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This gripping psychological thriller captures the power of a young apprentice portrait painter to see deep into the character of those he is painting. When Johann’s talent is spotted by master painter Hugo he has little idea of his capabilities. Johann learns his craft from Hugo but he also learns that his painting has an unusual power. Johann has to fight to keep himself free of the demon he creates for himself. Richard Knight vividly creates the world of the artist. The Lovereading Comment: A wonderfully inspirational historical novel that sets the world of an artist and his apprentice to life.
This new adventure of the Alien Schoolboy is packed full of excellent jokes that will delight fans of the original title. Flowkwee is on a mission back to the freezing, grumpy, spaceblob called earth – often referred to as the armpit of the universe. He already knows how hopeless the miserable duffers of earth blobs are but he’s back again disguised as Nigel Custard Bogey and a lot of ridiculous names besides. Earth, seen through Flowkwee’s eyes, looks as ridiculous as it is hilarious giving pause for thought at some of the things we take for granted. The second book in a hilarious new series for young readers. Click here to see the first which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 20. The Dinosaurs with a difference are back for a super space adventure in this extra long, bumper story and the 20th Astrosaurs title. Captain Teggs Stegosaur must lead his team against his arch enemy General Loki who has just stolen a time machine. Following Loki leads the astrosaurs down to Earth and back to a time before they left. Having uncovered a deadly plot to destroy history the astrosaurs will need all their powers to stop it before it is too late. Click here to see the whole fantastic series !
Set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving children to rule in gangs that become increasingly feral and destructive. As conditions deteriorate tensions mount. Sam is meant to be in charge but he knows that he no longer has any control over what happens next as his fragile world collapses into absolute chaos. The strong and clearly delineated characters each of whom reacts in a different way to the disasters around them gives Lies a powerful sense of the fragility of human nature. The complete list of books in this epic series is.... 1 Gone 2 Hunger 3 Lies 4 Plague 5 Fear 6 Light Review by Hugh, a 15 yr old fan: Lies is the latest installment to the Gone series, in which relationships are tested and new measures are resorted to in order to stay alive. The balance of power has become more important than ever as the characters struggle with each other, and fear drives them to do things that they would never normally do: but their lives are far from normal. The plot is gripping and although it is a long book, I found myself reading for hours at a time. It is also more complex than the first two, as the line between right and wrong becomes ever more hazy, but this makes it more intriguing, and the reader has to think more. There are unpredictable twists in the plot, which increase the drama and the thrill of the story. It is a relentless high tempo plot with new events and situations introducing interesting elements to the story.
A 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection. This is a well crafted debut paranormal novel for teens but it's much more than that for it features a cleverly laid plot that revolves around a government secret agency who pull into the organisation a 14 year old Jamie whose mother has been kidnapped by some strange creatures. And yes, vampires do also come into it, most of them as baddies and involved in some quite gruesome parts to the plot but very necessary to keep the reader engaged. Much more action, suspense and, yes, gore than you'd expect from the typical paranormal/horror offerings at the current time and well worth a read. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 19. Captain Teggs Stegosaur and his team are back for a thrilling new Astrosaurs adventure as they take on a dangerous new challenge. Something is killing crops and making dinosaurs disappear. Captain Teggs and his team boldly go to find out just who the deadly enemy might be. As ever, the space based dinosaurs show just how clever these pre-historic monsters can be... Steve Cole is also the author of a number of other bestselling series’ including Astrosaurs Academy, Cows in Action and Slime Squad. To view them all go to Steve’s author page here on Lovereading4kids - click here. The Astrosaurs Academy series is a spin-off from Astrosaurs which began in 2008. The series focuses on Teggs Stegosaur while he’s at Astrosaurs Academy before he becomes an Astrosaur.
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history... Click here to catch up on this fantastic series and see all the Time Riders books.
Winner of the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award. The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal YA debut novel. Much of the author's inspiration came from the epic movies she grew up with, from Gone with the Wind to The Searchers to The Wizard of Oz. The novel has been optioned by Ridley Scott and screenwriter Jack Thorne is in the process of adapting it for film. Moira Young says: “To be shortlisted with such experienced and acclaimed writers and their excellent books was wonderful. To win the Costa Children's Book Award is amazing. I am immensely gratified that the story and characters I’ve lived with and cared about for so long seem to speak not only to young people but readers of all ages.” A piece of passion from Marion Lloyd, publisher of Marion Lloyd Books: “Every publisher dreams of reading the first page of a new submission and instantly knowing they’ve found something special. I felt that electric shock with Blood Red Road. Moira Young’s searing, soaring survival story is arresting from the very first line. It is written in a compelling but very accessible dialect with an extremely distinctive authorial voice. The scope of the plot is epic and the pace is fierce, with unexpected twists. It is incredibly original. I am immensely proud to be publishing Moira Young’s astonishing debut novel which will set the summer of 2011 alight.” She adds: "Moira Young is a new writer of phenomenally powerful skills. To have the Costa judges crown her first novel as the winner of the children’s book award is simply fabulous.” You can also find out more by visiting the Facebook page for this book - http://www.facebook.com/BloodRedRoadBook Titles shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award: Flip - Martyn Bedford The Unforgotten Coat - Frank Cottrell Boyce Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans Blood Red Road - Moira Young MORE NEWS: Moira's publisher Scholastic have created a fabulous free newpaper for teens featuring a variety of their fantastic teen titles. Click here to have a read.
Superpowers and conspiracy collide in this unmissable action-packed sci-fi thriller, sequel to Meteorite Strike and Alien Storm (click here). Sarah and Robert Williams are no ordinary brother and sister. With superhuman powers originating from the mysterious Fall Virus that left thousands of others in a coma, the two are now working with government agency HIDRA and other superhuman kids to find a cure. Can the superhuman team stop the disaster or have they finally met their match? This is the final chapter in the mind-blowing trilogy of mesmerizing heroes, superpowers and non-stop action by critically acclaimed author A.G. Taylor.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. It is the fourth title in Simon Bartram's young fiction series, the combination of lots of Simon's brilliant and unmistakable drawings coupled with a great story, is the reason why they have been such a huge hit for kids of 6-9. They are fantastic adventures set in space featuring Bob and Barry, well known from the picture books 'Man on the Moon' and 'Bob's Best Ever Friend'. Here Bob is about to get the shock of his life when he runs into...himself! A cloning machine has been invented to duplicate the spaceman in the Galaxy. But what if no one can tell the difference between the clone and the real Bob? Click here to see other Bob and Barry books and more by Simon Bartram.
This is the final exciting adventure in Steve Cole's hit spin-off series, Astrosaurs Academy. After years of training they've finally done it! Teggs and his classmates at Astrosaurs Academy are all set to become real space-exploring astrosaurs! But first they must pass one final challenge: a mission into outer space, more dangerous than any they have faced before... This might be the last of the Astrosaurs Academy series, a spin-off from the original Astrosaurs series but for all the fans of Steve Cole's writing don't panic, there's something new afoot from Steve later this year. Click here to see the whole fantastic series !
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