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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids, by age range, 22 – 19 March 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Need a Wee! I Need a Wee!
Sue Hendra
Sure to appeal to toddlers and very young children given Alan the Bear has the same problem that many young children also have.  That of having too many other exciting things to do even when they need a wee! A …
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Missing Jack Missing Jack
Rebecca Elliott
Jack is just a lovely cat: not snooty, like some; never angry; fun to play with! As Jack gets older though, it’s like he’s fading away. When Jack dies, his family have a little funeral for him, and – after …
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What's Your Favourite Animal? What’s Your Favourite Animal?
Eric Carle
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Alex Crow The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
March 2015 Book of the Month  Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here again he puts adolescent boys …
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Under My Skin Under My Skin
James Dawson
****James Dawson is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, Non Pratt, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed to be lively …
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I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in a story that is romantic, tragic, funny and profound. Twins Noah and Jude live their lives in the shadow of each other. They are very different …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
March 15 Book of the Month  Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble it up by slipping …
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Robot Rumpus Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category  A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well …
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Hogs Hate Hugs! Hogs Hate Hugs!
Tiziana Bendall-Brunello
Can Little Hog avoid all the hugs that everyone wants to give him? And does he really want to?? As the smallest and most huggable creature in the forest, Little Hog gets Big Hugs, Slow Hugs, Hopping-Quick Hugs and sometimes, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Bob Hartman
Bored with life as a sheep – and especially bored with the food on offer –  Little Sheep makes a bold but very, very foolish decision that being a wolf would be more fun. But, when she is invited home …
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Creaturepedia Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month – Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece  Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and …
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A Walk in Paris A Walk in Paris
Salvatore Rubbino
Illustrator Salvatore Rubbino brings Paris alive in this brilliant sequel to A Walk in New York and A Walk in London. A young girl and her grandfather set out to explore Paris. There is so much to look at and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost
Pamela Butchart
Welcome to Wigglesbottom Primary and the first book in what should become a very popular series for new readers.  There are three stories here, each one describing the kind of event that all primary school children will be familiar with, …
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Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan
March 2015 Debut of the Month The Dark Ages – ‘the bit of history that was left behind after the Romans left’ according to the author – provides the setting for a story of resourceful peasants up against villainous greedy …
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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Nowhere Emporium The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s …
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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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The Honest Truth The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
March 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Mark is running away from home. He’s taking his dog Beau with him, and is heading for Mount Rainier. He’s prepared really well, no-one and nothing – certainly not the cancer that …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Apple and Rain Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
****Holly Smale is appearing alongside Arabella Weir in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone …
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a new home in rainy Washington. They’ve not even been there one night before something creepy makes its presence felt, to Paige at least. We the reader …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Glory The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse …
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Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal What does freedom really mean? Tanya Landman pushes back against all kinds of prejudice in this action-packed, emotionally rich and vividly told story about one girl’s struggle to find out. When Charley is freed from …
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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids. 8 – 15 March 2015

