This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Brave
Brave
Wendy Constance
April 2014 Debut of the Month - Winner of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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The Private Blog of Joe Cowley
The Private Blog of Joe Cowley
Ben Davis
April 2014 Debut of the Month   ** Due to the content we recommend this for 12+ readers   Fourteen-year-old Joe Cowley off-loads...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Bone Jack
Bone Jack
Sara Crowe
April 2014 Debut of the Month  A haunting story in which Ash and his soldier father are linked by traditions from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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In Bloom
In Bloom
Matthew Crow
April 2014 Debut of the Month   As funny as it is moving, this is wonderfully vibrant and life-affirming story as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
April 2014 Debut of the Month  *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content  An enormous family saga unfolds in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
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The Tip-tap Dancing Cat
The Tip-tap Dancing Cat
Joanna Boyle
April 2014 Debut of the Month Join Oscar the cat in his secret passion! He may look like any old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/04/2014
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Books Reviewed by Children
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon
Jonny Duddle
The award-winning pirates are back for a second great adventure! Help is needed in Dull-on-Sea after a ghostly pirate ship...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2014
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Itch Scritch Scratch
Itch Scritch Scratch
Eleanor Updale
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child   With wit and brio this picture book captures the all-too-familiar horror...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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Fearsome Dreamer
Fearsome Dreamer
Laure Eve
A sensual and provocative novel about the power and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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In Bloom
In Bloom
Matthew Crow
April 2014 Debut of the Month   As funny as it is moving, this is wonderfully vibrant and life-affirming story as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014
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Mars Evacuees
Mars Evacuees
Sophia McDougall
Alice Dare is a fearless kind of a girl. Not surprising really since her mum is a famous space-fighter and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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The Private Blog of Joe Cowley
The Private Blog of Joe Cowley
Ben Davis
April 2014 Debut of the Month   ** Due to the content we recommend this for 12+ readers   Fourteen-year-old Joe Cowley off-loads...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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This month's 'featured books'
Shakespeare 450th Anniversary
The Orchard Book of Classic Shakespeare Stories
The Orchard Book of Classic Shakespeare Stories
Andrew Matthews
A beautiful new edition, reissued and reformatted to celebrate 450 years since William Shakespeare's birth - an ideal first introduction...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2014
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Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide
Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide
Nina Cosford
2014 marks the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare  Beautifully packaged and full of detailed information this is a stunning fold...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Shakespeare's Storybook
Shakespeare's Storybook
Patrick Ryan
Shakespeare was a brilliant storyteller and he knew a good story when he heard one.  Here in this wonderfully atmospheric...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2006
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What's So Special About Shakespeare?
What's So Special About Shakespeare?
Michael Rosen
So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2007
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Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Rosie Dickins
Young Reading: Series Three. The life of Britain’s most famous playwright told for children ready to tackle longer and more...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/04/2008
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Shakespeare Collection Gift Set
Shakespeare Collection Gift Set

Usborne have chosen five Shakespeare plays to abridge and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/12/2013
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Age Book Awards
Geek Girl
Geek Girl
Holly Smale
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for teens category - Winner of the 2013 Lovereading4Kids Reader's Favourite Book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2013
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The Wall
The Wall
William Sutcliffe
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Longlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize  A moving and thought provoking story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
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The Dark
The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 Possibly destined to be THE...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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All the Truth That's In Me
All the Truth That's In Me
Julie Berry
April 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014  A deeply romantic story set against a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2014
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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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Open Very Carefully
Open Very Carefully
Nick Bromley
Winner of Picture Book category Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014  Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 -  Brave readers will love...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/02/2013
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This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
All the Truth That's In Me
All the Truth That's In Me
Julie Berry
April 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014  A deeply romantic story set against a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2014
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The Way to the Zoo
The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
April 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machine
Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machine
Peter Bently
April 2014 Book of the Month   A delightfully dotty flock of sheep have fun flying, by the winner of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
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The Fallen
The Fallen
Charlie Higson
April 2014 Book of the Month  Best-selling Charlie Higson continues his gripping zombie series which began with The Enemy. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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The Eagle Trail
The Eagle Trail
Robert Rigby
April 2014 Book of the Month A master storyteller, Robert Rigby sends shivers down the spine in this gripping story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Scavenger 1: Zoid
Scavenger 1: Zoid
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
April 2014 Book of the Month  The award-winning writer/illustrators Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell plot a new gripping sci-fi adventure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Who is Julia Eccleshare ?

JuliaJulia Eccleshare has spent her working life to date within children's books as a critic, an editor, an author and a commentator. 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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