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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 ReviewedMy 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. TV historian Lucy Worsley spins a wonderful adventure around the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedOptimists 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 the most terrible situations, but always manages to keep the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedFollowing 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 as the most junior servant in her household, but in... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedJust 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 never seemed to matter. After all, he loves his mum... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedGoodly 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 mysterious Lord Grave. She misses her parents and cat, and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedLove 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 her stories with warm, believable characters and always keeps the... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedBlack 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 unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedFish 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 bit differently. Billy loves the sea and uses swimming as... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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: when she looks at people, she can see things that... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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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 ReviewedAlphonse, 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 there was Natalie – a bright image shows a happy,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 this gorgeously heartfelt and often hilarious novel. Grace is bright... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedSwashbuckle 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 Swashbuckle Lil. There are two breath-taking adventures in this book... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 story of Peter – a very nice child though he... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedA 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 so she decides to take them home and hatch them... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedPigeon 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 a gorgeous blonde chick shows up asking for his help... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedSee 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, caring single-handedly for his depressed mother and his puppy Carl... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedHilo: 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 and inventive as ever. Hilo and D.J. have to rescue... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedWaking 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 from home. Knowing this is where Gram had studied goes... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedPodkin 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 have a bit of character development. Some suspense, some atmosphere'.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 Summer, seem to have everything: attractive, popular, rich, no wonder... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Red
Bethan Woollvin
Longlisted 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, and to lend itself most readily to modern reinvention. It's... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedTidy
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 perils of making the world look too spick and span.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedA 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 a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedWilliam 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 is the man to explain it all. There are steam... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedDave 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 holiday leaving them easy prey to the devious Reginald Grimster,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedAn 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 of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedVoyage 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 is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
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 little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime 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 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 bow, even if they are in bed or on the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 distraction by his knights, who keep pestering him to send... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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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: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedSputnik'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 children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedFire 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 novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian detention centre,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedBeck
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 turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow 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 Hattie's life changes forever when she meets the great aunt... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedBeautiful 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 16-year-old Brightonians Caddy and Rosie have been best friends all... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedOne
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 Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Longlisted... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedChasing 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 Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Waiting for Callback: Take Two
Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Debut of the Month Fresh, funny and with the best teen voice since Geek Girl, this debut novel...
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Reader Reviewed The Witch's Tears
Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: spell-binding drama of teenage witch faced with life-or-death choices | Readers who loved authors Katherine and Elizabeth Corr's supernatural romance
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Reader Reviewed Who Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
February 2017 Debut of the Month Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that...
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Reader Reviewed The Dark Days Pact
Alison Goodman
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Supernatural Regency Extravaganza | This second book in the lavishly entertaining Lady Helen trilogy - think Jane Austen meets contemporary...
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Reader Reviewed A Girl Called Owl
Amy Wilson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: icicle-beautiful story of a girl touched by magic | In a story of magic and ancient beings, Amy Wilson allows...
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Reader Reviewed The 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse | Andy and Terry's treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It's now...
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Reader Reviewed Radio Boy
Christian O'Connell
February 2017 Debut of the Month Award-winning broadcaster Christian O'Connell's hugely entertaining debut novel is power charged! Shocked when he is sacked from his dream job as presenter of hospital...
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Reader Reviewed We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
February 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she...
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Reader Reviewed The Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles
February 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: girl loves boy/supernatural bounty hunter | When star-crossed lovers Zoe and the boy she nicknames X meet the circumstances are hardly...
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Reader Reviewed The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero
Rachel Renee Russell
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: meet the comic new dork on the block | From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries series comes...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on...
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Reader Reviewed Mind the Gap
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though...
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Reader Reviewed The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac
