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Children's Books - most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 26 May - 2 Jun 09

By PeterC on 3rd June 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mr Bear Says: I Love You Mr Bear Says: I Love You Debi Gliori Warm and loving, Mr Bear introduces all the things he likes and ends with what he loves best of all – his own little baby. Lovely bright illustrations in a slimline, easy to hold board book. If you’re looking for other ... Download free opening extract
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Marvin Wanted More Marvin Wanted More Joseph Theobold This board book comes complete with a wonderfully warm and woolly Marvin on the cover that’s wonderfully touchy-feely. The story inside though delivers a wonderful lesson in ‘wanting more’! Marvin the sheep takes drastic action to resolve the problem of ... Download free opening extract
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Orange Pear Apple Bear Orange Pear Apple Bear Emily Gravett With just 4 words this exceptionally talented author and illustrator has created a deliciously simple, yet wonderfully fun juxtaposition of animal and fruit as well as an all-important introduction to the ‘comma’. It’s not just a breathtakingly beautiful book but ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Paper Caper The Great Paper Caper Oliver Jeffers Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse - of resources. All is not well in the ... Download free opening extract
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Big Brave Brian Big Brave Brian M P Robertson An exuberantly illustrated book perfect to help children see that even the 'seemingly' bravest people in the world have things they are afraid of. ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The BFG The BFG Roald Dahl This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also ... Download free opening extract
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Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens Kes Gray Holiday excitement nearly gets too much in this latest story about Daisy to whom too much is almost always happening! Daisy is going on holiday to Spain. She gets to go in a plane, to see a palm tree and ... Download free opening extract
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Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Rex Stone Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pig City Pig City Louis Sachar Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is ... Download free opening extract
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The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary Dugald Steer The dragonological adventure continues in this eagerly-awaited second instalment of The Dragonology Chronicles.  An illness has spread among the dragons and Daniel and Beatrice must deliver a strange book to Dr. Drake so that the cure that lies therein can ... Download free opening extract
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Kaspar Kaspar Michael Morpurgo CD Audio. A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who we also ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Shark Island Shark Island David Miller A thrilling adventure story set on a tropical island…When Hanna and Ned’s parents are kidnapped, they find themselves stuck on an island and in the greatest danger. Surrounded by jungle and sea have they any hope of escape? Using all ... Download free opening extract
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke's Kingdom Michael Morpurgo Age 9+.  Suffice to say the reading of this book will take you the reader through every emotion you can think of, from great joy and laughter to utter sadness and loss.  At its heart is a story of friendship ... Download free opening extract
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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn Henry Chancellor An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Coraline (film tie-in edition) Coraline (film tie-in edition) Neil Gaiman Film-tie-in edition to the weird and wonderful Coraline, which has just released as an animated film in the UK.   When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar.  It has ... Download free opening extract
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The Pickle King The Pickle King Rebecca Promitzer A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea ... Download free opening extract
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The Reformed Vampire Support Group The Reformed Vampire Support Group Catherine Jinks A murder-mystery comedy of errors about a vampire 'support group'.  It's the perfect introduction to the paranormal for young readers. ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Skim Skim Mariko Tamaki Stunningly drawn, this graphic novel brilliantly charts the deep and sometimes desperate conflicts and moods that prevail in teen years. Teenage witch Skim keeps a diary in which she records all her thoughts, hopes and fears. There’s the grief and ... Download free opening extract
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Stolen Stolen Lucy Christopher This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the ... Download free opening extract
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Magic Flutes Magic Flutes Eva Ibbotson Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is ... Download free opening extract

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