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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 4 – 11 July 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth
Hollie Hughes
July 2016 Book of the Month  Picture book heroes come in all shapes and sizes but seldom has there been a pair of friends quite as eye-catching as Bug and his best friend Mammoth. With huge pink and orange ears, …
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Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book Macavity’s Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book
T. S. Eliot
July 2016 Book of the Month Young readers will love searching for the mischievous, mystery cat Macavity as they peek under the flaps to hunt for the cat who’s never there, following the clues until they discover the feisty feline …
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Up, Up and Away Up, Up and Away
Tom McLaughlin
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month July 2016  Inventive Orson builds his own planet with a cupful of rocks, a dash of water, a sprinkling of metal and a lot of nothingness. He loves his planet and is proud of …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Blame Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller   Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession in the UK (that must feel much more prescient now …
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The Moonlight Dreamers The Moonlight Dreamers
Siobhan Curham
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions
This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and cheering as being curled up with …
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Children of Icarus Children of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival
A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in this intense coming-of-age fantasy about fighting to survive.
Being chosen to enter …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Alicia Potter
July 2016 Book of the Month The story of the scaredy cat finding unexpected resources of courage to save the day is given a lovely – and literal – twist in this delightful picturebook. Miss Hazeltine takes in all shy …
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The Hippopandamouse The Hippopandamouse
Jools Bentley
July 2016 Debut of the Month   Perfection is in the eye of the beholder says this funny picture book, and we should be slower to write off things judged imperfect. There’s a frenzy of activity at Fuffley’s Toys in advance of …
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Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood
July 2016 Debut of the Month  Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables. Lee is a very green pea and so are all of his friends except for Colin who …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Button, Telegram Boy Billy Button, Telegram Boy
Sally Nicholls
July 2016 Book of the Month  Meet the Buttons. Mrs Button runs a shop – the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people – Mr Button runs the post office. The story is set in the days before …
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Flo of the Somme Flo of the Somme
Hilary Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Historical Association’s ‘Young Quill’s Award for Historical Fiction’ (primary school category) | One of our Books of the Year 2015 | The stories of the many animals involved in the First World War make a great …
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Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door
Julia Donaldson, Catriona Black
Interest Age 5-8  Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s story is a touching adventure told in easy to read chapters. Elmo and his sister want to move to the run down house with the overgrown garden. Instead, their parents choose to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Baby Zebra Rescue Baby Zebra Rescue
Tamsyn Murray
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : animals – friendship – looking after animals
Readers who like animals are going to love Tamysn Murray’s new series set in Tanglewood Animal Park. It’s a dream come true for …
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Half a Man Half a Man
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael’s grandfather is badly disfigured by his horrific experiences in the war. One of only three to …
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Holiday Ha Ha Ha! Holiday Ha Ha Ha!
Various Authors
If there’s any likelihood of rainy days on your holiday, be sure to pack a copy of this sparkling collection of stories written by some of our wittiest and most inventive authors, as it’s certain to brighten the mood until …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds and smells of the English countryside with …
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Strange Star Strange Star
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy, 1816, Felix works as a servant to the Lord Byron …
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My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
David Solomons
July 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell : aliens invade Bromley
The follow-up to David Solomon’s prize-winning sci-fi comedy My Brother is a Superhero delivers just as much in the way of tension, adventure and laughs. Still resentful …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most touched a nerve with him, that …
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Over the Line Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8   Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers’ Battalion. Accused of cowardice because they are out playing football instead …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Otherlife The Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife’, I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and thought provoking read awaited. Either told …
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Wave Wave
Paul Dowswell
July 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8  World War One didn’t just affect those involved in the fighting but those left at home, and subsequent generations too as this novel shows. Charlie joins up, …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 May 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that …
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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Whisper to Me Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month  This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl’s struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA.
There’s a murderer on the loose in Cassie’s New Jersey hometown, the so-called …
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Unrivalled Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
May 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the sassy first instalment of Alyson Noël’s Beautiful Idols series.Everyone in LA either is, or …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016 Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 – Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children’s books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the …
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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016   A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Detective Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
May 2016 Book of the Month  Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks …
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The Indian in the Cupboard The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks’s much-loved book has all the ingredients of a perfect children’s story. Nine-year old Omri is given two important gifts for his birthday: a plastic Indian figure from his friend Patrick and a metal cupboard from his brother.  …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 – Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 – Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hidden Oracle Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month
In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods’, Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he’s not very godlike: …
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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 Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Part of a magical series loved by readers for generations, Beverley Nichols’s gentle fantasy adventure will entrance and entertain today’s children just as it did their parents and grandparents. Judy and her granny live in an enchanted wood and run …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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House of Secrets House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV’s …
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Over the Line Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8   Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers’ Battalion. Accused of cowardice because they are out playing football instead …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Nightwanderers Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania – Ti – comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is everything …
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Off the Page Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy …
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Maladapted Maladapted
Richard Kurti
This second novel from the author of Monkey Wars is a thought-provoking thriller with all the adrenalin-boosting action of Alex Rider and high stakes dystopian drama of The Hunger Games.
Cillian is a teen prodigy whose world is overturned when he survives a …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 May 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Mog and Me and Other Stories Mog and Me and Other Stories
Judith Kerr
Mog is made for board books. Judith Kerr’s illustrations look particularly attractive on the square white boards, and toddlers will love these four little stories of ordinary, everyday adventures. Mog and the little boy have fun together playing in the …
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I Want a Bedtime Story I Want a Bedtime Story
Tony Ross
After all these years the Little Princess still rules the palace and its inhabitants – including the queen, the admiral and the prime minister. The king is away and she wants a bedtime story, but none of the grown-ups’ stories …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
May 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on the Moon. …
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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
May 2016 Book of the Month
A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go for an outing on …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when …
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives’ readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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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 Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel.
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Alien Rain Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore.  The …
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Tom Palmer’s book launch for Wings: Flyboy

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

We were lucky enough to be invited by Lovereading4kids to attend the official book launch of Tom Palmer’s Wings series at RAF Hendon.

