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Finding 'Great Books for Boys' is easy - Just click on the age range you are interested in to see our special selection of books that we feel are brilliant for boys, but do remember that they could equally be loved by girls too.



Books for Boys 0 - 5+ years

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea
Andy Stanton
December 2016 Book of the Month Andy Stanton, that maestro of absurdity, teams up with Neal Layton, an illustrator who also has a direct line to preposterousness, to create a picture book that takes a simple idea and follows it... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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George Pearce and His Huge Massive Ears
Felix Massie
George Pearce has unusually large ears – in fact they're massive! It's not the size of his ears that causes him problems though, but what he uses them for. Because George listens - to everyone - and then tries to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Truth According to Arthur
Tim Hopgood
Arthur has a problem with The Truth, though normally they're good friends. You see Arthur has done something he shouldn't have, and rather than come clean about it, he tries to bend, to stretch, cover up and finally just ignore... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Would You Rather: Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot?
Camilla de le Bedoyere
Would you rather dine with a dung beetle, drink with a mosquito, have supper with a spider or lunch with a maggot? Pick your answer and learn about bugs but be careful what you choose. You could end up eating... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/05/2016
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Mortimer's Picnic
Nick Ward
With clever comic timing this story builds to a surprise ending rather like The Gruffalo. Mortimer is planning a picnic with his best friend Oggy. It's all ready when a note arrives – poor Oggy has a cold and can't... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2016
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My Stinky New School
Rebecca Elliott
Toby's little brother Benjamin goes to nursery and loves it. His big sister Clemmie goes to special school, and she loves it too. But Toby is starting at a new school, and he hates it. He hasn't any friends, doesn't... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Building Boy
Ross Montgomery
September 2016 Debut of the Month There's an air of fairy tale in this beautiful and touching picture book, but its foundations are firmly in family relationships. A young boy lives with his grandma, who was an architect. She's old... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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I Saw Anaconda
Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke and Emma Dodd have enormous fun reinventing the story of the old woman who swallowed a flea, transposing the setting to the Amazon jungle and replacing the old woman with an anaconda! The list of creatures swallowed is... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Terry Perkins and His Upside Down Frown
Felix Massie
Terry Perkins is a normal, happy little boy, until he starts to speak, and his words come out upside down. A doctor has the answer – stand Terry on his head. People can understand him now, but it makes Terry... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Noah's Noisy Animals
Rebecca Elliott
Rebecca Elliott tells the story of Noah's Ark with extraordinary economy and charm, capturing all the drama and the joy. On chunky board book pages we see two lovely lions, two magnificent monkeys, two brown bears, two pretty parrots, followed... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 19/02/2016
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My Little Book of... Emergency Vehicles
Claudia Martin
There are 60 plus pages of information about different kinds of emergency vehicles in this attractive little book. Fire, police, ambulance and search and rescue vehicles from across the world, including lots in the UK, are included, represented in clear... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/01/2016
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Ben
Jack Townend
Following the release of A Story about Ducks and A Railway ABC, both of which were a major hit with Lovereading4kids members and browsers, V&A Publishing has rediscovered two more touching stories by the inimitable author and artist... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2015
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Harry and the Monster
Sue Mongredien
How can Harry tame the monster who comes to scare him in the night? Luckily first Mum and then dad come up with a clever plan. Suddenly, the monster doesn't seem so scary after all. With a strong domestic setting... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2014
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Demolition
Sally Sutton
“Bang! Clang! Crack! Thud! Creak!! Wham! ” The noises of the building site provide a background to this vigorous story of destruction. Perfect for all those who love big machines such as tractors, diggers and cranes as the work they... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 06/03/2014
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Willy the Wimp
Anthony Browne
Fed up with being bullied Willy the gorilla decides to take action and if that means getting fitter and tougher then that's what he does. Suddenly the bullies are running away and even better Willy saves a girl from the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Alfie Outdoors
Shirley Hughes
Standing in his pyjamas in the garden in the morning sunshine, Alfie is an unmistakeable little figure. Shirley Hughes has an extraordinary understanding of children, their world and what matters to them and captures it beautifully in the turn of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Lionheart
Richard Collingridge
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award This book comes with a warning: it will make you ROAR! And it will – with excitement, relief and happiness. Nightime and Richard is scared so, clutching his toy Lionheart, he runs out... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/02/2016
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Jim's Lion
Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban's moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness is dramatically reimagined in graphic-novel format with new art by Alexis Deacon. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/03/2015
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2015, and winner in books for younger children category - Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2014- One of the Lovereading4kids Readers'... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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Bruno and Titch
Sheena Dempsey
Perfect for pet-lovers (and especially guinea pig lovers) everywhere, this funny story of finding a home and a person to care for him is told from the guinea pig's humorous perspective. Features Bruno, a wildly inventive boy, and his new... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/08/2014
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2014
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Hector and the Big Bad Knight
Alex T. Smith
March 2014 Debut of the Month A fun-filled new picture book about the power of good with quirky illustrations from award-winning Alex T. Smith. Boys in particular will love the story of Hector, a tiny little boy with a big,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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We Have Lift-Off!
