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Lemony Snicket fans will love the delightful Crumb children and the incredible inventions their father has created around them. With so much imagination around them, there’s never a dull moment in the Crumb household. And that’s especially true when they come across the notorious robbers – The Unstoppables. The evil gang are determined to seal the fabulous Golden Elephant of Heera. While the Crumb’s inventive father creates a special glass case to protect the elephant, the children set about defeating the gang. It’s all good knockabout humour richly illustrated throughout.
Fans of Geekhood: Close Encounters of a Girl Kind will enjoy this equally charming and sympathetic story of how Archie continues to dream of romance with Sarah. But Archie also remains wedded to dressing up in costumes to play his beloved role-playing games… Will being a games geek prevent him from getting a girl friend? Archie’s turmoil illuminated by his flashes of insight make this a funny and poignant story.
An exciting ecological mystery-adventure in a vividly imagined setting and told through the eyes of Mad(eline), an authentic, funny and engaging voice of a young girl. When sisters Mad and Roo receive a Very Strange and Incredibly Creepy Letter from their missing ornithologist father, they know something has happened to him. Determined to find him, they set off up a smoking volcano in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle.
March 2013 Book of the Month Born a twin, Milly has never thought of herself as an individual entity; Lily, her bolder and more entertaining twin, has always been by her side. But after the Incident, everything in Milly’s life changes forever. Encouraged to write a journal to help her recover, Milly backtracks through her life with Lily trying to find a way of living with the space between them. She is also ‘moving on’ in the present with a new school, a new friend and, above all, with the arrival of a gorgeous new boy in her shared house. Penelope Bush tells a dramatic and emotional story balancing pace and depth judiciously. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Me Myself Milly a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This was one of those books that you just can't put down. I read it in two days with hardly any breaks!.... Scroll down to read more reviews...
February 2013 Debut of the Month All the travails of being a teenager seem to be heaped on the shoulders of the unfortunately named, April-May February. A scholarship girl at the exclusive local school, April-May seems to have a knack of getting everything just a little bit wrong. She blames her parents – of course – and takes refuge in the Twilight stories – whenever her teachers let her! The hectic pace of the dramas and April-May’s own largely benign view of them make this is a fresh and entertaining novel which reveals that teen trouble is the same the whole world over. A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Sara O'Connor A MONTH OF APRIL MAY: I couldn't resist April-May. She's the kind of whip-smart girl I wish I could have been when I was growing up. She loves books (like I did), but she doesn't let anyone push her around. As a South African sensation, Edyth Bulbring deserves her distinctive voice to be heard around the world. It's impossible not to fall in love with this utterly delightful book - with April-May February, stuck with the craziest name ever, her dad Fluffy and her mouth-breather friend Melly. A perfect book for young teens.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again... But sometimes, patience with even the very best can run out. And what happens then? The surprise ending will delight all!
Olga da Polga was the sort of guinea-pig who would go places. With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is quite a handful. And, when she moves in to the Sawdust family's garden, life for Noel the cat, Fangio the hedgehog and Graham the tortoise suddenly becomes much more exciting!
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most touched a nerve with him, that he was most passionate about and as a consequence he lost himself completely in it while writing. The story of a young farm boy who took on the nightmare of the trenches in the first world war is essential reading not just for a child starting out in life but for parents of any age. It’s a brilliant story about childhood, about growing up too young, it’s about loss and friendships and love and war. The author’s anger at the appalling treatment of young men in the story is clear and the hope is that the British government will realise their wrong-doing and pardon ALL those young men whose story this was written for. Now a major movie, Private Peaceful is the stunning classic novel of love and war from Michael Morpurgo, beloved and bestselling author of War Horse.
May 2012 MEGA Debut of the Month. A debut novel which packs a heart-stopping punch. Sixteen year old twins Hephzi and Rebecca are about as different from each other as they could be; Hephzi is beautiful and bold, Rebecca suffers from disfigurement and is shy. But the twins are united in a dreadful fate and their attempts to escape from it. The daughters of a vicar, they both suffer a life of torment at his hands. A torment with no end. When Hepzi dies, Rebecca is alone for the first time in her life and she knows she must find a way out. In intertwined stories, each girl tells a part of this poignant whole. Please note that this book contains references to sexual abuse.
In a story that is perfect for new readers, Violet Mackerel is the most delightful heroine. Here, Violet falls for a blue china bird at a local market. She longs to own it but it costs £10 and Violet has to think up a clever plan to persuade her parents to help her to buy it. Violet Mackerel is an attractive and convincing heroine and the little details of her life ring delightfully true.
Violet Mackerel has a big issue to deal in this story; she is facing up to having an operation to have her tonsils taken out. Violet is quite frightened of the operation and is determined to make a perfect recovery afterwards. The story is excellent at capturing a big experience as well as the little things that matter in everyone’s lives.
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