Books of the Year 2009 Books of the Year 2009

To see the Lovereading4kids selection of ‘Books of 2009’, just click on one of the age range tabs below. You'll find some highly recommended reads, some of them prize winners and some of them not. The crucial thing is we rate them all.



Books of the Year - Baby and Toddler

Ribblestrop
Andy Mulligan
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. In this quirky and original debut there's never a dull moment. Even before the student's turn up to the school, you can tell is no ordinary place. The building is semi-ruined (some... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2009
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Little Bear's Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear's loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 06/07/2009
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Babies Love Books
Laurence Anholt
Celebrate books anytime and any place with these jolly babies who are shown sharing books and loving them too, in all kinds of likely and unlikely places from the library to a beach and with loads of places in between.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2009
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Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that's perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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That's Not My Baby - Girl
Fiona Watt
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That's not my...' series are designed to develop sensory and language awareness through the bright pictures, simple text and patches of different textures – in this one it's... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 25/09/2009
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That's Not My Baby - Boy
Fiona Watt
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That's not my...' series are designed to develop sensory and language awareness through the bright pictures, simple text and patches of different textures – in this one it's... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 25/09/2009
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Dot and Dash Find a Friend
Emma Dodd
Emma Dodd's wonderfully simple images of Dot, the dog and Dash the cat are loved by toddlers and this bright, playful board book is perfect, even for the smallest baby. Together Dot and Dash play with their bouncy red ball... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 02/02/2009
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The Medusa Project: The Set-Up
Sophie Mckenzie
This is not science fiction. Within the lifetime of children now the human race will have created new improved humans through genetic manipulation. Frightening but true. Here in the first of a thrilling roller-coaster adventure series you can join four teenagers, each... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Baby Gym: Touch and Tickle

Designed to stimulate the senses, this delightful board book that hooks into the baby's first language – that of touch, is a book that will encourage interaction and bonding between parent and baby and thereby build a sense of security... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2007
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Bathtime with Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows in the bath and the softness of the fluffy towel he dries himself on afterwards. All babies will love seeing themselves scrubbed... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 18/06/2007
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Marvin Wanted More
Joseph Theobold
This board book comes complete with a wonderfully warm and woolly Marvin on the cover that's wonderfully touchy-feely. The story inside though delivers a wonderful lesson in ‘wanting more'! Marvin the sheep takes drastic action to resolve the problem of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 03/01/2005
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My Animals
Xavier Deneux
Stylish imagery in black and white (with a cleverly done tiny hint of colour on each page) introduces some familiar animals in a highly original way. Perfectly placed holes for little fingers will encourage readers to engage closely with each picture as... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 05/01/2009
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Dot and Dash: Learn to Share
Emma Dodd
Dot and Dash and their friends Big, Tall and Small are ready to play with their toys but nobody wants to share. Dot does not want to share the ball and Dash does not want to share the truck but... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 02/02/2009
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Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book)
Allan Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 27/05/1999
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Elmer's First Counting Book
David McKee
Enjoy counting Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, and his friends from 1 Elmer to 10 birds singing in this attractive shaped board book. There are 3 delightful tigers daintily dancing while 4 contented lions lie dreaming under the stars. And... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 01/03/2007
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Talk With Me!
Stella Blackstone
What does each animal say? Open the flaps to find out who quacks, who snaps, who growls and who squawks. Introducing different kinds of ‘talking' across the animal world. Also check out Walk With Me! Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board Book | Released 01/03/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 3-5

The Undrowned Child
Michelle Lovric
A captivating magical fantasy in a secret watery underworld, The Undrowned Child tells how eleven year old Teodora is swept into the storybook world of invisible children whose task is to save the dying city of Venice. Working alongside the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2010
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Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Years Awards 2009 Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2009
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The Great Dog Bottom Swap
Peter Bently & Mei Matsuoka
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize 2009 A rollicking canine caper, that's quite frankly barking mad but is sure to appeal to the quirkier side of human nature. Little kids will find it hysterical whilst some parents... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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Box of Tricks
Katie Cleminson
Winner of Best Emerging Illustrator Award, Early Year Awards 2009 A truly magical debut from author/illustrator Katie Cleminson. When Eva is given a box of tricks for her birthday she becomes a master magician. Conjuring up the best animal... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2009
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Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2009
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Smile!
Leigh Hodgkinson
How can a little girl find her missing smile? She loves to smile but one day the thing she loves best just seems to disappear. She looks everywhere she can think of and finds loads of other missing things along... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Nat Fantastic
Giles Andreae
Fantastic adventures for Nat as his supercharged sneeze changes him into a superhero, ready to battle anyone, anywhere. Leaving the comfort of his bedtime story, Nat takes off to fight crocodiles and stop bank robbers. A vigorous story with ebullient... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2009
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Elmer's Special Day
David McKee
Just launched is an Elmer's Special Day App! - click on the button on the right to find out more. This book is a wonderful celebration... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2009
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The Littlest Dinosaur
Michael Foreman
A touching story about being different and not fitting in. The littlest dinosaur and the long necked dinosaur both find it hard to fit in because of their size. But when the littlest dinosaur needs help he turns to the... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2009
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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... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2009
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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... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2009
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Giraffes Can't Dance
Giles Andreae
A touching and triumphant story republished in celebration of the title's 10th birthday about how the giraffe goes from being hopeless on the dance floor to becoming the star of the show. Jeered by all for his disastrous dancing, Gerald... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2007
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Bob, the Man on the Moon, has already had several prize-winning adventures. Now he and his extra special dog Barry are back in a new format for more surprises about a very special place. Bob and Barry have to use... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 5-7

