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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 ReviewedWhat 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 situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedA 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 live with bipolar disorder, and finding the strength to reveal... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedBone 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 search for a young woman who's disappeared from their eccentric... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 - May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedHilo: 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 shouted “Aaahh!” as a greeting, followed by hysterical laughter. This... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory Can there ever have been a heroine... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedWing 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 girl discovers a latent talent that shines light on the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 old John Watson has recently moved into 221 Baker Street,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Icarus Show
Sally Christie
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award There's something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a small hardback, it looks inviting and eminently readable. And it... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
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, told through the unforgettable voice of an unforgettable... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedA 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 her, but teenage readers will recognise the different pressures that... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWelcome 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 know what is happening in Syria and why – serious,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won the 2016 Carnegie Medal, the UK's top children's book award; he has just been awarded the... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 78 storeys high (new additions include an ALL-BALL sports stadium... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedI 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 who enjoys playing cunning tricks on his friends. He can... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedHilo: 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, readers will be eager for the next book in this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedMidnight 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 friend Beans. In this episode, they are off on the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedHis 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 delight all those who love magic, mystery, mayhem - and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedTrouble 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. Bella and her family are just moving into a new... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedLife 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 his life to a reality TV show.Fifteen-year-old Jackie... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedSpy 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 hope to read about: Dan is a teddy bear accidentally... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedJake 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, the Atlas family are about to fly off to Egypt... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWho Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that will have kids reading long past their bedtime. Poor Elliot is having a very tough time. ... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Watership Down
Richard Adams
Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. It tells...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Dear Charlie
N. D. Gomes
November 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Shocking school shooting | Heartache behind headlines A thoroughly thought-provoking tale of a family's struggle with grief and guilt in...
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Reader Reviewed More of Me
Kathryn Evans
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award | February 2016 Debut of the Month | We all live with...
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Reader Reviewed An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
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 this would make...
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Reader Reviewed There May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage...
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Reader Reviewed The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us,...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world | Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile...
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Reader Reviewed Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she's bright, more than...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by...
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Reader Reviewed The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a...
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Reader Reviewed The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes | Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives...
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Reader Reviewed The Road to Ever After
Moira Young
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: angels escape love (or how to live a wonderful life) Moira Young puts her own spin on...
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Reader Reviewed Maybe a Fox
Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt
Rich in atmosphere, the clever intertwining of two stories, one human and one animal, gives a new way of exploring grief in this magical realism story. Jules and Sylvie. Sisters...
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Reader Reviewed Double Down
Jeff Kinney
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: 150 million readers aren't wrong Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley goes all existential in this the latest and as...
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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.

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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)

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Matilda Greenacre

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