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Audio CD read by David Tennant. Winner of the 2012 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding debut novel. You'll be utterly mesmerised by the voice of a 10 year old boy whose family have quite frankly gone AWOL since one of his twin sisters was blown up by a terrorist bomb 5 years before. Narrated by the boy, My Sister lives on a Mantelpiece will bring both laughter and tears to both young and old but don't be put off by the main protagonist being only 10. This is definitely a story for boys and girls aged 11+ and is the audio CD edition of a debut novel from an author with a bright future. David Tennant says of My Sister lives on a Mantelpiece: “I started to read Annabel’s book and found I couldn’t put it down!” Pandora White, Audio Publisher at Orion: “David Tennant agreeing to read Annabel’s book is a huge endorsement to her unique and talented writing. We are delighted.” Click here to hear an extract from the CD. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Audiobook of the Year Award 2011.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 A thoughtful and emotionally charged story in which different generations are linked by their common cause of dealing with bullies and hatred. Jessie’s life has been full of changes. She has found it hard to adjust but the one constant has been her Gran. But Gran is getting increasingly confused and suddenly everything in Jessie’s life seems to fall apart. There are bullies in the village, her own cousin seems to have turned against her and she keeps falling out with her very best friend. And there’s Gran’s new dog Snowy to look after and then Gran to visit in hospital. Helping piece together the story of Gran’s childhood while also doing a project on Nazi Germany helps Jessie to be brave and to understand that sometimes people do bad things when under pressure. A Piece of Passion from Catnip Commissioning Editor Liz Bankes ‘Jessie’s voice is entirely authentic as a child on the cusp of realising how the world works. Anne’s passion for her characters and the themes that inspired her to write this book bubbles fiercely under the surface of a beautifully told story - one with the power to move me, and the sales team, to tears. This book will change hearts and minds’.
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Award 2008. New place, new school and new friends to make - and all doubly if your parents called you 'Flower Power'. Luckily she has her songs to help her deal with all this change. This is a lovely book following Flower in her journey as she discovers herself and the beautiful singing voice she has waiting to be discovered.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. Yuri knows no freedom of thought. In his country, everything must be kept hidden – even from the neighbours. When Yuri makes one loose comment, he finds his life turned upside down as he is sent on a nightmare journey to the frozen north. Will he survive? Yuri’s story is harrowing, chilling and absolutely gripping.
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. . Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining. Having burnt down the kitchen (by mistake, he protests), Harry saves himself from the fate of a week spent with Aunt Susan by blackmailing his Uncle Tristram to take him on holiday. Setting off for a remote Scottish island, Harry and Tristram ignore the strange warning the ferryman gives them but soon wish they hadn’t. Without anything to entertain him, Harry has to survive rain, floods, Tristram’s mystic girlfriend Morning Glory, a host of wonderful misunderstandings and, worst of all, almost NO food. Harry and Tristram’s holiday adventure is pure joy and not to be missed on any account. Harry and Tristram appeared in an earlier novel of Anne’s, The More the Merrier.
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining. Having burnt down the kitchen (by mistake, he protests), Harry saves himself from the fate of a week spent with Aunt Susan by blackmailing his Uncle Tristram to take him on holiday. Setting off for a remote Scottish island, Harry and Tristram ignore the strange warning the ferryman gives them but soon wish they hadn’t. Without anything to entertain him, Harry has to survive rain, floods, Tristram’s mystic girlfriend Morning Glory, a host of wonderful misunderstandings and, worst of all, almost NO food. Harry and Tristram’s holiday adventure is pure joy and not to be missed on any account. Harry and Tristram appeared in an earlier novel of Anne’s, The More the Merrier.
Winner of the Best of the Orange Best 2010, selected by the Orange Prize Youth Panel. A powerful story of suffering and the power of love. When a young holocaust survivor is found in the woods by a Greek archaeologist his life is transformed. Although haunted by the death of his family he discovers that love and respect are the greatest things that can be taught and learned. A very moving and powerful debut.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne gives a thought provoking new take on the traditional story of Goldilocks. Here, Goldilocks, who lives on a dark and dreary estate portrayed all in greys in Browne’s urban landscape breaks into the idealised, sunlit ‘family’ home of the three bears. As is traditional, Goldilocks eats the porridge, breaks the chair and sleeps in the baby bear’s bed before being discovered and running off home. But, who really has the happier way of life? Anthony Browne leaves readers lots to think about.
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all primates are inter-related. All the illustrations are stunning and with all the colour and drama of the natural world, Anthony Browne's detailed depictions of monkeys and apes bring a new depth to first numbers and convey an important message to us all. It encourages early numeracy through Anthony Browne's beautiful artwork. It also carries an important message about protecting our environment.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A Staff Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Louise Weir A stunning picture book with a story to each spread to inspire a child's own imagination into what happens next and all linked to 10 classic stories. Join Willy the gorilla as he becomes a character in each of these classic stories including to a mysterious desert island with a footprint in the sand; down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects; or perhaps on board a pirate ship, face to face with Captain Hook. Each adventure leaves a question for you the reader to continue your own adventure and perhaps guess into which classic story Willy's adventure has taken him? Willy's Stories is created by multiple-award-winning Anthony Browne and is a magical celebration of stories and the imagination. Originally published in 2014 to coincide with the publication of the 30th anniversary edition of Willy the Wimp, Willy's Stories shows Anthony Browne at the height of his powers as both an illustrator and author.
February 2010 Guest Editor Robert Muchamore on The Knife that Killed Me. I’ve always answered every fan who e-mails me. Questions about me or my books are easy enough to answer (yes we’re working on a CHERUB film, yes I’ll send you an autograph, no you can’t have a free book, no I’m not answering that list of 15 questions thus doing your entire homework assignment for you). But the trickiest question is, ‘I really liked your books, what else can I read?’. Knife tops a list of three (along with Sophie McKenzie’s Girl, Missing and Graham McNamee’s Bonechiller). It’s one of those rare kids’ books that manages to be clever without seeming preachy. Best of all there’s a scene where a kid gets peed on that I liked so much I stole it. Shortlisted for the Young Minds Award 2009. No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there's no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and Paul becomes a victim when the violence batween the two groups flares up out of control.
The Book Awards category on Lovereading4kids will help you and your child discover authors currently in contention for and/or winners of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's children's literature.
For each of the awards included in this Book Award category, Lovereading4kids will feature the shortlist of books and authors before the individual winner is announced. As with all our Featured Books, you and your child will be able to download and print off free Opening Extracts of each book. In this way, you can choose your own winner and see if the judges agree with you!
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