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A beautiful and brilliant story of the endearing love and friendship of two sisters, which fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson will love. 12 year old Izzy is quiet, contemplative and has always adored her charismatic, confident 17 year old sister, Alex. But when Alex starts going out with a new boyfriend, everything changes and that sisterly bond is in jeopardy. This is a beautifully written and highly accomplished novel from the author of Dandelion Clocks which, like Violet Ink, will have you hanging on every word. A small number of our readers were lucky enough to read and review Rebecca's first book, Dandelion Clocks...here's a taster....'This was a brilliant book and I loved every second of it. I couldn't put it down for even a minute. It was brilliantly told and I'd recommend it for sure.' Rosa Boran. click here to read more ...
Wendy seems to be a magnet for trouble! Back for a third set of adventures she is now riding a bike – rather dangerously – which is just one of the ways in which she gets full up of wrong! She also has to struggle with a diary which won’t stay shut and try to remember all the school rules. Despite her many slip-ups, Wendy Quill remains her charm.
Best-selling Matt Whyman’s new story about the Savage family is both as hilarious and as dark as the original. The Savage family are as regular and normal as any other family. Except in one important particular. And that is in what they eat. Now the Savages are in the USA, a country with larger meals which is a big help. But they still need to disguise their very particular appetites. To do so, the Savages set up a vegan café – about as far from their own desires as possible. But will they succeed in keeping their secret hidden?
Ideal for children aged 7+ this is a perfect holiday read from the King of comedy that is full of slapstick humour and laugh-out-loud adventure. When Streaker goes on her summer holidays, hilarious misadventures aren't far behind as he runs like a jet-propelled hurricane wherever she goes along with her new found canine friend. But much to their surprise they're not the only ones causing chaos in the campsite. Someone is up to no good and it's up to Streaker and her erstwhile companion to save the day. A Message from Jeremy Strong “If I've had any hopes for writing they have been mostly concerned with helping young children become readers for life, whilst at the same time giving myself the double joy of making them laugh and getting paid for it! For me, thereâ€Ÿs no better job. I have been very fortunate to get this far, fortunate with both my readers and my publishers to whom I am most grateful. It's a disconcerting feeling, and an exciting one too, to know that you've published a hundred titles for children. I find myself sitting here thinking: how on earth did all that happen? When did I do all that? I have spent the last thirty seven years writing and publishing, nevertheless it certainly doesn't feel like thirty seven years. Ten feels more like it, and even that seems a lot.”
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month A gripping story with a brilliantly shocking ending. Rich, beautiful, privileged – the Sinclair clan seem to have it all. For Cadence and her cousins that means long hot summers on their special holiday island. Days of swimming and picnics and parties. But around them swirl the problems of their parents and particularly, the complex issues of their inheritance. When Cadence hits her head in an accident she can’t remember anything about how it might have happened; a whole section of her life is missing. It is only when she goes back to the family island that the truth slowly and painfully becomes clear. Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Judge, Gillian Cross, found it: “a wise, subtle book about grief and guilt. It needs to be read at least twice.” A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large, Hot Key Books "This has been one of those books that just sucked everybody in from the moment we started reading. E. Lockhart has written a book of contrasts and of many parts, and that is what makes this book so very, very extraordinary and addictive. It is a book that was born to be talked about." Sarah Odedina, Hot Key MD, says: "Everyone at Hot Key Books is so excited and energised by having this breathtaking book on the list. It is a one-sitting heart-pounding read. It is quite simply unique and we know we are going to have a spectacular time bringing it to the attention of readers."
