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Reluctant Reads - Ages 5+

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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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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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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Horror!
Alan MacDonald
In Horror! join Bertie as he sneaks into a scary film, meets a bad-tempered guard dog on his paper round and ruins a priceless work of art on a school trip! Bertie continues to delight children with his crazy plans,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedMonster and Chips
David O'Connell
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & April 2013 Debut of the Month Fans of The Wimpy Kid will love this delightfully disgusting and dangerous story about what happens when Joe sets out to buy some chips from... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2013
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Reader ReviewedAttack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie's dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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Quack Quack Moo, We See You!
Mij Kelly
Poppa Bombola can't find his daughter! He searches the yard, and the pond and the sty, he searches the cowshed and starts to cry, 'oh, where's my darling daughter?' Luckily the farmyard animals are on hand to help and Poppa... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Aliens Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
The best-selling story of the Aliens' delight in underpants now has the addition of sound! Aliens and pants both have special noises on the sound board and children will love joining in the story by pressing the buttons. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2012
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The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble
Angela Mitchell
Read on CBeebies 2 May at 6.50pm 2 May 2013 All fans of ice cream and jelly will love this story of the secret of making a jelly wobble. The Princess loves all kinds of jelly and she loves the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/05/2012
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Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London

Best-selling Charlie and Lola and their best friends Marve and Lotta are very excited to be going on a trip to London! They gaze up at Buckingham Palace and wonder which is the Queen's Bedroom, they look in wonder at... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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The Children Who Smelled a Rat
Allan Ahlberg
As the children of such exceptional parents, it is no surprise that the Gaskitt children are all set for an adventure of their own. A bumper book with extra chapters in which baby Gary Gaskitt and twins Gloria and Gus... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2012
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Ninja Meerkats 1 : The Clan of the Scorpion
Gareth P. Jones
Bravery propels this entertaining adventure of how the four meerkat members of the Clan of the Scorpions fight to the death to prevent the evil ringmaster's plan for world domination. A Big Cat is missing from the Hong Kong zoo;... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2011
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Superfly Pest (Jack Splat)
Lou Kuenzler
This is a hilarious new series, told from the fly-on-the-wall perspective of our death-defying hero Jack Splat as he goes about his daily business - landing on tasty bits of food and spreading germs. But there is danger everywhere for... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/04/2011
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A Roman Rescue (Charlie and Bandit Adventures)
Kelly Gerrard
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. New time travel series in appealing, witty, graphic novel format. Charlie follows his dog Bandit when he accidentally falls into a sinkhole transporting them to Ancient Rome. Searching for his... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2011
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Flat Stanley - Chapter Book
Jeff Brown
Stanley is a perfectly ordinary little boy until an extra large notice board falls on top of him and makes him completely flat. Luckily, Stanley is of a cheerful disposition and he adapts readily to his new, flat self and... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2003
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Michael
Tony Bradman
A wonderful celebration of a boy who is thought to be bad but is just... different! At school, Michael's teachers despair of him. He is late, scruffy, cheeky and doesn't listen. He loves reading and sums and science. But NOT... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Hop on Pop
Dr. Seuss
Dr Seuss' original combination of humour and simplicity makes his books perfect for early readers. Hop and Pop, Cup and Pup, Mouse and Mouse – Dr Seuss shows how simply words are constructed and therefore how they can be broken... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2003
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Fergus Crane
Paul Stewart
A deservedly prize-winning title, Fergus Crane is a delightful, fantastical romp with a nautical theme. Young Fergus Crane receives a mysterious invitation to join the School Ship Betty-Jeanne. What he finds on board from the sinister headmaster Captain Claw through... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2005
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear. It could be frightening but they're not scared. They're full of confidence in what they are doing. Caves, mud, rivers, forest … whatever... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/09/1993
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 7+

