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Is there anything better than a child finding a character they love, or a world they are bewitched by, and voraciously gobbling up all of the books in the series? My daughter did it with Tom Gates; she was obsessive about getting the next book as soon as it came out, and we even went to see Tom Gates Live (Dog Zombies Rule – if you know, you know!) She read every book about 20 times cover to cover and I loved hearing her chuckle away as she was consumed by the stories. I know people sometimes worry about their children reading books that aren’t quite at the right age range, or perhaps challenging enough but I must say that Tom Gates is responsible for cementing her love of reading. The humour, the illustrations, the words per page, the fun adventures all served to build her confidence and help her fall in love with books.
My son was not as keen on Tom but he did absolutely love reading about the adventures of Greg Heffley in the Wimpy Kid series. Even now, aged 12 he can sometimes be seen picking up a Wimpy Kid book for comfort when he wants a break from the amazingly brilliant Noughts & Crosses series he’s powering through.
So, if our children find a series they love, one of our biggest challenges is what to read next after they’ve finished a much-loved series. What comes after the lull? And that’s where we come in.
Below is a wonderful list of 70 books for children aged 5-15, all of which are the beginning of a series. They are all chapter books, and most of them are middle grade fiction (suitable for children aged 8-12), that age when we really have the opportunity to encourage reading for pleasure and foster that lifelong love of reading.
Some of them are classics, books we adored growing up, books that are as wonderful today as the decade they were published. Some personal faves are The Magic Faraway Tree and Pippi Longstocking, and we also feature some of our most well-known and popular characters like Horrid Henry and Tracy Beaker. But of course, one of our most important roles here at LoveReading4Kids is to find the latest and greatest fabulous fiction for kids, books that really talk to the children of today. And there are some gorgeous series in here that we love to shout about. We adore PG Bell’s The Train To Impossible Places series and Vashti Hardy’s Brightstorm series also deserves a shout out.
We hope you enjoy this list. And of course, do let us know if there are any series that you think we should have included.
If you are looking for other hints and tips to support your child’s reading, do take a look at our blog here on encouraging reading for pleasure.
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The Worst Witch is an absolute classic and an essential title for every child's bookshelf, and it is reissued here with a special jacket to accompany the new CBBC series. The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has magic galore. Unfortunately for Mildred Hubble, most of it has a habit of going badly wrong. Her broomstick won’t fly straight, her cat is tabby not black and she manages to turn her arch-enemy into a toad. Nice short chapters with stunning illustrations also by Jill Murphy make this a perfect title to share with young children but older children will be equally at home with it. Books in The Worst Witch Series: 1. The Worst Witch 2. The Worst Witch Strikes Again 3. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch 4. The Worst Witch All At Sea 5. The Worst Witch Saves The Day 6. The Worst Witch to the Rescue 7. The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star 8. First Prize for the Worst Witch
George and Harold create the greatest super-hero in their school's history and now they're about to bring him to life. Meet Captain Underpants. His identity is so secret, even he doesn't know who he is. The novel introduces "flip-o-rama" - the illustration technique that lets you animate the action. Books in The Captain Underpants Series: 1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants 2. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets 3. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space 4. Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants 5. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman 6. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part One: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets 7. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part Two: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers 8. Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People 9. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tinky Tippletrousers 10. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers 11. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 12. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot
Isadora Moon is an adorable, friendly Vampire Fairy trying to find her way and this is a lovely start to what promises to be a delightful series. Beautifully presented throughout with pink and black illustrations that alongside the text and easy to follow chapters make this a lovely step up book for newly independent readers. Isadora's mum (a fairy) and her dad (a vampire) decide it’s time for her to go to school and choose between a school for vampires or a school fairies. However Isadora is unsure where she belongs and after spending a day at fairy school and a night at vampire school she decides that she isn’t very good at being either a vampire or a fairy and begins to question how different she is. But with the help of Pink Rabbit and some new friends Isadora soon learns that it’s okay to be different. In fact it’s pretty great to just be yourself. ~ Shelley Fallows Books in The Isadora Moon Series: 1. Isadora Moon Goes To School 2. Isadora Moon Goes Camping 3. Isadora Moon Has a Birthday 4. Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet 5. Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble 6. Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip 7. Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair 8. Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic 9. Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover 10. Isadora Moon Puts on a Show 11. Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday And do take a look at our Isadora Moon LoveReading4Kids Loves Channel
Welcome to Wigglesbottom Primary and the first book in what should become a very popular series for new readers. There are three stories here, each one describing the kind of event that all primary school children will be familiar with, but turning them into wild and very funny adventures. So, a broken tap in the boys’ loos becomes the story of the Toilet Ghost, while an ant farm unadvisedly brought in for Show and Tell results in the Curse of the Itchy Carpet. The stories capture the fun of primary school exactly and are perfectly pitched for their audience. The design and layout too is particularly appealing, and Becka Moor’s lively illustrations add to the fun. ~ Andrea Reece Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: “These stories are a hoot from start to finish, and Becka Moor’s illustrations bring out the brilliance brilliantly. A joy for anyone who’s ever sat on an itchy story-time carpet. And who hasn’t?" Books in The Wigglesbottom Primary Series: 1. Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost 2. Wigglesbottom Primary: The Magic Hamster 3. Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool 4. Wigglesbottom Primary: Super Dog! 5. Wigglesbottom Primary: The Classroom Cat 6. Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies
Rabbit and Bear: Book 1 | There are lots of unusual friendships in children’s books, very few quite like the one described in this story, and virtually none so comic. Rabbit is such a grouch he can hardly pronounce the word ‘fun’, but then maybe that’s not surprising: he spends his days eating, pooing, then eating his poo. Bear on the other hand is the total opposite, she’s generous, content, and always ready to give people the benefit of the doubt. The story of how their friendship develops over the course of one snowy day (and via a narrow escape from a wolf) is funny, uplifting and beautifully told. Word-perfect, picture-perfect, this is a small work of genius. Books in The Rabbit and Bear Series: 1. Rabbit's Bad Habits 2. The Pest in the Nest 3. Attack of the Snack 4. A Bite in the Night
Introducing Horrid Henry, the boy who throws food, snatches, pushes and, above all, HATES his younger brother Perfect Pete. In a special twentieth anniversary edition, the very first four stories about Henry and his sweet-natured little brother Perfect Pete introduce what has become one of the most famous and successful sibling duos. Henry’s behaviour at home, at his dancing class, with his friend Moody Margaret and on holiday is always outrageous as he follows his own logic about why he should do all the very bad things that he does. Tony Ross’s illustrations bring the richly varied cast of characters vividly to life. Books in The Horrid Henry Series: 1. Horrid Henry 2. Horrid Henry and the Secret Club 3. Horrid Henry Tricking the Tooth Fairy 4. Horrid Henry Nits Nits Nits! 5. Horrid Henry Get Rich Quick 6. Horrid Henry and The Haunted House7. Horrid Henry and The Mummy’s Curse8. Horrid Henry Perfect Revenge 9. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter 10. Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb 11. Horrid Henry’s Underpants 12. Horrid Henry Meets the Queen13. Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine 14. Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend 15. Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker 16. Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman 17. Horrid Henry Robs the Bank 18. Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead 19. Horrid Henry Rocks 20. Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire 21. Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie 22. Horrid Henry’s Nightmare 23. Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup24. Horrid Henry’s Cannibal Curse 25. Horrid Henry Up, Up and Away
The irresistible Clarice Bean burst onto the world in a picture book which has now been reissued as a special 20 birthday edition and CD. Through words and picture she introduces her wonderfully characterised family capturing their foibles and kindly recognising the different stresses and strains they are under. Favourites include her older brother Kurt who, his Mum says, is “in the dark tunnel of adolescence” which means he has to be left alone to do what he likes as much as possible, grandfather who spends a lot of time asleep in a chair with the cat on his head and Mum who is always trying to find some peace and quiet in which to be calm. Clarice is a charmingly feisty character herself as well as an excellent narrator on her own life. This multi award-winning, bestselling picture book is a classic tale of family life that will have you laughing out loud.