Sean Taylor
A sophisticated story with an important message lies at the heart of this deliciously entertaining book. The animals on Mr Tanner's farm are in revolt against their farmer's disgusting behaviour; he pollutes the water, cuts down the trees, and makes... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Jack's Mega Machines: Mighty Monster Truck
Alison Ritchie
An exciting new title in the popular series about Jack, a boy with a gift for repairingbig machines. Jack's just fixed up a monster truck and his keen to give it a test drive. The drive turns into an... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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Storyworlds: Nature
Thomas Hegbrook
Opening with an exhortation to readers to ‘discover, inquire and wonder', this is another example of the exciting trend in non-fiction for beautifully illustrated, handsomely produced information books for children. Striking wordless scenes of wildlife and plants challenge children to... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2016
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The Giant Rumble Wrestling Trolls: Match Three
Jim Eldridge
Challenged to a Giant Rumble but suffering from a shortfall of wrestlers, Jack and his friends set out to find more participants for their great battle. But what starts... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Dylan's Amazing Dinosaurs - The Stegosaurus
E. T. Harper
Dylan and his dinosaur friend fly off on amazing dinosaur discovery missions to the Land of Living Dinosaurs. This time he has to discover what secret weapon a stegosaurus has. Find out what it is and then act out the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/09/2014
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There's a Dragon in My Dinner
Tom Nicoll
February 2016 Debut of the Month Dragons come in all shapes and sizes in children's stories, but the one that Eric finds in a box of beansprouts is small, friendly and lots of fun. Pan is a mini-dragon, lost en... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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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... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/04/2016
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad's birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Choosing Crumble
Michael Rosen
January 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michael Rosen captures the dilemma of any dog choosing a new home – and any home finding a new dog! Terri-Lee goes to the pet shop to choose a dog. But, Crumble isn't... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Books for Boys 7 and older

Reader ReviewedThey Didn't Teach This in Worm School!