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Need a Wee! I Need a Wee!
Sue Hendra
Sure to appeal to toddlers and very young children given Alan the Bear has the same problem that many young children also have.  That of having too many other exciting things to do even when they need a wee! A …
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What's Your Favourite Animal? What’s Your Favourite Animal?
Eric Carle
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather …
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Counting Counting
Aino-Maija Metsola
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike.
And there’s a equally bright and bold companion …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Alex Crow The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
March 2015 Book of the Month  Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here again he puts adolescent boys …
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Thinner Than Water Thinner Than Water
Sue Hampton
A thought provoking, fascinating and completely captivating book about the importance of family, self awareness and self belief. Kim and Fizzy, both 15 years old, (one fiercely independent and sharply witty and the other earnest, kind and thoughtful) are totally …
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Under My Skin Under My Skin
James Dawson
March 15 Book of the Month   A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes your attention from the very first page and refuses to let go until the last. 17 year old Sally, quiet and careful good girl meets …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Robot Rumpus Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category  A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well …
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling Julia Donaldson has created a new story for the popular Princess Mirror-Belle in this gorgeously glittery book. Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She’s just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot …
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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
March 15 Book of the Month  Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble it up by slipping …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Creaturepedia Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month – Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece  Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Bob Hartman
Bored with life as a sheep – and especially bored with the food on offer –  Little Sheep makes a bold but very, very foolish decision that being a wolf would be more fun. But, when she is invited home …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the …
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Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan
March 2015 Debut of the Month The Dark Ages – ‘the bit of history that was left behind after the Romans left’ according to the author – provides the setting for a story of resourceful peasants up against villainous greedy …
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13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Dreamsnatcher The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take …
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Cage of Roots A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
March 2015 Book of the Month  Welcome back Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek and the only supermodel in the world who repeats the entire periodic table when stressed. For those not in the know, this is the fourth book about Harriet, …
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Northern Lights Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Beneath The Beneath
S. C. Ransom
An adrenaline fuelled opening plunges readers into a compelling and tense thriller. Lily is loitering on the platform of an underground station – with no signal it’s a refuge from her cyberbullies – when a girl comes running down the …
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The Storm The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to survive a devastating apocalypse brought about by a killer contagion …
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The Glory The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse …
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Top 3 books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 March 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's Your Favourite Animal? What’s Your Favourite Animal?
Eric Carle
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather …
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Guess How Much I Love You Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney
March 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling and glorious Guess How Much I love you has delighted children – and adults – for a quarter of a century. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare want to tell each other just …
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Baby's Very First Cloth Book Baby’s Very First Cloth Book
Fiona Watt
March 15 Book of the Month  Cloth books are the perfect thing to tuck into baby’s buggy or cot, a lovely way to introduce the very, very young to books, and perfect for sharing. Bright colours and silky soft pages …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hogs Hate Hugs! Hogs Hate Hugs!
Tiziana Bendall-Brunello
Can Little Hog avoid all the hugs that everyone wants to give him? And does he really want to?? As the smallest and most huggable creature in the forest, Little Hog gets Big Hugs, Slow Hugs, Hopping-Quick Hugs and sometimes, …
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling Julia Donaldson has created a new story for the popular Princess Mirror-Belle in this gorgeously glittery book. Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She’s just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot …
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Mr Super Poopy Pants Mr Super Poopy Pants
Rebecca Elliott
An older brother looks affectionately at his baby brother despite the fact that he is very far removed from the super-hero he is hoping for! Instead, this little one has only one skill – he can fill a nappy! …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Creaturepedia Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month
Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and incredible creatures which live all around the world. Grouped under unusual heading such as ‘The masters of camouflage’, …
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Eugene Trivizas
This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the …
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2
13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
Download free opening extract
3
Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan
March 2015 Debut of the Month The Dark Ages – ‘the bit of history that was left behind after the Romans left’ according to the author – provides the setting for a story of resourceful peasants up against villainous greedy …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
Download free opening extract
2
The Dreamsnatcher The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take …
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
March 2015 Book of the Month  Welcome back Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek and the only supermodel in the world who repeats the entire periodic table when stressed. For those not in the know, this is the fourth book about Harriet, …
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A Cage of Roots A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Glory The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse …
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin …
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The Beneath The Beneath
S. C. Ransom
An adrenaline fuelled opening plunges readers into a compelling and tense thriller. Lily is loitering on the platform of an underground station – with no signal it’s a refuge from her cyberbullies – when a girl comes running down the …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Grasshopper Jungle Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – One of the Lovereading4kids Readers’ Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for 15+ due to explicit content   Across a huge canvass …
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The Alex Crow The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
March 2015 Book of the Month  Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here again he puts adolescent boys …
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Under My Skin Under My Skin
James Dawson
March 15 Book of the Month   A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes your attention from the very first page and refuses to let go until the last. 17 year old Sally, quiet and careful good girl meets …
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March email newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

March is here with the promise of brighter days and outdoor reading. There’s a real spring in our step too, because World Book Day is 5 March, a global celebration of all things reading. Join our party and take a look at the titles written by top authors especially for the event and take a peek at what else is new this month.

World Book Day is for EVERY child

World Book Day celebrations will be going on all over the place on 5 March and kids who already love reading get a huge buzz out of it. Don’t forget to have a look at our special cateogry. But author James Patterson is especially keen that you use WBD to get even the most reluctant readers involved. His website readkiddoread is full of tips such as buddy reading, rewarding progress and travelling with your books wherever you go, to name but three. We also think James Patterson’s Middle School titles are Great Books to get Reluctant Readers reading. Finally don’t forget to enter our free prize draw to win a Lovereading canvas bag full of James Patterson Middle School titles … HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY.