A deliciously, wonderful read that highlights how courage, team work and a little bit of sparkle can help you overcome any difficulties. One day one her way to school Martha unwittingly releases a ghoul trapped inside a gate and meets a rather grumpy (but fabulously dressed) witch in a ditch. As the ghoul escapes and the witch runs off leaving warnings of impending doom, Martha is left scared but excited. A real, actual ghoul in Cherry Hillsbottom! But things become rather worrisome when the ghoul chases Martha and her friend Jack home from school. It isn’t long before the ghoul is causing havoc in Cherry Hillsbottom and it’s up to Martha to sort out the mess and come up with a daring plan to trap the ghastly ghoul back in the gate. But will her plan work or will the villagers believe that it’s just Martha causing more Mayhem? The magic and feel within Joanne’s writing rather reminded me of Roald Dahl. Martha is a super character with a slightly eccentric and loveable Professor Gramps who has the best pet names for her. And to top it all there are ‘paranormal polka-dot pants’! The start of what promises to be a fantastically exciting series for young readers. Books in The Martha Mayhem Series: 1. Martha Mayhem and the Witch from the Ditch 2. Martha Mayhem Goes Nuts! 3. Martha Mayhem and the Barmy Birthday
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their area – some of them with more enthusiasm than others. Can they defeat the monster? Will they discover unexpected reserves of strength and heroism? Will a portal into another world open and send a boiled egg travelling fast enough to break the sound barrier? You betcha! Barry Hutchinson packs a satisfying story, and some very funny situation comedy, into just 224 pages, amply illustrated with Chris Mould’s appealing and expressive illustrations. An absurdist adventure that will be gobbled up by kids! ~ Andrea Reece Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: "One minute you're laughing, the next your hair's standing on end. A brilliant mixture of the comic and the completely terrifying – something for everyone, in fact!" Books in The Benjamin Blank Series: 1. The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing 2. The Swivel-Eyed Ogre-Thing 3. The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing
Amelia Fang - a little vampire with a big heart! And this is the first in the series of the book where we meet her. Amelia lives with her parents Count Drake and Countess Frivoleeta, and her pet pumpkin Squashy, in Nocturnia - a city in the Kingdom of the Dark, where glitter is terrifying and unicorns and sparkly fairies are the stuff of day-mares. Amelia and her best friends Florence the yeti (NOT a beast!) and Grimaldi the reaper may want to spend their time watching Deathflix at Fang Mansion, munching on Unlucky Arms cereal or toe-jam on toast, but they can’t help falling into the most gripping and ghoulish adventures. Whether it is saving Squashy from spoiled Prince Tangine, travelling to the petrifying Kingdom of Light to rescue Queen Fairyweather or finding the ancient yeti treasure in Yeti Mountain, the friends’ adventures are always howlingly hilarious and fang-tastically exciting. Books in The Amelia Fang Series: 1. Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball 2. Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords 3. Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief 4. Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday 5. Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures 6. Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns 7. Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads
Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts roam the land in a ramshackle and unlikely looking home on wheels. Their adventures are as unsavoury, unlikely and entertaining as they are as Axel Scheffler’s illustrations wittily show; fans of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum and Roald Dahl’s The Twits will delight in this disgusting but amiable pair their terrible antics... Books in The Grunts Series: 1. The Grunts in Trouble 2. The Grunts All at Sea 3. The Grunts on the Run 4. The Grunts in a Jam
Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams’s amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained in a handsome edition and illustrated in colour throughout by Tony Ross, the worst children who are featured include Dribbling Drew, Peter Picker, Miss Petula Perpetual-Motion, Grubby Gertrude and Nigel Nit-Boy. Each child has an obvious revolting characteristic and each of their stories is hugely disgusting, richly inventive and cheeringly anarchic. Walliams has created a unique take on the classic cautionary tale. ~ Julia Eccleshare A message from David - “I loved writing this collection of stories, as I let my imagination run completely wild. There is a huge emphasis on surreal humour in this book. I hope children around the world will enjoy it, even the most reluctant reader.” A Piece of Passion from Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins Children’s Books Executive Publisher, “Children love surprises, and what a brilliant surprise to have a new and unexpected book from their hero: author David Walliams! A wonderfully Walliams twist on the classic cautionary tale, this is David’s very first short story collection and demonstrates just what a genius storyteller he is, with every story fizzing with the power of his unique and incredible imagination. And, for the first time, we will publish Walliams’ fiction in glorious colour with illustrations blazing throughout by Tony Ross. These stories are a joy and will have children everywhere reading all summer long. Only David Walliams could deliver such a wonderful book as such a terrific surprise.” Books in The World's Worst Children Series: 1. The World's Worst Children 2. The World's Worst Children 2 3. The World's Worst Children 3
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the three Baudelaire siblings was ever told. This is the wretched book that started all the trouble. Violet, Sunny and Klaus are three intelligent, charming and resourceful children but they suffer some very bad luck indeed when their parents die in a fire that destroys their home and they are packed off to live with their nasty relative, Count Olaf. Here they encounter a greedy villain, disgusting food, strange behaviour by those around them and much more - all of which is revealed in the hugely entertaining, totally deadpan humour that has made this series so original and so captivating. Books in The Series of Unfortunate Events: 1. The Bad Beginning 2. The Reptile Room 3. The Wide Window 4. The Miserable Mill 5. The Austere Academy 6. The Ersatz Elevator 7. The Vile Village 8. The Hostile Hospital 9. The Carnivorous Carnival 10. The Slippery Slope 11. The Grim Grotto 12. The Penultimate Peril 13. The End
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your Dragon series. Set deep in an enchanting forest, this is a charming story full of Cowell’s trade mark humour and total command of mystery and magic and how it fits seamlessly into everyday life. From two opposing tribes – the Warriors and the Wizards – come two opposing characters, Xar, a young Wizard boy who has no command of magic and will fight anyone he can in order to get it, and Wish, a Warrior girl who is imbued with all kinds of magic that she should never have had access to. Xar and Wish should never meet and never become friends. But they do and together they brave the hidden dungeons in Warrior Fort to uncover a great mystery.
