …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney
A book to write yourself, this diary is filled with the prompts any reader needs to make their own Wimpy Kid Diary. Embarrassing, revealing or just plain funny, answering these questions will encourage all kinds of writing amid the jokes. …
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One Small Step One Small Step
Jerry Stone
For all space enthusiasts, this scrapbook created by 14 year old Mike is an inspiring collection of the best moon-landing memorabilia and mind-boggling photos, as well as being packed with the latest amazing space science and indeed the future of …
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Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the …
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The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving
about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year.
Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in
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Toby Alone Toby Alone
Timothee De Fombelle
Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in
Translation.
We think it’s an exciting, gripping fantasy story of a miniature
world under threat and a boy hunted by his own people. In a sentence, The Borrowers for the 21st Century. Be prepared …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a
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Come On Danny (gr8 reads) Come On Danny (gr8 reads)
Andy Croft
Full of emotion and understanding but written in such a way that a struggling or reluctant reader will devour, Come On Danny is a hard hitting story describing the difficulties of dealing with life when everything goes wrong. Danny likes …
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Classics Illustrated) Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Classics Illustrated)
Jules Verne
One of a range of marvellous comic books created in the ’50s and ’60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect Bound at a terrifically good value price.
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Bloodchild Bloodchild
Tim Bowler
If you’re on the hunt for a book that will really grab you,
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Nicholas Dane Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is …
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award.
From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for which …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 1 – 8 June 2009

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Can You Moo Too? Can You Moo Too?
David Wojtowycz
A big book which encourages all readers to join in with the noisy lion roaring, bouncy frogs croaking, baby bear growling, ducks quacking and cows moo-ing. Bright and lively illustrations make joining in fun!
If you’re looking for other great books …
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2
Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
Join Otto and his friends on a very special birthday day out – to the moon! A delightful pull-tab book that little readers will enjoy again and again. With an originality and quirkiness that makes it stand out from the …
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3
Dear Zoo: board book Dear Zoo: board book
Rod Campbell
An elephant is too heavy, a giraffe is too tall, a frog is too jumpy.
Hidden behind a flap, each new arrival that the zoo sends is a
wonderful surprise but never quite right. Until, at last, they send the
perfect pet…. This …
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The Adventures of Scratch, Sniff and Mr Smith: Mr Smith Invents a Robot The Adventures of Scratch, Sniff and Mr Smith: Mr Smith Invents a Robot
Shibani Mohindra
Mr Smith Invents a Robot is a beautifully illustrated ‘smell and tell’ book, containing smells to encourage young and reluctant readers to enjoy the reading experience. Big, bold, colourful imagery fills every page and coupled with the great storyline and …
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Elmer's Special Day Elmer’s Special Day
David Mckee
This book is a wonderful celebration not just of the fun that can be had when everyone “all joins in” but also of Elmer’s 20th birthday. It’s Elmer Day. In their excitement about getting ready for it, the elephants forget …
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On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A tender story about coming home at the end of a wonderful day out, for fathers and their toddlers to share together. The shared delight of a baby bear and its father is celebrated in each of the bold pictures, …
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Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion
Sue Mongredien
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Jake in Danger Jake in Danger
Annette Butterworth
Lovable Jake is an ordinary dog but with some very special qualities. Exciting stories written in easy-to-read texts with highly attractive illustrations make the Jake books perfect for first time readers. In Jake in Danger, Jake has to prove his …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney
A book to write yourself, this diary is filled with the prompts any reader needs to make their own Wimpy Kid Diary. Embarrassing, revealing or just plain funny, answering these questions will encourage all kinds of writing amid the jokes. …
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2
Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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3
One Small Step One Small Step
Jerry Stone
For all space enthusiasts, this scrapbook created by 14 year old Mike is an inspiring collection of the best moon-landing memorabilia and mind-boggling photos, as well as being packed with the latest amazing space science and indeed the future of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the …
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Why Eating Bogeys Is Good For You Why Eating Bogeys Is Good For You
Mitchell Symons
Why can’t you tickle yourself? What is the best way to cure hiccups? Why do buses travel in threes? Loads of questions with some highly entertaining answers fill this information book with a difference. Fun to read it is also …
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Shark Island Shark Island
David Miller
A thrilling adventure story set on a tropical island… When Hanna and Ned’s parents are kidnapped, they find themselves stuck on an island and in the greatest danger. Surrounded by jungle and sea have they any hope of escape? Using …
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The Name of this Book is Secret The Name of this Book is Secret
Pseudonymous Bosch
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The Reformed Vampire Support Group The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Catherine Jinks
A murder-mystery comedy of errors about a vampire ‘support group’. It’s the perfect introduction to the paranormal for young readers. …
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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
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award.

