UKLA Book Awards - 2016 UKLA Book Awards - 2016

Find out which books teachers think are the best! Below are the winning books for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) 2016 Awards sponsored by Lovereading4kids, Lovereading4schools and MLS.



3 - 6 Years - Winner and Shortlisted titles

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Alex T. Smith
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. Little Red Riding Hood transposed to an African town setting where a lion is really no match for a clever small girl. The inventive layout... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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On Sudden Hill
Linda Sarah
Highly Commended in the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. A compelling story about accepting someone new, from the Benji Davies, the bestselling illustrator of The Storm Whale. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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An Away Day
Benedicte Guettier
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. An Away Day is the new title in the fantastic new The Dad With 10 Children series: a series of charming picture story books about... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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The Something
Rebecca Cobb
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. April 2015 Book of the Month - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb creates a number of different imaginary... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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This Book Just Ate My Dog
Richard Byrne
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category - Shortlisted for Oscar's First Book Prize 2015 A little girl, a big dog,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Use Your Imagination
Nicola O'Byrne
Rabbit and Wolf make dangerous playmates. But Rabbit is bored and Wolf comes up with the brilliant idea that Rabbit should write a story. Everything goes very well. Wolf is very helpful. But Wolf is also very hungry…and the story... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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3 - 6 Years - Longlisted titles

Tiny The Invisible World of Microbes
Nicola Davies
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal This is simply an outstanding book. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton explain the life and purpose of microbes clearly and lucidly for very young children, through simple language and beautiful illustrations. Using... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The First Slodge
Jeanne Willis
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Jeanne Willis is an expert at pinpointing human weaknesses, particularly those common in the very young, and this is a very funny morality tale about the importance of sharing. The first Slodge... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedHoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - March 15 Book of the Month Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedBears Don't Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
One of our Books of the Year 2014 George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he soon realises that it contains something very... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedBlown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin's original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Smelly Louie
Catherine Rayner
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, July 2015. Nobody smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple blossom. After he's forced to have a bath, Louie is... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Following the Tractor
Susan Steggall
Follow the hard-working tractor on its journey as it ploughs, sows and harvests the fields throughout the course of one year. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/1970
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Flood
Gillian McClure
A humorous flood fable about an ox, a fox and a hen caught in the flood waters. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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This is My Rock
David Lucas
Standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with… Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2015
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Space Dog
Mini Grey
Spacedog's lonely mission is nearly over, and it's nearly time for him to go home. But one perilous rescue attempt later, and he finds himself with an Astrocat aboard his ship. But everyone knows Spacedogs and Astrocats are sworn enemies... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2015
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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
Andrea Beaty
From the creators of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect, a charming new rollick of a picture book about the world's finest hat maker. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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Please Mr Panda
Steve Antony
From the creator of The Queen's Hat comes a brand new character and an hilarious tale about manners! Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2016
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Eddie's Tent And How to Go Camping
Sarah Garland
Eddie has a great adventure when his family go camping, learning how to make a fire, campsite cooking and simple survial skills such as knot-tying and map reading. Great preparation for an adventure this summer! A delightful addition to the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2015
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Something About a Bear
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats - But which is the best bear of all? Your... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedI am Henry Finch
Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2016 - Fiction 4-7 category | Winner of Little Rebels 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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7 - 11 Years - Winner and Shortlisted titles

Reader ReviewedThe Imaginary
A. F. Harrold
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children's lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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The Boundless
Kenneth Oppel
Highly Commended in the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. A tremendous adventure unfolds across the vast emptiness of Canada being opened up by explorers in the 1880s. William Everett knows all about the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Lucy Letherland
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Illustrated Book Award 2015. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination. With epic adventures... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedHercufleas
Sam Gayton
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. Greta needs a hero, someone to defeat the murderous giant Yuk. She goes to see Mr Stickler, proprietor of Happily Ever Afters, motto, ‘You bring... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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The Fish in the Bathtub
Eoin Colfer
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 5-8 It's post-war Poland and grandpa is on a mission to enjoy... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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The Pilot and the Little Prince
Peter Sis
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Fully illustrated, this is a beautiful and intriguing biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the highly original author... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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7 - 11 Years - Longlisted titles