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in glorious full colour! A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won a golden ticket. However each child gets their comeuppance in some way, except Charlie of course. Brilliant. Books in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Series: 1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 3. The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka
A beautiful paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible. The Magician's Nephew is the first book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to journey through the wardrobe and back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia. Books in The Chronicles of Narnia Series: 1. The Magician's Nephew 2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 3. The Horse and His Boy 4. Prince Caspian 5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 6. The Silver Chair 7. The Last Battle
Jokes flow thick and fast from this most original and inventive Viking adventure, which launched the career of a Viking with a difference. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock grew up at a time of dragons but he was not always a hero. He had to learn to fight them. To do so he had to pass the Dragon Initiation Programme, an awesome schedule run by Gobber the Belch, idiot in charge of initiation on the Isle of Berk. Hiccup was by no means a natural high achiever when it came to dragon training but after many hilarious mishaps, he soon got the hang of it and was on the way to becoming a Hero. Books in The How To Train Your Dragon Series: 1. How To Train Your Dragon 2. How To Be A Pirate 3. How To Speak Dragonese 4. How To Cheat a Dragon's Curse 5. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons 6. How To Twist a Dragon's Tale 7. How To Ride a Dragon's Storm 8. How To Break a Dragon's Heart 9. How To Steal a Dragon's Sword 10. How To Seize a Dragon's Jewel 11. How To Betray a Dragon's Hero 12. How To Fight a Dragon's Fury
A glorious series of six novels by Enid Blyton following the adventures of Darrell Rivers in her new boarding school, based on a girls' boarding school that Blyton's daughter attended. Books in The Malory Towers Series: 1. First Term at Malory Towers 2. Second Form at Malory Towers 3. Third Year at Malory Towers 4. Upper Fourth at Malory Towers 5. In the Fifth at Malory Towers 6. Last Term at Malory Towers
This is a delightful, newly-minted fairy tale (three sisters, a quest, a witch, a moral) and thoroughly satisfying. The Widdershins sisters – Fliss, Betty and Charlie – live with their granny on the island of Crowstone, a miserable, end of the line kind of place, all damp, and marsh and mist. It’s not somwehere you’d want to live but as the story unfolds, we discover that because of an age-old curse, the girls can never leave. When breaking the curse becomes a matter of life or death, the three girls will have to work together – despite their sometimes spiky relationships – and at least they have a pinch of magic to help. This is an ingenious and compelling story and like the age-old tales that are its inspiration, pitches love, generosity and forgiveness against human cruelty. Superb! Books in The Widdershins Sisters Series: 1. A Pinch of Magic 2. A Sprinkle of Sorcery
Emily Windsnap - girl next door, best friend, mermaid - discovers that when she's in water she grows a beautiful mermaid tail! Together with her new friend, Shona, Emily sets off on a magical adventure to find her father. First in the series. Books in The Emily Windsnap Series: 1. The Tail of Emily Windsnap 2. Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep 3. Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist 4. Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret 5. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun 6. Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls 7. Emily Windsnap and The Falls of Forgotten Island 8. Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince 9. Emily Windsnap and the Tides of Time
Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2012 (Younger Readers Category). Winner of 7 - 14 category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. "These two books are master classes in how to write and how to draw funny," said Roald Dahl Funny Prize chair of judges, author Michael Rosen. Click here to see the winner of the 6 and under category. Fans of the Wimpy Kid will delight in the hilarious adventures of Tom Gates! Fantastic fun told in words and pictures, Tom Gates, a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire – introduces his life including his sister Delia whom he torments mercilessly, his best-friend Derek, the problems he has at school – and much, much more. It is a delight of a reading experience with all the fun of decoding the pictures as well as reading the words. There's a special Tom Gates blog too, which you can visit by clicking here. Books in The Tom Gates Series: 1. The Brilliant Tom Gates 2. Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff) 3. Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) 4. Genius Ideas (Mostly) 5. Extra Special Treats (Not) 6. A Tiny Bit Lucky 7. Yes! No (Maybe...) 8. Top Of The Class (Nearly) 9. Super Good Skills (Almost) 10. DogZombies Rule (For Now) 11. Family, Friends and Furry Creatures 12. Epic Adventure (kind of) 13. Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans 14. What Monster? 15. Mega Make And Do (and Stories Too!) 16. Spectacular School Trip (Really)
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hilariously chart Greg's life at a new school. Jeff Kinney comments on his Best Children’s Book of the Last 10 Years win as voted by Blue Peter viewers : ‘I'm thrilled and honestly stunned that kids in the UK voted Diary of a Wimpy Kid as the best children's book of the past ten years. When I saw the terrific books on the Blue Peter shortlist, I thought mine didn't stand a chance. I'm so grateful to all of the Wimpy Kid fans in the UK who have supported my books right from the beginning. I've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of them over the past year and I can't wait to come back to say 'thank you' for this great honour in person!’ You can download a fun new facebook app, Cheese Touch - and find out lots more about Wimpy Kid at the Wimpy Kid Club! Books in The Wimpy Kid Series: 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules 3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: The Last Straw 4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days 5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5: The Ugly Truth 6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel 8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School 11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down 12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway 13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown 14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Wrecking Ball
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 - Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. | Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets superpowers and instructions to save the universe – life couldn’t get any unfairer. But even super-heroes need back up, and when Zach is kidnapped, it falls to Luke to save his brother and the world. This is an excellent adventure story with real heart, that’s also properly funny, with humour that comes from the characters as well as the situation. A sequel is promised and can’t come soon enough. Books in The My Brother is a Superhero Series: 1. My Brother is a Superhero 2. My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord 3. My Evil Twin is a Supervillain 4. My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar 5. My Cousin is a Time Traveller
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 | Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket’ Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children’s writer too. The Bolds, his first book for children, is a real treat – a funny story with a ludicrous but hugely enjoyable plotline, lots of jokes, some nail-biting moments and wonderful characters. The Bolds live happily in Teddington where Mrs Bold sells hats and Mr Bold writes the jokes for Christmas crackers, jobs for which they are perfectly suited. Hardly anyone knows they are actually hyenas! Their secret nearly comes out when they attract the attention of their grumpy next-door neighbour, but maybe he’s got things to hide too. David Roberts’ illustrations are a joy to behold and perfectly catch the stylishly dressed Bolds’ blithe, carefree happiness. A very special book. Books in The Bolds Series: 1. The Bolds 2. The Bolds in Trouble 3. The Bolds to the Rescue 4. The Bolds on Holiday 5. The Bolds' Christmas Cracker 6. The Bolds Go Wild
When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? There'll be adventures waiting for them, whatever happens! Funny, magical adventures that will delight children again and again. Books in The Faraway Tree Series: 1. The Enchanted Wood 2. The Magic Faraway Tree 3. The Folk of The Faraway Tree
“Numbers are great, they make sense - unlike people. You’d think this if you lived with my family.” So Anisha sets the scene for the madcap mystery that unfolds in the chaotic run-up to her Aunty Bindi’s epic wedding. Anisha loves her “sparkly” Aunty Bindi, but it’s not easy being bridesmaid to such a flamboyant figure, especially when she’s on the verge of having a “mega meltdown”! Matters take a scarier turn when Anisha finds a ransom note announcing that Tony, Bindi’s fiancé, has been kidnapped and the wedding must be called off if they want to see him again. “Why did I have to be the one who found the note?” she laments. “I DON’T LIKE DRAMA!” But, in order to prevent her already frazzled family from spiraling into further chaos, Anisha decides to find Tony herself, with the help of her best friend Milo. A hilarious race against time ensues, with clues to pursue, undercover surveillance to be done and the involvement of some decidedly curious characters (among them a weeing lobster), and the menace of Anisha’s “evil” cousins-to-be. The story shimmers with the vibrant exuberance of an Indian wedding, the special warmth of family and friends, and action-packed amusement. Special mention must go to the informative (and funny) footnotes that explain Indian food, customs and language referred to in the story, and to Emma McCann’s energetic illustrations. April 2020 Debut of the Month Books in the Anisha, Accidental Detective Series: 1. Anisha, Accidental Detective 2. School's Cancelled