Simone Lia
August 2016 Debut of the Month This story of an unusual friendship is exactly the sort of barmy, surreal comedy adventure that reduces young readers to hysterical giggling. Marcus, a worm, strikes up an alliance with Laurence, a nondescript bird, initially... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Thimble Monkey Superstar
Jon Blake
Jams Cogan's life changes when his next door neighbours arrive at his family bungalow – or Castle as his dad, a not-terribly successful children's author calls it – with a hamster for them to look after. At least, the neighbours... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Spangles Mcnasty and the Fish of Gold
Steve Webb
To the canon of disgusting, disreputable villains loved by children – the Twits, Mr Gum, Armitage Shanks – can now be added Spangles McNasty and his sidekick Sausage-face Pete. To give you an idea of how nasty Spangles is, his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of Alfie Onion
Vivian French
If you love fairytales – and who couldn't? – you'll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children's authors. Magnifico Onion might be the seventh son of a seventh son but he's been... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Boy and the Globe
Tony Bradman
Young readers wondering what's so special about Shakespeare as celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death get underway would do well to read Tony Bradman's cheerful story of life at the Globe circa 1611. The cast of characters... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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The 52-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
For absurd, anarchic, keep-them-reading comedy adventures, kids can't do better than climb into Andy and Terry's world. If you haven't discovered this series, it stars Andy and Terry and their amazing custom-built treehouse, any child's dream (adult-free) adventure-playground. Whatever they... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Best Birthday Bike
Chris Hoy
March 2016 Book of the Month For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy's Flying Fergus series is hard to beat. He's collaborated with accomplished children's author Joanna Nadin, a writer who knows her way... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Collection of Curiosities: Bugs
Vicky Egan
This handsome information/activity book is packed with bug facts, figures and features. There are lots of beautiful close up images of insects, some very familiar - dragonflies and earthworms – others less so – fireflies, the orchid moth. The illustrations... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Long Haul
Jeff Kinney
February 2016 Book of the Month The best-selling Wimpy Kid is off on a family holiday. Mum is full of good ideas about the trip. Especially about how it can be a useful time for learning! From the start everything... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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My Parents are Driving Me Crazy
Pete Johnson
The ups and downs of would-be comic Louis's life make for highly amusing reading. Ups include first date with his friend/comedy agent Maddy, and forth-coming appearance on a TV talent show; downs are school, Mr Beach in particular, and Dad,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2015
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If Only We Had a Helicopter
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Here's a slice of Roger McGough's childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school;... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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The Secret Dog
Joe Friedman
Good dog stories are irresistible and this one has everything that young readers want. Josh is living on a Scottish island with his crofter uncle following the death of his mother. He loves the island and its wildlife, often nursing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award. Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him. What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2015
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Zoo Boy
Sophie Thompson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, February 2016 When Vince turns eight years old he discovers he has the most amazing secret. Although he has always hated animals, which is embarrassing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedHamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids' books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in danger... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedCompton Valance Super F.A.R.T.s versus the Master of Time
Matt Brown
Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon are unlikely heroes, but they managed to create a time machine out of a mouldy cheese sandwich and save the universe from certain destruction. Now the sandwich is safely in a museum,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedBorgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Kjartan Poskitt
Hilarious new adventures for Borgon the young barbarian who is determined to make his mark on the world. Borgon is off to watch the Shadow Trials which are widely known to be the most fiercesome challenge in the desert. But,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Harvey Drew and the Bling Bots
Cas Lester
Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Beat the Game
James Floyd Kelly
In Beat the Game readers find themselves trapped inside a computer game. They must apply their knowledge of programming and algorithms to make their way safely through. The reader is responsible for how the plot unfolds and if you successfully... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Other book format | Released 07/07/2014
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Spies in Disguise: Boy in a Tutu
Kate Scott
A funny, wise-cracking spy story with World Cup memorabilia at its centre - James Bond never had to dress up as a girl!! - packed full of gadgets and super sleuthing and a boy who must dress in a tutu... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedHow Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Simon Mayle
June 2014 Debut of the Month Harry's an optimistic kid who never gives in but when Harry's dad loses his job he fears his mega-amazing film idea, without any money isn't going to happen. But Harry is resilient and is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
Matt Brown
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Debut of the Month Told at a speed to match the time-travel theme of the story, this is a highly entertaining and wittily illustrated adventure which pays a lot... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2014
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Meeting Cezanne
