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Informative, candid and trusted, book reviews by our own book experts are unique to Lovereading4kids. But the children of our loyal members are also prolific readers with a real passion for sharing their love of books. So, we decided to invite them to join what we are now calling the 'Children's Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel'. All the titles in this category have not only been selected and reviewed by our editorial experts but they have also been reviewed by our kids reader review panel, a panel of book lovers across the UK.

Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedThe Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
May 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWindfall
Jennifer E. Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: A heart-warming story about first loves, friendship and the power of kindness What's important in life? Money, success, popularity are all words that float to the top of the list yet... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Way Back Home
Allan Stratton
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Taking a stand for the people you love A touching tale of a teen girl's endearing love for her grandmother, and the awe-inspiring, life-enhancing trip they take together. Zoe Bird... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedRelease
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content. May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | A funny and touching family story with a difference just because the Lotterys themselves are a unique and diverse family leading a deliberately... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedEncounters
Jason Wallace
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren claiming to have experienced an extra-terrestrial encounter. ... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
April 2017 Book of the Month Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe. Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world -... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Pearl Thief
Elizabeth Wein
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: deftly told mystery and coming of age story. In Julie Beaufort-Stuart Elizabeth Wein has created a charming, original character, with a distinctive and irresistible voice. We meet her here as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to live with bipolar disorder, and finding the strength to reveal... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedMoonlocket
Peter Bunzl
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: child-centred adventure where the action runs like clockwork. Peter Bunzl continues the adventures of the stars of the hugely popular Cogheart in his new adventure which has all the charm... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedSuperdad's Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …| Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he's a superhero, Dynamo... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedKing Coo
Adam Stower
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear… | A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/04/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Girl in Between
Sarah Carroll
May 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: powerful and moving story of love, loss and redemption | ‘I'm invisible' says our narrator; and certainly no-one sees her hiding out in the old abandoned mill she calls... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedLottie Dolls: Lottie Solves a Mystery
Lucie Braveheart
May 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: adventurous little girl has fun with her friends Inspired by her great-great aunt's adventures and travels across the world, little Lottie heads out into the woods with her friends Finn and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Clare Balding
May 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding's utterly delightful book – in fact, they'll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 ‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It's hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedBlink and You Die
Lauren Child
In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! | Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child's superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone even more dangerous and ruthless than... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a story set in the real world, though one still filled... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedContagion
Teri Terry
In a Nutshell: Flame-hot dystopian thriller This dynamo of dystopian YA, the first in the Dark Matter trilogy, sizzles with sinister science and supernatural intrigue. 12 year-old Callie has survived an epidemic and broken out of an institute where she... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedWishbones
Virginia MacGregor
In a Nutshell: Big secrets, big issues, the biggest love This splendidly life-affirming, read-in-one-sitting novel sees a huge-hearted teenager battling to fix her mum's life-threatening eating disorder. Feather's mum has always been chubby. “That's just the way she is. What's... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedJulius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons
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 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons'... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 2017 Debut of the Month | High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedTidy
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, April 2017 | Award-winning Emily Gravett's stunning picture book is a charming, witty and moral tale about the perils of making the world look... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Ethan I Was Before
Ali Standish
A touching and uplifting coming-of-age novel by a standout debut talent - perfect for fans of Wonder and A Boy Called Hope Lovereading Review to follow. Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedCowboy Pug
Laura James
Pug is exactly the kind of hero young children happily identify with: he's a good friend, sometimes bemused by the grown-up world but a quick learner, and always at the centre of the action. In this story Lady Miranda and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedCountless
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Compelling and compassionate account of a pregnant teen fighting an eating disorder | Insightful, authentic and profoundly moving story of a teenager facing the double struggle of discovering she's pregnant while fighting an eating disorder. Hedda's initial... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedBeetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | June 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedSteve & Frandan Take on the World
Ron Butlin
In a Nutshell: Fleeing bullies leads to a fight (and flight) of a lifetime | Action-packed adventure in which three friends bite off a whole lot more than most kids can chew when they take flight from a bully, and crash... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedCogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not...
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Reader Reviewed Lesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects in its page, no tigers, pandas, bears here. Instead...
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Reader Reviewed The Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their...
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Reader Reviewed Goodbye Days
Jeff Zentner
In a Nutshell: Loss, friendship and the light of re-finding your way | An exceptional novel about grief, guilt and finding solace in celebrating loved ones' lives. I adored the...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Tapir All at Sea
Polly Faber
Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's stories of Mango and her friend Bambang the tapir are absolutely charming. Mango is kind, resourceful, always there to help Bambang out of the scrapes...
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Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | May 2016 Book of the...
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Reader Reviewed Sky Thieves
Dan Walker
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: classic good versus evil tale with a colourful cast of flying thieves and unlikely heroes | Original, exciting and full of interesting...
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Reader Reviewed William Wenton and the Luridium Thief
Bobbie Peers
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cybernetic adventure galore as boffin boy hero takes on the bad guys | There's something special about William Wenton: he...
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Reader Reviewed The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Anne Michaels
April 2017 Debut of the Month | There is something quite wonderful about indulging in your favourite cake, beautifully decorated with sweet delectable icing. Well the same can be said for...
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Reader Reviewed The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)
Vivian French
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child | Whisper it, but not everyone automatically loves...
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Reader Reviewed The Gold Thief
Justin Fisher
In a nutshell: thrilling adventure in a magical other world | After his adventures in the thrilling Circus of Marvels, all its young hero Ned wants is a quiet life: no...
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Reader Reviewed Middle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson
In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, irresistible reading | James Patterson sets out to make his children's books irresistible reading, and he succeeds every time. Rafe Khatchadorian is a typical Patterson...