From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for which …
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Bloodchild Bloodchild
Tim Bowler
If you’re on the hunt for a book that will really grab you,
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Skim Skim
Mariko Tamaki
Stunningly drawn, this graphic novel brilliantly charts the deep and sometimes desperate conflicts and moods that prevail in teen years. Teenage witch Skim keeps a diary in which she records all her thoughts, hopes and fears. There’s the grief and …
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Children’s most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 24 – 30 October 2008

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Great Paper Caper The Great Paper Caper
Oliver Jeffers
Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and …
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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick …
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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition) Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)
Claire Freedman

Joint winner of the Richard and Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to even greater life by the addition of a CD to accompany the …
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Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell
Sue Mongredien
More magical mayhem from the junior wizard who is always getting himself into big trouble. Here it is no exception for when he tries a Grow-bigger spell on the cauldron he finds himself in very BIG trouble indeed. Great …
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Traction Man Is Here Traction Man Is Here
Mini Grey
Hurrah for Traction Man, the toy hero who, with his faithful side kick Scrubbing Brush, is up for adventures anytime and anyplace. They’ll tackle any challenge and bravely fight their way through to success. But, when Traction Man is given …
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The Ship's Kitten The Ship’s Kitten
Matilda Webb
A wonderfully heart-warming and funny story about a little kitten who is desperate to be a ship’s cat. Try as she might she’s ejected from boat after boat by other cats until that is, she finds herself on the biggest …
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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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Cosmo and the Secret Spell Cosmo and the Secret Spell
Gwyneth Rees
Brilliant spooky fun with plenty of giggles for both parent and child to enjoy as well as a fair dose of frightening goings on. What more do you need at halloween? …
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Storlax: The Power of the Deep Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
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The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
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Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: The New Girl Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: The New Girl
Meg Cabot
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Reavers' Ransom Reavers’ Ransom
Emily Diamand
Winner of The Times Children’s Fiction Competition, this original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly …
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Blade: Closing In Blade: Closing In
Tim Bowler
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Uncle Montague's Tales Of Terror Uncle Montague’s Tales Of Terror
Chris Priestley
Chris Priestley in his first book with Bloomsbury has written a book that is impossible to put down. Be warned however! The content is scary, no doubt about it. The book contains a series of short fast-paced horror stories, climaxing …
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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.
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’ ‘New Voices’ campaign which throughout …
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
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Louise Rennison
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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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Friday, October 24th, 2008

Age 0 – 5 Years

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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick …
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Julia Donaldson
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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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5+ readers

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Nut Cracker Nut Cracker
Jan Pienkowski
The enchantment of the Nutcracker story is beautifully captured in Jan Pienkowski’s glorious silhouettes. His white characters act out the story against beautifully coloured multi-layer backgrounds which are edged with silver trellis work that adds a touch of magic. Handsomely …
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Traction Man Is Here Traction Man Is Here
Mini Grey
Hurrah for Traction Man, the toy hero who, with his faithful side kick Scrubbing Brush, is up for adventures anytime and anyplace. They’ll tackle any challenge and bravely fight their way through to success. But, when Traction Man is given …
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Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell
Sue Mongredien
More magical mayhem from the junior wizard who is always getting himself into big trouble. Here it is no exception for when he tries a Grow-bigger spell on the cauldron he finds himself in very BIG trouble indeed. Great …
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7+ readers

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Storlax: The Power of the Deep Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
This is an epic children’s story, told with great humour, optimism and warmth. It will grip the reader not just because of the loveable fishy characters and exciting adventures but almost more so because it subtly shows us the impact …
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Cosmo and the Secret Spell Cosmo and the Secret Spell
Gwyneth Rees
Brilliant spooky fun with plenty of giggles for both parent and child to enjoy as well as a fair dose of frightening goings on. What more do you need at halloween? …
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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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9+ readers

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The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes …
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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools
Philip Caveney
This is a hilarious and swashbuckling adventure featuring the half human, half elf Sebastian Darke, a wannabe court jester, who discovers he’s not great at telling jokes!! Fans of Shrek and Terry Pratchett will love it for its wonderful humour …
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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3 Inkdeath: Inkheart 3
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is a magnificently …
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11+ readers

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Blade: Closing In Blade: Closing In
Tim Bowler
The second in the Blade series, this is another short, very accessible novel for teens. Pacy, gripping and packed with action, and a central character that’s incredibly engaging, even the most reluctant reader will devour it. Blade is on …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
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 new storyline. The characterisation is …
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Uncle Montague's Tales Of Terror Uncle Montague’s Tales Of Terror
Chris Priestley
Chris Priestley in his first book with Bloomsbury has written a book that is impossible to put down. Be warned however! The content is scary, no doubt about it. The book contains a series of short fast-paced horror stories, climaxing …
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14+ readers

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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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Sweet Sweet
Julie Burchill
Definitely for the older teenager, Burchill has written about a gritty, urban and larger than life world. It’s smart, funny, full of wit – the Julie Burchill trademark – and it really captures the life and soul of teenage angst …
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Sam Stern's Student Cookbook Sam Stern’s Student Cookbook
Sam Stern, Susan Stern
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Lovereading4kids top 10 Opening Extracts 2 – 9 October 2008

Friday, October 10th, 2008

 

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Cosmo and the Secret Spell Cosmo and the Secret Spell
Gwyneth Rees
Brilliant spooky fun with plenty of giggles for both parent and child to enjoy as well as a fair dose of frightening goings on.  What more do you need at halloween? …
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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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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick …
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The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes …
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Storlax: The Power of the Deep Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3 Inkdeath: Inkheart 3
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is a magnificently …
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
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Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell Oliver Moon And The Spider Spell
Sue Mongredien
More magical mayhem from the junior wizard who is always getting himself into big trouble. Here it is no exception for when he tries a Grow-bigger spell on the cauldron he finds himself in very BIG trouble indeed. Great …
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Do Try This At Home! Do Try This At Home!
Punk Science
Science without the boring bits.  Produced in association with the Science Museum Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. The book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs and is very …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
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 new storyline.  The characterisation is …
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