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Below are the books that we are featuring that are also available in CD Audio format. If you want to purchase the CD Audio just click on a book and then select the CD Audio link that will be in the 'Other formats' box.
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011 One of our 'Must Reads'. Alan Garner weaves together Arthurian Legend and local folklore to stunning effect in this magical adventure. 10 year olds and upwards will devour this weird and wonderful fantastical adventure. The story revolves around Susan and Colin, two children holidaying in the town of Alderley Edge. They find themselves pursued by sinister eldritch creatures controlled by the Morrigan, the Norse goddess of war and destruction. When the Weirdstone of Brisingamen is lost, they become the key in aiding the wizard Cadellin Silverbrow and returning it to its rightful place. If you like this book then there is an excellent sequel called The Moon of Gomrath.
In a nutshell: magic, friendship, adventure Like a crisp layer of new snow in sunshine, Alex Bell’s novel sparkles with excitement and adventure. In the tradition of fairytale heroes Stella is an orphan, brought up by the explorer who discovered her abandoned as a baby. Though she looks like a snow queen with her white hair and blue eyes, Felix and his relaxed, happy upbringing have given her a warm heart, something that turns out to be very important. Stella longs to be an explorer too and, against the strict rules of the Explorers Club, Felix takes her on a trip to the Icelands; but it’s when she and three other children are separated from the grown-ups that the adventure really begins. Can Stella, Shay, Beanie and awful Ethan make discoveries, and make it home? The setting is magical, the cast of characters hugely appealing and the chain of adventures that befall them thrilling. This well-written, charming and imaginative adventure story is highly recommended. Andrea Reece
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But then, he didn’t know just what Ripper, Growler, Roarer and Prowler, the four lions in the circus would be like or how many tricks there are in any big-top performance. Freddie’s circus-life journey from floor-sweeping assistant to circus owner through roles as a trapeze artist and lion tamer are all quietly achieved largely by little more than being a thoroughly decent boy. With no magic and not much mystery to propel it, Freddie Mole’s whole-lifetime-adventure is nonetheless a charming and witty story about achieving what you wish for. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for April 2016 Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley Tidy by Emily Gravett Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexander McCall Smith Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis There's a Moose on the Loose by Lucy Feather Nature's Day: Out and About by Kay Maguire
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But then, he didn’t know just what Ripper, Growler, Roarer and Prowler, the four lions in the circus would be like or how many tricks there are in any big-top performance. Freddie’s circus-life journey from floor-sweeping assistant to circus owner through roles as a trapeze artist and lion tamer are all quietly achieved largely by little more than being a thoroughly decent boy. With no magic and not much mystery to propel it, Freddie Mole’s whole-lifetime-adventure is nonetheless a charming and witty story about achieving what you wish for. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2017 Jellicle Cats by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake George's Marvellous Experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley Many Moons by Remi Courgeon Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexanda McCall Smith Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
In a nutshell: 366 poems, an inspiring new anthology ‘Poetry powerhouse’ Allie Esiri follows up the bestselling A Poem for Every Night of the Year with another lively, inspiring collection. There’s a huge range of poems included, by poets old and new, and from across the world. Each poem is linked to a particular day, some very closely – Mary Elizabeth Coleridge’s I Saw a Stable for Christmas Day, Valentine by Wendy Cope for 14th February – while other connections are more tangential: Blake’s Jerusalem for 12th July, the day James Hargreaves applied for a patent for the spinning jenny. Esiri tells us to think of these poems as ‘a boost of words for the day ahead’, and they are just that, a short connection with another human being. The more poetry in our lives, the better, and this is a book everyone in the family will enjoy. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: small king, smaller horse, massive monster | Boy king Edwin Flashypants is back in another laugh-out-loud helping of cartoon action, jokes, and invention. A terrible monster has awoken in the Wilderness of Crong. Edwin is ready to face it – this is a chance to do all the brave and bold things grown-up kings do. Meanwhile, Emperor Nurbison – he of the ‘Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo’ evil laugh – has his own plan for dealing with the monster, and getting his hands on Edwinland too. Can Edwin defeat the Voolith and outwit Nurbison? The people of Edwinland are counting on him. Once again Andy Riley has created a wonderfully funny quest adventure with some wonderfully silly characters and situations. Illustrations by the author add to the fun, don’t miss Emperor Nurbison doing his evil yoga. For more daft adventures don’t miss Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books or Guy Bass’s Stitch Head books. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: more laugh out loud fun with King Flashypants and evil Emperor Nurbison Fans of Andy Riley’s brilliantly funny and inventive King Flashypants books will be delighted with this new adventure which once again pits the young king and his team, Minister Jill and Megan the Jester, against his nemesis Emperor Nurbison. Still scheming to take over Edwinland, Nurbison has a dastardly new plan involving flooding Edwin’s kingdom with evil dolls. Fortunately, good once again triumphs over evil and the Emperor is forced to make an ignominious exit, dragged home by his mum. It’s great fun with Nurbison’s long-suffering assistant Globulus really coming into his own. The author’s own cartoon illustrations make this as much fun to look at as it is to read. ~ Andrea Reece For more daft adventures don’t miss Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books or Guy Bass’s Stitch Head books.