First, we went to the main museum and saw some planes. After that we went to the Grahame-White Hangar and saw the wonderful Sopwith Camel, which is the focus of his book Flyboy. Under this astonishing plane, Tom did his talk about Flyboy.

From his talk we learnt many things such as:

  • He researched people like Hardit Singh Malik, who was the first Sikh pilot to fly in the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Tom is the RAF Museum’s Writer in Residence.
  • Two more books will follow in this series.

After this we got our books signed and had a photo with Tom.

We had more time to explore the museum before we had Afternoon Tea. We had enormous scones filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

  

After three taps of a glass, Tom did a little speech about his books. We learnt that his publisher’s books (Barrington Stoke) are great for dyslexic children and children who suffer from eye stress. They make it easier for them to read the books by using yellow paper, a special large font and big spaces.

Thank you Tom Palmer, Barrington Stoke and especially Louise and Shelley at Lovereading4kids.

By Daniel and Alexander.

Most popular children’s books by age range 10 – 17 April 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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The Art of Not Breathing The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie’s twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Seaside Puppy The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura’s summer is set to be a bit of a wash out – she lives in a seaside …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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Love from Paddington Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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2
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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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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1
A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Stargirl Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Henry’s …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book’s, by age range, 3 – 10 April 2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime
Eric Hill
A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Hole Story The Hole Story
Paul Bright
April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature’s Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature’s Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Out for the Count Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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2
The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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3
Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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2
Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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Underwater Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic …
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Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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My Mum! My Mum!
Beth Shoshan
From the same author that brought us the charmingly funny My Dad! – we now have My Mum! – who is rather silly but simply lovely. Guarenteed to put a smile on your child’s face. …
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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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3
101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated Edition Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Illustrated Edition
Lewis Carroll
Abundantly illustrated with warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury, the memorable cast of characters are to be found in all their glory here in this edition, from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. …
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.

Short snappy sentences with pages …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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2
The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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3
Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
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The 13 Treasures The 13 Treasures
Michelle Harrison
Winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2009.

This is an enchanting and at times terrifying debut that’s beautifully written. 13 year old Tanya and her mother have an uneasy relationship so for part of the summer she is despatched …
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3
Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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2
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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3
Numbers Numbers
Rachel Ward
A tough, teenage novel about being different. Jem’s life has been hard from the beginning and it is not made any easier by her dangerous secret; every time she looks into a person’s eyes, she sees the date on which …
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Most poplar Children’s Book Opening Extracts, by age range, 16 – 22 Feb 09

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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2
Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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3
Gilbert in Deep (book & CD - read by Dervla Kirwan) Gilbert in Deep (book & CD – read by Dervla Kirwan)
Jane Clarke
Witty writing with lots of shark-infested humour.  Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet friend Remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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2
Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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3
101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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2
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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3
An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.    Short snappy sentences with pages …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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3
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 11+ readers

1
Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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2
The Princess Plot The Princess Plot
Kirsten Boie
A thrilling debut adventure combining the glamour of the world of movies with a sharply drawn political background. Jenna never expects to land the part of the princess when she goes for an audition. But when she does, she finds …
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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Everything Beautiful Everything Beautiful
Simmone Howell
This novel is so tuned in to the teenage psyche – sharp, full of humour and a touch subversive – that it’s hard to believe it’s not written by one.  In fact it comes from the pen of Simmone Howell …
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
A chilling, powerful and thought-provoking thriller about a Polish orphan’s subversion of Nazi ideals.  Meticulously researched and incredibly imagined it will at times almost take your breath away. Perceived as the perfect Aryan specimen by the German family who adopt Peter …
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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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Monday, February 16th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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3
Matty Takes Off! Matty Takes Off!
Miriam Moss
A delightful pair of bear siblings, Matty and Milly make a delightful duo. Matty likes everything to be just-so. He is as neat and tidy as his sister Milly is not. In Matty’s house, everything has its own place but, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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2
101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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3
Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Brilliant Billy Does His Bit Brilliant Billy Does His Bit
Simon Hutton
An entertaining story about how one boy gets so absorbed in the effect of the Second World War on ordinary people’s lives that he begins to do things in the same way. When the teacher describes how people managed by …
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2
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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3
Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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2
Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure
Amanda Wood
This lavish account of Darwin’s life and of the voyage of the Beagle from 1831 to 1836 provides the most detailed but accessible account for children about Darwin, his discoveries and a part of his life that was so important …
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3
The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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2
Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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3
Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd  

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
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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2
Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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3
The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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