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With Rudolph on strike Rover comes to the rescue of Father Christmas but how can he possibly deliver all the presents with so little time left. You’ll laugh your socks off with Doyle’s brilliant storyline and one-liners to boot. This sequel to The Giggler Treatment also stands alone as a fantasmogorical read for everyone from 6 upwards.
A breath of fresh air in teen girls’ fiction and one of the funniest things we’ve read in the Lovereading office this year. Tipped to be the Adrian Mole for today’s teenage girls, My So-Called Life charts the side-splitting consequences of one girl’s quest to inject more drama into her tragically normal life. It captures brilliantly in laugh-out-loud diary style the angst of any teenager. A definite rival for bestselling teen novelists Louise Rennison and Sue Limb. Finally, don’t panic when you’ve finished this one for Rachel’s story will continue in the sequel The Life Of Riley. Click here to find out more about Rachel Riley herself in her very own website!
The eighth title in this fantastic Princess Diaries series. If you’re looking for books to get a reticent reader into the reading experience then the Princess Diaries series is a great way to do that. This is number eight but there is no need to have read the other seven to enjoy this one, which by the way is every bit as good as the earlier ones. The writing style is straightforward and the characters are a joy to meet. Other titles in the fabulous Princess Diaries series include Seventh Heaven and the final installment Ten Out of Ten.
Dumped by her parents at Evergreen Summer Camp, Stella is sure she is going to have a miserable time. But, despite herself, she finds she not only makes great new friends but also starts to really enjoy herself. A funny and warm hearted story from best-selling Jacqueline Wilson.
Four Christmas stories about the mayhem everyone’s favourite bad boy causes at Christmas. In the count down to Christmas, Horrid Henry deals with the Christmas play, with presents, sets out to ambush Father Christmas and deals with Christmas lunch itself. Christmas will never seem quite the same after reading of his hilarious exploits.
Mrs Croc wants a better life for herself and her children so Mr Croc needs to make some money – fast! How best to do it? Mr Croc has no intention of working for a living but robbing a bank sounds quite easy. But being a croc who is a crook isn’t as easy as it sounds. Told through words and pictures with speech bubbles to enjoy for shared reading, this is an entertaining story for beginning readers.
Penelope Lively is the only author to have won both the Booker Prize and the Carnegie Medal, the two most prestigious awards, one for an adult book and the other for a children’s book. It was this novel, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, that won the Carnegie Medal and if you read it you’ll know why. This is a story that will keep the reader gripped to the page as it builds to an incredibly exciting climax as Thomas Kempe the ghost seems intent on getting James into awful trouble with his family.
In each of the ten hilarious stories in this collection, Horrid Henry is up to no good. He frightens the daylights out of the new teacher, causes chaos on a school trip and he nearly drowns everyone in the swimming pool. And, whatever else he’s doing, Henry always makes sure he can be as horrid as possible to his little brother, Perfect Pete. Each story unleashes the full force of Henry’s determination to get what he wants – whatever it takes! Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Stanley is a perfectly ordinary little boy until an extra large notice board falls on top of him and makes him completely flat. Luckily, Stanley is of a cheerful disposition and he adapts readily to his new, flat self and even finds advantages to it. Lots of funny adventures in an easy to read style.
This is a Blue Banana title, perfect for developing readers who, either alone or in shared reading, are able to enjoy a single story. Featuring Sinclair, the Wonder Bear readers can join him as he flies all over the world helping people out. I wonder what adventures he’ll have tonight? Sinclair, Wonder Bear is part of the Banana Books reading series – quality stories for young readers – which in turn is divided into Green, Blue and Red Bananas. Green Bananas, are for first readers, generally from 3-5 years, Blue Bananas, like this one are for developing readers (age 5+) and Red Bananas are for newly fluent readers (age 6+). Every one of them is written and illustrated by well established authors and artists. If you enjoy reading this Blue Banana and/or would like to see other titles in the bunch then click here.
Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children’s Laureate makes her deadly serious and emotionally powerful points about the responsibilities of having a baby lightly within this hugely entertaining story. When the teenagers in 4C are given the Flour Babies project they little know how it will change their lives. To keep a six-pound sack of flour clean, dry and within sight because it represents a baby is a challenge none of them is eager to take on. And they are right to be scared. It proves that having a baby is a responsibility they do not want. And for Simon, it leads to a painful but thoughtful reconsideration of the story of his own father’s departure. ~ Julia Eccleshare Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
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