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February 2011 Guest Editor Tim Bowler has chosen this book for the enduring appeal of Arthur Ransome adventures: "I loved all the Swallows and Amazons books as a boy. Ransome's genius is that he doesn't just give you the children's adventures but their fantasy adventures as well. You sail in their boats but you also become the pirates and explorers they pretend to be. We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea is different, however. Here there is no make-believe, just raw drama. The children find themselves in a sailing boat being driven out to sea by a furious storm. The depiction of the storm and the children's struggle to survive contains some of Ransome's finest writing."
Wild humour and a love of all things unexpected and unusual propel this cleverly interwoven story written by Australia’s two funniest writers. Told in the two distinct voices of Amy who, on her birthday discovers none of the surprises she had hoped for but a series of unexpected occurrences after she hides herself in the boot of her father’s car and Spocket who finds himself naked in the jungle and in grave danger. Each story is told in a series of short, fast-paced captures that make this a totally captivating read. ~ Julia Eccleshare Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle: "Boys in jail – a great idea. The jail has no roof and they have to dig huge holes in the baking sun all day – it’s getting even better. I read Holes in hospital a few years ago. I wasn’t ill, and was only there for the day. I actually forgot I was in hospital, the book was so good. I had about ten pages left when a nurse told me I could go home. I was half-hoping she’d tell me I’d have to stay longer, so I could finish the book." Wholly original and brilliantly plotted, Holes is a funny and poignant story about surviving. When Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of trainers, he is sent off to Camp Green Lake which is not a camp, not green and not near a lake but a boys’ detention centre in the middle of the desert. Every day every boy has to dig a hole five foot deep and five foot across because, the Warden says, it’s good for them. How Stanley survives and proves that the Warden has a different and far more sinister motive for wanting so many holes to be dug unravels in unexpected and wholly satisfying ways. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The seventh book in an action-packed, time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. We asked some of our Lovereading members to review the first in the Time Hunters series, Gladiator Clash. Here's a taster....'I would recommend this book to people who like history and action-packed excitement. It's full of great characters and takes you on a journey through time.'. Read more reviews of Gladiator Clash here!
Winner of the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2007 and Carnegie winner in 1995. Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some dangerous questioning. It also marks the beginning of Lyra’s search for her friend Roger, a search that takes her to the ice kingdoms of the North where armoured bears rule. Lyra’s courage and stubborn determination lead her on this mission of incredible danger in this brilliant and imaginative story. The author’s vivid imagination and vision is so spectacular and moving that it will leave you almost speechless with admiration and the amazingly diverse characters will be universally admired by all those who read about them. It’s completely original and totally spellbinding; a true classic that will stand the test of time much in the way Tolkien’s famous work has done. If we at Lovereading were to pick out our ‘winner of winners’ then it would be Northern Lights, the first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. (12+)To find out more about this book CLICK HERE to visit the Carnegie Greenaway site
A choice of David Almond, September 2011 Guest Editor, and Ali Sparkes, November 2009 Guest Editor. David Almond: "Anyone of my age is pretty sure to have read Enid Blyton, just as they probably read the Dandy and the Beano and Superman and Rupert Bear and I-Spy books. She’s certainly in among the mix of things that influences me. She did the trick of getting kids to read voraciously, and she still manages to do it. OK, the books can be a bit repetitive, and the language can be pretty clunky, and many folk keep trying to look down on her and to dismiss her, but the pages turn and turn, and I still remember the delight of being swept into the gang’s world, and sharing in their adventures." Ali Sparkes - "Without Enid I probably would never have become a bookworm or, eventually an author. Discovering Five go to Smuggler’s Top in the back of a toy cupboard really changed my life. I understand when people say the characters are a little 2D and the plots a bit similar, but Enid knew exactly what young readers want – fast-paced adventure, dogs, secret passages, midnight feasts. I still want all those things." To see Ali Sparkes’ 5 favourite children’s books click here The Lovereading Comment: Mystery and adventure still at its very best years after publication. Enid Blyton’s books were responsible for getting an entire generation of readers reading and now with their updated covers they are being enjoyed by a new generation of 8+ year olds. Long may it continue.
The evil witch Oyin has returned to Beaver Towers with one aim, revenge. She has tried to destroy Philip with earth, air and fire. Now she uses her last and most dangerous means of attack, water. Philip must head for the sea as his friend is in danger. He has dared to defy Oyin once but this time she is waiting for him.
An adventure novel about a son's attempt to rescue his father and return to him a special gift. The father is a professional storyteller. One day his wife leaves him to run off with a little clerk. The author also wrote "Grimus", "Midnight's Children", "Shame" and "The Satanic Verses".