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Mankind has always been fascinated by space - prehistoric man built temples to honour the moon and sun, early civilisations developed theories about what went on up there, and scientists and philosophers from Pythagoras to Copernicus have been drawn to it ever since. Our obsession has led us in to space itself. Not to mention the numerous amazing books, films and UFO 'experiences'. Everything there is to know about space is here. With pictures. It's very very funny.
Hot on the heals of the adrenaline rush that was Hunger Games comes the equally excellent and relentles sequel Catching Fire. Katniss's hopes of an easy life after she was top dog in the leathal game show are short-lived after she becomes embroiled in a rebellion against the Capitol. MORE NEWS: Hunger Games publisher Scholastic have created a fabulous free newpaper for teens featuring a variety of their fantastic teen titles. Click here to have a read. Or visit the Facebook fan page
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside world and, scarily, left to rule themselves. Can they survive? With no guidance, gangs start to form. Danger lurks at every corner and everyone has to make a choice – to be cruel or humane. It’s a chilling prospect and the new world order is scary for all. It's Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation with just a dash of the X-Men thrown in for good measure. The complete list of books in this epic series is.... 1 Gone 2 Hunger 3 Lies 4 Plague 5 Fear 6 Light .......................................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Gone a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This underrated, terrifyingly good book is a brilliant what-if book. We have discovered a better series than The Hunger Games. Teen reading simply doesn’t get better than this.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews.
A thought provoking story set two hundred years in the future when global warming has caused most of the earth to be covered by water. Managing on a tiny diet, The Tekkies live on a fortified island. But their resources are dwindling and all too soon they will run out of fresh water. What they need most is rain. When a girl and her lion cub arrive it looks as if she’ll make all the difference. Can she save the world from being swallowed up by the sea?
Earthling Tommy and his four Milky Way friends are Galactic Knights - on a mission to save the Universe from pending destruction. Time is running out and the knights have many challenges in their way: they face the dreaded Beast of Hellsbells, must resist the allure of fame on an intergalactic gameshow and escape the deathly intents of the sherbet-addicted Nack Jickelson and the suicidal Chocolate Terrorists. All the while evil mastermind A-Sad-Bin-Liner is planning to unleash his plot of mass destruction and Tommy will be forced to choose between his friends and his ambition, between the universe and his own life.
Even 30 years on this is still a fresh and funny series of stories, whether you read them or listen to the original BBC radio shows. The anarchic, or ‘random’ to use modern parlance, plot, place settings and characters makes them more appealing than a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!DON’T PANIC. Useful advice for Arthur Dent who is about to discover that along with his house, the Earth, is going to be destroyed by the Vogons and he is about to become embroiled in the search for the ultimate question to life the universe and everything (as we know the answer is 42). Together with his friend, Ford Prefect, the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time. William Nicholson – April 2010 Guest Editor remembers The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A work of comic genius, fizzing with ideas, profoundly original, and a highly dangerous influence on all imaginative writers. Read, admire, but don't attempt to copy.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 15. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! Teggs has a nightmare about sabre-toothed bananas and can't believe it when he's actually attacked by them in the middle of a mission. Strange things start happening to the other astrosaurs too - things they dream of are popping into reality to get them. Can Teggs and the gang figure out what's going on?
This is a powerful, absolutely chilling sequel to Gemma Malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first novel and this one is once again beautifully written, tightly plotted, utterly compelling and completely impossible to put down. To find out even more about this series click here to visit a site created by the publisher. Click here to download a document where Gemma talks about the inspriation behind the Declaration series.
Fast-paced inventive writing with an original plot involving strange creatures and weird science, it's guaranteed to satisfy the hunger of voracious readers everywhere. Chess Tuesday and her brothers, Box and Splinter are street rats. Nobody likes them but now along with children everywhere they are being pursued by two formidable and opposing sides and disappearing. Hot on action, rich in texture, this marks the sudden and spectacular arrival of a talented new novelist for children. This is a novel that was unusually found on the slush pile at Orion - ie it came in direct to the publisher rather than through a literary agent and is the first such novel picked out from the slush pile since 2002. The second in the Bad Tuesdays series is Strange Energy.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 14. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of grass! Teggs and the crew are sent on a special mission - to the Carnivore Sector.
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2008. Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. This title was first published as Reaver's Ransom but has now been retitled, more appropriately in our mind, Flood Child. This original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly is a delightfully feisty heroine and their adventures take them on a thrilling and unusual journey. Lovereading comment: Debut novelist Emily Diamand has created a truly exceptional, well imagined, gripping and highly inventive fantasy adventure for children of 9+. A kidnapped child, a talking jewel and a wild adventure set in a future affected by climate change in an England that is turning its back on its technological past and in a Scotland that is rising in power, asserting its strength and enlarging both its powerbase and its borders. But both must deal with the Reavers who are hell bent on taking over. A message from the author: Out of climate change and raiders, I have tried my best to create a story that you will find exciting, and enjoy reading. I hope you like it. A message from the publisher: "When we began the judging process for the very first Times/Chicken House New Writing Competition, we started to wonder what it would be like if, in addition to finding a truly wonderful novel, we found someone with star quality. Perhaps it would be as exciting as the ‘X-Factor’! Then on the day of the final decision, we discovered the judging panel was unanimous – Emily Diamand’s Flood Child was the clear winner. And when we met Emily, we realised that this accomplished author, with a wonderful career in front of her, even had that star quality we had hoped for. This book is fabulous and so is she." 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, followed by Sophia Bennett's Threads in 2009. Muncle Trogg won in 2010 and the winner of the 2011 competition, Kieran Larwood’s Freaks, will be released this April. Watch this space…
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first novel and this one is once again beautifully written, tightly plotted, utterly compelling and completely impossible to put down. To find out even more about this series click here to visit a site created by the publisher. Click here to download a document where Gemma talks about the inspriation behind the Declaration series.
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