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My Favourite Children’s Books by Lauren St John

For Love of a Horse by Patricia Leitch. Without doubt this is the book that inspired me most as a child. At the time I was living on a farm in Zimbabwe in Southern Africa and had a black horse called Morning Star and it seemed to me that the way I felt about him and Jinny Manders felt about the chestnut Arab mare she rescued from a circus in For Love of a Horse was identical. This series is just brilliant in every way. I’ve read each book at least five times and would happily do so again.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotsen. To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius. You can pick up any of her books – The Dragonfly Pool and One Boy and His Dog are also fantastic – and be guaranteed a good read. A warm, joyous book to be enjoyed by any generation.

Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton. I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Sure there are bits of that have dated and Enid Blyton is not the world’s greatest prose stylist. But decades on, the appeal of the Famous Five is as strong as ever. Impossible to resist.

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. The ultimate wish fulfillment fantasy, later made into an award-winning film. I’ve read this book more times than I can count and it never loses it’s magic. The film is great too.

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I read this book as a set book at school in Zimbabwe and it had a big impact on me. Gavin Maxwell’s beautifully written book about his life with otters on Scotland’s remote west coast has been called a ‘masterpiece’ and ‘one of the outstanding wildlife books of all time.’ Anyone who loves animals and nature would enjoy this special book. Ring of Bright Water was later made into an outstanding film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.

The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I fell in love with the smiley, chubby tiger in Judith Kerr’s classic picturebook during one hot Zimbabwe summer when I had to read it four or five times a day to my niece. If it had been up to her I’d have read it even more frequently. Each time I got to the end, she pleaded for us to begin again. Pure genius.

 




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Guest Editor - Lauren St John


Lauren St John is the multi award-winning author and creator of the hugely popular Laura Marlin series, set in St Ives, Cornwall which follows the adventures of an 11 year old detective. The first in the series, Dead Man's Cove, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story. She has also written numerous books about animals including The White Giraffe and is currently writing the third book in the One Dollar Horse trilogy, Fire Storm.

Guest Editor's Books


The One Dollar Horse
The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2013
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Rendezvous in Russia
Rendezvous in Russia
Lauren St.John
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Lauren St John adds another dramatic story to her excellent Laura Marlin Mysteries. When Laura’s husky Skye saves a young actress after she plunges from a cliff top Laura and best friend Tariq...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Race the Wind
Race the Wind
Lauren St.John
A thrilling new horse adventure story from award-winning Lauren St John. In this sequel to The One Dollar Horse, Casey Blue is now the proud and race-winning owner of Storm, the horse she saved from death. Her brilliant riding of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/04/2013
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Kentucky Thriller
Kentucky Thriller
Lauren St.John
The thrills of the Kentucky Derby are at the heart of this exciting new Laura Marlin Mystery. When Laura saves the life of a stolen race horse, the reward for her and her best friend Tariq is a once in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Dead Man's Cove: A Laura Marlin Mystery
Dead Man's Cove: A Laura Marlin Mystery
Lauren St.John
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011. Overall winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 and winner of the Favourite Story Category. From the author of the much-loved...
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Laura Marlin Mysteries 2 : Kidnap in the Caribbean
Laura Marlin Mysteries 2 : Kidnap in the Caribbean
Lauren St.John
From Cornwall to the Caribbean, 11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin comes face to face with pirates, sharks, criminal masterminds and an erupting volcano in her second mystery adventure, which follows the Blue Peter award-winning first book Dead Man's Cove....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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White Giraffe Box Set
White Giraffe Box Set
Lauren St.John
All four White Giraffe stories by Blue Peter Book Award winning author Lauren St John, are beautifully packaged in a presentation gift box.  Join Martine in these heart-warming stories, as she discovers her special gift of healing, rescues beached dolphins...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2011
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