This month's 'featured books'
Books Reviewed by Children
Woozy the Wizard: A Broom to Go Zoom
Woozy the Wizard: A Broom to Go Zoom
Elli Woollard
Told in fun, jaunty rhyme and accompanied by bright and cheerful illustrations reminiscent of Meg and Mog, children will fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Save Rafe!
Save Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month  Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Apple Tart of Hope
The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   A touching and funny story about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Glory
The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Chasing the Dark
Chasing the Dark
Sam Hepburn
June 2013 Debut of the Month  An excellent  page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Debuts of the Month
Witch Wars
Witch Wars
Sibeal Pounder
March 2015 Debut of the Month  Witch Wars is the first in a charming new series: with the help of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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The Dreamsnatcher
The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan
March 2015 Debut of the Month The Dark Ages – ‘the bit of history that was left behind after the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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A Whisper of Wolves
A Whisper of Wolves
Kris Humphrey
March 2015 Debut of the Month Rich in atmosphere, this is a powerful story set in a timeless world....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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A Cage of Roots
A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Gary Northfield
March 2015 Debut of the Month  Cartoonist Gary Northfield gives a fresh take on all things Roman in this riotous...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Blue Peter Book Awards
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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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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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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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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Books of the Month
What's Your Favourite Animal?
What's Your Favourite Animal?
Eric Carle
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Save Rafe!
Save Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month  Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Sarah Webb
March 15 Book of the Month  When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Creaturepedia
Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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All That Glitters
All That Glitters
Holly Smale
****Holly Smale is appearing alongside Arabella Weir in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
March 15 Book of the Month  Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Guardian Fiction Prize
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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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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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
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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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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