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Reluctant Reads - Ages 5+

Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens' spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of gigantic underpants. They've chanced upon the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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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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Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss
Hilarious and with a memorable rhyming text, this is the perfect advocate for the adage, you don't know if you like something until you've tried it. Sam won't eat green eggs and ham. However they are disguised the list of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/04/2010
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There's a Dragon in My Backpack!
Tom Nicoll
From the Psammead to the Cat in the Hat, there's a long tradition in children's books of young protagonists befriending a magical creature whose lack of knowledge of, or lack of respect for how things work leads to all sorts... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Imagination According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Children's favourite Humphrey the hamster is back for another adventure, his twelfth no less. The good news is that he's just as delightful as ever, his school-hamster-eye view of the world just as funny and generous. Humphrey gets to listen... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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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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Follow That Car
Lucy Feather
Hey you, Mouse needs help! He has to catch the gorilla in the bright yellow car, let's go! On Mouse's instructions, readers follow the path taken by Gorilla, through brightly coloured, super-busy spreads. There he goes, through the town, round... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Pugly Solves a Crime
Pamela Butchart
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 Lovable Pugly, a pug with a great character, is back for a hilarious new adventure. This time she is all set to solve the mystery of what Glitterpuff the Poodle who lives... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedPuppy Academy: Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue
Gill Lewis
In a nutshell : daring puppy heroes Gill Lewis's little stories of the doggy students of the Puppy Academy have much to recommend them. Each story stars a different dog tasked with learning a rescue skill, but generally facing a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Secret Railway
Wendy Meddour
In three words: secret worlds - adventure – magic There are echoes of Narnia in this exciting adventure which begins with two children finding a door into another world, not in a wardrobe, but in an abandoned workshop full... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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What Pet Should I Get
Dr. Seuss
More than 60 years after they were first published Dr Seuss's books continue to work their magic on children: his rhyme and rhythm, nonsense humour and wordplay and sudden bursts of anarchy have strong child appeal. All of these Seussian... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 7+

The Sticky Witch 4u2read
Hilary Mckay
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 7 In a nutshell: two children and their cat escape a sticky situation Hilary McKay's name on a book's cover is a guarantee that you are in for a treat and The Sticky... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedIsadora Moon Goes to School
Harriet Muncaster
Isadora Moon is an adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy trying to find her way and this is a lovely start to what promises to be a delightful series. Beautifully presented throughout with pink and black illustrations that alongside the text and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The World's Worst Children
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month June 2016 Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams's amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained in a handsome edition and illustrated in colour throughout by... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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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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The Grunts in a Jam
Philip Ardagh
Award winning Philip Ardagh's Mr and Mrs Grunt are as disgusting as ever as they trundle into this fourth adventure in their ramshackle caravan which, in a typically unusual way, is drawn by an elephant. Still up their always crafty... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Top of the Class (Nearly)
Liz Pichon
From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers - Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 5 - 12 year-olds and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Rover and the Big Fat Baby
Roddy Doyle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As ever, Rover needs to collect dog poo to keep the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen', they sit... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Squishy McFluff: The Big Country Fair
Pip Jones
In a nutshell: Fluffy invisible friend conquers all at country fair There's tension at the heart of this new Squishy McFluff story: Ava and her family are going to a country fair and she is determined that Squishy will... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Invisible Inc.
Steve Cole
In 3 : invisible goodies – dastardly baddies – killer chickens (poultry-geists!) Steve Cole is a national treasure: creator of series such as Astrosaurs and Magic Ink, and now writing the Young Bond books, he's delighted huge numbers of young... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor
Andy Riley
In a nutshell : noble kings – evil laughs – chocolate Good versus evil is given a very funny workout in this the first book in what should become a very popular series. As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat
Karen Inglis
London-based children's author Karen Inglis is back with another illustrated page-turner, this time for ages 7-9. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/05/2016
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The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog: Master of Disguise
Jeremy Strong
In a Nutshell: silliness – disguises - dogs Jeremy Strong continues to set the standard in comic writing for children and his Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog series is a tour de force of silliness. Trevor's dog Streaker is behaving as... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Basil the Bear Cub
Janey Louise Jones
Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. In this springtime story the fairies are working together to clean their home inside the cherry blossom tree,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedJulius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Gary Northfield
Cartoonist Gary Northfield gives a fresh take on all things Roman in this riotous romp starring Julius, a most unusual zebra. Julius has a knack of getting into trouble! As a result he has had a great many fights with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl
A classic Roald Dahl title, a most touching story of a boy and his very special father. Danny and his father live in a caravan parked right next to the garage where his father works. Danny father teaches him how... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Ostrich of Pudding Lane
Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong knows just how to pitch a story to junior readers and the three different adventures in this collection have all his hallmarks: exaggerated characters; bags of slapstick; fast, furious storytelling that still leaves children with something to think... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy's problem is that not everyone – and certainly not those who try to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedPinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedShouldn't You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series. Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Leaky Battery Sets Sail
Gareth P. Jones
The crew of the Leaky Battery are a rum bunch alright: steam-powered metal robots of different shapes and sizes. Originally designed to be servants, they choose piracy as a new career, as it offers adventure, the chance to see the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2015
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Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck, book 8 of the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is now out in paperback. Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Children's, said: “Millions... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedFortunately, the Milk ...
Neil Gaiman
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Robot's Revenge
Clive Gifford
A thrilling adventure in which you the reader decide the route of the adventure, using your knowledge and learning more from the book about robotics and inventions. You may have to sneak past sensors, pull the power on a monster... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2014
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Aztec Attack
Chris Blake
Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The twelfth book in an action-packed, time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. We... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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50 Football Skills

