This month's 'featured books'
Blue Peter Book Awards
Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Animalium
Animalium
Jenny Broom
See Katie Scott at Hay Fever!   Join illustrator Katie...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Corpse Talk
Corpse Talk
Adam Murphy
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts   Meet some of history's most famous, infamous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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This month's 'featured books'
Guardian Fiction Prize
The Lost Gods
The Lost Gods
Francesca Simon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   Best-selling Francesca Simon tells a second hilarious story about what happens...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
Natasha Farrant
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Shine
Shine
Candy Gourlay
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Phoenix
Phoenix
S. F. Said
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   The supernova is coming ...one boy alone can save the galaxy!...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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The Dark Wild
The Dark Wild
Piers Torday
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014.    In The Dark Wild, Kester, a twelve year old with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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We Were Liars
We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
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Debuts of the Month
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
April 2015 Debut of the Month Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady’s maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
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Lily and Bear
Lily and Bear
Lisa Stubbs
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Lily and Bear – two wonderful new characters who love to play together – and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Denton Little's Death Date
Denton Little's Death Date
Lance Rubin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Teenager Denton Little is about to die. In his society, everyone knows the day...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Big Wish
Big Wish
Brandon Robshaw
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Lucky Sam – he makes a wish on a shooting star and it comes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Seed
Seed
Lisa Heathfield
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
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Books of the Month
Looking-Glass Girl
Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
April 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals
Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals
Fiona Watt
April 2015 Book of the Month   This chunky, colourful little board book is just the thing to develop early faculties...
Format: Board book - Released: 01/04/2015
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Monsters Love Underpants
Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
April 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
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If You Were Me
If You Were Me
Sam Hepburn
April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy
The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Slug Needs a Hug
Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
April 2015 Book of the Month - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Books Reviewed by Children
The Accidental Prime Minister
The Accidental Prime Minister
Tom McLaughlin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  We’ve all thought it: a twelve-year-old boy could do an MP’s job at least...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
J. A. Buckle
Josh Walker is a boy who likes a list.  Top of his ‘things to do this year’ is: commence upper-body-related...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
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Scorpia
Scorpia
Anthony Horowitz
The fifth revelation-packed mission in the Alex Rider series. Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Half Wild
Half Wild
Sally Green
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Half Bad was one of the most talked about Young Adult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2015
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Jumblecat
Jumblecat
Archie Kimpton
July 2014 Debut of the Month  Introducing a fantastically funny new voice in children's fiction.  Think David Walliams meets Franck...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Seed
Seed
Lisa Heathfield
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
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Who is Julia Eccleshare ?

Julia Julia Eccleshare M.B.E. has spent her working life to date within children's books as a critic, an editor, an author and a commentator. And this was recognized when she was made an M.B.E. in the Queen's Honours list in June 2014 for services to Children's Literature. Apart from her role as Editorial advisor to Lovereading4kids and Lovereading4schools, she is the children's editor of the Guardian and Head of Public Lending Right (PLR) Policy and Advocacy at the British Libary.

She has co-edited and is the author of a number of books including the Rough Guide to Teenage Literature, the fascinating and insightful Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children's Writers, which is a celebration of a century of children's literature, as well as Treasure Islands: the Woman's Hour Guide to Children's Books. She also spent some considerable time as a children's fiction editor in UK publishing. She has been a selector to the Children's Books of the Year, a guide to the best books published annually, a member of the advisory board of a children's book club and for some while was children's books editor of The Bookseller. She regularly appears as a judge or Chair of judges on some of the major children's book prizes including the Whitbread (now called the Costa) and the Nestle among others.

From this engagement with the field she has encyclopaedic knowledge of what has been published for children over the last twenty five or thirty years, how fashions have changed, what has worked and how best to help children and their parents find the book that they will most enjoy. Julia was awarded the Eleanor Farjeon Prize in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children's books. She is married with four children and lives in London.




















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