March 2018 Book of the Month | Any young reader who enjoys funny, surprising, brilliantly inventive stories should check into The Nothing to See Here Hotel IMMEDIATELY. They’ll be welcomed by Frankie Banister, son of the owners and great-great-great-grandson of troll legend Regurgita Glump, who still lives on the hotel’s top floor. Frankie does a great job introducing the hotel and its bizarre assortment of magical guests and staff, including chef Nancy, the giant Orkney Brittle-Back spider, and Ooof the ogre doorman. The story takes off with the arrival of goblin prince Grogbah and his enormous entourage. He’s a very difficult guest, and is Granny right when she decides he’s up to something sneakerish? The plot zips along like the best-oiled luggage trolley and Butler and Lenton make readers feel completely at home in the extraordinary world they’ve created. A 5* reading experience and the first in a new series to boot. Children of 7 to 9 are being really well-served by authors at the moment, and those who enjoy this book will also love the Amelia Fang series and Kaye Umansky’s Witch for a Week. Books in The Nothing To See Here Hotel Series: 1. The Nothing To See Here Hotel 2. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yeti 3. Sea-ing in Believing 4. Fiend of the Seven Sewers
The first of a great new series featuring Suzy and the magical delivery express for the Union of Impossible Places. It’s not every day that a magical train drives through your hallway but that’s what happens to Suzy at the opening of this terrific adventure story. She discovers it’s the Impossible Postal Express, responsible for making deliveries throughout the Union of Impossible Places. Being something of a scientist, and deeply inquisitive, Suzy can’t let this opportunity pass and climbs aboard. It’s not long before she’s been deputized as a Postal Operative (by the troll in charge), which in turn embroils her in an even bigger adventure, and one of those magical good versus evil power struggles that are central to all the best fantasy adventures. This rattles along at top-speed and features one of the most varied cast of characters since Hogwarts welcomed young Potter. Fans of magical stories mustn’t miss this train! Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2019 | January 2019 Debut of the Month One to recommend to fans of Nevermoor and The Last Chance Hotel. Books in The Train to Impossible Places Series: 1. The Train to Impossible Places 2. The Great Brain Robbery 3. Delivery to the Lost City (January 2021)
Funny and poignant, this is the most popular of all Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling titles. Tracy Beaker, a feisty ten year old living in a children’s home, gives a sparky view of life in what she calls The Dumping Ground. She moves swiftly through her deep sadness at not having a ‘real’ home, her vigorous relationships with the other children and the ultimate joy of finding a wonderful foster mother. As fresh to read now as when it was first published twenty years ago. The LoveReading Comment: Probably Jacqueline Wilson’s most successful character creation. Tracy Beaker is a tough feisty little girl in a children’s home who longs to live in a real home with a real family one day. The author’s inspiration for the story came from seeing photos of children in local newspapers wanting to be fostered. It’s funny and sad in equal measure but ultimately uplifting and children of 7 or 8 upwards will want to read it again and again. Books in The Tracy Beaker Series: 1. The Story of Tracy Beaker 2. The Dare Game 3. Starring Tracy Beaker 4. My Mum Tracy Beaker 5. We Are The Beaker Girls
Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in the classic Wayside School series! Sachar totally gets primary age readers - sees the world through their eyes, speaks to them in a wry voice that rings with understanding and funny details. What’s more, the bitesize chunks of plot (essentially inter-connected vignettes that form a satisfying whole) keep readers hungry for more, while the off-the-wall (yet believable) comic characters are guaranteed to induce gaggles of giggles. Books in The Wayside School Series: 1. Wayside School is Falling Down 2. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger 3. Sideways Stories from Wayside School 4. Beneath the Cloud of Doom
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little for them but, given his view point, he can’t help noticing that things are going very wrong indeed. Edgar’s account of the Otherhand’s family life and how they deal with the danger that is besetting them is as original as it is weird. Marcus generally writes for slightly older readers but this is an absolutely top notch read for the 7+ age range and is sure to get them hooked on reading and ready to then progress on to his books for older readers – click here for these. Flood and Fang is also available on audio. To view all the titles in the Raven Mysteries series click here. Click here to visit Marcus Sedgwick's website or here for the official Raven Myseries site. And if you like the Raven Mysteries, try Stitch Head by Guy Bass - click here. Books in The Raven Mysteries Series: 1. Flood and Fang 2. Ghosts and Gadgets 3. Lunatics and Luck 4. Vampires and Volts 5. Magic and Mayhem 6. Diamonds and Doom
Wimpy Kid fans will love this new boy-diary with a difference. Saddled with the name Timmy Failure, our narrator has clearly been dealt a tough hand. Luckily, he has a perky temperament and is not easily deflected from his ambitions. Timmy founds Total Failure Inc, the best detective agency in town. Or is it??? Young readers will enjoy spotting Timmy’s rookie errors which are wittily conveyed in both the words and the engaging illustrations. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Timmy Failure a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is really funny… Anyone who likes 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' or 'Mr Gum' will like this book, I think it is even better.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews... Books in The Timmy Failure Series: 1. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made 2. Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done 3. Timmy Failure: We Meet Again 4. Timmy Failure: Sanitised For Your Protection 5. Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have 6. Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants 7. Timmy Failure: It's The End When I Say It's The End
A recommendation from our Guest Editor, Lauren Child MBE | Not to be missed, this is a newly translated edition of this classic story about a wonderful little girl. Pippi Longstocking is nine years old; she lives alone with a horse and a monkey and spends her days having wonderfully imaginative adventures with her friends. Once hooked on Pippi, readers will find she’s a character that will never be forgotten. Perfect for children just setting out on the wonderful experience of reading alone. Be sure to check out the lovely hardback gift edition of this title from Oxford University Press. Books in The Pippi Longstocking Series: 1. Pippi Longstocking 2. Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard 3. Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas
Fleur Hitchcock is one of those writers who absolutely gets what young readers want from a story, as evidenced in books such as Shrunk! or The Boy Who Flew. In Clifftoppers, she creates a series of thrilling outdoor adventures steeped in the kind of freedom and independence that the Famous Five enjoy, but gives it all a properly 21st century feel. When cousins Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh go on holiday to their grandparent’s cottage they discover a world of wild beaches (and no curfews) and are quickly plunged into a proper adventure involving a kidnapped child, son a rich businessman. The villains are tough, but no match for our determined, smart and organised youngsters, who are ably assisted by Bella the dog too. It’s hard to beat if you are after really enjoyable and satisfying escapist adventure and the rest of the books in the series deliver too. Books in The Clifftoppers Series: 1. Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure 2. Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure 3. Clifftoppers: The Thorn Island Adventure 4. Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure (October 2020)
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! The guys are full of crazy and inventive ideas some of which have very unexpected and disastrous results. When Andy and Terry aren’t having fun in their tree house doing terrible things like turning their neighbour’s cat into a canary they are meant to be writing a book! The jokes about the book being created within a book are good. Books in the Treehouse Series: 1. The 13-Storey Treehouse 2. The 26-Storey Treehouse 3. The 39-Storey Treehouse 4. The 52-Storey Treehouse 5. The 65-Storey Treehouse 6. The 78-Storey Treehouse 7. The 91-Storey Treehouse 8. The 104-Storey Treehouse 9. The 117-Storey Treehouse 10. The 130-Storey Treehouse October 2020
July 2017 Debut of the Month | Imagine what it would be like if you were you, an ordinary kid, but by complete accident you enrolled in a school where everyone had an amazing superpower. That’s exactly what happens to Murph Cooper, and the resulting story is very funny indeed. This is the first children’s book by radio stars Greg James and Chris Smith, and it’s a zany mix of slapstick, colourful characters and superhero jokes. Beneath all of that too it slips in an important message about how ordinary can be special too. This is a great summer holidays read and if you’re looking for a book for bedtime it’s great fun to read aloud. Books in The Kid Normal Series: 1. Kid Normal 2. Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes 3. Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine 4. Kid Normal and the Final Five Kid normals will also enjoy these books in the same vein: My Brother is a Superhero, Othergirl by Nicole Burstein and Shane Hegarty’s Darkmouth series.
