Books of the Year 2016 Books of the Year 2016

What a year 2016 was for children's publishing.  So many amazing books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of parents missed a few. Below are favourites, split into age ranges so you can find the books you are most interested in.



Books of the Year Babies & Toddlers

The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/12/2015
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There's a Bear on My Chair
Ross Collins
Winner of the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2016 Text, illustration and design all... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel's writing is exquisitely... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 |... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2016
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Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Odd Dog Out has all the qualities that made Blown Away and Grrrrr! so popular with critics and readers! The pages - filled with dazzling displays of stylishly-dressed dogs on the move... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning - but none go... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Books of the Year 3+

Owl Bat Bat Owl
Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Full of wit and warmth, this is a joyful wordless picture book. Owls are owls and bats are bats and they are... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Mysterious Apples
Diana C Vickery
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Return to The Magical World of Swankypants as we join Yasmin and Yo-Yo, two naughty squirrels who begin to think about collecting food for their winter food store. Just what will those... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2016
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Return
Aaron Becker
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 A triumphant final story in Aaron Becker's superbly imaginative award-winning trilogy of wordless picture books. Ignored by her father, a lonely girl draws... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Hiding Heidi
Fiona Woodcock
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Debut Picture Book of the Month Fiona Woodcock has used delicate pencil and screen print illustrations to create a beautiful and original... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Spotty Lottie and Me
Richard Byrne
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, March 2016 Stuck at home with chicken pox, Joey needs a spotty friend to play with. Surely leopard, giraffe, snake, cheetah or even ladybird would... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Penguin Problems
Jory John
December 2016 Book of the Month | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There's too much snow,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 There's a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedNothing!
Yasmeen Ismail
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | August 2016 Book of the Month Full of life, energy and a wild sense of freedom, Nothing is a marvellous celebration of the imagination, and that special relationship between child and grandparent... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedColin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Debut of the Month Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThere is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2016 Award-winning Lane Smith's stunning illustrations create a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/05/2016
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Nibbles: The Book Monster
Emma Yarlett
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Debut of the Month Nibbles the monster is as impetuous and cheeky as children in their wildest dreams. On page one readers release him from a crate, then watch... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedHoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 -Picture Book Category Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedWe are Not Frogs
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month - A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child New on Barrington Stoke's... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Books of the Year 5+

Reader ReviewedAlan's Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, February 2016 Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2016
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Solomon and Mortimer
Catherine Rayner
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, February 2016 Award-winning illustrations by Catherine Rayner show the cheeky young crocodiles Solomon and Mortimer who love to... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/02/2016
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We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2016
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The Liszts
Kyo Maclear
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to the wonderful world of the Liszts. This somewhat eccentric family all make lists – mama, papa, the children, even the cat. They make... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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There's a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation's youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Odd Dog Out has all the qualities that made Blown Away and Grrrrr! so popular with critics and readers! The pages - filled with dazzling displays of stylishly-dressed dogs on the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedGrandpa 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 for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedBilly Button, Telegram Boy
Sally Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Book of the Month Meet the Buttons. Mrs Button runs a shop – the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people – Mr Button runs the post... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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The Tale of Kitty in Boots
Beatrix Potter
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month There was great excitement in the literary world earlier this year at the news that an unpublished Beatrix Potter story had been discovered. The Tale... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Alicia Potter
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Book of the Month The story of the scaredy cat finding unexpected resources of courage to save the day is given a lovely – and literal – twist in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she's a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives' readers can... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/04/2016
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Books of the Year 7+

Before I Wake Up...
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl's dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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How to Find Gold
Viviane Schwarz
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and January 2016 Book of the Month It has a publication date of January, yet How to Find Gold is already likely to top my... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/01/2016
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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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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 ReviewedThe 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 whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen', they sit... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedOttoline 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 Munroe, and it is every bit as enchanting, witty and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wilderness War
Julia Green
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedPerijee & Me
Ross Montgomery
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book that... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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Zoo Boy
Sophie Thompson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, February 2016 When Vince turns eight years old he discovers he has the most amazing secret. Although he has always hated animals, which is embarrassing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Books of the Year 9+

