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Most poplar Children's Book Opening Extracts, by age range, 16 - 22 Feb 09

By PeterC on 23rd February 2009

Featured Books Age 0 - 5 Years

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A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug Ellie Bethel A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does ... Download free opening extract
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Dogs Dogs Emily Gravett Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs ... Download free opening extract
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Gilbert in Deep (book & CD - read by Dervla Kirwan) Gilbert in Deep (book & CD - read by Dervla Kirwan) Jane Clarke Witty writing with lots of shark-infested humour.  Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet friend Remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball, ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Giles Andreae Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally ... Download free opening extract
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Margaret Ryan Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny's paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he ... Download free opening extract
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read Patience Thomson For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Foul Play Foul Play Tom Palmer On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist - Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. ... Download free opening extract
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Charles Darwin Charles Darwin Alan Gibbons Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship's boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin's 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of ... Download free opening extract
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! Beastly Boys For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.    Short snappy sentences with pages ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks Julia Donaldson A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her ... Download free opening extract
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a ... Download free opening extract
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Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Marcus Sedgwick 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 ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Malice Malice Chris Wooding Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story ... Download free opening extract
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The Princess Plot The Princess Plot Kirsten Boie A thrilling debut adventure combining the glamour of the world of movies with a sharply drawn political background. Jenna never expects to land the part of the princess when she goes for an audition. But when she does, she finds ... Download free opening extract
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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Sarah Webb Sarah Webb is a debut children's author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Everything Beautiful Everything Beautiful Simmone Howell This novel is so tuned in to the teenage psyche - sharp, full of humour and a touch subversive - that it's hard to believe it's not written by one.  In fact it comes from the pen of Simmone Howell ... Download free opening extract
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Auslander Auslander Paul Dowswell A chilling, powerful and thought-provoking thriller about a Polish orphan's subversion of Nazi ideals.  Meticulously researched and incredibly imagined it will at times almost take your breath away. Perceived as the perfect Aryan specimen by the German family who adopt Peter ... Download free opening extract
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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants! Louise Rennison You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary - sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the ... Download free opening extract

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