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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 ReviewedThere 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 and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedAn 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 excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo's hands,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedDear 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 the aftermath of an atrocious act committed by a loved... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedMaybe 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 together and forever. But then Sylvie disappears playing by the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedReckless 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 imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedClover 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 able to think for herself and stands up to the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedMagnus 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 Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master of Modern Mythological Makeovers!... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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, but they aren't truly human beings.' They're predators who must... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedMore 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 our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
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...
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Reader Reviewed The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category...
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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 | June 2016 Book of the Month A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
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 for the UKLA...
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Reader Reviewed The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Clare Balding
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare...
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Reader Reviewed Precious and the Zebra Necklace
Alexander Mccall Smith
Precious Ramotswe's career as a detective began when she was just nine, long before she set up the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Her early adventures are described in this...
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Reader Reviewed Podkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
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'....
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Reader Reviewed Darkness Follows
L. A. Weatherly
October 2016 Book of the Month Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy' and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than...
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Reader Reviewed Leafy the Pet Leaf
Philip Ardagh
This cheery group of Little Adventurers will charm young readers with the fun they are having with their pets. Finnegan has brought his puppy, Licky Dog, Floss is showing off...
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Reader Reviewed The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night. Picture this. You rush to...
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Reader Reviewed The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick...
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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 The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Debut of the Month Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a...
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Reader Reviewed The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and October 2016 Debut of the Month Twelve year old Suzy's confusion following the death...
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Reader Reviewed The Night the Stars Went Out
Suz Hughes
Sadly, for all sorts of reasons, many children these days suffer from anxiety. This story of a worried little alien is perfect for them, but has lots for everyone to...
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Reader Reviewed Rock War
Robert Muchamore
The biggest thing this year: a spectacular new series from number one international bestseller Robert Muchamore!
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Reader Reviewed A Piglet Called Truffle
Helen Peters
With a realistic farming setting this is a warm-hearted story that will delight all those who love Dick King-Smith's animal stories. When Jasmine finds one of the farm's brand new...
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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 Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: absurd comedy genius | Timmy Failure is the best worst detective in children's fiction, and a wonderful comic creation. In this adventure he's having to ply his trade...
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Reader Reviewed The Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but...
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Reader Reviewed Witch Glitch
Sibéal Pounder
This is the fourth book about young witch Tiga Whicabim and she gains more fans with each new episode. Reunited with her long-lost mum Gretal Green, Tiga is settled in...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Rick Riordan's unerring ability to reach readers - including those generally described as reluctant -...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless II: Living Shadows
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series,...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing...
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Reader Reviewed Boot Camp
Robert Muchamore
Turn up the volume to eleven - it's the second title in the explosive new series from international bestseller, Robert Muchamore!
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north...
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Reader Reviewed Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That's because it's...
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Reader Reviewed Timmy Failure Sanitized for Your Protection
Stephan Pastis
‘To the best of my knowledge', announces Timmy Failure at the start of this book, in a chapter called Let's Do the Timmy Warp Again, ‘everyone on earth has now...
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Reader Reviewed What's a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Feminism | Friendship | Fighting back |Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal...
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Reader Reviewed Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant | Interest Age 5-8 Best known...
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Reader Reviewed Time for Jas The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby
Natasha Farrant
In a Nutshell: Sibling shenanigans | Family frenzies | Everyday miracles Humorous, generous-hearted fourth and final novel in a heavenly series that just keeps on giving. The winds of change...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret Cooking Club
Laurel Remington
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | August 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cake baking | works | magic | A delicious concoction of...
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Reader Reviewed The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers
Lari Don
In a nutshell: Magic riddles | Narrow escapes Five very different characters enrol at Mrs Sharpe's curse-lifting workshop, and it's a life-or-death last chance for each of them. Their...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection,...
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Reader Reviewed The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: glamour | scandal | romance Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee's...
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Reader Reviewed Isadora Moon Goes to School
Harriet Muncaster
Isadora Moon is an adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy trying to find her way and this is a lovely start to what promises to be a delightful series. Beautifully presented throughout...
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Reader Reviewed Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+ 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...
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Reader Reviewed Isadora Moon Goes Camping
Harriet Muncaster
Adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy Isadora Moon returns and this time she and Pink Rabbit are on a school trip to the ballet. Isadora adores the ballet, especially when she's wearing...
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Reader Reviewed Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet
Harriet Muncaster
Adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy Isadora Moon returns and this time she and Pink Rabbit are on a school trip to the ballet. Isadora adores the ballet, especially when she's wearing...
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Reader Reviewed Isadora Moon Has a Birthday
Harriet Muncaster
Adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy Isadora Moon returns and this time it's her birthday! Isadora loves human birthday parties and is excited now to be having her very own. But her...
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Reader Reviewed Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
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...
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Reader Reviewed Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature's great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of...
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Reader Reviewed Amazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls....
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Reader Reviewed Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and...
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Reader Reviewed Sir Dancealot
Timothy Knapman
September 2016 Book of the Month Little Sir Dancealot would fit right in on Strictly! This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – he dances his...
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Reader Reviewed The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of...
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Reader Reviewed A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which,...
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Reader Reviewed As I Descended
Robin Talley
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling,...
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Reader Reviewed The Building Boy
Ross Montgomery
September 2016 Debut of the Month There's an air of fairy tale in this beautiful and touching picture book, but its foundations are firmly in family relationships. A young boy...
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Reader Reviewed The Cat and the King
Nick Sharratt
September 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: living like a king in a bungalow | Nick Sharratt's picture books are instantly recognisable to every child and parent in...
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Reader Reviewed The Beginning Woods
Malcolm McNeill
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Unfathomable mystery | Timeless fairy tale quest An elegantly atmospheric page-turner that will have readers rooting for main character, Max, and...
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Reader Reviewed Fire Witch
Matt Ralphs
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: young witch works magic! Young witch Hazel, accompanied by her feisty little familiar Bramley the dormouse, is back...
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Reader Reviewed The Graces
Laure Eve
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,...
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Reader Reviewed Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow
Jonathan Stroud
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: spooky suspenseful unputdownable Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep...
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Reader Reviewed The Midnight Foxes
Sarah Lean
In a nutshell: family and friends and a secret garden | Tiger Days loves her holidays with her grandma. They sleep in a big tent in the garden because the house...
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Reader Reviewed The Not-A-Pig
Clara Vulliamy
Bambang the tapir makes his way from the jungle to the big city where he is lucky enough to be found by Mango, a very capable little girl. Though by...
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Reader Reviewed The Magic Looking Glass
Tom Percival
Hansel and Gretel, The Three Bears, Jack the Giant Killer and many more favourite characters are all jumbled together in this roller coaster adventure stuffed full of goodies and baddies....
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Reader Reviewed Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Chris Riddell
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: nonstop surprises in the Big City | This is the fourth adventure for Ottoline and her best friend Mr...
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Reader Reviewed The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart...
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Reader Reviewed Silence is Goldfish
Annabel Pitcher
Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 “Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them,” so declares Tess, the troubled heroine of this...
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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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