This month's 'featured books'
Guardian Fiction Prize
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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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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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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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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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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Books of the Month
River Daughter
River Daughter
Jane Hardstaff
January 2015 Book of the Month  Moss, the river daughter of the title, first appeared in Jane Hardstaff’s much-praised debut...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Earth is Singing
The Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 Book of the Month  Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/01/2015
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Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Holly Smale
January 2015 Book of the Month  Harriet Manners, heroine of the best selling Geek Girl, is back for an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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There Will be Lies
There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
January 2015 Book of the Month  Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of narrative into a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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I am Henry Finch
I am Henry Finch
Alexis Deacon
January 2015 Book of the Month All finches make a lot of noise! Henry Finch has grown up with a terrible...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge
Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge
Alex Frith, James Maclaine
January 2015 Factual Book of the Month   Children love collecting fascinating facts and this lift-the-flap book is packed full of...
Format: Board book - Released: 01/01/2015
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Blue Peter Book Awards
Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story   From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Animalium
Animalium
Jenny Broom
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts  Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
October 2014 Book of the Month    Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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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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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Shortlisted for 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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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Shortlisted for 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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Books Reviewed by Children
All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Fans of John Green will love this heart-wrenching teenage novel. School students Violet and Theodore Finch first meet on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
James Patterson
Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Zero Hour
Zero Hour
Will Hill
Department 19 is utterly addictive. Packed with great characters and brilliantly plotted, the series sets a new benchmark for YA...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Year of the Rat
The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
One of our Books of the Year 2014  Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Frozen Charlotte
Frozen Charlotte
Alex Bell
Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2015
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The Earth is Singing
The Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 Book of the Month  Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/01/2015
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Debuts of the Month
Vendetta
Vendetta
Catherine Doyle
January 2015 Debut of the Month  This Romeo and Juliet story throbs with passion and mystery from the opening chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
Emily MacKenzie
January 2015 Debut of the Month  When Arthur’s favourite books start to vanish from his shelves the only clue he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2014
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The Deadly Seven
The Deadly Seven
Garth Jennings
January 2015 Debut of the Month  An incredibly funny adventure story for the Pixar generation, perfect for fans of Frank...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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The Art of Being Normal
The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
January 2015 Debut of the Month  This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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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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