Reader ReviewedHamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids' books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in danger... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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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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The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedDouble 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 ever much-anticipated episode in the multi-million selling series. Is his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2016
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Mistletoe and Murder
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 |Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | ... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2016
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Fame Thing
Jonathan Meres
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: funny story of football, fandom and fame | George is over the moon when she finds out her favourite footballer... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone's favourite storyteller! The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 strong historical background capturing a young girl's need for courage... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie Esiri
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2016 A fabulously rich anthology of 366 poems - one for every night of the year as promised in the title. Or for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedFire 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 for a second lively adventure. Her mother is being held... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce's classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today's readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 Balding's utterly delightful book – in fact, they'll be smiling... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 friendships, family and food and a worthy winner of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedStrange Star
Emma Carroll
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy, 1816,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedPick Your Poison
Lauren Child
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost. There... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedKnights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there's a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what's right and decent. Until... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Shadow Keeper
Abi Elphinstone
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month Fabulous, feisty Moll returns with the ever faithful and courageous Gryff by her side in their quest to save the old magic and stop the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Books of the Year 11+

Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he's fighting the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedAnyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Debut of the Month Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady's maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations readers are ever likely to encounter. Sacked by her employer after... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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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 ReviewedWaiting 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 deserves a huge round of applause. It follows fifteen-year old... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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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: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli | More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 of her best friend fuels this roller-coaster debut novel. When... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedLockwood & 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 the streets of a nearly-but-not contemporary London clear of malevolent... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedCogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | 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 images and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Award-winning Michelle Harrison's The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Books of the Year 13+

Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He's always found... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedFlyboy
Tom Palmer
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | April 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedHour of the Bees
Lindsay Eagar
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month Twelve year old Carol's emotional journey of discovery about her past makes a powerful story that will touch many readers. Carol's summer is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month The heroine of Ann M Martin's fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2016
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Word Nerd
Susin Nielsen
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: sad | funny| touching | Susin Nielsen has won many fans for her poignant, character-driven stories of young people in difficult situations. Ambrose, the eponymous word nerd, is just... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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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 ReviewedThe Witch's Kiss
Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Debut of the Month| In a Nutshell: Witchcraft | Vengeance | Dream Boy | Melding ancient witchery with modern-day dilemmas of the heart, this deliciously dark tale is... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut about grief, guilt and the tragic reality of knife crime.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/05/2016
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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 ReviewedThe 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 of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016. Daring,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Books of the Year YA

Reader ReviewedWhisper to Me
Nick Lake
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a murderer... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel's writing is exquisitely... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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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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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 ReviewedWaiting for Callback
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 deserves a huge round of applause. It follows fifteen-year old... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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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 | January 2016 Book of the Month There's something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a small hardback, it looks... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedNever Evers
Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Book of the Month As warming as a cup of hot chocolate on a winter's day, Never Evers is guaranteed to leave readers happy and smiling. The story... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi
Maria Turtschaninoff
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | January 2015 Debut of the Month What an unusual and powerful novel. The setting is an island in an unspecified fantasy world inhabited... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
Winner for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers Category | 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).... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedFlawed
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed' are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern's debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Super Readable Books of the Year

Reader ReviewedAs 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, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedNightwanderers
C. J. Flood
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths. Shy Rosie had “never had... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedNot If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and when I turned the last page I could... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedRadio Silence
Alice Oseman
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month Frances' life has been mapped out since forever. She's set on reading English Literature at Cambridge and getting a good job. That's the path she... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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All the Rage
Courtney Summers
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the ways in which women are forced to burden the blame... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedBroken Sky
L. A. Weatherly
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month Broken Sky is the stunning start to ‘The Broken Trilogy', an intriguing and wonderful mix of dystopian fantasy linked with disconcerting reflections of history and... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month Holly Bourne's new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything. Amber... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2016
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Unboxed
Non Pratt
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Four teenagers meet to carry out the dying wishes of another close friend in this moving short novel, discovering truths about themselves and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/08/2016
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Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range.

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