A handy pocket-sized paperback book packed with skills and tricks to improve technique on the pitch. Covers all areas of playing the 'beautiful game', from the basics of attacking and defending to the complexities of making a perfect corner kick... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Hank Zipzer: The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers Fell Down
Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Love the new CBBC series? Read the original books! TV tie-in edition of the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. In this story, Hank is the star in the school play, but... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Food Fright
David O'Connell
Meet the amazing monster customers and try the foul-food at Fuzzby's diner - the third book in the hilarious 'Monster and Chips' series from author and illustrator, David O'Connell. We... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Worst Witch and The Wishing Star
Jill Murphy
Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star - and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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The Outlaw Varjak Paw
S F Said
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2007 and winner of Blue Peter Prize 2007 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down.'Varjak Paw is a cat with attitude – as well as knowing each of the Seven... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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Diary of a Trainee Rock God
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 9 | In a nutshell: it's only a rock'n'roll story but we like it! Part of dyslexia and reluctant reader specialist Barrington Stoke's ‘super readable' collection, Jonathan Mere's novel will hit all the right notes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 9+

Super Skills: How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons
William Bishop-Stephens
September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Anything you can imagine, you can animate says this stimulating book, and it explains clearly and simply the ten key skills readers need to become expert animators, starting with flipbook loops and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/08/2016
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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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Reader ReviewedJacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important when you're one of seven sisters) and keeps the other... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Great Cycle Challenge
Chris Hoy
The second in Chris Hoy's cycling-with-a-touch-of-magic series sees Fergus and his friends Daisy, Callum and Minnie form their own cycling team, Hercules' Hopefuls. They may not have brand new bikes, or fancy jerseys like their arch rivals Wallace's Winners, but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Point Blanc Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most reluctant of readers to enjoy the experience of reading. Following... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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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 ReviewedStormbreaker Graphic novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most reluctant of readers to enjoy the experience of reading. Following... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson
A special 15th anniversary edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess. August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O'Hare the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World
James Patterson
In 3 words : in it together The Kidd family, stars of some of James Patterson's liveliest and most boisterous adventures are back and centre stage in the latest episode in his globe-trotting series, Treasure Hunters. This time the Kidds... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Peace Maker
Malorie Blackman
In a short book of less than 80 pages Malorie Blackman delivers an exciting, incisive story with a credible, interesting central character and powerful message about the importance of taking a stand and fighting for what you believe in. Michela... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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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 ReviewedThe Forever Man
Eoin Colfer
The heroes of Eoin Colfer's wonderful time-travelling W.A.R.P. series, Victorian orphan Riley and Shawnee FBI juvenile consultant Chevie are back for another adventure, once again coming face to face with the evil – and now apparently immortal - Albert... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/06/2015
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Blue Moon Day
Anne Fine
A collection of short stories set in a range of different schools. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/10/2014
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe.
Jo Nesbo
With crazy inventions, disappearing socks, half-men half-frogs, a moon chameleon invasion and, of course, plenty of super-sonic bottom burps, this is the gang's most explosive adventure yet! Can they stop an alien invasion in its tracks, or is this actually... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis
Wimpy Kid fans will love this new boy-diary with a difference. Saddled with the name Timmy Failure, our narrator has clearly been dealt a tough hand. Luckily, he has a perky temperament and is not easily deflected from his ambitions.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 11+