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who Must Not Be Named", a master of magic whose ambition is more dark and terrifying than Harry can possibly imagine. The first book in the Harry Potter series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts. Books in The Harry Potter Series: 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban 4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Brightstorm is everything a proper children’s adventure story should be: it’s exciting, funny and surprising, and stars two young people who show real courage, loyalty and resilience. Twins Maudie and Arthur Brightstorm are left alone in the world when their explorer father dies on a daring expedition to the unchartered territory South Polaris. Worse news follows when he is accused of breaking the explorer’s code. Not only is he disgraced, but his property is forfeit leaving the children destitute. The twins are determined to clear his name and run away to join the crew of the sky-ship Aurora, also setting off for South Polaris. Under Captain Harriet Culpepper, they’ll explore strange lands, meet some extraordinary people, and learn more about themselves, as well as their father. A terrific read, this is one to recommend to fans of Abi Elphinstone and Katherine Rundell. March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: thrilling, original adventure story Readers who enjoy Brightstorm should read Sinead O’Hart’s The Eye of the North too. Books in The Brightstorm Series: 1. Brightstorm 2. Wildspark 3. Darkwhispers
How feisty Anne, an orphan who is sent by mistake to Green Gables, enchants Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert and so begins a new life for herself, makes a winning story. Anne has two overwhelming characteristics: she has a tremendous imagination and an ability to chatter on ceaselessly – although she can be completely silent when requested. Through Anne’s chattering readers get to enjoy her insights into life in Avonlea both as it really is and how Anne imagines it to be. In an Introduction to this classic, Lauren Child tells how Anne and her lively view of life captivated her. Books in The Anne of Green Gables Series: 1. Anne of Green Gables 2. Anne of Avonlea 3. Anne of the Island 4. Anne of Windy Poplars 5. Anne's House of Dreams 6. Anne of Ingleside
Winner of the Younger Readers' category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020 | Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020 | Sisters Nik and Norva would agree that they are slightly obsessed with murder mystery series on the television so, when a body is discovered in their block of flats, they are sure they are the right people to discover the truth. Balancing jokey dialogue and insights into the reality of city life, Sharna Jackson has written a very likeable, fast-paced book. Books in the High-Rise Mystery Series: 1. High-Rise Mystery 2. Mic Drop
One of our 2018 Books of the Year | This new series has everything that marks out the best, most satisfying and enjoyable children’s books. For a start there’s a smart but impulsive, ready-for-anything central character in Kat Wolfe, who quickly finds an equally enterprising new best friend, Harper Lamb. Then there’s a procession of the best pets/animal helpers ever, from half-feral Savannah cat Tiny to flighty racehorse Charmed Outlaw, to movie-line quoting parrot Bailey. Put them into an adventure involving genuinely threatening double-crossing secret agents, and incompetent would-be assassins, all set in a beautiful and perfectly described Dorset coastal village, mix in warm family relationships, and you have one of the best new adventure stories of the year. Lauren St John brings all the elements together with seemingly effortless ease and there can’t be a young reader in the country who won’t lap this up. June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: animals, adventure and an irresistible cast of characters Books in The Wolfe and Lamb Series: 1. Kat Wolfe Investigates 2. Kat Wolfe Takes the Case 3. Kat Wolfe on Thin Ice (January 2021)
Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this is an ebullient adventure story that compels its readers to believe just as the young hero Fionn begins to do. Sent to stay on the wild Arranmore Island with his reclusive grandfather, Fionn enters a world dominated by the forces of magic – and by water which has always terrified Fionn. Gradually, Fionn begins to understand his grandfather’s now fading power as to accept and embrace his own new destiny. Catherine Doyle has a lightness of touch as a story-teller that makes the impossible convincing. July 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 Books in The Storm Keeper Trilogy Series: 1. The Storm Keeper's Island 2. The Lost Tide Warriors 3. The Storm Keepers' Battle (March 2021)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero. This title tells the author story. Like Percy Jackson?...They'll love Fenn Halflin and Monster Hunter. Books in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series: 1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief 2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters 3. Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse 4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth 5. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
One of THE top children's books of the last decade is none other than WOLF BROTHER, which is the first in a brilliant series called The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Perfect for a new generation of children to enjoy this edition is a gorgeous 10th anniversary edition which is not to be missed. Rich in detail which brings the past to life and makes the forest background vivid to all readers, Wolf Brother tells how orphaned Torak must set out on a terrible mission. Tricked, trapped and betrayed at almost every turn, it’s a lonely quest but Torak finds comfort in the support of a wolf cub. Relying on their quick wits, the two journey through danger until Torak must make the final sacrifice. Books in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series: 1. Wolf Brother 2. Spirit Walker 3. Soul Eater 4. Outcast 5. Oathbreaker 6. Ghost Hunter 7. Viper's Daughter
Our March 2012 Guest Editor Sally Nicholls: "I've never written a fan letter to an author, but I came closest after finishing Saffy's Angel. I read it while I was first trying to be a writer myself, and I decided right there that I wanted to be an writer like Hilary McKay. I love how effortlessly funny her books are, how appealing her characters are, despite their flaws." The LoveReading comment: Saffy's Angel really deserves the top honours. This heavenly little book tells the story of Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo and Rose, siblings who are each as colourful as their exotic names suggest. Saffy's Angel is written with a simple, understated elegance that allows the reader access to the kind of family we would all, secretly, love to belong to. Each character is drawn with an enviable artistry coupled with, one suspects, a tongue-in the cheek that adds a sharp realistic air to a modern household with a heart of pure, old-fashioned gold. And it is these fabulous characters who lead the unfurling of the story, easing the reader through the pages with an irresistible wit and warmth that smartly avoids cosiness but nonetheless leaves a soothing rosy glow. Hilary’s real strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply. Books in The Casson Family Series: 1. Saffy's Angel 2. Indigo's Star 3. Permanent Rose 4. Caddy Ever After 5. Forever Rose
Chosen by Cressida Cowell, Guest Editor May 2020 | Best-selling Artemis Fowl has enchanted and delighted readers for a decade. Half hero, half villain and wholly brainy, although still only a boy, Artemis is a criminal mastermind who has a very daring scheme in mind. Can he steal what he wants from the fairy world and get away with it? Artemis will stop at nothing less…Full of tricks, plots, secret codes and fantastical characters including Holly Short, Mulch Diggums and Foaly and propelled by outrageous cheek sprinkled with the touch of very special magic, Artemis Fowl is a book to love forever. Although only twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is already famous as a criminal master-mind. But, when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrechaun unit in his ruthless bid to steal the fairy gold, he finds he has gone a step too far. In the headlong adventure that follows, Artemis discovers that fairies are not the creatures that he had been expecting. Fast paced and packed with one joke after another, Artemis fowl is irresistible humour for young readers. Cressida Cowell, Guest Editor said; "This is a brilliantly written, exciting and original adventure series in a wildly original fantasy world. It's also extremely funny." Books in The Artemis Fowl Series: 1. Artemis Fowl 2. Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident 3. Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code 4. Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception 5. Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony 6. Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox 7. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin’s new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you daydream of being James Bond. An ambitious money-raising stunt involving a zip-wire and an ornamental fountain brings schoolboy Kevin Twigg to the attention of Jake Pond, a diminutive spy looking to take unofficial time off. Before you can say shaken not stirred the two have swapped places, and Kevin finds himself on a dangerous mission for MI7. He might be geeky in real life, but Kevin turns out to be a surprisingly effective secret agent, managing to infiltrate a gangster party, blag his way into a bank vault and fly a helicopter before unmasking his headmaster as the arch villain. Extremely silly, but exciting too, this spy spoof is licensed to thrill! Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | June 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. Books in The Accidental Series: 1. The Accidental Secret Agent 2. The Accidental President 3. The Accidental Prime Minister 4. The Accidental Billionaire 5. The Accidental Father ChristmasReaders could go on to Anthony Horowitz’s cracking spoofs such as The Falcon’s Malteser, and they’ll also enjoy David Solomon’s award-winning My Brother is a Superhero. ~ Andrea Reece
