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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 8 - 15 Mar 09

Featured Books Age 0 - 5 Years

Minty And Tink Minty And Tink
Emma Chichester Clark
The importance of a special toy is perfectly captured in this passionate story about how a toy can be ‘real’. When searching for a birthday present for her baby brother, Minty finds a tiny toy bear who can talk. Instantly, ...
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What the Ladybird Heard What the Ladybird Heard
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! and BAAs! and OINKs! lives a tiny silent ladybird. ...
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Tin Forest Tin Forest
Helen Ward
Book and CD. Exquisite and fascinating illustrations beautifully capture the hopeful
mood of this story about the power of dreaming. Living in a miserable
grey world, an old man repeatedly dreams of colour and growth.
Gradually his world begins to full up with ...
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

My Brilliant Book! My Brilliant Book!
Michael Broad
Short of a good book to read, Sam decides that writing his own is the only way to really enjoy a story. Vibrantly illustrated, Sam’s flights of fancy – aliens, a world full of sweets, a trip to the wildwest ...
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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

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Winnie The Twit Winnie The Twit
Laura Owen
Fun to read and well-matched by their illustrations, these four short stories tell of yet more dramatic and hilarious adventures for Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. Winnie variously tries to find the perfect pet, to fix things with ...
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear
Andy Stanton
Winner of The Blue Peter book award 2009 'most funny book with pictures' category - Mr Gum is off on his fifth best-selling adventure. And it is as zany and ridiculous as any that have gone before. This time, a gigantic ...
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Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions
Penny Worms
Suitable for discerning Wallace and Gromit fans, this all-singing, all-dancing book sets out as Wallace's secret invention scrapbook, with snippets of information and personal memorabilia about his cracking contraptions and his madcap capers with his dog, Gromit. With lots of ...
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Genie and the Phoenix Genie and the Phoenix
Steve Cole, Linda Chapman
An exciting fantasy adventure full of twist, turns and some very unexpected moments. Michael, Milly, Jason and Jess are just four ordinary children leading quite ordinary lives until they meet a most unusual genie disguised in the shape of a ...
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

Shadow Forest Shadow Forest
Matt Haig
Winner of the overall Blue Peter Book of the Year 2009 and category winner of ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. A dramatic adventure story set in an enchanted magical world. Samuel Blink’s life changes forever when a giant log ...
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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 stop it from disappearing ...
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Ingo Ingo
Helen Dunmore
This is the first of the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has done what few authors succeed in doing. She’s created an absolutely believable mythical world alongside our own. One that makes you want to be there more than anything else, ...
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

If You're Reading This, it's too Late If You're Reading This, it's too Late
Pseudonymous Bosch
This is the quirky, original and deliciously dark sequel to the hilarious The Name of This Book is Secret. Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked once more by the stylish storytelling of Pseudonymous Bosch.

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The Book of a Thousand Days The Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
Recorded as a highly readable diary, this is an original retelling of a fairy tale that gives a taste of the traditional while adding original and unexpected elements to make it anything but an ordinary fairytale and you certainly won't ...
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My Sister Jodie My Sister Jodie
Jacqueline Wilson
A fantastic book from Jacqueline Wilson. Pearl and Jodie are sisters who are very different. Jodie is noisy, brash, insensitive and bold. Pearl is only ten, little and shy and anxious all the time. When their parents both get jobs ...
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

Gone Gone
Michael Grant

Gripping from the first moment on, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. First the teachers start to disappear from school; soon all the adults are gone. Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut ...
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The Ant Colony The Ant Colony
Jenny Valentine
An irresistible new novel from Jenny Valentine, winner of the Guardian Children's Book Prize with Finding Violet Park. Written with a wonderful lightness of touch, the author manages to weave and interweave the very
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Wildthorn Wildthorn
Jane Eagland
Set in Victorian England, this is a thought-provoking and shocking debut story for teenagers and adults of how a young woman with an ambition to become a doctor (at a time when it was frowned upon for women to have ...
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