Cakes in Space
Philip Reeve
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Best-selling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre's space adventure with a difference sees Astra, a young girl travelling to a new life in Nova Mundi, setting in motion a gigantic cake catastrophe. Astra... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard
Julia Lee
August 2014 Book of the Month Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Gully Potchard is an ordinary kind of boy who tries his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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The Fastest Boy in the World
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedLockwood & Co: the Whispering Skull Book 2
Jonathan Stroud
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. Jonathan Stroud is a gifted author, and he is on very fine form with these supernatural adventure stories. Set in a Britain... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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The Cat Who Came in off the Roof
Annie M.G. Schmidt
A hilarious, charming story of cats, dogs, and learning to dare. Tibble is a reporter. He only ever writes about cats, and he's about to be fired. Minou is a young woman who has moved into Tibble's flat. She hates... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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A Tiger Tale
Holly Webb
Kate's grandfather has died and she's missing him desperately. At least she has her toy tiger, Amos, to keep her company. It was a present from Granddad, and holding him close makes Granddad seem less far away. But she doesn't... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Jon Scieszka
Real-life science meets science fiction in this exciting and humorous new series from bestselling author Jon Scieszka. Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2014
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Who is King? And Other Tales from Africa
Beverley Naidoo
All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/04/2015
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Joe All Alone
Joanna Nadin
A heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone. Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedDemolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month Jake Biggs's dad works in demolition. All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - April 2015 Book of the Month This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2015
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story - October 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse a Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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12 - 16 Years - Winner and Shorlisted titles

Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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An Island of Our Own
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize From the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Door That Led to Where
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. This novel contains some strong language. A new novel by multi-award winning Sally... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedWe are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Staff Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Charlotte Carus - May 2015 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it's possible to be. ... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedApple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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12 - 16 Years - Longlisted titles

Reader ReviewedThere Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 - January 2015 Book of the Month Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/2015
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A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
Winner of the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - One of our Books of the Year 2014 and Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year 'Teen Fiction' Award Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedBlack Dove, White Raven
Elizabeth Wein
Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category This is a book that takes its readers soaring through the skies over the Simien Mountains, bearded vultures circling overhead, in an unusual and unforgettable adventure. Emilia and Teo... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedAll the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize Fans of John Green will love this heart-wrenching... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
Winner of the Older Fiction category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. January 2015 Debut of the Month. This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are. It's easy... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/2015
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Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children's Book Award - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn't really have friends. But he finds... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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This is Not a Love Story
Keren David
This is not a love story. It's complicated. The brand new novel from the bestselling author of Salvage, set in Amsterdam. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
David Crystal, Ben Crystal
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is a brand new, unique, alphabetical colour dictionary of Shakespearean words and meanings, targeted to help students of 11-16 years get a better understanding of Shakespeare anywhere in the world. Ideal for GCSE and for... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/04/2015
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The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
March 2015 Book of the Month Andrew Smith's novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here again he puts adolescent... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedPike
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Not a word is wasted in this fine novel. On one level it is a thriller: fishing on Bacon Pond Nicky spots a glint of gold in its murky depths, and recognises the Rolex owned... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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Blindside
Aidan Chambers
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 Aidan Chambers is a very fine writer, whose novels often deal with themes of self-discovery. In Blindside, Nate, a talented young runner, is involved in a terrible road accident. Realising he'll never run again,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2015
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Lovereading4kids is pleased to support and co-sponsor the UKLA Book Awards this year. Run by the UK Literacy Association, what makes these awards so unique is that they are the only awards judged entirely by active classroom teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers.

“A great opportunity to read an exciting range of new literature and then to share ideas with other teachers” Kaye Wilson, teacher judge.

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