There are lots of great book awards out there but we were really interested to know which books the Lovereading4Kids browsers thought were their very favourite reads of 2013. And the winner? Geek Girl by Holly Smale! Scroll down for a full list of all the nominated books....do you agree??
Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn’t miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. Disturbed during the night of contemplation before he is made a knight, sixteen-year-old Turi is handed a letter which must be secretly delivered. Keeping his identity hidden and keeping the letter safe at all times, Turi travels through deadly danger in which survival depends on adhering to the chivalric codes of courage, friendship and honesty. A thrilling adventure which is full of heart. A Piece of Passion from Adam Freudenheim, Publisher, Pushkin Press and Pushkin Children's Books The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt is the classic Dutch children's book. Already translated into more than a dozen languages, made into a feature film and with over 1 million copies sold, The Letter for the King is one of the most gripping, page-turning novels I've ever read. My 8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter both loved it and couldn't put it down either. I started reading it aloud to them, and then one morning when my son woke early he creeped into my bedroom and 'stole' the bound proof in order to finish it - later he sheepishly explained that he just couldn't wait for me to finish reading it aloud, he had to know what happened next! For anyone who likes a heart–thumping tale of good vs. evil, of lone young hero desperate to save a kingdom, this is the book for them. This beautiful edition, printed in Italy, includes a wonderful hand–drawn map of the kingdoms of Unuawen and Dagonaut on the endpapers, original illustrations by the author, and is a wonderful gift for any fan of classic fantasy in the Tolkien mould.
September 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out and by the milk! Chris Riddell’s line illustrations capture the invention perfectly. Children of all ages (and lots of childish grown-ups) will be swept along laughing with glee as Dad tries to get the milk home...and possibly save the universe along the way! In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fortunately, The Milk... a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a brilliantly funny and strangely weird time travel adventure.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize & Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom he lives with, goes distinctly barmy and turns his home upside down by turning it into a canning factory. Stanley’s travels take him to joining a fairground family and taking on some new and surprising challenges which test his courage and resolve. Fast-paced, sometimes magical and always unexpected, this is a brilliant story with stunning illustrations by Oliver Jeffers.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - September 2013 Book of the Month George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets all kinds of creatures on his way – there’s Betty, Hetty and Netty - before he even gets to see the yeti! George’s story is told in a jaunty text matched by vigorous illustrations.
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach's father throws out all his toys, declaring he's too old for them. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for teens category - May 2013 Debut of the Month Readers should be at least 14+ for this hard-hitting novel. With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, Paper Aeroplanes is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship. Click here to download a letter from the author on her inspiration behind the book. A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Emily Thomas Dawn Porter (as she was known before her marriage to movie star Chris O'Dowd) used to make me laugh out loud of a morning on my journey to work. Dawn wasn't sitting next to me, but it sure felt like it. I was actually reading her weekly column in Stylist magazine - one in which she told of the everyday dilemmas and issues in her life (and all other young women's lives) in her trademark charming, disarming, unfiltered and utterly exhilarating way. To say Dawn tells it like it is, is like saying the Pope is a Catholic, or the British winter is mostly brutal. It's a fact. 'Dawn Porter needs to write a book,' I thought, 'and write it like she talks.' But I approached with caution, along with a few of my own ideas, about what she could maybe, possibly write, fully prepared to be dismissed. Turns out that Dawn had ideas of her own. Within minutes of our first phone conversation, after her delightful shrieks of pleasure at being approached to write a novel (or two), she had waved away my ideas and nailed hers. Dawn wanted to write about an experience close to her heart, and something she knew a thing or two about: female friendship. More specifically, that particular relationship between schoolgirls of a certain age. Intense, cloying, joyful, excruciating, hilarious, painful... and sometimes forever. Dawn went off to write her book. And when she came back, she handed me the beginnings of a masterpiece. All the things I loved about Dawn's column, about her documentaries, about her, were there - in what came to be entitled Paper Aeroplanes - the story of a friendship. Dawn doesn't flinch from describing the horrors of having your period round at someone's else house when you're fifteen; the freakish body hair that you're convinced is yours, and yours alone; your excruciating dysfunctional family; the strange and contradictory mass of feelings you have at all times; the curiosity, yet wariness of boys (and of sex in general); the hideous misery of falling out with your best friend; the knowledge that though your life stretches out, tantalisingly, before you, you have absolutely no clue what to do with it. Paper Aeroplanes is every teenage girl's experience. You will read it and weep, and then you will laugh, and then you might weep some more. I'm just off to read it again...
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012 ‘Pants ahoy!’ in this hilarious new adventure by the best-selling author /illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a map, the pirate captain and his crew are off to search for the elusive Pants of Gold which are known to be buried on a far-away island. But someone has got there first! Will cutting the knicker elastic be enough to save the day? Yo ho ho, and it will! The Pants of Gold are a super- prize…..as is this delightful addition to the underpants series.
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for teens category - Winner of the 2013 Lovereading4Kids Reader's Favourite Book and a Book of the Year 2013. There’s laughter and tears in this hilarious roller-coaster story of teen life in the starry world of modelling. Self-avowed geek Harriet tells her own story of friendship, family and the extraordinary world of fashion. Harriet’s cleverness is not necessarily a great help as she tries to find her way through the teen confusions as a geeky outsider but, in the end, after some unexpected moments on the cat walk, all ends well! Elizabeth Clifford, Commissioning Editor of Geek Girl - on why she chose to publish the book......In February this year, I first read the immortal line: ‘My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek…’ and I knew I’d found something really special. Funny, fresh and utterly genuine – Holly Smale’s debut, Geek Girl, captures the very essence of being an awkward teenage girl as self-confessed geek, Harriet, accidentally gets model scouted and stumbles her way from school bus to catwalk. A layered and engaging read with real heart, Geek Girl is much more than a teen fashion story; it explores deeper emotional themes of best friends, romance, bullying and betrayals, and wittily turns transformation myths on their head – all with a smile. Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 age category - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - March 2013 Debut of the Month ....................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Geek Girl a small number of Lovereading4kids members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I recommend this book to teenagers everywhere, it is a timeless classic that will be remembered forever, Read it!.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...
Shortlisted for the 2013 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 Award-winning Chris Haughton’s George is a dog with a terrible habit of getting into trouble! He wants to be good and he tries to be good but, somehow, he keeps on getting into trouble! When he sees a delicious cake in the kitchen, how can he stop himself eating it? Oh No, George! When there’s lovely soil in the garden, he must just dig it up. Oh No, George! All readers will love George and his great instincts and terrible behaviour. .....click here and here to download some George related activity sheets.
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award Best Fiction for 5-12s 2013 and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 January 2013 Debut of the Month Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable. You can discuss what you think of this book on Twitter - #thewonderofwonder.
Sophie voted for Geek Girl and posted...'Adore this series! Harriet is one of my favourite fictional characters!' Why not visit the sites and add your opinion too?
Geek Girl was also selected by the editorial experts at Lovereading4kids as one of our Books of the Year. You will find them in a specially created category full of top reads for all age groups from toddlers to teens.
The Lovereading4kids Book Prize winner and runners-up for 2013 as chosen by you the readers, are:
Geek Girl - Holly Smale
The Letter For The King - Tonke Dragt
Fortunately, The Milk - Neil Gaiman
Paper Aeroplanes - Dawn O'Porter
Wonder - RJ Palacio
Doll Bones - Holly Black
My Grandpa - Marta Altes
Oh No, George - Chris Haughton
Spaghetti with the Yeti - Charlotte and Adam Guillian
Pirates Love Underpants - Claire Freedman
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas - David Almond