Young Reading: Series Two. A captivating retelling of Anna Sewell’s classic novel. 64 pages in length this level is for children whose confidence in reading is developing well. Anything up to 2500 words, these stories use varied sentence lengths, more complex sentence structure and more challenging vocabulary. Mostly broken up by chapters, subjects include classic tales, myths and legends, mystery stories and non-fiction.
A classic for all horse lovers. From his simple beginnings as a foal in a meadow through the ups and downs of his life including being a riding horse on a country estate and a cab horse on the busy streets of London, Black Beauty tells his own story. This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.
December 2010 Guest Editor Sally Grindley: "What is it with princes?! This Little Prince has come from a different planet, in a quite extraordinary short story with multiple themes, symbols and motifs. I was introduced to this book at school, and was delighted to find that my sons also studied it. The Little Prince is a wanderer who never stops asking questions and seeking truths. He represents the open-mindedness of children in a world where adults lack imagination and have lost the ability to engage with nature and spirituality. The story is populated with memorable characters, and with every new reading further insights and ideas unfold." March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman: "The Little Prince is a beautiful, poetice marriage of word and image. A singular vision, timeless and universal. I love the ease with which we are transported to faraway lands and planets. I borrowed the image of the little man standing on a star in Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish. Sorry..."
This is the stunning sequel to Hush, Hush, one of the most talked about and read teen novels of the last year featuring feisty protagonist Nora Grey. Like Hush, Hush this is a real rollercoaster of twists and turns that will have you gasping for breath. Brilliantly paced and exhilarating the multiple layers of suspense will hold you enraptured through to the final page and most likely keep you up in order to finish it. It’s dark, yet sexy and alluring; fans of paranormal romance will devour it. Click here for more info on the author and on Hush, Hush. You can also visit the author's own website - click here. There are four books in the Hush, Hush Series. Hush, Hush, Crescendo Silence, and Finale
October 2014 Book of the Month Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. And at hacking into sites which are meant to be fully protected. Rico also believes in protest – silent, dignified protest in which you stand up to be counted but never engage in anything violent or illegal. Rico hates trouble and does everything he can to avoid it. But Rico makes one terrible mistake when he is persuaded by a stranger to do an apparently harmless job. How can Rico prove his innocence when everything is twisted against him? Benjamin Zephaniah is wise on how easily the honesty and naivety of the young can be exploited and misused. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large Benjamin Zephaniah's Terror Kid took quite a long time to evolve. Benjamin's original idea was about a teenager taking over the world, but as Benjamin and I discussed the book, it evolved into Terror Kid - the story of a teenage boy who is good at heart, but is also angered by the injustice he sees around him. This anger allows him to be manipulated by an unscrupulous man with a hidden agenda called, ironically Speech.When Benjamin was talking about the idea for Terror Kid, it was the fact that the main character, Rico could so easily be somebody you know that really interested me - although this could be said for all of Benjamin's books! Benjamin writes about the real world, and his characters face such true-to-life yet painful dilemmas - you really identify with the characters, so much so that you have to finish the book to see what will happen to them.I hope that Terror Kid will make everybody who reads it want to revisit their own views on both the nature of crime and the story behind the headlines you see in the papers; and to think about why rather than how crime is committed. As I say, I hope it does. With events that we see happening around us every day it seems to be increasingly important.
Books are great for your children to read - but there are times, such as long car journeys, when reading isn't always as easy as it should be. So, more and more publishers are now producing audio CD versions of their books.
Click on any of the links below to listen to podcasts made about audio books on CD.
Podcast 1 Theme: Abridging
Panellists: Tamsin Collison – audio abridger & producer, Shaun Sibley – CEO of Whole Story Audio Books
Podcast 2 Theme: Audio Acting
Panellists: Kerry Shale & Hugh Fraser, audio actors.
Podcast 3 Theme: Audio books in Education
Panellists: Honor Wilson-Fletcher – National Year of Reading, Phil Viner – SmartPass, Ali Muirden – Macmillan / APA
Podcast 4 Theme: Downloads
Panellists: Robert Rankin – author, Peter Crawshaw – Lovereading.com, Rebecca Williams – GoSpoken
Podcast 5 Theme: Comedy & the BBC
Panellists: Dirk Maggs, Barry Cryer
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