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | September 2016 Debut of the Month | From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the story of Lily, whose inventor father is missing, presumed dead after the airship crash. What secrets was he keeping and why are others so determined to find them out? Lily is a great character but readers’ hearts are likely to be won by her companion Malkin, a clockwork fox, one of many automatons created by her father. The story proceeds at speed reaching its climax – where else – but on the face of Big Ben, the world’s most famous clock! The Branford Boase Award Judges' Comments - ‘what he does with the ideas is really good and the world-building is excellent’; ‘children reading this will feel inspired’; ‘imaginative and fun, would make a great film’. Books in The Cogheart Adventures Series: 1. Cogheart 2. Moonlocket 3. Skycircus 4. Shadowsea And do take a look at our Cogheart Adventures LoveReading4Kids Loves Channel This is definitely one for fans of Philip Reeve’s steampunk classic Mortal Engines, and they would also enjoy The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling. ~ Andrea Reece
From the author of The Roman Mysteries comes a nail-biting time-travel adventure, set in Roman London - where past meets present. Billionaire Solomon Daisy is obsessed with the skeleton of a blue eyed African girl from Roman London. When his tech guys accidentally invent a time machine he decides to send London schoolboy Alex Papas on a mission. Time travel is easier for kids, and Alex knows Greek and a little Latin. The portable portal is placed in London's Mithraeum, recently relocated back to its original 3rd century AD site. Now all Alex has to do is go through and find the blue-eyed girl. There are just three rules: 1. Naked you go and naked you must return. 2. Drink, don't eat. 3. As little interaction as possible. But Time Travel is fun fair, and there are more ways to die in Roman London than Alex could have guessed. Books in The Time Travel Diaries Series: 1. The Time Travel Diaries 2. The Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens
Best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson shows that her story-telling touch is just as sure when she turns to history as it is in her contemporary novels. As usual, Jacqueline Wilson uses a first person story telling voice as Foundling Hetty Feather tells the story of her life from the moment of her abandonment as a baby to the adventures she has growing up in the famous Foundling Hospital in Coram Fields and finally finding a new life for herself. A gripping story in its own right, Hetty Feather also brings the past with its mixture of extreme poverty and hardship and great kindness vividly to life. Books in The World of Hetty Feather Series: 1. Hetty Feather 2. Sapphire Battersea 3. Emerald Star 4. Diamond 5. Little Stars 6. Clover Moon 7. Hetty Feather's Christmas 8. Rose Rivers 9. Dancing The Charleston If they like Hetty Feather they'll love Raymie Nightingale!
February 2017 Book of the Month | From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries series comes a hapless new hero and new set of comic adventures. Max Crumbly promises readers ‘wacky humour, thrilling action, nail-biting suspense and cool raps’ and delivers pretty well on all of them. He describes his days at school, including a series of unfortunate run-ins with the school bully in short, sharp bursts, accompanied by frequent illustrations, and his view of life is definitely shaped by his love of comics. His exploits are more fantastic than those of Dork diarist Nikki, but are still firmly rooted in experiences that will be familiar to kids everywhere and his misadventures will certainly keep pages turning. Readers who like their fiction funny, fast-moving, and cartoon rich will also enjoy the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon and Jeff Kenney’s phenomenally popular Wimpy Kid books.
Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative kid that you won't forget. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life at middleschoolmovie.com. Books in The Middle School Series: 1. Middle School: The Worst Year of My Life 2. Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! 3. Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar 4. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill 5. Middle School: Ultimate Showdown 6. Middle School: Save Rafe! 7. Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck 8. Middle School: Dog's Best Friend 9. Middle School: Escape to Australia 10. Middle School: From Hero to Zero 11. Middle School: Born to Rock
Winner of the 1995 CILIP Carnegie Medal Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some dangerous questioning. It also marks the beginning of Lyra’s search for her friend Roger, a search that takes her to the ice kingdoms of the North where armoured bears rule. Lyra’s courage and stubborn determination lead her on this mission of incredible danger in this brilliant and imaginative story. The author’s vivid imagination and vision is so spectacular and moving that it will leave you almost speechless with admiration and the amazingly diverse characters will be universally admired by all those who read about them. It’s completely original and totally spellbinding; a true classic that will stand the test of time much in the way Tolkien’s famous work has done. If we at Lovereading were to pick out our ‘winner of winners’ then it would be Northern Lights, the first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. (12+) Winner of the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2007 and Carnegie winner in 1995. Books in His Dark Materials Series: 1. Northern Lights 2. The Subtle Knife 3. The Amber Spyglass
First published in 1947, these books have been a regular feature on bookshelves across the land since then. I grew up with them, and couldn't put these adventures of this family and their dog down, as I was pulled in chapter by chapter. There eponymous gang are siblings Dick, Anne and Georgina (or should I say George!), cousin Julian and Timmy the dog.. Follow them on dozens of adventures by the wonderful Enid Blyton, with 22 in the series, there are plenty to keep you busy! Books in The Famous Five Series: 1. Five on a Treasure Island 2. Five Go Adventuring Again 3. Five Run Away Together 4. Five Go to Smuggler's Top 5. Five Go Off in a Caravan 6. Five on Kirrin Island Again 7. Five Go Off to Camp 8. Five Get into Trouble 9. Five Fall into Adventure 10. Five on a Hike Together 11. Five Have a Wonderful Time 12. Five Go Down to the Sea 13. Five Go to Mystery Moor 14. Five Have Plenty of Fun 15. Five on a Secret Trail 16. Five Go to Billycock Hill 17. Five Get into a Fix 18. Five on Finniston Farm 19. Five Go to Demon's Rocks 20. Five Have a Mystery to Solve 21. Five Are Together Again
There are actually seven different Goosebumps book series, which has become one of the world’s most popular horror series for kids. Since the first book, Welcome to Dead House, in July 1992, the series has sold over 350 million books worldwide in 32 languages. The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! There is no place to hide. Nothing is safe! Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can't stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. But there's something odd about Jay's new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? Jay is about to learn that mischief can lead to terror. Books in The Goosebumps 1 Series: 1. Most Wanted: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes 2. Most Wanted: Son of Slappy 3. Most Wanted: How I Met My Monster 4. Most Wanted: The Haunter 5. Most Wanted: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now 6. Most Wanted: Creature Teacher The Final Exam
Prepared to be scared by this rollercoaster fantasy and the cast of brilliantly conceived and depicted monsters who inhabit it! In this the first of the trilogy, orphaned Rossamund must take a trip to the city of High Vesting. It’s a journey fraught with danger and Rossamund has nothing to protect himself with except an almanac and some potions. Will he survive against a cast of smugglers, scourges, scolds and shrewds and, if so, how will he do it? The Lovereading comment: Monsters, rogues and wonder abound in this utterly original, fearsomely exciting and beautifully detailed fantasy tale of Rossamund Bookchild, an orphaned boy with a girl’s name who goes on a journey to seek his destiny. The first in a trilogy, it’s stunning in scope and rich in detail, alive with memorable heroes and villains and brimming with new and original science and magic. An author to thrill and captivate and leave the reader desperate for more. Books in The Monster Blood Tattoo Series: 1. Foundling 2. Lamplighter 3. Factotum
