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Books of the Month

Sky Song
Abi Elphinstone
January 2018 Book of the Month This story was absolutely entrancing. As soon as I began reading I was swept away on a journey filled with dangerous enemies and monsters but of finding new friends, hope and a sense of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Sky Chasers
Emma Carroll
January 2018 Book of the Month A prizewinning story idea from Neal Jackson gave birth to this wonderful tale of adventure, spies and man's attempt to be the first aeronaut. Emma Carroll has a wonderful ability to capture a particular... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious, madcap adventure is both effervescent and tautly plotted making it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Peculiars
Kieran Larwood
By night, the Peculiars are a travelling sideshow, but during the day Sheba, Sister Moon and Monkey Boy put their unusual talents to use, solving the crimes no one else cares about. For the stolen children of London's poorest, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedFish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it feels like to see the world just a bit differently.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Quests for Glory
Soman Chainani
Agatha, Tedros and Sophie are back in this action-packed fourth adventure in the School for Good and Evil series. Lovereading Comment to follow. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedBegone the Raggedy Witches
Celine Kiernan, Victoria Semykina
In a nutshell: well-written, enthralling magical adventure The age-old theme of good versus evil is given a lively reworking in Celine Kiernan's new series. When her father is kidnapped by witches, her mother sets out with Mup, her brother and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure
James Dashner
A cracking sci-fi post-apocalyptic adventure thriller for 11+ year olds that has had huge success globally and is now a major motion picture! Lovereading Review to follow. A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher I love books like this. You are plunged... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Night Zookeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood
Joshua Davidson
In a nutshell: computer game style animal adventure guaranteed to spark the imagination A whole new world is waiting for Will, one where he has a special role to play, new friends to make, and some bullying creatures to confront!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Make Me Awesome
Ben Davis
In a nutshell: contemporary comedy adventure Ben Davis does a great line in down-trodden teenage boys and employs it to great effect in his new novel. Freddie Smallhouse is living through the worst year of his life: after the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/12/2017
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The Lost and Drowned
Stuart Fryd
A chilling, ghostly, yet ultimately magical and hopeful tale for older children. Set in Regency London in an orphanage and woollen mill near to the Thames, girls are disappearing one by one. With mysterious and thoroughly enchanted assistance, Lydia battles... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2017
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The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship
Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow
This collection features poems by three of our best-known and best-loved children's poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. Between them, using a range of poetic styles and voices, they cover lots of topics – friendship and togetherness, difference,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Ever Never Handbook
Soman Chainani
Step into the dark and enchanting world of the School for Good and Evil with this stunning companion book. A must-have for all super-fans of the School for Good and Evil. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/07/2016
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The Explorer
Katherine Rundell
Winner of The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2018
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The Light Jar
Lisa Thompson
A story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship - full of the heart, engaging characters and propulsive, page-turning mystery that has made The Goldfish Boy the breakout children's books hit of 2017. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford
The astonishing, beautiful new story for all readers of 10 and over from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
James Patterson
The Kidd family discovers an ancient map to the lost Incan City of Paititi. But when the map is stolen, the Kidds have to rely on Storm's picture-perfect memory to navigate the dangerous Amazon jungle - until she's kidnapped! To... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Wartman 4u2read
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 A brand new 4u2read edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of this touching tale by Michael Morpurgo. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2018
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Three Cheers for Women!
Marcia Williams
Three Cheers for Women is a hugely inspirational book for children. It is full of facts, quotes and jokes brought together in a really fun way to ensure you remember them. You may even feel having read about some of these... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Girl Who Saw Lions
Berlie Doherty
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 An eye-opening book, The Girl Who Saw Lions (originally published as Abela) is the touching and profound story of two girls who apparently have nothing in common. The two girls tell... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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A World of Cities
Lily Murray
In this large format picture book 30 famous cities around the globe are brought to life through beautiful illustrations and a vast miscellany of intiguing facts. Every spread is devoted to a city and within that spread are facts which will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Scientist Academy
Steve Martin
This cleverly designed, attractive book will catch the imagination of all children, even those who wrongly believe that they don't have what it takes to be a scientist. It explains that the key attribute for scientists is curiosity and then... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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This is Not Another Maths Book
Anna Weltman
This book sets out to prove that maths has more in common with art than many might think, and that it can be truly beautiful; it achieves its aim. A series of clearly explained and attractively designed activities demonstrate how... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Coder Academy
Sean McManus
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises and each bright, visually attractive page sets children tasks to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of...
