Reviewed by the Kids Reader Review Panel Reviewed by the Kids Reader Review Panel

Informative, candid and trusted, book reviews by our own book experts are unique to Lovereading4kids. But the children of our loyal members are also prolific readers with a real passion for sharing their love of books. So, we decided to invite them to join what we are now calling the 'Children's Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel'. All the titles in this category have not only been selected and reviewed by our editorial experts but they have also been reviewed by our kids reader review panel, a panel of book lovers across the UK.

Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedMoonrise
Sarah Crossan
July 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Arch-Enemy Is a Brain In a Jar
David Solomons
In a nutshell: another unmissable brilliantly comic comic adventure story David Solomons is a simply brilliant writer for children and his My Brother is a Super-Hero series is consistently funny, entertaining and true. Indeed, the further-fetched the stories get, the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedGirls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy
Emma Moss
July 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: 21st century style fun and friendship | In book 5 of this popular series, our gang of friends/vloggers Lucy, Abby, Hermione and Jessie, are enjoying a special week camping, and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedRiddle of the Runes
Janina Ramirez
July 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: exciting Viking set crime mystery recommended for brave girls and boys Historian Janina Ramirez's TV programmes are as inspiring as they are informative. Her passion for Viking history comes through... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Truth About Lies
Tracy Darnton
July 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Mystery, memory, manipulation | A feisty thriller that fizzes with intrigue, paranoia and a cast of fascinatingly flawed characters. For Jess “every waking moment is a flashbulb moment. I recall... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Book and CD Pack
Julia Donaldson
Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star of What the Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird's old adversaries, Lanky... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Book | Released 12/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award 7-11 | In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedLesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award 7-11 | In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects in its page, no tigers, pandas, bears here. Instead be... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedNever Say Die
Anthony Horowitz
In a nutshell: simply the best action-packed, stylish adventure and escapism Anthony Horowitz's announcement that he was writing a new Alex Rider book was one of the best bits of literary news of the last year. Now the book is... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award | 12-16 January 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed After the Fire
Will Hill
Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events After the...
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Reader Reviewed The Wild Folk
Sylvia V. Linsteadt
In a nutshell: magical quest adventure story with a strong sense of the natural world | Perfect for readers who enjoy magical adventures set in the wild world, Sylvia Linsteadt's...
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Reader Reviewed Dog Diaries
Steven Butler & James Patterson
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: It's a (very funny, very readable) dog's life Narrated at breathless speed by super-excited puppy Junior, this new series is...
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Reader Reviewed The Funny Life of Pets
James Campbell
You'd expect a book by top comic-for-kids James Campbell to make them laugh a lot, and this certainly will. Over 240 illustrated pages he explores the life of pets, in...
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Reader Reviewed Midnight
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Can a coldblooded killer be curtailed as time ticks down? Following hot on the heels of Resurrection, this eleventh instalment of Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable exploits offers everything...
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Reader Reviewed My Messed-Up Life
Susin Nielsen
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Problem parents | Dealing with change | Loads of LOLs | Hilarious and heartfelt Judy Blume-brilliant tale of a girl who's...
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Reader Reviewed The Twitches Bake a Cake
Hayley Scott
June 2018 Book of the Month | More delightful small-scale fun and big adventure in this new story starring toy rabbit family the Twitches and their owner, Stevie. Two stories...
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Reader Reviewed The Weight of a Thousand Feathers
Brian Conaghan
Heart wrenching, honest, funny and bold, this exceptional novel about the life, loves and agonies of a young carer, and the love between a mum and her sons, is a...
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Reader Reviewed 5 Wild Numbers
Bella Gomez
Wow! Bright pages depicting animals in gorgeous jungle illustrations house die-cut numbers from one to five. Each number has a sliding disc enabling little fingers to follow the arrows, move...
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Reader Reviewed Kat Wolfe Investigates
Lauren St.John
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: animals, adventure and an irresistible cast of characters This new series has everything that marks out the best, most satisfying...
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Reader Reviewed My Box-Shaped Heart
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Fractured families | First love | Fresh starts | 16-year-old Holly feels like an outsider, except when she's swimming at her local pool: “Under the surface, deep in...
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Reader Reviewed The Extinction Trials: Exile
S.M. Wilson
In a Nutshell: Dystopian dangers, deadly dinosaurs = Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games | Pounding hot on the clawed heels of its primeval predecessor, this second installment of...
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Reader Reviewed Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Chris Riddell
In a nutshell: nonstop surprises in the Big City | This is the fourth adventure for Ottoline and her best friend Mr Munroe, and it is every bit as enchanting, witty...
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Reader Reviewed The Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper's debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations....
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Reader Reviewed Ash Princess
Laura Sebastian
June 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Rebellion, romance and an imprisoned princess set on revenge This ambitiously epic fantasy debut sees a captive princess rise...
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Reader Reviewed Nobody Real
Steven Camden
In a Nutshell: Growing up and moving on, with an imaginary bear-armed best friend in tow | A sublimely fresh and moving exploration of how it feels to be teetering...
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Reader Reviewed The Knights and the Best Quest
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 A masterly and hilarious retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, from award-winning queen of funny Kaye Umansky. Lovereading Comment...
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Reader Reviewed Lou Out of Luck
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: sharp, witty school and family based comedy | Nat Luurtsema made a splash with her first story about Lou Brown in Girl Out of Water, which saw...