Nick Mohammed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Debut of the Month | Magician and comedian Nick Mohammed has written a cracking adventure which sparkles like the...
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Reader Reviewed Heartless
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Heart, Hunger and Wonderland awaits… | Fans of fairy tale fantasy - or readers who've wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be the angry “off...
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Reader Reviewed The Moonlight Statue
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: lonely little girl makes friends with ghostly animals Polly and her mum are leaving London for Cornwall. Their old home has very sad associations after Polly's...
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Reader Reviewed Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads
Michael Rosen
In a nutshell: Really? An Uncle Gobb story in a nutshell? You're having a laugh | Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and Malcolm's awful homework-obsessed, bean counting (unless it's literal...
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Reader Reviewed Gone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of...
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Reader Reviewed Traitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the...
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Reader Reviewed The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Stephanie Burgis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2017 A delicious fantasy adventure with a fine mix of dragons, heroines and – chocolate! Aventine is not a dragon to be...
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Reader Reviewed The Big History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn't do better than opening out the Big History Timeline...
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Reader Reviewed The Nature Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Reader Reviewed The Science Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments...
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Reader Reviewed The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all the 38 plays, as well as into the man and his time. A colourful 2 metre...
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Reader Reviewed The Sports Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Ernest Hemingway might have said there are only three real sports – motor racing, bull-fighting and mountaineering – but even he might have been forced to reconsider had he been...
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Reader Reviewed The What on Earth? Timeline Collection
Christopher Lloyd
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Reader Reviewed Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh!
Sean Taylor
Children will totally identify with Choochie Pooh. Little he might be, but he's still irritated and frustrated when his owner won't treat him like an ordinary dog. It's a series...
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Reader Reviewed Rent a Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently...
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Reader Reviewed The British History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
The British History Timeline showcases milestones in the extraordinary history of the British Isles from the age of the Dinosaurs 100 million years ago to the hosting of the London...
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Reader Reviewed I Can Only Draw Worms
Will Mabbitt
February 2017 Book of the Month Will Mabbitt has created a counting book and picture book like no other. Though his subject is worms, generally regarded as rather boring, this...
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Reader Reviewed Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book
Will Mabbitt
In a nutshell: the fate of the ‘hooman' race in the hands of incorrigible nose-picker and pirate Mabel Jones | For daring adventures, desperate deeds, and decidedly nasty ends, look...
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Reader Reviewed Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles)
Maria Turtschaninoff
What an unusual and powerful novel. The setting is an island in an unspecified fantasy world inhabited by a community of women who live separate from men, dedicating themselves to...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: giant killer vegetables and a robotic Jabberwocky versus Hilo and his little band | After the cliffhanger ending of The Boy Who Crashed to Earth,...
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Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
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...
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Reader Reviewed Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
January 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award | In a Nutshell: Unconventional magic realist thriller | A entrancingly unique novel about a boy's...
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Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective
Elizabeth Eulberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: Sherlock and Watson as you've never seen them before | The Sherlock Holmes stories are given a lively twist. Eleven-year...
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Reader Reviewed Life in a Fishbowl
Len Vlahos
In a Nutshell: Love, loss, reality TV and the real value of life | Powerful novel exploring the turmoil that arises when a dying dad sells the last months of...
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Reader Reviewed Spy Toys
Mark Powers
In a nutshell: band of toy superheroes conquer all in a doll eat doll world | The Spy Toys are quite possibly the unlikeliest band of superheroes you could to...
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Reader Reviewed Trouble Next Door
Chris Higgins
In a nutshell: new house, new friend, new adventures | There's something fascinating about naughty children, and readers will be captivated by Magda, the co-star of Chris Higgins's new book....
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Reader Reviewed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
January 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...
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Reader Reviewed What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight | Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual...
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Reader Reviewed Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Judd Winick
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: irresistible adventure story told in words and pictures | Prepare yourselves: children across the country will soon be using a...
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Reader Reviewed Wing Jones
Katherine Webber
January 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Losing your way | Running for your life | Finding your feet | 12+ A beautifully bittersweet debut in which a teenage...
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Reader Reviewed His Royal Whiskers
Sam Gayton
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Full of astonishing imagination and curious and unexpected adventures, His Royal Whiskers is a royal romp of a story that will...
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Reader Reviewed Midnight Mystery
Clara Vulliamy
In a nutshell: domestic crime dramas delightfully told and illustrated | Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, aka Dot, has her own super-sleuthing detective agency with her dog McClusky and her best...
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Reader Reviewed I am Bear
Ben Bailey Smith
February 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month Rapper Doc Brown's Bear cheekily bounces his way through this simple picture book that is full of surprises. This is a Bear...
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Reader Reviewed Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to...
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Reader Reviewed A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Sara Barnard
In a nutshell: heartfelt, enthralling story built round one girl's life-consuming anxiety | Sixteen-year-old Steffi has been selectively mute since she was five. No-one really knows why, least of all...
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Reader Reviewed Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt's ancient monuments. Adventure stories don't come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens,...
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At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

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

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

You give me age appropriate ideas of books I can read and buy for the children and find out what other children their age think of them too.

Katie Lonsdale

"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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