The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson
“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.”So begins the story of how a clever little mouse outwits his big scary enemy. The tasty little mouse needs... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/1999
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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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Reader ReviewedThe Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts roam the land in a ramshackle... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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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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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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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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A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
Long before Harry Potter got to Hogwarts, Mildred Hubble had been learning similar skills at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Unfortunately, Mildred is the very worst pupil in the school. Now back for a second year, things aren't going any... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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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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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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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired readers for more than twenty five years. Now they are interpreted afresh in fourteen vivid stories by award winning US authors including Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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Codename: The Tickler
Tommy Donbavand
Join Special Agent Fangs Enigma - the world's greatest vampire spy - and his werewolf sidekick Puppy Brown as they battle society's worst criminal monsterminds. This is the second in a new series of comedy horror adventures from the bestselling... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedGladiator Clash
Chris Blake
In this first book in the Time Hunters series, school boy Tom has an unfortunate habit of breaking statues in museums! Every time he does so, he releases an ancient curse and finds himself stepping back into the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Magic Ink
Steve Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month A comic strip comes to life with the help of some magic ink... a hilarious adventure that could only have come from the madcap mind... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/05/2013
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The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs!
Gary Northfield
A super-inventive comic strip book jam-packed with seven hilarious adventures about the highly entertaining gang of outrageous mini dinosaurs. The gang includes Dave, a dude and the natural leader of the pack, dreamy Ronnie who would rather hang out with... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Hooey Higgins and the Awards of Awesomeness
Steve Voake
Classroom life as experienced by the pupils is brilliantly evoked in this hilarious story about the ridiculousness of endless awards and certificates. As the head announces yet more awards for achieving wonderful things, Twig wonders why he has never won... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Best Worst Summer Ever
Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Henry ‘The Fonz' Winkler adds a new title to his best-selling Hank Zipzer series. Hank does not want to spend his summer in Summer School. That's no holiday! Instead, he wants to go to the Junior Explorer's Program and it... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 2 : The Ghost Ship
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
A ghostly piratical adventure with thrills, spills and chills! This is the second in a fantastic new series that combines undercover adventure, time-travelling, treasure hunting and swashbuckling exploits. Everything a 7+ year old is looking for in a book. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Adventure Island 8 : The Mystery of the Drowning Man
Helen Moss, Roy Knipe
Cracking adventures on the island of Castle Key are at the heart of this exciting series. Jack and his brother Scott are sure their holiday in this remote location in Cornwall will be dull. But, how wrong can they be?... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month A boy, an alien and football - without any shadow of doubt it's a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/02/2012
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The Smallest Horse in the World
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. Best-selling author Jeremy Strong takes a thoughtful look at how a bit of magic and invention helps when times are tough. Bella falls out with the new girl Swan; she doesn't believe half the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Pitt Street Pirates
Terry Deary
