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Shortlisted for The Red House Children’s Book Award 2012. Lauren, Jack, Ruby and Billy live by the seaside with their mum and dad - but their parents are always arguing, and then their dad moves out. Lauren and Jack decide they have to get them together again. And so begins Operation Eiffel Tower ...in which the four children try to raise money to give their mum and dad a treat in an attempt to make them happier. First they want to send their parents to Paris, but quickly realise they can never afford that, so instead they set up a dinner for two under the Eiffel Tower in the local crazy golf attraction. But will it get their parents talking again? A funny and very moving story that tackles important issues with a light touch.
A going-to-the-hospital book in which Toby and Clemmie never let illness and disability get in the way of fun. Toby and Clemmie first appeared in the award-winning Just Because, in which Toby paints us a picture of his super big sister and all the things they do together - just because. Click here to see more books by Rebecca Elliott.
Loads of facts about every part of the body are crammed into this highly illustrated book. And many of them certainly are gross! No sensibilities are spared in this guide to the smells, sights, sounds and look of many different parts of the body. The science that underpins it is good making it a useful source of knowledge as well as fun to read. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals.
Striking illustrations cleverly carry the message about what is beautiful in this story that is also about a special friendship. When Spider finds that the reason Slug is crying is because he says everyone thinks he is so ugly, he decides to help Slug with the problem. Soon Spider and Slug are finding out what people think is beautiful – and why. As a result, Slug learns that beauty is how you see things – and that may have some nasty shocks attached to it!
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the irrepressible Georgia Nicholson, signs up for an amazing residential summer school of performing arts in the depths of Yorkshire. How Tallulah acclimatises herself to Yorkshire, the arty world of Dother Hall and, above all, being in a world with boys is wickedly entertaining. Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Seven to Fourteen).
The second of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. When Clarence the class bully tells everyone that Marvin picks his nose even his best friends Nick and Stuart don’t stand up for him. What can Marvin do to get the rumour changed around? Maybe his clever question for the class survey will do the trick!
Pinpoint sharp cross sections expose the complex structure of all aspects of the body. Look into the brain, the digestive system, reproduction or the senses among many other things and see exactly how many layers of stuff we carry around within us. Photographs bring it all amazingly to life.
Two sisters bravery in the face of extreme physical adversity is lyrically and touchingly told in this story of survival in the Alaskan wilderness long, long ago. When a stranger comes to Millie and Maura’s small community he warns of death sweeping down the valley. Soon Millie and Maura’s parents along with everyone else in their community are stricken by the mystery illness. Escaping wolves and an unreliable man who befriends them, the two girls discover their inner strengths as they pit their wits against the elements and struggle on until they find a place where people have survived. Lovereading comment: This is an extraordinary story of courage, commitment and survival of two young sisters in the harsh snowy Alaskan wilderness as they try to save themselves and in doing so, save each other. Beautifully written, this novel is inspired by the true story of the effect that European settlers had on Alaska, bringing with them as they did all manner of diseases, which the Natives had no immunity from. In some instances whole villages died out and to some, generations later, the period is still referred to as the Great Death. As the youngsters load up a raft to take them away from the death in their village their epic journey begins to find a new home. The author’s first novel The Trap is one of the most haunting novels we’ve read and was hugely well-received on first publication.
'The Secret' is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today's over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. For example, it explains how the law of attraction can help teens navigate their friendships, relationships, schoolwork, money, and even more global issues like politics and the environment. By making use of the basic principles outlined in The Secret to Teen Power teenagers will achieve happiness and fulfilment and those long held dreams, so difficult to bring to life, can be unearthed.
Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2009. Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young starlet – use their interest and talents to help a young refugee girl is a warm-hearted and hugely entertaining story. Without preaching, it’s an up to date story about helping others. Click here for more details of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2013, which opens for entries in late March 2012. Breaking News ! The Threads series is to be developed for TV by Lime Pictures, makers of Grange Hill and Hollyoaks. Tony Wood, Lime Creative Director, said: "Threads is made for popular TV. Great characters, with wonderfully colourful and fashionable British backgrounds, that will appeal throughout the world. But, just as importantly, it shows passion and compassion, in the way it's teenagers themselves who support fiercely held convictions too, and of course who win through for each other. I can't wait to get started.' Lovereading comment: A wonderfully vibrant, funny, totally absorbing and thought-provoking debut novel for fashion-conscious girls. Three girls, all best friends: one a budding actress, one with a passion for fashion and the other a humanitarian who wants to save the world. Together, when they meet a young African refugee girl, they get the chance to pool their talents and do something truly wonderful. Dealing with modern friendships and contemporary world issues in an honest and truly inspirational way the reader cannot fail to be moved. Threads was the winner of the second Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition. The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition has been searching for the most talented, undiscovered writers of children’s fiction since 2008. Leading top authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michelle Paver have judged the competition alongside Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham. The first winner was Emily Diamand in 2008 with her novel, Flood Child. Muncle Trogg won in 2010 and the winner of the 2011 competition, Kieran Larwood’s Freaks, will be released this April. Watch this space… From the publisher of Threads, Barry Cunningham: I still love dressing up. Funny old clothes, smart new ones and that old hat from a junk shop in Ireland that I adore. But in Sophia Bennett’s prize-winning book, fashion is not only about feeling good – it’s art, it’s freedom, it means doing something that changes lives in all kinds of ways. Threads is brilliant, funny, heart-warming and creative. Like my old hat.
Our March 2012 Guest Editor Sally Nicholls: "I've never written a fan letter to an author, but I came closest after finishing Saffy's Angel. I read it while I was first trying to be a writer myself, and I decided right there that I wanted to be an writer like Hilary McKay. I love how effortlessly funny her books are, how appealing her characters are, despite their flaws." The Lovereading comment: Saffy's Angel really deserves the top honours. This heavenly little book tells the story of Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo and Rose, siblings who are each as colourful as their exotic names suggest. Saffy's Angel is written with a simple, understated elegance that allows the reader access to the kind of family we would all, secretly, love to belong to. Each character is drawn with an enviable artistry coupled with, one suspects, a tongue-in the cheek that adds a sharp realistic air to a modern household with a heart of pure, old-fashioned gold. And it is these fabulous characters who lead the unfurling of the story, easing the reader through the pages with an irresistible wit and warmth that smartly avoids cosiness but nonetheless leaves a soothing rosy glow. Hilary’s real strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.
Action-packed adventure propels this short and easy to read book forward at pace and will be hugely satisfying to emerging readers. Charlie is football mad, as is most of his family. But when his brother Bobby develops a passion for pirates he is lost to kick-ups in favour of digging for treasure. Bobby’s passion also leads to a terrifying adventure and Charlie fears he’ll lose him forever.
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