March’s Books of the Month

More great hand-picked choices for children of all ages, tastes and abilities this month and all very easy to find! Don’t miss … The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith (YA) – Follow up to the amazing Grasshopper Jungle, this is a unique journey through time and space, modern yet archaic, fantastic and terribly real. Or The Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids (7+) by Justin Miles – survive the harshest environments in the world, including your back garden!

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All things Bright & Beautiful! – Illustrator of the Month

‘s fabulous illustrations for readers aged 3+ have won her fans and admirers the world over. From Barry the Fish with Fingers to Wanda and the Alien go Camping, few other illustrators has produced such a great range of incredibly funny and colourful picture books for young kids. That is why we have chosen her as our Illustrator of the Month. Her latest two: I Need a Wee! and Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat, will delight your children and you’ll love reading them together.

Marchlings! – Debuts of the Month

The best of first time authors for kids, lovingly collected by passionate people and presented for your delectation. Enjoy. We particularly love:

Sue HendraSedric and the Great Pig Rescue by Angie Morgan (7+) – Hilarious, madcap mediaeval adventure perfect for young fans of How to Train Your Dragon. Or Witch Wars (7+) by Sibeal Pounder. Who will win Witch Wars and become Top Witch of Ritzy City? The first in an hilarious illustrated series and perfect for fans of The Worst Witch. Emily Golding, age 7 ½ thinks it is ‘hilarious!’

The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone (9+) – Dive into a world of magic. ‘Mysterious and gripping‘ (Lily aged 11). ‘Very intriguing. It’s quite spooky’ (Cara aged 9). Or The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly (9+) – Perfect mix of dark and pink … a girl’s own adventure to savour. ‘Scares you but fills you with joy at the same time’ (Jennifer aged 9).

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Author of the Month – Holly Smale

Holly Smale has taken the world by storm with her hilarious, wise and wide-smile-inducing Geek Girl Series. It was No.1. bestselling teen series in 2013 and a great achievement from a self-confessed awkward girl with a habit of breaking things she can’t afford to replace!

The fourth in the series All That Glitters is out now and a special World Book Day title, Geek Drama is one of the £1 books available in shops. We are delighted to have Holly as our Author of the Month.

A Very Lucky Dip! – March’s Free Prize Draws

This month we have so many chances to be lucky everyone should enter one of our Free Prize Draws to win some exclusively brilliant book goodies from Goody Bags stuffed with books, box sets galore and some beautiful Peter Rabbit and Very Hungry Caterpillar Prizes for babies and toddlers. Visit our ‘Free Prize Draw‘ category, throughout the month, to find out more and enter … What are you waiting for?!

In the Medals! – Children’s Book Awards News

The gongs are out in force this month as hopeful children’s authors vie for coveted awards: The Red House Children’s book award is the only award voted for entirely by children, see who won here! Also announced today were the winners of The Blue Peter Book Awards. Best Story with went to The Spy Who Loved School Dinners and Best Book with Facts was won by The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff . PLUS (and we’re very excited about this) the longlist for the HUGE Branford Boase Award. Finally, see our Book Awards category for a few of our favourites from the upcoming Waterstones Children’s Book Award shortlist FOUND in Translation Award, and the YA Book Prize 2015.

Wein Not? Elizabeth Wein Teen triumphs

One of the queens of Young Adult fiction, Elizabeth Wein has won awards, accolades and hoards of fans with her sensational, sensitive, danger-filled stories for girls.

Her latest: Black Dove, White Raven is an engrossing look at racism, friendship, loss and legacy. See it and all of her books here.

AAaaaaaaah!-nimal tales – Sarah Lean’s Delightful Animal Stories

Animal loving wordsmith, Sarah Lean is known for her beautiful friendship tales, all of which feature vivid animal characters that serve to make you think what it is to be human. Her latest is Harry and Hope (9+) – a girl and her donkey, family friendship, belonging and a warming cuddle of “Aaaah! Any child that likes Michael Morpurgo’s novels will love these.