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. The Pitt Street Pirates want to find the treasure and they want to find it quickly. Led by Captain Roger Redbeard (who doesn't actually have a red beard) they need to build a boat,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Red Dragons of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. A witty story of a very unusual group of outlaws and the very strange quest they set out on. Once a fearsome fighting force, the Green Men of Gressingham are now best known for their... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Geronimo Stilton
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an adventure you'll never forget. Meet Geronimo, a newspaper owner whose favourite pastime is writing tales of adventure set in his hometown of New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island. You'll... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Noah's Rocket
Tony Frais
Inspired by the biblical story of Noah's Ark this is an action-packed modern day rendition with plenty of twists and turns. Poor Noah appears to have been asked to do the impossible for every time he tries to build a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2004
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The Da Finchi Code (Krow Twins)
J. D. Smith
This has to be one of the most mad-cap books that's come through Lovereading in a long time! It will be loved by boys in particular and a great one for reluctant readers as well with its short chapters and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants
Peter Millett
Hair-raising super deeds are Charlie Applejack's speciality. Or, so he thinks. But, his skills are not enough to get him into Super School. Poor Charlie! Luckily, he has the chance to show his skills when general Pandemonium captures the world's... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1)
Lemony Snicket
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2010
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Terry Deary's Knights' Tales: The Knight of Spurs and Spirits
Terry Deary
A sad story of cruelty in high places gives a chilling history lesson about the power of the rich over the life and death of the poor. Sir Robert is a bad tempered master who lashes out at his servants... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2009
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Demon Defenders: Zombies in the House
Jake Lancing
Terrific comedy adventures with a footballing twist that are sure to be loved by boys in particular as well as reluctant readers. These books show that mischievousness doesn't necessarily mean naughty! The kids are part of an anything-but-ordinary football team. ... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures
Michael Morpurgo
The enjoyable interactions of the animals that live at Mudpuddle Farm are brilliantly brought to life by former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Different animals are highlighted in the six separate adventures. There's the cunning of Mossop the lazy cat who... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2009
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny's paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2009
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Reader ReviewedMini Winnie
Laura Owen
It was with a thrill and eager anticipation that we at Lovereading4kids saw this fabulous new series of young fiction for children of 5+. Finding good books for those children moving on from picture books is always a tough call... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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Clover Twig And The Incredible Flying Cottage
Kaye Umansky
Enjoy a fantastic romp through some crazy magic. Clover Twig's new job as cleaner to the stranage Mrs Eckles comes with a very special house. It's a cottage that can fly! But a flying home has many problems - not... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2008
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The Legend of Spud Murphy
Eoin Colfer
With five brothers in one house things often get out of hand. When Dad has ‘had enough', he decides that Will and Marty should spend the afternoon in the Library. But he doesn't know about the librarian, Mrs Murphy…Can Will... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2005
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Reader ReviewedCool!
Michael Morpurgo
Award winning author Michael Morpurgo crams a great deal of emotion into this beautifully told short novel. Lying in a coma after being knocked down by a car, ten year old Robbie is unable to move or speak or see... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2003
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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 07/09/2006
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The Dancing Bear
Michael Morpurgo
Every girl will devour this incredibly poignant story of a young girl who adopts an abandoned bear cub. An utter delight. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/03/2003
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I Was A Rat!
Philip Pullman
Acclaimed author Philip Pullman turns his hand to a stunning and original story for younger readers. Who is Roger? He says he was a rat - and some of the time he behaves like a rat. But, he is also... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2004
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Mr Majeika
Humphrey Carpenter
Magic carpets don't usually turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump.Mr Majeika can behave just like any... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/04/1985
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 9+

