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New Children's reading for February 2010

By PeterC on 5th February 2010

We hope you and the children are having a great start to the new decade, and that books are playing a big part! According to our literary calendar, Judy Blume, Kenneth Grahame, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens were all born in the month of February, and every time we recall such brilliant children's writers it inspires us to go out and find new talent to tell you about - to help kids of today fall in love with reading.

Our Bookshelf of fantabulous Books of the Month

MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH! - Time Riders by Alex Scarrow

As well as our normal bookshelf of Books of the Month we want to shout a bit louder about one of the most anticipated new books for young readers. Written by an established adult author Alex Scarrow Time Riders is his first children's book. Three teenagers have cheated death. Now they have to fix broken history, and stop time travel from destroying the world... Readers of 10+ will be transfixed by it. Find out more and read a free Opening Extract!

Help your kids' imaginations with the books behind the films

Films are a wonderful way of piquing children's interest in stories, but sometimes it's good for them to read the book before they see the movie because when you read you can imagine how landscapes, characters and adventures look - it's brilliant brain training. So we're launching a new category with information about upcoming films and the books they're based on - to help make books a part of the whole experience. Find out more about the brilliant new films due for release and created from even better books.

Win yourselves something fantastic - new competitions

After a brief break for January, our popular Free Prize Draws and Competitions section is back! This month we have prizes linked to cats, dragons and teenage spies!

Asking the big questions - Author of the Month Gemma Malley

Gemma's powerful and gripping novels for young adults are often based on big ideas about science and moral duty.

Her new book, The Returners, is no exception. It's an endlessly thought-provoking story set in an alternate future that questions the role of every individual in society.

Why not take a look at all the books from February's Author of the Month and download some free Opening Extracts - we're sure your teenagers will get hooked...

February - Debuts of the Month

The Badness of Ballydog

Garrett Carr

7+ Three teenagers in a grim coastal town have to try to save it from a vast ancient creature on the seabed...but is it worth saving?.

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Princess for Hire

Lindsey Leavitt

9+ An hilarious story about a girl who gets the chance to be a substitute princess, and makes one royal fiasco

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Superhumans: Meteorite Strike

A.G. Taylor

9 - 12 An action-packed SciFi adventure about two kids who survive an alien virus, only to be enrolled by a rogue international agency with ruthless goals...

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My So-Called Afterlife

Tamsyn Murray

11+ A terrifically funny story about a deceased girl with a pretty lame afterlife who gets a chance to put grisly matters to rest and meet the ghost of her dreams!

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Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace

14+ A memorable, moving and disturbing coming of age story set against the tumult of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. It's incredibly powerful and definitely one for teenage readers.

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Beautiful Creatures

Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

14+ An exquisitely crafted dark Gothic fantasy story with unforgettable characters - this book is a future classic.

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Magic Under Glass

Jaclyn Dolamore

14+ A stunning blend of paranormal intrigue and doomed love that captures a perfect Gothic romance on every page.

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Guest Editor of the Month - Robert Muchamore

Best known for his Cherub Series, Robert Muchamore is also the author behind the more recently penned and wildly popular Henderson's Boys series, the latest of which - Secret Army -

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is out now. This month Robert has chosen a selection of books, exclusively for Lovereading4kids, by authors who have influenced and inspired him in his impressive career to date.

Have you or your children read the cult Classic Catcher in the Rye?

The recent death of the author J D Salinger has reignited interest in his book, which is considered by many to be one of the most important books of all time.

Long a staple of GCSEs perhaps it's time to take this out of the classroom and either revisit or say hello to the teen anti hero Holden Caulfield. Read an Opening extract and find out more..

We hope there's plenty here to help your children keep on enjoying books, and to challenge them to progress their reading skills. Have a great February!

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