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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 4 -11 May 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The New Jumper The New Jumper Oliver Jeffers Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. The thing about the ... Download free opening extract
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None the Number None the Number Oliver Jeffers Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, ... Download free opening extract
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My Daddy My Daddy Julia Hubery However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you're great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us Maggie Harcourt May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with ... Download free opening extract
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Trouble Trouble Non Pratt Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 ****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed ... Download free opening extract
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Paper Towns Paper Towns John Green Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon Timothy Knapman Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off ... Download free opening extract
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw Julia Donaldson Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their ... Download free opening extract
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants Claire Freedman May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don't Forget Tiggs! Michael Rosen May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs ... Download free opening extract
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet Chris Caldicott May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the ... Download free opening extract
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Johnny Smith What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns ... Download free opening extract
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The Fastest Boy in the World The Fastest Boy in the World Elizabeth Laird Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of becoming an International runner into reality. Solomon runs everywhere – and always especially ... Download free opening extract
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A Dog Called Flow A Dog Called Flow Pippa Goodhart Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters Thomas Taylor The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David's recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he's got something to tell David. That's scary enough but then David gets picked up ... Download free opening extract
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy Frank Cottrell Boyce April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast ... Download free opening extract
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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad Phil Earle May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales Kerr Thomson Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find ... Download free opening extract
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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules Susin Nielsen May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular ... Download free opening extract
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Jaguar Trials Jaguar Trials Ruth Eastham An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home ... Download free opening extract
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Paper Towns Paper Towns John Green A special hardback edition of John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin ... Download free opening extract
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Bomber Bomber Paul Dowswell Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a ... Download free opening extract

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