Michael Morpurgo
This is a gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. This book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by one of France's finest illustrators. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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How Pirates Really Work
Alan Snow
Do pirates really like singing rollicking songs, burying their treasure and parrots? Do they really eat Ship's biscuits with worms and how do they deal with Sea Monsters? From the author of the bestselling How Santa Really Works, Alan... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2014
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
Jo Nesbo
Fuelled by farts, this is fast-paced and a delightfully ridiculous adventure from a debut children's writer but a well established and bestselling adult author Jo Nesbø who has been fairly compared to Stieg Larsson, the creator of The Girl with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Legend of Frog
Guy Bass
The Legend of Frog is the first book in a brand new three-part series by award-winning and best-selling author, Guy Bass. A mash-up of fairy tale, fantasy and science fiction with a hearty helping of humour, The Legend of Frog... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2014
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The Tigerboy
Ted Hughes
Described as Metamorphosis for young readers, this story by Ted Hughes is indeed filled with a sense of transformation, visceral and almost terrifying in its vitality. There's nothing out of the ordinary about Fred, except that he seems to have... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Books for Boys 9 and older

Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: shocking levels of sucking-up in super-readable school story | Aidan Abet works hard at school making sure he stays teacher's pet – it's the best way of ensuring protection from horrible... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course. I'm sitting at home chortling away at How To... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
In a nutshell: monster monster-hunting fun Book three in Shane Hegarty's Darkmouth series serves up another helping of monster battles, with the skilful mix of humour and horror we've come to expect. Finn's 13th birthday is approaching and it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Sanitized for Your Protection
Stephan Pastis
‘To the best of my knowledge', announces Timmy Failure at the start of this book, in a chapter called Let's Do the Timmy Warp Again, ‘everyone on earth has now read the prior three volumes about my life.' That's one... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius
Stacey Matson
In a nutshell: the agony and the ecstasy of the pre-teen The return of Arthur Bean, self-proclaimed creative genius and star of one already highly successful diary-based narrative is to be welcomed. Arthur is a rather special voice in fiction... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedFenn Halflin and the Fearzero
Francesca Armour-Chelu
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2016 Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. When Fenn's parents are killed by the vicious Terra Ferma who are determined... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedBeetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month A... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Stormbreaker The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first mission. Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedSimon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
Aimee Carter
February 2016 Debut of the Month Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter's twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some of whom are decidedly untrustworthy. Instead of being trainee wizards... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Seal's Fate
Eoin Colfer
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, November 2015 Children's Laureate of Ireland Eoin Colfer tells a touching story of a young boy trying to live up to his father which means doing something that goes against his nature. Bobby's father... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Lockdown
Peter Jay Black
Another dose of terrific escapist fiction from an author who excels at this kind of gadget-packed high action drama. Jack, Charlie, Obi, Wren and Slink, aka the Urban Outlaws, are still on the trail of Hector, even though that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedDanger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O'Doherty
Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016, 9-13 years Category Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world's greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Sons of Scarlatti
John McNally
Meet Finn, shrunk to 9mm tall by his uncle in order to save mankind by stopping a killing machine from wreaking havoc. Full of humour and high action adventure even if its characters are very small. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and My World Cup
Dave Cousins
Charlie is the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy. He eats, sleeps, and breathes football. But when Colts steal all of North Star's best players, it's up to Charlie and his friends to save the team... Told... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: absurd comedy genius | Timmy Failure is the best worst detective in children's fiction, and a wonderful comic creation. In this adventure he's having to ply his trade very surreptitiously indeed – Mum has banned all detective work... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/09/2016
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce's classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today's readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedEdge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie
Jeff Norton
With a great twist to it, this is a witty story of growing up and all the complications and unfairness of family and friends that go with it. Adam Meltzer is on an unusual mission. He wants to find out... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Parent Agency
David Baddiel
Winner of the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016, 9-13 years Category. A brilliantly funny story about a boy who makes a very rash wish! Barry is not the first boy in the world to say “I wish I had better... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy: the Blunder Years
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What would you do? When Martin asks his friend Padraic for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedKenny Wright Superhero
James Patterson
