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The best children’s books for May and Carnegie and Greenaway shortlist

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids! This month we’ve got another outstanding collection of kids’ books to showcase, helping you choose exciting and mind-expanding stories to help your children love reading. According to our literary calendar, JM Barrie of eternal Peter Pan fame was born in Scotland in May 1860. And just over a hundred years later, Eoin Colfer, author of the incomparable Artemis Fowl books was born in May 1965. You’ll find Lovereading4kids is full of literary heroes from every age!

The hottest Young Adult author Patrick Ness

We’re thrilled to have the multi-award winning Patrick Ness as our Author of the Month in May and even more pleased to bring you the hotly anticipated final volume of Patrick’s Chaos Walking Trilogy, Monster of Men. It’s a surefire winner.

So, find out more about this literary wunderkind and about the other books in this amazing series The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – we have free Opening Extract of them all!

Carnegie and Greenaway nominees – the best of the best

The shortlists of the deservedly prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2010 have just been announced, and once again you’ll find all the titles on Lovereading4kids complete with extracts to whet every appetite – there are some definite future-classics in there, including books by Neil Gaiman, Oliver Jeffers and Julie Hearn. You don’t have to rely just on Lovereading4kids for our view because we’ve dropped in the views of the judges too on every title.

A shelf-full of Book of the Month titles

They’re gripping, mad, full of adventure and there’s something for the youngest baby to the oldest teenager. Our mega one for the month is in fact a debut called Unhooking the Moon. Read an extract right here now.























Guest editor – the very very silly Philip Ardagh

The fabulously odd Philip Ardagh is author of the Grubtown Tales series – stories from a bizarre and hilarious world born inside Philip’s mind, and full of extraordinary characters. But as well as discovering Grubtown, you can find out what inspired Philip to write his brilliant tales – he’s picked out a list of his favourite books just for us!

Do please also get your kids to take a look at the just launched Grubtown website – www.visitgrubtown.com – it’s brilliant!

First-time wonders – our Debuts of the Month

Hellion: The Curse of Snakes

Christopher Fowler

14+ A breathtaking teen horror novel about a boy who is sucked into a dangerous Medusa-haunted mystery when walking home from school one day…

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Viola in Reel Life

Adriana Trigiani

14+ Viola is sure she’s going to hate boarding school, but if she can put down her camera and embrace real life, it might be more incredible than she could ever have imagined…

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Montacute House

Lucy Jago

11+ Witchcraft and ambition fill the pages of this wonderfully atmospheric novel set in 1500s Somerset.

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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants

Peter Millett

7+ A wonderfully entertaining story about Charlie, a troubled superhero who has to step up to save the world’s pants from a super-villain!

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Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

9+ One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!

This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids.

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Not Me!

Nicola Killen

Baby and Toddler: This irresistibly charming picture book about a friendly puppy who makes a mess will delight very young readers.

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Invitation to party with a Puffin

Puffin Books – the children’s book part of Penguin Books, has reached the grand old age of 70, and is still turning out the most fantastic kids’ stories. There are lots of ways you can join in the Puffin party, but why not start by entering our competition to win exclusive Puffin prizes!

Other celebratory events include an incredible Penguin Book cover design exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, and National Share-a-Story Day (8 May). Plus here on Lovereading4kids we’ve picked out some of our absolute favourite Puffin titles, still magnificent additions to any child’s bookshelf, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot? and Hairy Maclary.

And you can also buy the brand new short and sweet ‘Pocket Money Puffins’ – just £2.99 on Lovereading4kids.

Happy Birthday 10th Anniversary Judy Moody! (And Stink!)

It’s the 10th anniversary of Megan McDonald’s terrific books about the way-cool girl-hero Judy Moody and her kid brother, Stink. If you haven’t read them before download some free Opening Extracts and discover them today!

Walker Books turns 30!

Walker Books has been bringing us the most wonderful kids’ books for 30 whole years and to celebrate we’re having an exclusive competition. Enter here and you could win a limited edition Walker cloth bag stuffed with 30 of their amazing titles – including some signed copies!

Conspiracy 365 – the adventure continues…

This cool concept story carries on at breakneck pace with the fifth episode out now! Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is a thriller that unfolds over a whole year, with one book published each month. Given the huge interest to date with clear signs that more and more kids are getting hooked, it’s not too late to catch up – each book is

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incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long, so get yourchildren hooked now and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Finally, to prove the wide appeal of young adult fiction, Guest Editor over on the main Lovereading.co.uk site is John Boyne, writer of the astounding ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘.

We hope you uncover some real gems here to inspire your kids’ to become lifelong reading fanatics. With stories this imaginative and writing and illustration this beautiful, it shouldn’t take long! And finally, don’t forget about our gorgeous range of must have picture books in the Picture Book Parade – there are loads of gems not to be missed.

