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All the books we feature on LoveReading4Kids are selected because we think they deserve to stand out from the crowd of the many thousands of other titles published each month.
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy's fight to find his father. Trey is off on the Orient Express to take a tour of Europe with his father. Even before the train has left the Gare de Lyon, Trey has a strong feeling that he is being watched… Should he behave like Trent ‘Pistol’ Gripp, his favourite fictional character, and confront the man. Soon Trey has to take brave decisions of his own – when he finds himself on the run in very dangerous circumstances. Talking about his new book Graham says: ‘I Spy gets its inspiration from a number of places, not least is just the idea of Constantinople; it was so exotic and seemed to exemplify the whole spy genre. And that’s why the book is set in 1927, because Constantinople’s name was changed to Istanbul in 1930.’ Graham travelled to Istanbul to research the book: ‘a lot of the city hadn’t changed much since the time when the story takes place. I came back with a head full of history, and an imagination totally fired up and ready to go.’ Graham also acknowledged a debt to the pulp fiction era which he loves â€ John Buchan stories, Erskine Childers’ ‘Riddle of the Sands’, tales by Anthony Hope and Eric Ambler – the fantastic covers and ripâ€snorting storytelling. ‘I see I Spy as a roaring homage to all of this’ Marks said.
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing him a fallen star. For each act of kindness the rabbit brings another star. Something is changing in Gruff. Soon he isn’t a Grump anymore. Lovereading comment: Gruff is grumpy and all the other animals in the wood know that and keep away, but one little rabbit is determined to cheer him up through whatever means he can - and that includes being stuck up a tree, clinging to a log on the river and even knocking on Gruff's cave door. Wonderfully vibrant illustrations complement the lovely storyline, it’s sure to melt the hearts of both parent and child.
A Useful book about Families. An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows what happens after Lonely sends out a simple invitation – Join Me! When Chalk and Lonely get together there are all too soon an awful lot of rabbits. How the expanding rabbit family survives the year is a joyful and hilarious entertainment with a wonderful conclusion. The author’s many prize-winning and original picture books can be seen here at Lovereading4kids – click here – complete with taster extracts for you to view.
Fun to read, this is a cleverly constructed narrative of different voices all telling their version of the same story. Students at Cathcart College, an exclusive boarding school, plan a novel way of raising money for charity. The kidnapping is planned by Trixie who is determined to raise money for children starving in Africa but Jade, Holly, Mark and Wiki help too. And a great deal goes wrong! A warm-hearted adventure full of amusing and credible characters. Lovereading comment: A clever, funny and thought-provoking crime caper featuring five kids who hatch a daring plan to fake a kidnap in order to raise money for charity. Compulsively readable, this is a real roller-coaster of a ride that will appeal to anyone aged 11+ with a sense of humour.
Stunning illustrations show the most arresting features of all sorts of animals – the pointy teeth of a crocodile and the long curving neck of a flamingo – all of which are fitted together to create a wonderful invented creature. Young readers will enjoy the mismatch of animal parts and the humour of the strange hybrid creation. Lovereading comment: This is a truly, truly gorgeous picture book. Fun and stylish it’s the story of a very strange creature. Is it a pig, a toucan or a crocodile? Uncover the mystery creature by following Alexandra Milton’s stunning collage and Giles Milton’s humorous text. It’s a real feast for the eyes and a puzzle for the mind of both parent and child. Gorgeous!
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. To view other titles in the series click here.
The ups and downs of Greg’s life are wittily exposed in his diary entries, which entertainingly capture the details of interactions with his family, his schools friends and, above all, his dad who is determined that Greg should improve himself – especially in fitness and sports. Can Greg outwit his dad and keep one step ahead off being sent off to military academy to be improved? Greg’s fittingly humorous illustrations to his diary add an extra dimension to the enjoyment.
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and explore the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of the famous Tutankhamen. Both words and pictures take readers on a great journey into the past. To view all the titles in this brilliant series collaboration between Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon click here, or here to see more of Philip Ardagh's books, including the Grubtown Tales.
How the collapse of the Aztec kingdom was predicted by a young boy with skills as a soothsayer makes a strong story, rich in historical detail. Chantico has the gift of prophecy and when he sees the strange comet in the sky he dreams of the future of the great Moctezuma’s kingdom. But how can a young boy tell his story to the king and will he be believed? A thrilling and funny tale based on the time before the Aztec kingdom was destroyed. Chantico is a young boy who has the gift of second sight. But can he master these skills effectively and come up with a cunning plan to save his Uncle who has been thrown in prison by King Montezuma for failing to explain a fiery comet appearing in the sky? P Published to tie-in with the British Museum’s high-profile exhibition on Montezuma. The Comet of Doom is the perfect introductory book to the Aztec world and the extraordinary life of Montezuma.
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience. Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in the leaves! But the tree grows so slowly that eventually Tom grows up and forgets about it, until one day he comes back with his son Edward and there in the tree they can see everything Tom had imagined... A wonderful story that teaches your toddler about the seasons and about time.
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being pursued through time by a sinister organization known as the Paradise Project. Sean finds himself at the heart of a plot in which he must play an active role in order to save mankind. The epic setting, creepy atmosphere and heart-stopping action sequences will keep the blood pumping and the pages turning throughout this must-read novel. Stanchfield on Stanchfield:I’m a full-time cattle rancher, part-time snow-plough driver, writer and sometime musician. Writing provides an escape from the pressures of my day job. Most of my writing is done late at night when the rest of the family are asleep. Late-night radio and lots of black coffee, along with the occasional jalapeno pepper, do wonders for staying awake! Check out Justin Stanchfield's Space Cowboy by clicking here.
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