Kenny Wright is smart, polite, and really good at chess, none of which does anything to impress the kids at his new Middle School, which is one tough place. But when, he's forced to teach one of his regular tormentors... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedDemolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month Jake Biggs's dad works in demolition. All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
April 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Book of Storms
Ruth Hatfield
November 2014 Book of the Month Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Name of This Book is Secret
Pseudonymous Bosch
Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions. The first in a secretive series, The Name of this Book is SECRET is accompanied by a website, part of which is in code so important information... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2014
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Millions 10th Anniversary Edition
Frank Cottrell Boyce
When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem. They only have a few days in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Ghosts of the Forest
Steve Backshall
Saving the rain forest! That's the vital mission of Saker and his friend Sinter. The precious forest is being cleared by loggers leaving the wild life at risk. The orang-utans will be especially vulnerable if their precious habit is destroyed.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/07/2014
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Operation Sting
Simon Cheshire
Operation Sting is the first book in an exciting, fast-paced and action-packed new series, SWARM full of spying and military action. Aimed at 9+ this will appeal to both boys and girls who are fans of spy adventures and robot... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2014
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Granny Samurai and the Brain of Ultimate Doomitude
John Chambers
Granny Samurai is back for a second hilarious and thrilling adventure. And she is still not to be messed with! As before, Samuel Johnson tells the story of his unusual next door neighbour who drives a truck and keeps a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Monkey and Me
David Gilman
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Although tinged with sadness, this is a good-hearted and entertaining adventure story with a good message about animal rights. Beanie is being treated for leukaemia but, when he comes across a young chimpanzee in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2014
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Ratburger
David Walliams
Winner of the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling author David Williams has come up with another cracker of a story in Ratburger. Zoe is a lovely little girl with a terrible life; she... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedWild Boy
Rob Lloyd Jones
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 9-11 category This is a fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. Dripping with atmosphere and gothic... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Genesis
Helen Dennis
Genesis is the first novel in a new action-packed series called 'River of Ink' and is full of adventure and mystery. It begins in the heart of London when a mystery teenage boy emerges from the River Thames drenched, distressed and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Books for Boys 11 and older

Eagle Strike Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
In this stylish re-issue, Horowitz's world-renowned teen super-spy Alex Rider's fourth mission is turned into a slick, thrilling, fast-paced and stylish graphic adaptation. It brings to life all the adventure, thrills and spills of this bestselling story. Following the triumphant,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Boy Who Drew the Future
Rhian Ivory
Tense, and creepy, there are real thrills in this absorbing story. Noah has a strange and unsettling talent – gift or curse? – his drawings portray events that have not yet happened, but will. It's a talent he needs to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMel Foster and the Demon Butler
Julia Golding
August 2015 Book of the Month Part superhero story, part Victorian Gothic, Julia Golding's new story is great fun! It begins in the Arctic when Cabin Boy Mel finds something strange trapped in the ice: it's Eve Frankenstein no less,... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedGerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
M. G. Harris
This exciting new series is based on an original idea from Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Our hero is Ben Cameron, sixteen years old. His father has been killed in a climbing accident, and the book opens at the funeral, with... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Crow Talker
Jacob Grey
April 2015 Debut of the Month Caw is an orphan, or might as well be. His parents threw him out aged five and since then he's lived with a family of crows in a local park. He's learnt to understand... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedMagnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master of Modern Mythological Makeovers!... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2016
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Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli | More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedAlone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Louis Sachar
In Holes, best-selling author Louis Sachar showed his understanding and compassion for a group of boys who have got outside the system. In There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, he shows the same sensitivity to Bradley Chalkers, one boy... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series that really put dystopia... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedRussian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Bestselling Anthony Horowitz doesn't miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and calculating; he is a contract killer... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have-nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too. Rest assured this book will have... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Dark Inheritance
Chris d'Lacey
A whopping adventure with some thrilling chases, heart-racing paranormal moments, unexplained criminal activity, a robot with the unlikely name of Gustav Klimt, a secret enterprise called Unicorne and Michael, a great schoolboy hero, at its heart. When Michael saves a... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 7: Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedNight Runner
Tim Bowler
August 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny's life is bleak enough... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook