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Reader Reviewed There is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith's stunning illustrations create a delight of a story which imaginatively and vaguely hints at a pre-historic time and...
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Reader Reviewed Stargazing for Beginners
Jenny McLachlan
In a Nutshell: Reaching for the stars | Astronomically uplifting treat in which witty, loveable, space buff Meg works to realise an out-of-this-world ambition. Meg has a burning desire to...
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Reader Reviewed Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer
In a Nutshell: Grappling with grief | Facing the truth | Forging new paths | Intensely moving, uniquely premised story of two strangers torn apart - and brought together –...
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Reader Reviewed A Berlin Love Song
Sarah Matthias
In a nutshell: an unusual and unforgettable wartime love story | Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus, growing up part of a warm, loving family, proud of...
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Reader Reviewed Good Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of...
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Reader Reviewed The Mummy's Revenge
Andrew Beasley
In a nutshell: Victorian child detectives in action-packed, funny, paranormal mysteries | A classic creepy opening – mummy comes to life to wreak havoc in a stuffy drawing room filled...
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Reader Reviewed Mrs Mole, I'm Home!
Jarvis
April 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Morris Mole can't find his glasses anywhere at the end of a...
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Reader Reviewed Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
Julia Donaldson
There are lots of reading jokes in this book within a book, within a book: pirates and robbers settle down with their favourite stories and the Three Bears discover Goldilocks...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | May 2016 Book of the...
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Reader Reviewed Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new...
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Reader Reviewed A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create...
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Reader Reviewed Time Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 |...
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Reader Reviewed Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | February 2016 Debut of the Month ...
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Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter,...
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Reader Reviewed Love Song
Sophia Bennett
Romantic Novelists' Association's Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017 | April 2016 Book of the Month Though she transports her readers into glamourous worlds Sophia Bennett fills...
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Reader Reviewed Tidy
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Award-winning Emily Gravett's stunning picture book is a charming, witty and moral tale about the...
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Reader Reviewed Little Red
Bethan Woollvin
Shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | Of all fairy tales, the story of Little Red Hood is the one that seems to speak most directly to today's audience,...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month ...
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Reader Reviewed Voyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship | In what...
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Reader Reviewed Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 In...
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Reader Reviewed An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full...
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Reader Reviewed The Graces
Laure Eve
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | In a nutshell: be careful if you're what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister...
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Reader Reviewed Podkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism | ‘Stories aren't all about fighting and revenge. You have to...
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Reader Reviewed The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the...
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Reader Reviewed The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into...
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Reader Reviewed The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places
Pete Begler
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: daughter's quest to save her mother from a dangerous fairy world | Nell Perkins has a special gift, or curse:...
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Reader Reviewed Following Ophelia
Sophia Bennett
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautiful young maid catches the eye of the Pre-Raphaelites | Mary leads a Cinderella life: by day she's blacking grates...
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Reader Reviewed Waking in Time
Angie Stanton
In a Nutshell: Secrets, romance and time travel twists | Still mourning the death of her grandmother, Abbi embarks on a new life when she moves to a college far...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it feels like to see the world just a...
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Reader Reviewed Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
Lara Williamson
March 2017 Book of the Month A touching and amusing story about belonging and the search for an heroic identity. Adam has always known that he was adopted and it...
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Reader Reviewed Hilo: The Great Big Boom
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: non-stop cartoon action with real heart | The adventures continue for little android Hilo and his human friends D.J. and Gina, and they are as fast, funny...
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Reader Reviewed Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through...
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Reader Reviewed See You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old,...
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Reader Reviewed Pigeon P.I.
Meg McLaren
Murray McMurray is a private eye in the Philip Marlowe tradition – laconic, cool, sharp. I'd say he's hard-boiled, only this PI is a pigeon and it seems impolite. When...
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Reader Reviewed My Name is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 | Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess....
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Reader Reviewed Black Cats and Butlers
Janine Beacham
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of...
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Reader Reviewed The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to...
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Reader Reviewed Jacky 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...
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Reader Reviewed Dave Pigeon (Nuggets)
Swapna Haddow
In a nutshell: pigeontastic comedy capers with Dave and Skipper | Things are not looking good for pigeons Dave and Skipper. The Human Lady who feeds them has gone on...
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Reader Reviewed A Duckling Called Button
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story with realistic farm setting | Jasmine finds a clutch of duck eggs by the river, but their mother has been killed by a dog...
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Reader Reviewed The Detective Dog
Julia Donaldson
Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs typically sparkling rhyme to tell the...
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Reader Reviewed Swashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief
Elli Woollard
In a nutshell: rhyming pirate fun just right for newly independent readers | Children ready to move from picture books to chapter books will love the antics of junior pirate...
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Reader Reviewed William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks
William Bee
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Irresistible for anyone mad about trucks! There's so much to learn about the extraordinary world of trucks and truck-mad William Bee...
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Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming...
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Reader Reviewed Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap
Justine Windsor
In a nutshell: Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in magical new mystery series | Young Lucy Goodly is not happy when she's forced into employment as ‘boot girl' for the...
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Reader Reviewed The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger's * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that's certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of...
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Reader Reviewed Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!
Daisy Hirst
New from the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, this is another witty, eye-catching picture book that adults will enjoy as much as children. Once...
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Reader Reviewed The Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen', they sit up and use their ears to...
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Katie Lonsdale