May 2014 Debut of the Month Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World is a genuinely laugh-out-loud story for 9+ readers, with tons of heart, and with a theme that every child can relate. After all we all have embarrasasing fathers but only 11 year old Nathalia has been prepared to tell everyone about hers. Rest assured readers will gasp and cringe at what is surely one of the most embarrassing dads in the world? A Piece of Passion from Nick Lake, Publishing Director, HarperCollins Children's Books “It’s extremely rare that a book makes me laugh out loud. Nathalia Buttface made me laugh until strangers looked at me funnily on a crowded tube. Anarchic, silly, and clever, it’s packed with every kind of comedy – but it’s also truly moving. Really funny books don’t come along every day or even every year, so I can’t wait for everyone to get to know the eternally embarrassed Nathalia Buttface...” Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Love and baking go hand-in-hand in this emotionally charged YA romance. Lottie only signs up for the Bake Club to keep the school counsellor off her back; school bad-boy Mac’s last chance to stay in school depends on him attending Bake Club. Both are hiding complex family secrets. But baking brings them together and links them, too, with the other members of the club who have problems of their own. A touching story about friendship, families, first-love – and lots of tips on good baking! Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
May 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending birds can help to heal Red, a little boy with complex difficulties. In Scarlet’s troubled life only one thing matters; keeping her little brother Red safe. But that’s easier said than done as Red is hard to manage and Scarlet’s mum is no help. When disaster strikes their fragile family, Scarlet and Red are separated. As Scarlet grows stronger in a new environment she finds a way of making sure Red is safe forever. ......................................... Scarlet Ibis has won the Little Rebels Book Award 2015. The award, which is for children’s fiction for readers any age up to 12 that promotes social justice, went to Scarlet Ibis because it “raises awareness of the care system, mental health issues and the challenges facing young carers”, said the judges. Kim Reynolds, professor of children’s literature at Newcastle University, and a judge of the award, said: “All the judges agreed that Scarlet Ibis stands out as a book that not only fulfils the criteria for the award but is also excellently crafted. Birds, especially the scarlet ibis, weave the book’s multiple storylines together and provide a moving backdrop for a story that celebrates the often overlooked courage, loyalty and competence of children.” Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Witty and filled with pop culture references, this is also a stunning exploration of teenage life and the power of family. An intriguing English class assignment soon gets out of control for Laurel - she can't stop writing letters to the dead. Told with passion, with humour and also intense grief, the letters Laurel writes include ones to Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart, Judy Garland and Kurt Cobain and many others. Each one takes the reader into Laurel's world, a world in which she must face up to her sister's death or she will remain stuck between the lines of a page forever.
Shelley desperately needs help to get her mother’s attention back. Maybe the baby who turns up on her bed one day can help. But how? Shelley has no idea where the baby comes from but, despite the problems she raises, she loves looking after her! And maybe, just maybe, she can bring a bit of magic into Shelley’s life. Shelley’s story is full of hope and optimism as she tries to sort out all the confusions in her life. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large It is not often that you read something so unusual that it makes you sit up - and Dawn McNiff's writing did just that for me. The whole premise - that of a girl who goes upstairs to her bedroom, to find a baby on her bed - and for nobody to be able to see that baby - really intrigued me. And then Dawn weaves in so cleverly the troubles that Shelley is having with her mum. But it never seems like an 'issues' book - because there is a healthy dash of magic and chaotic adventure in there too. But for the right reader there will be an important message - that of friendship and sticking up for yourself. And for other readers there is lots of fun and silly jokes. I loved it!
Winner of the 1969 CILIP Carnegie Medal K.M. Peyton won the Carnegie Medal for this romantic and passionate story set in the run up to World War 1. A sequel to Flambards, it tells how Christina, now seventeen, fleeing her raging uncle and his plans for her marriage, elopes with Will and begins a new life with him as he pursues his passion for flying. Will finds work on an airfield where he can fly and design planes in the hope of being able to earn enough money to marry Christina. To be near him, Christina gets work in a hotel. K.M. Peyton captures their happiness despite the dangers of flying and the threat of the possible war. When war is declared, Will signs up swiftly for the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and all the dangers it will entail.
The second in this humorous fiction series contains three stories of magical mayhem in one beautifully produced book. Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow Children's Fiction says “All grannies are great, but one who can do spells, take you on their broomstick and make things invisible? She is a truly glorious granny!” Some of our readers were lucky enough to review the first in the series, The Glorious Granny Bake Off......here's what they thought....'This book is really good...I would love to read some more of this writer's books. It made me laugh.' and 'I loved this book, all three stories were good fun but The Glorious Granny Bake Off was my favourite. I like to cook and wish I could use some spells like Pandora's Granny!' Read more reviews here!
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