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 22 – 28 Jun 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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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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Where's Spot? Where’s Spot?
Eric Hill
Best-selling Spot is as irresistible as ever in this board book version. Spot is hiding. Where can he be? Opening the flaps to find where he isn’t hidden gives endless delight while finding him will always bring a smile.
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Seaside Poems Seaside Poems
Jill Bennett
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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 just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then …
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Annette Butterworth
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots Green Fingers and Muddy Boots
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Michael Morpurgo
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Stewart Ross
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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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Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
A poignant and moving story that is ultimately uplifting about friendship triumphing over adversity. Funny, touching and inspirational yet cleverly mixed with some scary and tragic moments, it is the story of Max who is considered big and stupid who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a
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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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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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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.
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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
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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
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To The Beach To The Beach
Thomas Docherty
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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
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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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Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in
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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
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Come On Danny (gr8 reads) Come On Danny (gr8 reads)
Andy Croft
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Killing God Killing God
Kevin Brooks
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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.

The electrifying and unflinching young …
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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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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 19 – 26 April 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers. Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
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Little Boat Little Boat
Thomas Docherty
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Wonderfully detailed yet simple illustrations coupled with minimal text make this an absolutely fantastic picture book to enjoy with even the youngest toddler. Later this year, this title will be joined by an …
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Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for 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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The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition The Wind in the Willows – Illustrated Edition
Kenneth Grahame
Stunning is definitely the best word to describe this book that is bulging with superb illustrations that complement the moving story by Kenneth Grahame of Ratty, Moley and of course the irascible Toad.

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Varmints Varmints
Helen Ward
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. The most overlooked threat in the world today is the loss of peace and tranquility. Can someone find the time and space to stop, think and plant the seeds of change before it’s …
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Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates' Treasure Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure
Emily Bearn
The enchanting and delightful mice Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a third adventure. This time the two home lovers are off on a camping trip but soon things begin to go very wrong as they get swept down the …
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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911. In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Stepsisters' Story The Stepsisters’ Story
Kaye Umansky
A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step …
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Fever Crumb Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 and here at Lovereading we’re lucky enough to have a chapter taster for you pre-publication. So why not check it out now.

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Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Ask and the Answer The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Tense, shocking and deeply moving, The Ask and the Answer is a terrifying novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. The sequel to the highly acclaimed and prize-winning The Knife of Never Letting Go, the author who is also …
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Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
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happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness.
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment on, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the …
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Beautiful Dead: Jonas Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Eden Maguire
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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 …
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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 30 Dec – 6 Jan

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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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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Santa's Littlest Helper Travels The World Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World
Anu Stohner
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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition) Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)
Claire Freedman

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Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
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Wiley Miller
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Emily Gravett
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Michael Morpurgo
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Philippa Pearce
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Mary Shelley
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Coraline (film tie-in edition) Coraline (film tie-in edition)
Neil Gaiman
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
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Ridley Pearson
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Stephenie Meyer
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Stephenie Meyer
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Julia Donaldson
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Dog Biscuit Dog Biscuit
Helen Cooper
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
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Matt And Dave
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
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Michael Morpurgo
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
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Sarah Prineas
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Patrick Ness
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Chris Higgins
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Meg Cabot
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Jenny Downham
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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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Stephenie Meyer
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Friday, November 28th, 2008

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Tony Ross
 
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Allan Ahlberg
This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants …
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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
Julia Donaldson
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Wiley Miller
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)
Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon was one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend …
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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
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Jenny Nimmo
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
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The Number 7 Shirt The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
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Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Saci Lloyd
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
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Joanna Nadin
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Jenny Downham
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Katherine Kingsley
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Children Books: Prize Winners from Costa and Booktrust Awards

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

November is an important month if you write and read children’s books. Read on for ‘Hot off the Press’ news of winners and shortlists for the Children’s hottest book prizes the Costa, The Teenage Book prize from Book trust and a new award for debut writers….

Reavers' Ransom
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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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The Knife of Never Letting Go
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Patrick Ness

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
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Ostrich Boys
Ostrich Boys

Keith Gray

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award), alongside The Carbon Diaries, Just Henry and Broken Soup. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 6th…

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Carbon Diaries 2015
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Saci Lloyd

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and…

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Just Henry
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Michelle Magorian

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
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Broken Soup
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Jenny Valentine

Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
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Before I Die
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Jenny Downham

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Friday, October 31st, 2008

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Oliver Jeffers
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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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Sue Mongredien
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Traction Man Is Here Traction Man Is Here
Mini Grey
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Matilda Webb
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Michael Morpurgo
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Gwyneth Rees
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Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
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Rick Riordan
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Meg Cabot
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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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Tim Bowler
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Chris Priestley
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Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008.
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Jenny Downham
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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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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 11 – 17 Oct 2008

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense Michael Rosen’s Book of Nonsense
Michael Rosen
In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems, rhymes, wordplay and limericks to make everyone smile and laugh out loud.  Children will delight in unravelling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse. …
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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 Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Her Mother's Face Her Mother’s Face
Roddy Doyle
The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully. …
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. …
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The Dragon Tamer's Castle The Dragon Tamer’s Castle
Ben Cort
This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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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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Featured Books for 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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Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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Tamburlaine's Elephants Tamburlaine’s Elephants
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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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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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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Eclipse Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
The much-anticipated 3rd novel in the captivating saga of vampire romance that began with Twilight, continued with New Moon. Friendships are stretched beyond breaking point and love choices must be made that are a matter of life and death and …
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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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Exposure Exposure
Mal Peet
A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper, …
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