Black Light Express
Philip Reeve
November 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds | Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure. The follow up to Railhead, this is set in... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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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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Scorpia The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Eyebrow-raisingly, heart-stoppingly pacey adventures starring the boy every would-be teen superhero wants to be, the Alex Rider books are now available as stylish graphic novels. The medium is perfect for these adrenaline-filled stories and, in the hands of some of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2015
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Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie Escape from Camp
Jeff Norton
Life's not easy for Adam Meltzer, or rather death isn't. You see, he's a zombie – bad enough for anyone let alone someone who has OCD. In this his second adventure, he's worked out a way of getting by and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedHoles
Louis Sachar
Wholly original and brilliantly plotted, Holes is a funny and poignant story about surviving. When Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of trainers, he is sent off to Camp Green Lake which is not a camp, not... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Dying of the Light
Derek Landy
The final shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. This is it; this is the end, the concluding part, the final outcome and as the curtain comes down there is a moment of hush,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Devil You Know
Cathy Macphail
Award-winning writer Cathy Macphail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan is thrilled when he finds a friend. Baz seems cool... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Eagle Trail
Robert Rigby
April 2014 Book of the Month A master storyteller, Robert Rigby sends shivers down the spine in this gripping story of one boy's escape from Nazi-occupied Antwerp to safety. When Paul sees his father shot in front of him and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel
Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel sees Percy Jackson come to life in this explosive graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's blockbuster title. Featuring a faithful adaptation by Robert Venditti, stunning artwork by Attila Futaki, and sumptuous colours by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Bumface
Morris Gleitzman
An attention grabbing title and an arresting opening ensure Morris Gleitzman has his audience hooked. And they will be well rewarded for being so. But alongside its effortlessly entertaining introduction, Bumface is also a thoughtful and serious book about the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/1999
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Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks
Award-winning novelist Kevin Brooks made his mark with this, his debut novel. A black comedy is something of a rarity in children's books but here Kevin Brooks shows how it can be done. Martyn hates his father – and he... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2014
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Little Soldier
Bernard Ashley
One of the best books ever about the realities of young boys forced into fighting in rebel armies and the effect it can have. Back home, Kaninda has been trained to carry a gun and use it. When he is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/1999
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 13+