Bergin at the Bergin-ning – Dystopian Drama

Not more dystopian, end of days teen fiction you cry? Well, hold your horses Daddio (and Mummio for that matter) the brilliantly engrossing writing of Virginia Bergin is worth more than a second glance. It’s imaginative, dangerous, exciting and all the things dystopian stories should be, but it’s infused with a very welcome dollop of humour too. If you need more convincing see what members of the Lovereading teen/YA reader review panel had to say about Rain . ‘It left me speechless! A unique thriller… very fast paced… something out of the ordinary!‘ Alice Horncastle (14) … ‘I do not think I will forget this book anytime soon because it was so original and thought provoking…’ Sarah Murray (16) – Her second novel is The Storm … a stormy, scary, sweat inducing, sweeping, survival story.

What Rotten Luck? – The Luck Uglies (9+)

It’s fantasy adventure but not as we know it! This incredible and unique series by Paul Durham is a high octane horse ride through legends and has been devoured by our demon-defeating Kids Reader Review Panel.

There are two books so far and the second is out this month. See them and snap them up here.

 

Lyrical and Unputdownable young teen fiction

Bestselling Alice Hoffman makes the impossible seem real in Nightbird. Her writing is lyrical and this tender story which cleverly interweaves the magic from an old curse with a modern love-story against a background of small town prejudice.

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P.S. Book magic for children of all ages (including grown-ups) is conjured up in South Wales at the end of March at the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival (24-29 March).

P.P.S. Why not support Comic Relief (13 March) by buying the outrageously funny The Queen’s Orang-Utan. Written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross. As well as any 3+ reader loving it £3 of every book will go to a great cause. Frankly it could not delight or rollick more, or go any further over the top: it is a total triumph.

Author Talk: Andrew Smith on The Alex Crow

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Author Andrew Smith writes about the story behind his new novel The Alex Crow. The first time I met editor-publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel, she was handing out Advance Reader Copies of John Green’s Paper Towns. It was just a couple months before the publication of my first novel, and I was completely star struck because Julie is, well, Julie.

Naturally, this meeting left no lasting imprint on her memory.

The next time I spoke to her came several years later, and it was over the telephone. Julie was calling me to talk about her enthusiasm for Grasshopper Jungle, which, of course, she eventually edited and published.

Now she knows who I am, I think.

One of the things that appealed to me about having Julie Strauss-Gabel publish Grasshopper Jungle was her openness about seeking literary works that defy convention and don’t resemble anything else out there. She’s a champion in those regards. So, when she inevitably asked what I was going to write next, I told her that I wanted to write a book called The Alex Crow, about a refugee kid, but that it wasn’t going to be a predictable tale—I wanted to include suicidal, formerly-extinct animals, an icebound steamship, a schizophrenic and melting bomber, a summer camp for video game addicts, and a little man (who might be the devil) frozen in ice. You know, a typical “Andrew Smith” book.

I also explained to her why I needed to write this story about survival and selfish compulsions; and the general failure of male-dominated societies.

In The Alex Crow, the main character, a refugee boy named Ariel, wakes up after falling asleep inside a refrigerator while he’s dressed in a clown suit, the sole survivor of an attack on his little town. When he’s saved by America—which is what America likes to think it’s good at—he’s sent to a summer camp for boys who are addicted to technology, even though he’s never used a cell phone or played a video game in his life.

In the acknowledgments to The Alex Crow, I include a statement of gratitude to my English Language Learner students—the incredible survivors who introduced me to the novel’s protagonist, that refugee kid named Ariel.

There is a real Ariel. He came from Syria. His family left behind everything they had and got out of the country when the civil war there was getting particularly nasty. It was a good idea, because the real Ariel’s family are Christian, and they came from a place that was recently overrun by the Islamic State movement.

The first day Ariel sat in my classroom was just a few days after he left the chaos of Syria. Imagine that! It also happened to be one of the days when I read aloud to my kids, and I was reading from Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions (yes, I go there)—the part about how ridiculous, when you think about it, the lyrics to America’s national anthem are.

The real Ariel was very confused.

And I said, “Welcome to America, kid,” a line that’s repeated to the Ariel in my book.

That was about three years ago. And the impression I got from our first meeting—about how scared and lonely and confused this poor boy must have been—really stuck with me and informed the book I knew I had to write. Recently, I spoke to the kid again about that first day he spent in an American school, and he confirmed to me how overwhelmed he was—and is—by the strangeness of American society and culture.

He’s a terrific and highly intelligent kid.


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