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Be warned! Don’t go for a walk in the shadow forest lest you might not return. Poor Samuel Blink must go into the dreaded woods to somehow find his sister and bring her back alive somehow. With fast-flowing action and encounters with fantastical creatures throughout, the author skilfully manages to maintain a strong sense of foreboding and suspense right up until the dramatic conclusion of this creepy tale. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. The winner will be announced on World Book Day at the beginning of March 2009. Other titles on the shortlist will be found in the prizewinners section. Winner of the 9-11 Nestle Gold Award 2007.
The second in the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has deftly spliced together two very different worlds – the underwater world of Ingo and the world of the land people - in such a way that you are drawn into each so compellingly. Her writing is lyrical and light and the characters are vividly drawn and you can almost feel the tension as the story progresses. Her storytelling is supreme and she evokes a wondrous feeling of time and place. Although this is a sequel to Ingo, The Tide Knot stands alone in its own right as a book that children and adults can’t fail to enjoy. It has also just been shortlisted for the Nestle Children’s Book Award in the 9-11 age range. To read the series in order start with Ingo then The Tide Knot (which won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal) then The Deep and end with The Crossing of Ingo. Click here to view them all.
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is one of the most through-provoking and complete debut novels published recently and fully deserves to be on the shortlist of the Branford Boase award for debut novels. It’s got just about everything between its covers, from hair-raising excitement and characters that are so memorable they’ll stay with you forever, to breath-taking vistas of Africa as well as almost every emotion you can think of. You’ll be gripped by it, moved by it and once you’ve read you’ll want everyone else to read it too because it’s different and original. Comments from the judges of this year's Branford Boase, Best Debut Novel ofthe Year Award: Nikki Gamble: “This year a large number of books were submitted for the awards and the judges noted an increase in established adult writers producing first novels for children. These trends reflect the increased profile of children's books in the press and media as well as the commercial success. The books selected for the shortlist are marked by their distinctive voices and authentic feeling for child or teenage readers. They are accessible but explore profound themes in the context of a story well told”. Linda Buckley-Archer: “With its aim of recognising the author of the best debut novel for children and its editor(s), The Branford Boase Award continues to highlight and promote the next generation of children’s fiction writers. The 2008 shortlist represents some fascinating new voices across a variety of genres which are sure to excite and challenge readers. The judges noted a tendency on this year’s longlist away from fantasy and towards history and social realism.” Trish Beswick: “We were delighted to find a spread of intelligent fiction submitted, eliciting spirited discussion amid the good humour and agreements. One-size-fits-all cannot and does not belong in the world of writing for children, and the complacent and bland were quickly cast aside. My thanks to the other judges for a booky, sparky afternoon!” Ian Dodds: "The nominations for the 2008 Branford Boase Award yet again demonstrate the full range of new writing talent for children and young people. All the writers on this year's shortlist have distinct voices and all are adept at creating stories that will grip, excite and challenge young readers. Good writing for young people is vitally important and this shortlist proves that."
This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story about young Tom Trueheart, the youngest of seven brothers, who sets out into the Land of Stories to find out what can possibly have gone wrong for his six older brothers. Each has been sent off on a quest and none returns. Things have gone wrong in the Land of Story so Snow White goes on sleeping and Cinderella still waits with only one shoe. Does little Tom have the courage to become the hero who can bring the stories to an end? A celebration of make believe for all lovers of a good story. Check out the latest tale in this series, Tom Trueheart and The Land of Dark Stories. The third in this swashbuckling series featuring brave Tom Trueheart - Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends is also now published.
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "[this book] showed how children's literature could sound dark and troubling chords." Carnegie Medal winner, 1967.An all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. The author is wonderfully adept at interweaving mythical legend with the present day world and the haunting descriptions of time and place coupled with characters that hang long in your mind will have you glued to the pages until the end.
Diana Wynne Jones has an innate ability to ensure that when you read any of her nvels the storylines are very original, completely unpredictable and nearly always full of wit and humour. Pinhoe's Egg is no exception to this and the brilliantly imagined characters come alive so much you feel they are almost there in person as you read.
The author has seamlessly delivered a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality in this the second of the Eidolon trilogy. Trolls, giants and goblins alongside the evil Dodman are laying waste to this magical world and itâ€™s up to Iggy and Ben to save it once more and to rescue the daughter of the rightful Queen of Eidolon. Secret Country is the first in the trilogy and Dragonâ€™s Fire is the final one.
Utterly spellbinding, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny and brilliantly plotted, this is the second in the Septimus Heap series, the fantastical adventure that is gripping the nation post Harry Potter. We asked a number of teenagers to review the first in the Septimus Heap series - Magyk. Click here to read what they thought! The complete list of books in this internationally bestselling series are... Septimus Heap 1: Magyk Septimus Heap 2: Flyte Septimus Heap 3: Physik Septimus Heap 4: Queste Septimus Heap 5: Syren Septimus Heap 6: Darke Septimus Heap 7: Fyre Visit the special Septimus Heap website for games, activities and more information on the series wwww.septimusheap.com
Shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. The 2nd is New Moon, the third is Eclipse and the fourth, Breaking Dawn make this a truly must-read series.
Enter the magical world of Oliver Moon - junior Wizard and you’ll encounter some fantastic adventures full of gruesome details and extraordinary characters. Perfect for bys who are just starting to enjoy reading or those a little reluctant. Oliver Moon is a real wiz!
Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone character is a wonderful creation in children’s literature and fans of Harry Potter awaiting J K Rowling’s next instalment will find it easy to relate to him, his slightly peculiar family and his friends. Jam-packed with dramatic adventure and mysterious events to solve you are sure to get even the most reluctant of readers utterly spellbound. Rest assured imaginations will run riot afterwards too.
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