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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Return of the (Un)Teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Hilarious sequel to Diary of an (Un)teenager, from the author of the best-selling How to Train Your Parents. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2015
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Set in Stone
Linda Newbery
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2006. Set at the end of the 19th century, Linda Newbery has cleverly carved out an incredible mystery that's full of clever twists and entwined with drama, all manner of emotions and mind-blowingly powerful... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/07/2015
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The Devil's Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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Brock
Anthony McGowan
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Nicky knows he must do everything in his power to save the innocent and brave badger.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Reader ReviewedGone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of CHERUB. Rock Wars is now at the halfway mark and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the stories in this collection, beautifully told and quite profound, are... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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All About the Hype
Paige Toon
In a Nutshell: Gigs • Glitz• Grown-up glitches Super-cool summer escapism with heaps of heat, heart and Hollywood glamour, this third Jessie Jefferson novel is the most satisfying yet. Having recently discovered that her dad is none other than... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Eight Rivers of Shadow
Leo Hunt
In a Nutshell: Dead gripping • Dead funny • Deadpan urban fantasy Full of fantastical thrills, supernatural spills and wail-out-loud wit, this sublimely plotted sequel to “Thirteen Days of Midnight” is a riotously riveting read. There was a time when... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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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... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedConcentr8
William Sutcliffe
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime novel about living, loving and savouring every precious moment. As... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedWe 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... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Dream on
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Baljit – Jit to his school friends – helps out in his father's chippy but dreams of playing football in the Premier League. When he's given a chance to take part in open trials for... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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The Night Raid
Caroline Lawrence
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Caroline Lawrence doesn't skimp on violence in this action-packed story which captures the bravery of two young boys, survivors of the carnage... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedTilly's Promise
Linda Newbery
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Linda Newbery gives a fresh insight into the First World War in this deeply touching story. Village sweethearts Tilly and Harry are... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Shivers
Bali Rai
Interest Age teen - Reading Age 8+ Bali Rai hits hard in this dark and haunting teen novel. Nothing has gone well for Sam since he and his mother were forced to leave their comfortable home after his dad's disappearance... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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You Killed Me!
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Keith Gray tells a page-turning adventure with gusto and style. Comic-mad Toby wakes one morning to find a man with a badly beaten up head staring at him from the end of the... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Awesome
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Ben hates being a new boy. Even with a new hair cut and contact lenses instead of his usual glasses, he feels like a misfit. Until the girls start noticing him! Ben seems to... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2013
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Fame Thing
Jonathan Meres
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: funny story of football, fandom and fame | George is over the moon when she finds out her favourite footballer... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Animal Farm
George Orwell
Anthony McGowan, Guest Editor June 2015 chose Animal Farm as one of his favourite short novels...."Orwell's story of a farmyard revolution is one of the very few parables that works on both levels: his animal characters are so wonderfully drawn... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback (a Format) | Released 03/09/1998
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TURN RELUCTANT READERS INTO BOOK-LOVERS, AND STRUGGLING READERS INTO CONFIDENT ONES.

The experts at Barrington Stoke have put together a great guide with top tips to help you help your child to love reading - you can download it here.

Here at Lovereading4kids we want to ensure that every child, however reluctant or struggling a reader he or she is, is given the chance to become a voracious reader.

So with this in mind, our Editorial guru Julia Eccleshare, working closely with the Literacy Trust, asked parents and teachers to recommend books that they had found useful for less confident or unenthusiastic readers. From this initial list Julia has selected a range of titles and put them into age categories. From time to time, we’ll refresh the books so that ongoing you’ll always find something to enthuse your reluctant or struggling reader.

The list includes titles from both mainstream and specialist publishers but all from authors you are likely to recognise. Specialist publishers tend to focus on titles for readers whose reading age is lower than the interest age so if you have a child who finds reading difficult, or who aren’t yet ready to cope with long books, or who simply don’t enjoy books then try one of these titles - each will be clearly marked with its reading age and interest age. The specialist publisher Barrington Stoke is a past master at convincing reluctant readers that books are cool and is at the forefront of this specialist publishing. Their books are short, sharp and sound, skilfully written by some of the top children’s authors around and edited with real flair. So, if your child is really reluctant or struggling we would suggest starting off on the titles published by specialist publishers and then move on to the mainstream titles we’ve also selected.

When a reader is hooked on a story, his or her reading ability is proven to improve. He reads more fluently – because he wants to read on! That’s why books for reluctant readers have to have fabulous stories. We’ve thought long and hard about the selection and we feel every one of the books selected provides a powerful and unputdownable story, even for the most reluctant reader.

Here at Lovereading4kids, with the launch of this genre, our aim is to get every reluctant or struggling reader to take that first step into enjoying the reading experience.

So why not scroll down our list of titles, which is first and foremost broken down by age of child and within that where a title’s reading age is different from the age of the child, it is clearly marked.

Other areas of the site that contain details of books that might be of interest to reluctant readers include Ology World, Real Reads and Essential Reads.


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