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Reader Reviewed The Adventures of John Blake Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In...
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Reader Reviewed Goodnight Everyone
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One...
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Reader Reviewed You Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April & May 2018 Table tennis champion Matthew Syed offers his very best advice on how...
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Reader Reviewed The Magical Mix-Up
Zach King
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: fast-moving mix of magic, first crushes and knockabout humour | Zach King's family have magical powers, and for a glorious...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly...
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Reader Reviewed How to Bee
Bren MacDibble
May 2018 Book of the Month How To Bee is unlike any story I have ever read. The narrative voice is heartfelt and the author uses a mild form of...
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Reader Reviewed Race to Kangaroo Cliff
Alexander Mccall Smith
In a nutshell: exciting children's adventure story on a tall ship Twins Ben and Fee will be the envy of children everywhere: their school is a tall ship and alongside...
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Reader Reviewed Rose Rivers
Jacqueline Wilson
May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: new and old friends united in classic Jacqueline Wilson story Jacqueline Wilson's historical novels tell vivid, enthralling stories...
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Reader Reviewed The House with Chicken Legs
Sophie Anderson
May 2018 Debut of the Month | This sparkling debut weaves the captivating folklore of Baba Yaga with the thrills of a classic venturing-out-into-the-world quest, replete with primal conflicts, tantalising...
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Reader Reviewed Iguana Boy Saves the World With a Triple Cheese Pizza
James Bishop
In a nutshell: can one boy and four iguanas save the world? You betcha There might be a lot of superhero books around at the moment, but Iguana Boy...
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Reader Reviewed Spirit
Sally Christie
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: old magic in the real world of today A game of Truth or Dare in the humdrum setting of a...
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Reader Reviewed I Stop Somewhere
T. E. Carter
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Intense exposé of extreme misogyny and male privilege An unflinching novel about brutally toxic masculinity, male collusion and how justice systems...
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Reader Reviewed The Burning Maze
Rick Riordan
May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gods and monsters, heroism and humour | The Burning Maze is book three in Riordan's The Trials of Apollo...
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Reader Reviewed The Company of Eight
Harriet Whitehorn
All her life Cass has dreamt of joining the circus to become an acrobat and travel the islands on the Circus Boat. Once a year the boat visits her home,...
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Reader Reviewed Dear Martin
Nic Stone
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Striving for goodness when the world has you down as bad Picture this. You're an honors student with a top...
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Reader Reviewed Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer....
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Reader Reviewed The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was...
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Reader Reviewed Release
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content. Book of the Month for May 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 |In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power...
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Reader Reviewed Cannonball Coralie and the Lion
Grace Easton
May 2018 Debut of the Month Funky and thoroughly contemporary in feel, though simultaneously acknowledging classic children's illustration, Cannonball Coralie and the Lion is an exciting story, beautifully told. Coralie...
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Reader Reviewed Skylarks
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Falling in love, taking a stand, and standing tall Exploring an unforgettable relationship between two young women and obstructive social inequalities, this is a thoroughly thought-provoking,...
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Reader Reviewed McTavish Goes Wild
Meg Rosoff
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A new story for that best of all dogs, McTavish, and another delicious helping...
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Reader Reviewed William Wenton and the Secret Portal
Bobbie Peers
In a nutshell: code-breaking child genius versus villainous robots | William Wenton is something of a bionic boy; half of his body is a hi-tech metal called luridium, and this...
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Reader Reviewed Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World
Spike Gerrell, Alex Bellos
This clever, hugely entertaining book is further proof, if it were needed, that football is the best game in the world, and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can't...
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Reader Reviewed Alan's Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators and,...
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Reader Reviewed The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically...
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Since its inception Lovereading4kids and its sister site Lovereading have taken a different approach to book reviews, relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts. On Lovereading4kids it is Julia Eccleshare who is also the Children's Books Editor at The Guardian. She knows what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually reads the books before telling you what she thinks - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.

In 2012 however, to complement our expert reviews we decided to invite children of Lovereading4kids members to join the newly created Kids Reader Review Panel.

We've now attracted over 500 children aged from 4 right up to late teen and 100's of books have now been read and reviewed by them. Many of them even have their own book blogs and help us to spread the word of mouth still further on a book they've enjoyed.

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Panel members reviews are loaded onto the site and complement those of our own Lovereading editorial experts. We're even now receiving feedback from visitors to Lovereading4kids that the 'Kids Reader Review Panel' reviews are as valued as those of our own Lovereading book experts! With that in mind we thought it would be very helpful to everyone if we created a category and put all the books that have also been reviewed by some of our Kids Reader Review Panel members, in one easy to find place.

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The whole class are desperate to get copies of your books and are disappointed if their name doesn't come out of the hat. The more books the better! I've gone from having a class of boys who won't read to a class who get upset if they don't get chosen to read. It's brilliant! Jane Edwards, Little Sutton Primary School, Ellesmere Port (Teacher)

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Ed loves reviewing the books and it definitely encourages his reading, both solo and with me (which I love).

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