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Reader Reviewed The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Deluxe Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
This deluxe edition is a must-have for any Potter fan. It comes with a gorgeous art print in a beautiful slipcase and features the fully updated 2017 text - which...
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Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke
James Patterson
December 2017 Book of the Month The second book in the story of Jacky Ha-Ha. Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of...
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Defenders Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: ghosts and football in an exciting, thought-provoking story Tom Palmer's Defenders series cleverly mixes ghost stories and football and uses past events to throw light on our...
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Magnificent Birds
Narisa Togo
It isn't often that a non-fiction picture book has been so admired here in the Lovereading office. The stunning, stylish lino-cut prints capture the beauty and the drama of a...
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The Explorer
Katherine Rundell
Winner of The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave...
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Real-Life Mysteries Can You Explain the Unexplained?
Susan Martineau
Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion...
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Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe
Dara O'Briain
Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts We're off to space with Dara! All aboard the laughter shuttle! A bonkers ride to space, launching...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed See You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old, caring single-handedly for his depressed mother and...
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month More than two...
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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn't, which...
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Killing Ground
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics Seth's not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new...
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The Land of Neverendings
Kate Saunders
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Kate Saunders takes readers...
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The Snow Angel
Lauren John
In a nutshell: magical story of home and new life Lauren St John's story ranges from Africa to Scotland and successfully fuses magic with unflinching descriptions of life in one...
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty
I've always thought books were magical. It's always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on so many adventures. This short story collection...
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Reader Reviewed The Road To Ever After
Moira Young
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this delightful story of friendship and redemption....
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Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Wonder was a sensation when it was first published in 2012, and the story of Auggie and his fight to be accepted as a normal boy has now hit the...
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Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: dork in love Rachel Rennee Russéll's Dork Diaries are huge favourites with tweenage readers and no wonder, she's completely in touch with how they think, and what...
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Reader Reviewed There May Be a Castle
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of...
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The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being...
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Grave Matter
Juno Dawson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: Gothic tale of love and obsession Teenage love is the subject of Juno Dawson's thoroughly creepy new book for...
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The Jewelled Jaguar
Sharon Tregenza
In a nutshell: myth, mystery and adventure Sharon Tregenza's exciting mystery story opens in very dramatic fashion when a huge sinkhole appears under Griffin's home. With his mother badly injured...
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Christmas Dinner of Souls
Ross Montgomery
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Not for the faint-hearted this is an utterly gripping but also terrifying collection of gruesome stories told round the disgusting dinner...
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Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of...
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Norse Myths
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a Nutshell: Ice-fresh retellings of the Scandinavian myth cycle Ancient magic abounds, great gods and goddesses grimace, and timeless truths teem in this enthralling reimagining of Norse mythology. In...
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Reader Reviewed Good Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty...
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Dog
Andy Mulligan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: gripping, sometimes heart-breaking story of a dog and his boy Guardian award-winner...
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Bad Dad
David Walliams
November 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a comic crime caper to delight dads and lads It's all about boys and their dads in David Walliams' new...
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend
November 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure Unusually, Jessica Townsend's book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not...
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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Alex Bell
In a nutshell: magic, friendship, adventure Like a crisp layer of new snow in sunshine, Alex Bell's novel sparkles with excitement and adventure. In the tradition of fairytale heroes Stella...
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful...
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The Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper's debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations. ‘Come now or come never!' reads the mysterious invitation that...
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Secret of the Stones
Tony Bradman
In a nutshell: vivid, thrilling Bronze Age adventure This gripping historical adventure opens in dramatic fashion at Stone Henge: young Maglos and his father the High Priest are preparing for...
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Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?
Jo Nesbo
The fifth book in the fart-tastic Doctor Proctor series! Lovereading comment to follow soon.
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Astrid the Unstoppable
Maria Parr
A modern classic in the making, this hilarious and heartwarming story explores the true meaning of family and friendship. Reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking, Heidi and Anne Shirley, Astrid is a feisty...
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts. This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts...
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute to E. Nesbit's classic...
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Reader Reviewed The Snow Sister
Emma Carroll
Full of sadness but also hope and ultimately happiness this is a heart-warming story for Christmas with a strong Victorian setting. When Pearl makes a snow sister on Christmas Eve...
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