Christopher Nibble
Charlotte Middleton
A witty and charming story which strikes a cautionary note about greed, the hero of which is a warm-hearted guinea pig called Christopher Nibble. Heroism comes in many shapes and sizes and Christopher Nibble's determination to bring back dandelions to... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2009
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The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. 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... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Henderson's Boys: The Escape
Robert Muchamore
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010. Best-selling author of the Cherub series, Robert Muchamore launches a powerful and pacy new series about children working undercover. The year is 1940, the place is Paris. Hitler's army is sweeping towards... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2009
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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela and Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela's inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela's fight... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2009
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Dear Miss
Amy Husband
A perfect companion to the holiday season. Written in the form of letters from a little boy called Michael who writes some terrifically witty notes to his new teacher to explain why he can be late getting back to school. ... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/05/2009
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Urgency Emergency! Melting Snowman
Dosh Archer
A quiet Christmas Eve in the hospital is turned upside down by an unexpected emergency – can the hospital deal with a melting snowman? Things look desperate but then Doctor Glenda comes up with a clever plan…Hurrah! The ice cream... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2009
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2009
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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... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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Winnie Says Cheese
Laura Owen
Four great, easy-to-read stories about the popular witch Winnie and her loyal cat Wilbur. Winnie and Wilbur have an adventure with a tooth fairy who gives Winnie a terrible fang, deal with the fleas in Wilbur's fur when they want... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 7-9

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... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2009
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Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize 2009 Four completely crazy, off the wall crazy, stories about the funniest class ever. Crammed full of zany and exuberant characters and the mishaps and mayhem that ensue. But spare a thought... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/08/2009
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The Galloping Ghost
Hilda Offen
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize 2009 Another brilliantly funny story from an incredibly funny author. Josh is not impressed when he has to write a poem for homework so he decides to ‘borrow' one from a book.... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/08/2008
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Iggy and Me
Jenny Valentine
Funny and touching and with a brilliant understanding of the delicate balance within families, this captures the daily lives of two absolutely contemporary little sisters. Narrated by Flo, a very tolerant older sister, each of the eight stories relates a... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It's Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren't fairies! - all beautifully illustrated in... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/08/2009
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Henry's House: Dinosaurs
Philip Ardagh
A great introduction for 5+ year olds to the well-known, and sometimes not so well- known, facts about dinosaurs. There are masses of facts about dinosaurs crammed into this attractively produced and entertainingly written information book. Henry, his dog Mothball... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Bug Brother
Pete Johnson
Can Jamie deal with the trials of his annoying younger brother Harry? Harry's younger but taller and seems to take delight in tormenting his older brother… But Jamie has a plan. Making a wish on his amazing cape, he turns... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2009
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Master Crook's Crime Academy: Burglary For Beginners
Terry Deary
Welcome to the school where scoundrels save the day. This is Robin Hood meets Oliver Twist in a laugh-out-loud new series from one of the most-loved children's authors, Terry Deary. With a cast of hilarious characters, witty asides and farcical... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2009
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Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that's the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn't hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2009
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The Monkey Pirates
Mark Skelton
Imagine monkeys dressed as pirates travelling through space and time in search of treasure and adventure and along the way in their wardrobe they pick up a quite normal girl called Emily Jane and head off in search of her... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2009
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The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
A Useful book about Families. An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2009
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Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake
What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father loses his head. Having searched high and low for the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2009
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Leviathan
Scott Westerfeld
Nominated for a prestigious Nebula Award - the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy - winner to be announced mid May 2010. This is an incredibly original and thought provoking novel. Think Europe 1914 - the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 9-11

