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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.

This Month's Featured Books

Reader ReviewedThe Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed See You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
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...
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Reader Reviewed Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that...
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Reader Reviewed The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Celebrity Dad, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of both. Young William Trundle loves dinosaurs better than anything...
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Reader Reviewed The Road To Ever After
Moira Young
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this delightful story of friendship and redemption....
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Reader Reviewed There May Be a Castle
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of...
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Reader Reviewed Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
The second book in the groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science...
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Reader Reviewed Good Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty...
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Reader Reviewed The Snow Sister
Emma Carroll
Full of sadness but also hope and ultimately happiness this is a heart-warming story for Christmas with a strong Victorian setting. When Pearl makes a snow sister on Christmas Eve...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
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...
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Reader Reviewed Pax
Sara Pennypacker
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Touching and thought-provoking this is a lyrically-told story perfectly presented in a beautiful book. Peter's life falls apart after his mother...
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Reader Reviewed Laugh Out Loud
James Patterson
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about...
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Reader Reviewed Skeleton Tree
Kim Ventrella
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: love, loss and a skeleton in the garden Stanly is surprised but intrigued to discover a finger bone apparently...
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Reader Reviewed A Kitten Called Holly
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story set on a proper farm These sweet little stories are perfect for animal-mad youngsters and filled with useful information about how to care...
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Reader Reviewed Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
The Notion Potion is the hilarious third book in the Moone Boy series, based on the Sky TV series from dream team Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy In a...
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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 The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
Megan Shepherd
The story of a young girl in a sanatorium and the magical winged horses that only she can see, this is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, a book that will move...
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Reader Reviewed The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition)
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it...
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Reader Reviewed Carnival Of Monsters
Andrew Beasley
In a nutshell: ghostly thrills, chills and humour and a pair of child ghost-busters Readers will be gripped from the opening chapter of this, and if they enjoy fast-moving, well-plotted...
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Reader Reviewed Witch Snitch
Sibéal Pounder
In a nutshell: absolutely fabulous mix of magical fun and fashion Hold on to your hats, it's Witchoween in Sinksville, when everyone gets out their best party frocks and parties!...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2)
Rick Riordan
In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master...
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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)

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

Matilda Greenacre

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

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