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-fu Cavemen from the Future
Dav Pilkey
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011 From the creators of the massively successful Captain Underpants series comes a terrific blend of past and future featuring Flintstone style cavemen but set in the future. The characters Ook and Gluk... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/08/2010
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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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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
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 as thought. Luke has always been good at guessing what people... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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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 ReviewedHouse of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2015
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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 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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Charlotte's Web
E B White
Magical, this timeless farmyard story tells of the power of friendship. When the runty little piglet is saved from an early death, he grows into a fine and handsome pig. And the farmer wants to kill him. Can Charlotte, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/09/2003
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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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Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he's fighting the Samurai in 16th century Japan. The background is... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Aquila
Andrew Norriss
Winner of the 1997 Whitbread Children's Novel Award Entertainingly written, prize-winning Aquila is an exciting adventure. On a boring school trip, Tom and Geoff discover an ancient flying machine. Determined to find out more about it but also desperate to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/11/2001
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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 ReviewedSave Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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Minecraft: the Official Beginner's Handbook

If you are new to the world of Minecraft gaming or know someone who is then these books are a terrific addition to this online gaming sensation but in book form. And, according to some of the gaming fans, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/10/2013
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The Great Gold Robbery
Jo Nesbo
Best-selling Doctor Proctor is back in a swift moving, smart talking new adventure. This time inventive scientist Doctor Proctor together with his young friends Nilly and Lisa are after a Russian billionaire who has robbed all the gold bars from... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/10/2013
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First Term at L'Etoile
Kelly Willoughby, Holly Willoughby
Dreaming of stardom? All the highs and lows of school life and the vital role of friends in it as a group of new students begin their first term at L'Etoile, School for Performing Arts, the best school for stars... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/06/2013
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Reader ReviewedFizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy
A. F. Harrold
March 2013 Book of the Month Fizzlebert Stump's Circus is back for a second riotous show during which everything can – and does – go terribly wrong. The new act features the very, very hairy Barboozul family which includes Wystan,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/03/2013
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Mad Iris
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Jeremy Strong, creator of Streaker, the fastest and most out of control dog in the world, now brings readers Mad Iris. Iris is certainly a most unusual character. For a start she is an... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3
Liz Pichon
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes the third amazing instalment of this brilliant series. This again takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his scribbles and stories. Totally accessible for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 8+. This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from an author who is widely considered to be the best teller of stories for children. He's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Hilarious comedy by a top author. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/11/2010
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Undead Ed and the Howling Moon
David Grimstone
A hilarious and freaky new series from David Grimstone, featuring a one-armed zombie, a werewolf with a difference and a renegade arm with a mind of its own. Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition
Eva Ibbotson
August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "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... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2011
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Conspiracy 365: January
Gabrielle Lord
The launch title in a page turning adventure which kicks off when 15 year old Callum is hunted down by a crazed man who carries a deadly warning. Now Cal is on the run from both ruthless criminals and the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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How to Break a Dragon's Heart
Cressida Cowell
The hilarious world of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock 111, a Viking hero with a difference! Armed with his sword the ‘Endeavour', Hiccup sets out to complete yet another impossible task. (This is his eighth quest and they've all been full of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Arthur High King Of Britain
Michael Morpurgo
Nothing strikes strength, courage, and valour into the heart like tales of Arthurian legend. Morpurgo does very well again to get that sense of magical mysticism into the story of the Knights of the Round Table. Will be enjoyed particularly... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2008
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Blart 3: The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest
Dominic Barker
Hilarious adventures of a reluctant hero. Blart is back for a new set of adventures. This time he is on a deadly mission to save Princess Lois – and he doesn't even like her! Sailing across the treacherous sea he... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2008
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The Meanwhile Adventures
Roddy Doyle
Pure escapism for kids who have already picked up the reading habit as well as for children who, perhaps don't enjoy reading but enjoy a great deal of fun, mad-cap adventure and probably have a warped sense of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2007
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The Killer Underpants (A Jiggy McCue story)
Michael Lawrence
Featuring Jiggy McCue and his pals Pete and Angie, The Killer Underpants will get every boy and girl aged upwards of 9 years old laughing their clothes off!!! The underpants from hell are taking control and that's only... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2000
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Deadly!
Morris Gleitzman, Paul Jennings
Wild humour and a love of all things unexpected and unusual propel this cleverly interwoven story written by Australia's two funniest writers. Told in the two distinct voices of Amy who, on her birthday discovers none of the surprises she... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2001
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Count Karlstein
Philip Pullman
This stunning spoof melodrama relates the dramatic and scary tale of how the evil Count Karlstein strikes a bargain with the Demon Huntsman. The price of the bargain? His nieces, Lucy and Charlotte, who look as if they will be... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2007
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Young Bond : Silverfin
Charlie Higson
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. James Bond is back, aged 13 years. The original superspy. A global phenomenon . A hero every boy wants to be, and every girl wants to know. Ages 10+ years. This... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2005
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The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from nowhere and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers' tractors and diggers. How the farmers... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/04/2005
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The Demon Headmaster - 1
Gillian Cross
One of the great characters of children's books, the Demon Headmaster rules his school with his sea-green eyes through which he hypnotises the pupils. When Dinah arrives she sets up SPLAT, a group designed to protect the pupils from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/06/2004
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Flour Babies
Anne Fine
Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children's Laureate makes her deadly serious and emotionally powerful points about the responsibilities of having a baby lightly within this hugely entertaining story. When the teenagers in 4C are given the Flour Babies project... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 07/04/1994
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Carrie's War
Nina Bawden
Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: "This is a very touching utterly convincing book about three wartime evacuees billeted to Wales. It's very much a children's story, with a mystery to be solved, but Nina Bawden is very subtle with... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/10/1993
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Two Weeks with the Queen
Morris Gleitzman
A favourite of August 2011 Guest Editor Julie Hearn. To writing a moving and funny book, especially for children, about as serious a subject as cancer is a remarkable achievement. Two Weeks with the Queen is a remarkable example... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 04/03/1999
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Charlotte's Web
E B White
Magical, this timeless farmyard story tells of the power of friendship. When the runty little piglet is saved from an early death, he grows into a fine and handsome pig. And the farmer wants to kill him. Can Charlotte, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/09/2003
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Reluctant Reads - Ages 11+

