This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Looking-Glass Girl
Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Book of the Month  Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Don't Forget Tiggs!
Don't Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Demolition Dad
Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Porridge of Knowledge
The Porridge of Knowledge
Archie Kimpton
May 2015 Book of the Month  There’s a lovely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Catch Your Death
Catch Your Death
Lauren Child
May 2015 Book of the Month  There’s a real vogue for girl detectives at the moment, but Ruby Redfort is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens
Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens
Tracey Turner
May 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  What a great, fun way to get a young mind enthused in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Blue Peter Book Awards
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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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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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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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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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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Books Reviewed by Children
Moone Boy: the Blunder Years
Moone Boy: the Blunder Years

One of our Books of the Year 2014  Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
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The Glass Bird Girl
The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Bad Bones
Bad Bones
Graham Marks
Suspend disbelief and throw yourself into an action packed, creepy tale. 16 year old Gabe finds himself on the wrong...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2015
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Gone
Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The it Girl
The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall’s sparkling debut.  Central character Anna is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs
Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs
Sarah Forbes
Elspeth Hart lives with her horrible aunt, Miss Crabb, at the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs.  It is the first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2015
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Guardian Fiction Prize
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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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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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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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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Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014- Winner of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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Debuts of the Month
Lottery Boy
Lottery Boy
Michael Byrne
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Thirteen year old Bully, real name Bradley, has chosen to live on the streets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The it Girl
The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall’s sparkling debut.  Central character Anna is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Darkmouth
Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Imagination Box
The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Last Summer of Us
The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
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We are All Made of Molecules
We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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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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