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Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. Winner of Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008. Winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2008. Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children’s book published in Germany in the last year. Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers for the questions nobody will answer. This diary account of a young boy dying of leukaemia will pull on heartstrings and have you in fits of laughter at the same time.
The world’s fastest and best-selling dog Streaker is back going for gold in the town’s Animal Games. Surely he’s a shoe-in? But there’s one problem. Although Streaker is fast, he is also, according to Mum, less obedient than a carrot. Streaker needs some serious training and Trevor has to work hard to get him to stick to the course. In doing so, Trevor and his friend Tina uncover a plot to put their hero in the real Games off his course… It’s a hurtlingly good read for those training to enjoy the Olympics. The Lovereading Comment: A great story which is so fall of belly laughs be sure to be sitting securely so you can't fall over! Jeremy Strong's brilliant books have been responsible for getting more young kids reading thn almost any other. Visit Jeremy Strong's website for more about this hilarious author, including the Krazy Klub fanclub - click here.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011. | Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house and disturb their busy routine. When they discover East Pets, they hire Hal a dog for a weekend thinking that will do the trick. But they don’t know Hal! Hal takes matters into his own hands. Soon Hal and all the dogs he has released from Easy Pets are out on the road – with a price on their head. How Hal makes his escape is both thrilling and moving as it marks his growth from sadness to great happiness. ***Eva's son, Toby Ibbotson, is now continuing the tradition of storytelling with his debut novel Mountwood School for Ghosts which is based on an original idea by Eva Ibbotson.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Best selling Jacqueline Wilson tells a dramatic new story as Lily struggles to look after her younger siblings and herself after Mum goes missing. Can she keep everyone safe until Mum comes back and, very importantly, can she stop school from finding out what she’s doing? Lily tells her own troubling story with Jacqueline Wilson’s trademark directness and absolute attention to detail which makes it all so credible.
Winner of the 2012 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding debut novel. The Branford Boase judges said: A very accomplished piece of writing by an author with a clear talent. The descriptions of the way the father handled his daughter’s death and a small child’s reaction to this are very well handled. Heartbreaking and funny in equal measure, 10-year-old Jamie's direct and wide-eyed account of the emotional chaos he and his family live through following the death of his sister in a terrorist attack is poignant and warm-hearted. Beginning a new life in the Lake District with his older sister and his father, who mourns his daughter through alcohol and a wild rage against her killers, Jamie knows he should feel sadder than he does. The truth is, he can hardly remember his sister; and what is happening with his new school and new friends, especially Sunya, is more urgent – as is his yearning for his absent mother. Emotionally charged, this is a wonderfully touching story which never slips into worthiness. Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011. The eagerly awaited second book from Annabel Pitcher is out in December 2012. It’s called Ketchup Clouds and you can read an exclusive extract right now here on Lovereading4kids together with our expert opinion and that of a few lucky Lovereading members who were asked to review it. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion abovefor My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece we have a number of reviews from Lovereading members....scroll down this page to see what they think.
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson captures a welter of emotions in this heart-rending story of how Ella copes when her mother is in a coma. Ella doesn’t like much about her life – especially her step-father Jack, her new home far away from her friends or the thought of her mother having a new baby. But, when the baby is born and things go so wrong for her mother, Ella learns courage and kindness and that some things – especially having a step dad - are better than she had thought. In this story, Jacqueline Wilson brilliantly handles many of the ingredients for which she is so deservedly popular.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. This is the perfect book to share, between mothers and daughters, or amongst friends. Whatever your age, The Sky is Everywhere will touch your heart and stay with you always. Here at Lovereading we think it has the potential to be the Lovereading4kids debut book of the year for it embodies all the necessary magic and quality of the very best. A message from the Publisher: Probably the most beautiful book to be published. A stunning debut novel that will speak to women everywhere, from teenagers to thirty-somethings. The story is moving yet funny, the characters are memorable and engaging, and the book itself is uniquely designed with full colour throughout with a flexi cover and elastic bookmarker. For teens this is a story of first love and family life, for older readers it is a nostalgic celebration of dreams, love and sisterhood.
Peony Pinker feels she has a disaster for a family and because they're always busy she never gets to get what she wants. But how to change that or will she have to change and learn to live with the family she has? Find out in this fun and emotional rollercoaster but ultimately an uplifting read on what it's like to grow up.
Touching and cleverly crafted, how the two stories from different times are linked though a picture is ingenious and wholly absorbing. When Mallie buys an old picture at a junk shop for her mother’s birthday, she has no idea that it will bring together the lives of her grandmother and the crabby old pet shop owner. It is a mystery that takes some unravelling – one of evacuees in the Second World War and one set in the present day. Both stories are full of interest and their resolution is most satisfying. Mixing the period appeal of Michelle Magorian's books with the contemporary drama of Cathy Cassidy this is an absorbing mystery story straddling three generations from WWII Lake District to present-day London. It's a terrific adventure and mystery that begins to unfold with each turn of the page with well drawn characters who kids of 9+ can relate to. Great read.
The power of football to transform a boy’s life makes a roller coaster story line to this touching novel of how Makis, newly arrived in London from a Greek island destroyed by an earthquake, builds a new life for himself through his prowess at football. Set in 1950s London, Aftershock is both tender as it describes how Makis helps his mother adapt to their new life and optimistic about how children adapt and flourish in new situations.
Shortlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award for outstanding Debut novel and 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Carnegie judges said: A hugely engaging and enjoyable novel that conveys a terrific sense of place in its vivid descriptions of the brutality and terrible beauty of Australian outback life. The voice of the central character Danny is always convincing, and his relationship with his camel surprisingly moving. In fact so real are all the characters that they leave the reader wanting to know more. The Branford Boase judges said: A fabulous piece of writing. The voice was completely right and the writing doesn't falter. A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011'. 11+. A stunning coming-of-age story with a gripping Australian outback setting and a strong and interesting plot. Danny’s life is in turmoil: his older brother has recently died in a freak accident; his sister is pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Danny observes the profound changes in his family and finds refuge in training a camel and introducing the newly arrived girl from England into the ways of the outback. Passionate about the farm and particularly the cattle mustering, Danny captures the danger and excitement of the farm while also observing his family with affection and some confusion. A debut novel to look out for. Shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award and for the Coventry Inspiration Awards in the Simply The Book (age 14+) category. Longlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Jacqueline Wilson takes a look into the lives of celebrities in this touching story of two girls, two families and one father. Destiny and Sunset’s lives seem miles apart; one lives in a council flat, the other in a posh house behind locked gates. But soon Destiny gets a taste of how Sunset lives and a very special friendship begins.
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