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Most popular children's opening extracts, by age range, 20 - 27 Nov 08

By PeterC on 28th November 2008

Featured Books Age 0 - 5 Years

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My First Nursery Stories My First Nursery Stories Tony Ross   Best loved, classic nursery stories are vividly brought to life in Tony Ross’s humorous and vigorous illustrations. Follow the charmingly agile goats as they trip-trott over the bridge having dispatched the hairy troll SPLASH into the river with a well-aimed ... Download free opening extract
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The Pencil The Pencil Allan Ahlberg This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants ... Download free opening extract
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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book Julia Donaldson Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil Wiley Miller A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, ... Download free opening extract
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland - even more fantastical and a little darker ... Download free opening extract
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob's Best Ever Friend Simon Bartram Simon Bartram’s Man in the Moon was one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times and now at last, Bob, the man in the moon is back but looking for a best ever best friend ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book Michael Morpurgo This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince's Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 60th birthday. It's ... Download free opening extract
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Kaspar Kaspar Michael Morpurgo 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 ... Download free opening extract
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) Charles Dickens The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone Jenny Nimmo Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he ... Download free opening extract
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief Sarah Prineas This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must ... Download free opening extract
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The Number 7 Shirt The Number 7 Shirt Alan Gibbons This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it’s likely to attract less keen readers but readers who may have a passion for football. His heroes ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008. The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ ... Download free opening extract
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Airhead Airhead Meg Cabot From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. ... Download free opening extract
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The Carbon Diaries 2015 The Carbon Diaries 2015 Saci Lloyd Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award. This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015.  It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life Joanna Nadin Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice ... Download free opening extract
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Before I Die Before I Die Jenny Downham Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would ... Download free opening extract
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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous Katherine Kingsley Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens!  As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted.  If you're up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the ... Download free opening extract

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