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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children's books, by age range, 23 - 30 October 2016

By PeterC on 31st October 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon's Great Escape Sue Hendra November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends ... Download free opening extract
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Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl Tim Hopgood Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night.  A very odd thing for an owl to do.  But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe.  A really lovely and original picture book. Shortlisted ... Download free opening extract
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water Gemma Merino Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lie Kill Walk Away Lie Kill Walk Away Matt Dickinson A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very short punchy chapters. Each has suffered ... Download free opening extract
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The Deviants The Deviants C. J. Skuse October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, ... Download free opening extract
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As I Descended As I Descended Robin Talley September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school. While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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There's a Snake in My School! There's a Snake in My School! David Walliams October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a ... Download free opening extract
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We Found a Hat We Found a Hat Jon Klassen A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find ... Download free opening extract
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Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream Timothy Knapman There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Carol Ann Duffy Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as ... Download free opening extract
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They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat Brendan Wenzel October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual ... Download free opening extract
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Motor Miles Motor Miles John Burningham October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King Michael Morpurgo A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery ... Download free opening extract
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner Terry Pratchett Special Slipcased Edition | In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious   |  This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – ... Download free opening extract
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The Pumpkin Project The Pumpkin Project Katie Smith Winner of ITV Lorraine's Top Tales 2016 | In a nutshell: growing vegetables grows confidence and puts nasty Penelope in the shade Katie Smith’s story beat 3000 others in Lorraine’s Top Tales competition on ITV, winning the approval of Lorraine ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The War Next Door The War Next Door Phil Earle A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands ... Download free opening extract
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The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood Lucy Strange October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for ... Download free opening extract
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The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus Tom Fletcher Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Clover Moon Clover Moon Jacqueline Wilson October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the ... Download free opening extract
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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle Bear Grylls October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story ... Download free opening extract
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die Lauren Child October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train Jeremy De Quidt In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night. Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time ... Download free opening extract
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One One Sarah Crossan Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016. Award-winning Sarah Crossan ... Download free opening extract
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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Cornelia Funke Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, ... Download free opening extract

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