This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Monsters Love Underpants
Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month   Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
Julia Donaldson
October 2014 Book of the MonthShortlisted for the Specsaver's National Book Awards: Children's Book Of The Year. In...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The House of Hades
The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
October 2014 Book of the Month  The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks the Pirate's Curse
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks the Pirate's Curse
Kristina Stephenson
October 2014 Book of the Month   A swashbuckling new adventure for the brave-hearted knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Help! says...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Matt Brown
October 2014 Book of the Month  A second hilarious and disgusting adventure wittily told in words and pictures making it perfect...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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The Blood of Olympus
The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
October 2014 Book of the Month   Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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This month's 'featured books'
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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The Dark Wild
The Dark Wild
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   Twelve-year-old Kester thought he had discovered the last wild animals in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
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We Were Liars
We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month  A gripping story with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
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She is Not Invisible
She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Shine
Shine
Candy Gourlay
This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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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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Books Reviewed by Children
Sabriel
Sabriel
Garth Nix
October 2014 ebook of the Month   An otherworldly adventure blending a clever mix of reality and fantasy. You may have already...
Format: eBook - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Lost Hero
The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
This is the number one, bestselling title in this new spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. Old enemies...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
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Mountwood School for Ghosts
Mountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
October 2014 Book of the Month   Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Dread Eagle
Dread Eagle
Alex Woolf
October 2014 Book of the Month   Steampunk at its best with some fantastical inventions that make the impossible possible. Set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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The Ghosts of Heaven
The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Royal Babysitters
The Royal Babysitters
Clementine Beauvais
October 2014 Book of the Month    Silly jokes and madcap adventures are the order of the day in this very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Debuts of the Month
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird
Arabella Weir
October 2014 Debut of the Month  New-to-school thirteen-year-old Tabitha Baird is determined to be super-cool, to make some great best-friends....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Woozy the Wizard A Spell to Get Well
Woozy the Wizard A Spell to Get Well
Elli Woollard
October 2014 Debut of the Month  A simple and witty rhyming text tells how Woozy the Wizard sets about trying...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
October 2014 Debut of the Month    *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content  An enormous family saga unfolds in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy
Karen Foxlee
October 2014 Debut of the Month  The Marvellous Boy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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The Piper
The Piper
Danny Weston
October 2014 Debut of the Month   A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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A Little in Love
A Little in Love
Susan Fletcher
October 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month    Eponine tells the heart wrenching story of her own life of suffering and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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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 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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