Enter the adorkable world of Nikki Maxwell as she tells all about her not-so-fabulous life in the international bestselling series! A limited edition of the first book in the bestselling Dork Diaries series with an updated interior, as well as a gorgeous new special cover. Always remember to let your inner dork shine through! (PS. Don’t forget to check out the dorky extras at the back of the book!) Books in the Dork Diaries Series: 1. Dork Diaries 2. Dork Diaries: Party Time 3. Dork Diaries: Pop Star 3.5. Dork Diaries: How To Dork Your Diary 4. Dork Diaries: Skating Sensation 5. Dork Diaries: Dear Dork 6. Dork Diaries: Holiday Heartbreak 7. Dork Diaries: TV Star 8. Dork Diaries: Once Upon a Dork 9. Dork Diaries: Drama Queen 10. Dork Diaries: Puppy Love 11. Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever 12. Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe 13. Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama! 14. Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar 15. Dork Diaries: I Love Paris
A hero with a difference! Fizzlebert Stump wants to make changes to his life. Bored with life in the circus, he is determined to run away and join…the Library! How Fizzlebert sets out to achieve his goal and gets kidnapped by some unlikely villains for his audacity is a riotous romp which will be loved by all fans of Mr Gum! In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fizzlebert Stump the Boy who ran away from the Circus (and joined the Library) a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews... Books in The Fizzlebert Stump Series: 1. Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus 2. Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy 3. Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish 4. Fizzlebert Stump And The Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things 5. Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Did PE In His Pants 6. Fizzlebert Stump and the Great Supermarket Showdown
Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that will have kids reading long past their bedtime, and has now been added two with more in the series. Poor Elliot is having a very tough time. His mum is poorly, they have serious money problems, a devilishly devious interfering neighbour and school is quite simply a complete nightmare! So the last thing Elliot needs is for a conceited constellation to crash land smack, bang in the middle of his cow shed. Suddenly feisty, fearless Virgo enters his life with ‘a damp, loud splat.’ Together they manage to set free a dangerous and incredibly evil Daemon of Death and before long it is down to Elliot to save the world. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate! This book is laugh out loud hilarious and I just adored each and every character. Elliot is brave and good hearted and going through such a hard time. The Gods were hilarious and I love how Maz has made them so quirky, fallible and bang up to date. There is also a rather special appearance from her Majesty the Queen that was quite simply magnificent. Who Let The Gods Out is the first in a four part series and I for one am very excited to see what happens next for Elliot and his new friends. ~ Shelley Fallows A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher ‘What I like about the classical gods is that they are so true to life. Wild, naughty, emotional and unpredictable, they carry on a bit like us humans – but with superpowers! Of course, in this story our hero Elliot has some serious real life problems to deal with too, and so Maz Evans takes us on a funny yet thoughtful romp. Hold on to your pants because you are likely to lose everything else!’ Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Debut of the Month Books in The Who Let The Gods Out? Series: 1. Who Let The God's Out? 2. Simply The Quest 3. Beyond the Odyssey 4. Against All Gods
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian is killed in suspicious circumstances and Alex is finds himself forcibly recruited into the MI6 to train as a super spy. He performs deeds of unimaginable daring, faces terrible danger – and lives to tell the tale. A great, pacy read. Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider series, put themselves forward to read and review all ten titles. Check out their reviews below and if you click on the link 'Read full review' you will be able to view the reviews for all titles. Books in The Alex Rider Series: 1. Stormbreaker 2. Point Blanc 3. Skeleton Key 4. Eagle Strike 5. Scorpia 6. Ark Angel 7. Snakehead 8. Crocodile Tears 9. Scorpia Rising 10. Russian Roulette 11. Never Say Die 12. Secret Weapon 13. Nightshade
Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood. She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take care of her. There’s something special about Moll - her very best friend is a wildcat, Gryff, and the strange nightmares that plague her seem to prophesy dark and scary battles in the future. This is a wonderful book with all the elements that go to make classic children’s fantasy – a good versus evil battle in which a young child is pitched against a powerful enemy, the band of close friends who will help Moll, a wild forest setting. And a magical wildcat! It’s perfect for fans of Harry Potter, and there are now 3 books in the series. One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Staff Pick of the Year 2015 - March 2015 Debut of the Month Books in The Dreamsnatcher Series: 1. The Dreamsnatcher 2. The Shadow Keeper 3. The Night Spinner
Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 | The first in a fabulous and exciting new detective series set during the 1930’s. Daisy Wells (not just a perfect English Miss) and Hazel Wong (astute and observant) have started a secret Detective Society at the Deepdene School for girls. The girls have a typical friendship, with some wonderful highs and sorrowful lows. After finding a dead body, which then disappears, the girls are racing to stay one step ahead and solve the clues. There is a clear and detailed map of the school at the front of the book which is really useful to follow as the girls start their adventure. There is a feel of the Famous Five about this charming book (yes it’s charming, even though there has been a murder). Robin Stevens sets all of the clues in motion, encouraging them to run riot, to cause mischief, they are all there though, can you solve the murder… can the girls solve the murder, before it’s too late? Wonderfully fast paced and set in a fascinating period, this is an entertaining and gripping read. Books in The Murder Most Unladylike Series: 1. Murder Most Unladylike 2. Arsenic for Tea 3. First Class Murder 4. Jolly Foul Play 5. Mistletoe and Murder 6. Cream Buns and Crime 7. A Spoonful of Murder 8. Death in the Spotlight 9. Top Marks for Murder 10. Death Sets Sail
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks flow fast as Ruby and her best friend and great side-kick Clancy, take up the challenges. Books in The Ruby Redfort Series: 1. Look into my Eyes 2. Take Your Last Breath 3. Catch Your Death 4. Feel the Fear 5. Pick Your Poison 6. Blink and You'll Die
"The Lord of the Rings was my favourite book of all as a child - my mum and dad read it to me when I was about nine, and after that I read it to myself several times. I still love it for its landscapes and the music of its words. At the time, not many people seemed to have heard of it - at least, not at my school - so it was as if Middle Earth was my own private world. It prompted me to start inventing worlds of my own, and I’ve never really stopped." Philip Reeve, Guest Editor Charlie Higson, April 2012 Guest Editor: "This really doesn’t need a recommendation from me. I think some of you might have already read it. But it was a huge influence on me. It’s interesting that although the hobbits aren’t kids (they’re all about seventy years old!) we react to them as children. I read the books when I was fourteen and loved the feeling of being utterly immersed in another world. I’ve always loved fantasy – books that took me out of my own humdrum existence and transported me to another place, another time, another reality. I love it where Tolkien says in his introduction that ‘The tale grew in the telling’. The story starts small scale, with its social satire of the very English shire, and then just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, so that by the end you can look back and think – my God, I’ve come all this way, what an adventure it’s been. That’s the feeling I want to get into my new adventure/horror/epic series The Enemy. It’s building into a huge multi-character saga, with touches of LOTR, Greek mythology, historical fiction and Tintin. In fact I’ve probably stolen something from every book I’ve ever read." Sally Nicholls, March 2012's Guest Editor: "I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was ten, which was far too young, but I loved it even though I didn't understand all of it. I read it over and over and over again, until I knew whole sections off by heart. I loved the size of the story, and the fact that its narrators – the hobbits – were so easy for a child to relate to." Books in The Lord of the Rings Series: 1. The Hobbit 2. The Fellowship of the Ring 3. The Two Towers 4. The Return of the King
