This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
The Jewel
The Jewel
Amy Ewing
September 2014 Debut of the Month   A fascinating and entirely captivating young adult dystopian romance full of spirit, spark and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Winterkill
Winterkill
Kate A. Boorman
September 2014 Debut of the Month  This is such a gloriously different and delightful read. The storyline sucks you in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Lucky
Lucky
Chris Hill
September 2014 Debut of the Month   An inspiring, lovely read, containing a classic storyline told in an imaginative way. Lucky...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
D. D. Everest
September 2014 Debut of the Month   An unexpected present, a very old book with unusual powers and a twelve-year-old with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Hooray for Hat!
Hooray for Hat!
Brian Won
September 2014 Debut of the Month  Everyone knows what it feels like to be grumpy! But how can you stop...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Finding A Voice
Finding A Voice
Kim Hood
September 2014 Debut of the Month   When Jo takes on helping Chris, a teenager with cerebral palsy, she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2014
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This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
The Infinite Sea
The Infinite Sea
Rick Yancey
September 2014 Book of the Month   The Infinite Sea is the hugely anticipated follow-up to the phenomenal - and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/09/2014
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Jet the Rescue Dog ...And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime
Jet the Rescue Dog ...And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime
David Long
September 2014 Book of the Month   An amazing collection of 33 short stories about all kinds of animals and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Something
The Something
Rebecca Cobb
September 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb creates a number of different imaginary worlds in this delightfully...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
September 2014 Book of the Month  Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Witchworld
Witchworld
Emma Fischel
September 2014 Book of the Month  Pixies, ghouls, and a granny who is stuck in the old ways are just...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Baking Life of Amelie Day
The Baking Life of Amelie Day
Vanessa Curtis
September 2014 Book of the Month   Can Amelie win the Britain’s Best Teen Baker of the Year competition? She’s got...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Carnegie/Greenaway
Ghost Hawk
Ghost Hawk
Susan Cooper
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014   In the winter of his eleventh year, Little Hawk goes deep into the forest,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2013
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The Journey Home
The Journey Home
Frann Preston-Gannon
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013A thought-provoking story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2012
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Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde
Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde
Joyce Dunbar
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013  Cat lovers everywhere will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Jemmy Button
Jemmy Button
Alix Barzelay
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Inspired by the life of Jemmy Button – a native of Tierra del...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2014
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Rooftoppers
Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12's category 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize  Winner of the Blue Peter Book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2013
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After Tomorrow
After Tomorrow
Gillian Cross
Winner of The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 - Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
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Books Reviewed by Children
The Golden Day
The Golden Day
Ursula Dubosarsky
Award-winning Ursula Dubosarsky’s enigmatic story is elegantly and briefly told. Gripping as the story unfolds it will also leave readers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Half a Creature from the Sea
Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
September 2014 Book of the Month   An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Baking Life of Amelie Day
The Baking Life of Amelie Day
Vanessa Curtis
September 2014 Book of the Month   Can Amelie win the Britain’s Best Teen Baker of the Year competition? She’s got...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Trial by Fire
Trial by Fire
Josephine Angelini
September 2014 Book of the Month    Fabulously different, this wonderfully exciting novel captures your imagination and allows it to soar...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
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The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
A beautiful colour gift edition of an absolute classic and an essentialtitle for every child's bookshelf. The trials and tribulations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Skink No Surrender
Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary!...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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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 current role as Editorial contributor and advisor to Lovereading4kids, she is the children's editor of the Guardian.

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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