A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

"Ed loves reviewing the books and it definitely encourages his reading, both solo and with me (which I love)." Tracey Parker (parent)

"Daniel has seen his review on the website for The Dark – he is so excited!" Cat Bisland (parent)

Since its inception Lovereading4kids and its sister site Lovereading have taken a different approach to book reviews, relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts. On Lovereading4kids it is Julia Eccleshare who is also the Children's Books Editor at The Guardian. She knows what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually reads the books before telling you what she thinks - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.

In 2012 however, to complement our expert reviews we decided to invite children of Lovereading4kids members to join the newly created Kids Reader Review Panel.

We've now attracted over 500 children aged from 4 right up to late teen and 100's of books have now been read and reviewed by them. Many of them even have their own book blogs and help us to spread the word of mouth still further on a book they've enjoyed.

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Panel members reviews are loaded onto the site and complement those of our own Lovereading editorial experts. We're even now receiving feedback from visitors to Lovereading4kids that the 'Kids Reader Review Panel' reviews are as valued as those of our own Lovereading book experts! With that in mind we thought it would be very helpful to everyone if we created a category and put all the books that have also been reviewed by some of our Kids Reader Review Panel members, in one easy to find place.

Here are a few testimonials from parents, teachers and importantly direct from some of our 'Kids Reader Review Panel'

The whole class are desperate to get copies of your books and are disappointed if their name doesn't come out of the hat. The more books the better! I've gone from having a class of boys who won't read to a class who get upset if they don't get chosen to read. It's brilliant! Jane Edwards, Little Sutton Primary School, Ellesmere Port (Teacher)

Matilda Greenacre, one of our Reader Reviewers next to all the books she has reviewed for us.

Matilda Greenacre

I just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to do this for your site.

Ed loves reviewing the books and it definitely encourages his reading, both solo and with me (which I love).

Tracey Parker (parent)

Just wanted to say thanks so much for uploading Cara's book review - she had the biggest smile ever when I showed it to her! It will have given her and her family a real boost. Great site too! Jill Rooney (parent)

The book reviewing has been a real treat for us, thank you for a wonderful experience. Tracey Upchurch (parent)

Thank you for sending me the published book of TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE. I loved Timmy Failure and have told all my friends about it. I’m glad you liked my review, I was really excited to see a quote inside the book. Charlie Upchurch (age 9)

Sometimes even publishers use the reviews that are written...

"Evie was thrilled to find the Monster and Chips review she wrote for you printed inside the sequel she bought last week"

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