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month | A rollicking adventure spiced up with fascinating information about beetles, this debut novel fuses science, survival and sleuthing! Darkus’s life is turned upside down when his father goes missing. Darkus refuses to accept that his father is dead and he is determined to find out what happened for himself. Sent to stay with his uncle, he discovers the strange neighbours have a yard full of junk – and beetles. Darkus is befriended by a handsome, giant beetle who seems to understand Darkus and is also connected to his dad’s disappearance. What is going on? And who is Lucretia Cutter, one of the best villainess since Cruella de Vil? Books in The Battle of the Beetles Series: 1. Beetle Boy 2. Beetle Queen 3. Battle of the Beetles
Jonathan Stroud is a master storyteller who keeps you hanging on to every spine-tingling word. You’ll be hooked long before you turn the final page of The Screaming Staircase, the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again... Every evening the sound of the warning bell marks the beginning of curfew and people all over the city retreat to the safety of their homes. Security is of the utmost importance and salt, lavender and iron are now household staples. Adults are no longer sensitive enough to deal with the strange, malignant hauntings a part of everyday life. So it is down to the young to keep the city's residents safe. Meet the enigmatic Anthony Lockwood and his associates Lucy Carlyle and George Gubbins of A.J. Lockwood & Co. Investigators. A small agency, run without the interference of adults, they consider themselves to be the best. However, after a disastrous encounter with a deadly girl ghost, the agency is in danger of closing down. Will solving an old Missing Persons investigation and spending a terrifying night in the most haunted house in the country save them? Maybe, if of course, they are lucky enough to come away with their lives. Books in The Lockwood & Co Series: 1. Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase 2. Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull 3. Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy 4. Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow 5. Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave
One of our Books of the Year 2013 and Winner of the 2013 Lovereading4Kids People's Choice Best Kids Book. | There’s laughter and tears in this hilarious roller-coaster story of teen life in the starry world of modelling. Self-avowed geek Harriet tells her own story of friendship, family and the extraordinary world of fashion. Harriet’s cleverness is not necessarily a great help as she tries to find her way through the teen confusions as a geeky outsider but, in the end, after some unexpected moments on the cat walk, all ends well! Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 age category - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - March 2013 Debut of the Month ....................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Geek Girl a small number of LoveReading4Kids members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I recommend this book to teenagers everywhere, it is a timeless classic that will be remembered forever, Read it!.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews... Books in The Geek Girl Series: 1. Geek Girl 2. Model Misfit 3. Picture Perfect 4. All That Glitters 5. Head Over Heels 6. Forever Geek
This delightful book isn’t easy to categorise. Written and illustrated by a Husband and Wife team this surreal, fairytale-like story is full of adventure and excitement – beginning with the abduction of a one year old, twenty five pound, baby boy abducted by a flock of crows! Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic. It combines the thrill of a secret world and the buzz of modern city life. Original and fresh, yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel that could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists. With dozens of intricate and beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis. Strangely brilliant and possibly a ‘modern classic’. You can find out more about this book by clicking here. Click here to see the authors in a video interview. Books in The Wildwood Series: 1. Wildwood 2. Under Wildwood 3. Wildwood Imperium
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of the near future, The Hunger Games is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America. The cruel Capitol keeps order in its twelve outlying districts by forcing them each to send one boy and girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a terrifying reality TV show broadcasting a live fight to the death. Without really meaning to, 16 year old Katniss becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever. Books in The Hunger Games Series: 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. Mockingjay 4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: "I don't usually go for blockbuster dystopian stories - but this trilogy is imaginatively conceived and well written and a genuine page-turner. Sixteen year old Katniss takes part in a terrifying annual televised game where teenagers fight for their lives. In our current climate of reality television shows like The X-Factor and I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here, this starts to ring horribly true. It's often disturbing, but it certainly will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader. It's about to be a much-hyped film, so should attract even more attention."
Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race." It takes a brave author such as Malorie Blackman to consider a sequence of the like of Noughts and Crosses and to pull it off with utmost aplomb. Award-winning author Blackman has tackled the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Although 11 year olds will take great joy and learn much from reading this first one in the sequence, adults will devour it with equal enthusiasm. The contrast of the two main protagonists makes the novel totally compelling and the writing style is both original and superbly paced. The plot unravels at the pace of a thriller and as a consequence it’s a book that is almost impossible to put down. Books in the Noughts & Crosses Series: 1. Noughts & Crosses 2. Knife Edge 3. Checkmate 4. Double Cross 5. Crossfire
A brand-new teen crime novel from one of today's great storytellers. For older teenagers, this is a fast-paced, gripping detective thriller that keeps you guessing. Unputdownable, as are the two following books in the award-winning Garvie Smith crime series. Books in The Garvie Smith Mysteries Series: 1. Running Girl 2. Kid Got Shot 3. Hey Sherlock!
Heart-pounding and thrilling urban dystopian fiction from an exciting young author. A No. 1 New York Times bestseller debut, Divergent is now available in this special collector's hardback edition, boasting 72 pages of bonus content. A novel of non-stop suspense and twists and turns that you least expect. There's romance too and a heroine who is determined to fulfill her plans even when conflict seems the only course of action. A debut novel that will leave you breathless. ***The Divergent Series Box Set - The bestselling Divergent series - including the trilogy Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant plus Four - A Divergent Collection and the companion guide, World of Divergent, are now available as a boxed set for the first time!
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones with this gorgeous new edition, complete with special content including a new piece from Cassie and exclusive colour illustrations. This is the first in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into.Clary is your typical girl next door character that everyone wants to like and with whom young teenage girls in particular will instantly relate. Until her mother's disappearance life is very ordinary and normal but then everything changes. The author's descriptions of an alternate, parallel world are so cleverly drawn that you feel right there within the story. We haven't read for a while such a brilliant mixture of razor-sharp wit and humour and spine tingling fear but above all a terrific page-turning read that will have you saying just one more page, then one more chapter and suddenly you've finished it. Books in The Mortal Instruments Series: 1. City of Bones 2. City of Ashes 3. City of Glass 4. City of Fallen Angels 5. City of Lost Souls 6. City of Heavenly Fire
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 | Sarah J Maas's novels have been an online sensation with bloggers the world over hearing about her. Her protagonist is 18 year old Celaena; beautiful but deadly and destined for greatness but only if she can free herself from the life sentence she's serving... Fast-paced and epic in stature this is not to be missed. Click here to read the an online extract. Definitely a 14+ read in our opinion. Books in The Throne of Glass Series: The Assassin's Blade - a 5 story prequel to Throne of Glass 1. Throne of Glass 2. Crown of Midnight 3. Heir of Fire 4. Queen of Shadows 5. Empire of Storms 6. Tower of Dawn 7. Kingdom of Ash