Egmont UK Ltd
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year Minecraft is a BAFTA award winning online gaming sensation with over 41 million registered users. There's nothing that can't be built in Minecraft, but with so many possibilities, where do you start?... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedSkulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men
Derek Landy
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year An eighth enthralling episode in the gripping story of the very dead, very magical and very funny sleuth commonly known as Skulduggery Pleasant. Always one step ahead of catastrophe, Skulduggery... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Private Blog of Joe Cowley
Ben Davis
April 2014 Debut of the Month ** Due to the content we recommend this for 12+ readers Fourteen-year-old Joe Cowley off-loads all his concerns about girls, friends, school enemies, family and …girls again in his funny, easy-to-read and not-so-private blog. One... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
December 2016 Book of the Month A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Caged
Theresa Breslin
In a Nutshell: Fighting | Surviving | Treachery | Trust | A powerful contemporary novel set in the shady world of underground cage fighting, from a Carnegie Medal-winning author. After running away to London to escape his mum's bullying boyfriend,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets. It's 1853 and, following the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedWonderboy
Nicole Burstein
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: ways to change the world Joseph is not classic super-hero material: he's asthmatic and rubbish at sports, bullied regularly and nicknamed Wilco because he always complies when someone demands he... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Penalty
Mal Peet
This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist. It's a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author's passion for football shines through in the writing. If you're football mad or want... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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North Face
Matt Dickinson
An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face' is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedTerror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedDread Eagle
Alex Woolf
October 2014 Book of the Month Steampunk at its best with some fantastical inventions that make the impossible possible. Set in the mid-nineteenth century, war has broken out between France and England as the two mighty powers struggle for global... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series that really put dystopia... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedMessenger of Fear
Michael Grant
September 2014 Book of the Month Warning: if you only like lovely, gentle, sweet books, read this at your peril! This is painful, often uncomfortable, yet utterly fascinating… this is quite simply a novel to bury yourself in. Mara finds... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/04/2015
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award ‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described perfectly as a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award 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... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedZero Hour
Will Hill
Department 19 is utterly addictive. Packed with great characters and brilliantly plotted, the series sets a new benchmark for YA thrillers. This is book four in the explosive series from bestselling author, Will Hill. if you're looking for a fast-paced... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedTape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Hunted
Charlie Higson
Best-selling Charlie Higson's sixth title in the ‘The Enemy' series is as thrilling and chilling as its predecessors. In a world in which everyone over fourteen is struck down by a hideous illness which ravages their bodies and turns them... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedMessenger of Fear
Michael Grant
September 2014 Book of the Month Warning: if you only like lovely, gentle, sweet books, read this at your peril! This is painful, often uncomfortable, yet utterly fascinating… this is quite simply a novel to bury yourself in. Mara finds... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/08/2014
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An English Boy in New York
T. S. Easton
In this witty sequel to Boys Don't Knit, knitting champion Ben is invited to the knitting convention in New York City. It should be the dream invitation of... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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ZOM-B Baby
Darren Shan
Zom-B Baby is the fifth instalment in Darren Shan's epic Zom-B series. In his latest book, the ‘Master of Horror' gives readers relative pause for thought after the break-neck pace of the first four books. How do you know if... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedHalf My Facebook Friends are Ferrets
J. A. Buckle
Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy - this book has got it all. Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and chaotic family life. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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Hostage Three
Nick Lake
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - January 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Wall
William Sutcliffe
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Longlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize A moving and thought provoking story which will encourage readers to question divisions in society. Joshua lives safely on one side of the Wall. When... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedDead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D,... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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There's no shortage of research that suggests that boys don't read as much as girls and read in different ways. Add this to our email requests for recommendations from members and browsers a place to find 'Great for Boys', is very much needed. So, right here on Lovereading4kids our aim is to redress that balance.

We’ve created a special category of books, broken down by age range, which our experts think will be enjoyed enormously by boys.

It might be purely because there’s plenty of exciting action and fast-moving plots in the story and that the book will grab the reader’s attention before they’ve even finished the first page or perhaps the characters in the story are mostly boys.

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