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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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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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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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 06/03/2006
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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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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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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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Hagurosan
Darren Shan
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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The Dead are Rising
Jeff Norton
Combining the best of reading and video-gaming the awesome Metawars series is chock full of excitement and action. This is the second in the series. The first, Metawars: Fight for the Future has been a huge hit particularly with computer... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2012
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Codename Quicksilver 1: In the Zone
Allan Frewin Jones
July 2012 Book of the Month. The first in this gripping new series, perfect for young fans of 24 and Alex Rider. Zac Archer's on a new mission but now he has a price on his head. Having witnessed... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Rose of No Man's Land (A Timepiece Novel)
Anne Perry
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Second in a brand new time travel series by an award-winning author (the first was Tudor Rose). Will Rosie cope as a nurse in a WW1 Red Cross Hospital? Struggling with her inability... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2011
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Would You Rather?
Chris Higgins
This author has once again clicked into the zeitgeist that is a tween/teen girl. Poignant, moving and honest about relationships, this story revolves around the life-altering choices a teenager called Flick must make in the light of a long, lost... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2010
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Raven's Gate (Power of Five) Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz
The long-awaited graphic-novel adaptation of the No. 1 bestseller Raven's Gate, from the creator of Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz. A sinister and incredibly atmospheric story of the supernatural; first of five in the Power of Five series. Matt has always... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2010
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Call of the Deep
Beverley Naidoo
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. These two haunting tales are brought to you from the ocean deep. We meet the good, the wicked, and the downright evil and through them we get a sense of the mesmerising power of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/05/2008
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Harald Hardnut
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. For some thrilling real life action and adventure, you won't get much better than Tony Bradman's Harald Hardnut. The most reluctant reader will devour it quickly. Plenty of fighting and killing and far more... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/05/2008
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Reader ReviewedSkulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
Joint winner of the Richard and Judy 9+ "Confident" category. A hugely original and funny fantasy, this tells of the magician Skulduggery who is urbane, sophisticated, well dressed and, as you might guess from his name, dead. Skulduggery has a youthful helper,... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2007
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Shadow of the Minotaur
Alan Gibbons
A unique blend of fantasy and thriller and myths and legends but grounded firmly in real present-day life. It was winner of the 2000 Blue Peter Award 'book i couldn't put down category'. With twists and turns virtually on every... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2000
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Hatchet
Gary Paulsen
A powerful story about the physical skills and the mental strength that is needed to survive. Brian has grown up in the city. That's where he's comfortable. But on his very first visit to his father following his parents divorce,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2005
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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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Refugee Boy
Benjamin Zephaniah
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Haunting, tragic and distressing in what it reveals about man's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/08/2001
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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+

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon
Mark Haddon's best-selling story of how Christopher, a boy with Asperger's syndrome, sees the world and makes sense of it in his own particular way became a success for children and adults alike. When Christopher finds a dead dog on... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2004
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Pig Heart Boy
Malorie Blackman
Cameron's operation is risky. Very risky. He needs a new heart and the best match comes from an unusual source - a pig. A pig heart transplant has never been done before. It may not work out and it's controversial... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2004
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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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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 9+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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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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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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Wasted
Lee Weatherly
Interest age 14+, Reading age 8+. Deeply moving, Wasted is a hard hitting story about survival and self belief. Luke's life is a mess; his mum is never sober, schools a wash out. The only thing that keeps him going... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2012
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The Curse Box
E.E. Richardson
Interest age teen. Reading age 8+. A thrilling story of a war between two vampire tribes. A theft in a magic shop sets off an extraordinary chain reaction and Tony is at the heart of it! Tony's father runs a magic... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2012
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The Fall
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Powerful novel by an award-winning author, charting a boy's harrowing schooldays in a sink estate in Liverpool. Two's company and three's a crowd, one has got to go. This is a terrifically taut and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/05/2011
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Hide and Seek
Cathy Macphail
Interest age Teen Reading age 8+. Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn't but tricking... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/06/2009
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Teen Reading Age 8+. Powerfully told, The First Hunter captures the harsh world of early hunters who survive by stealing the meat that the big cats kill. But can they develop a skill of their own which will enable... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2009
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Case of the Good-Looking Corpse
Caroline Lawrence
P. K. Pinkerton, Private Eye is back in the second book of this whip-crackingly brilliant series set in America's Wild West in which this unique hero interacts with real historical characters and events. Pinkerton may only be 12 but success... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Case of the Deadly Desperados
Caroline Lawrence
July 2012 Book of the Month. Fast, furious and funny, meet 12 year old P K Pinkerton who believes he can be a Wild West Private Eye and a good one too. With the help of his newly found friends... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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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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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.

Finally, if you’re looking for some tips to nurture your child’s reading then click here.


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