Skulduggery Pleasant 3: The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically dramatic, dangerous and funny new adventure. The world of Skulduggery... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Flood Child
Emily Diamand
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2008. Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. This title was first published as Reaver's... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2008
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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts
Emma Kennedy
The author of Wilma Tenderfoot is a comedy actress who has appeared in The Kumars. Her humour shines through brilliantly in her writing in this debut and readers will find her heroine Wilma Tenderfoot (a wannabe detective) enormously funny, feisty,... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2009
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Misfitz Mystery: The One That Got Away
Josh Lacey
An exciting new adventure series with a green theme as Ben sets out to find who has stolen the strawberries. No one believes him when he says the thief is a monkey, so Ben bravely decides to find out exactly... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2009
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The Thornthwaite Inheritance
Gareth P. Jones
Entertaining and threatening in equal measure. This is a twisted tale full of humour, calamity and of murderous intent set in a vast and menacing mansion, which lovers of Lemony Snicket, Spiderwick and the Addams family will devour virtually in... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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The Undrowned Child
Michelle Lovric
A captivating magical fantasy in a secret watery underworld, The Undrowned Child tells how eleven year old Teodora is swept into the storybook world of invisible children whose task is to save the dying city of Venice. Working alongside the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2009
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Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. . Prize-winning Children's Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2009
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Cosmic
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, the Carnegie Medal and for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010. Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2009
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Shark Island
David Miller
A thrilling adventure story set on a tropical island… When Hanna and Ned's parents are kidnapped by pirates, they find themselves stuck on an island and in the greatest danger. Surrounded by jungle and sea have they any hope? Escape... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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The Silver Blade
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009 The dramatic, horrific and sometimes romantic events of the FrenchRevolution, which Sally Gardner so brilliantly portrayed in The Red Necklaceare moved on a stage in this equally vivid... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/04/2009
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The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy's search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children's Book Award. Hal's exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2009
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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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2009
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Knife
R J Anderson
This is no ordinary fairytale; in fact if you're expecting fairy dust don't read this book as the last thing Knife is likely to wield is a magic wand. She's a feisty heroine but with a dark side. It's classic... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2009
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Then
Morris Gleitzman
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009 In Once, Morris Gleitzman created a brilliant and unusual way of telling the story of how two children survived in Nazi Germany. In the sequel Then, Felix and Zelda continue on their... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine McCaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
11+. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 2010, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2010, winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009 and of the prestigious Newbery Medal. Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2009
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How to Break a Dragon's Heart
Cressida Cowell
The hilarious world of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock 111, a Viking hero with a difference! Armed with his sword the ‘Endeavour', Hiccup sets out to complete yet another impossible task. (This is his eighth quest and they've all been full of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we've been raving about since it went stratospheric across the pond earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – all... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2009
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The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is a powerful, absolutely chilling sequel to Gemma Malley's acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2009
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Puppet Master
Joanne Owen
This beautifully crafted debut novel, set at the turn of the twentieth century is rich in the tradition of circus, theatre and magic. Skilfully woven into the chilling tale of a charismatic puppet master, a missing heiress and a very... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2009
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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... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 11-13

Life, Interrupted
Damian Kelleher
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2010 Sorrow and happiness course through this book of huge emotions, which gives lots of room for optimism despite dealing with tragedy. Fourteen-year-old Luke is used to coping with things, especially his accident-prone younger... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2009
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The Lady In The Tower
Marie-Louise Jensen
Intrigue, treachery and political ambition drive this story of how courageous Eleanor keeps herself and her mother safe by defying her father and even the great King Henry V111 himself. Eleanor is a feisty heroine whose bravery brings the results... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Hacking Timbuktu
Stephen Davies
This is an excellent, fast-paced adventure fusing past and present in a swift moving plot which tells how a sixteen year old contemporary hacker gets involved in the story of a daring gold robbery from an ancient temple in Timbuktu.... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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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... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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The Bad Tuesdays: Twisted Symmetry
Benjamin J Myers
Fast-paced inventive writing with an original plot involving strange creatures and weird science, it's guaranteed to satisfy the hunger of voracious readers everywhere. Chess Tuesday and her brothers, Box and Splinter are street rats. Nobody likes them but now along... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2009
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010. This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that's full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator is only 10 years... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Threads
Sophia Bennett
Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2009. Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one's into fashion, one plans to save the... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award - Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2010
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Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives
Gabriella Poole
This is the first story in a series of three featuring supernatural spirits, with each one set in a different exotic city. Secret Lives has a gripping unputdownable plot, a sophisticated Parisian setting and paranormal romance that will set the... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award - Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
This is a remarkable and moving debut novel that was causing waves well before it was published. The author has crafted a powerful and at times frightening tale that explores humanity's unfailing desire not just to survive, but to live,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2009
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Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2009
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Young Bond : By Royal Command
Charlie Higson
Adventure, and loads of it - By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2009
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The Ant Colony
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. 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,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2009
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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... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2009
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Auslander
Paul Dowswell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr's parents are killed he is taking to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Piotr... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/01/2010
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Numbers
Rachel Ward
A tough, teenage novel about being different. Jem's life has been hard from the beginning and it is not made any easier by her dangerous secret; every time she looks into a person's eyes, she sees the date on which... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2009
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Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Jake Highfield: Chaos Unleashed
Alec Sillifant
A fast-paced and thrilling spy story that is also a debut novel, Chaos Unleashed tells how school boy Jake becomes an outsider when the Academy turns against him and he finds himself having to use all his skills and training... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2009
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Books of the Year - Ages 14+

Just Henry
Michelle Magorian
Winner of the 2008 Costa Children's Book Award - From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a new page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2008
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Reader ReviewedGone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Jackdaw Summer
David Almond
In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2009
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The Raven Mysteries: Flood and Fang (Book One)
Marcus Sedgwick
A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Read by Yourself category 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... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/03/2009
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