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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.
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy's search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children's Book Award. Hal's exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery and reflection down on the coast with a great aunt. Here his anger subsides and his thoughts are for his father he's never met. Down on the beach he hears voices and is sure he sees someone - he's certain it's his father, but is it? Newbery is an incredibly accomplished children's novelist and this one, written with sparing prose brilliantly captures the highs and lows of a boy leading into adolescence. That said, girls will devour it too. Be sure to check out Nevermore by the same author and for younger readers (7+)her terrific Cat Tales titles.
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Rodrick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a younger brother and, despite them, the underlying warmth that exists between siblings.
A delightful pair of bear siblings, Matty and Milly make a delightful duo. Matty likes everything to be just-so. He is as neat and tidy as his sister Milly is not. In Matty’s house, everything has its own place but, when Matty goes to stay with Milly he finds that keeping things tidy isn’t the only way to be happy. Matty and Milly have a great adventure which is fun for both. Another title featuring Matty is Matty in a Mess.
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story of how a kid disappears into the secret world of the comic Malice. Here, in a chilling techno world, lurks evil and danger which propel this dramatic, multi-layered adventure. Click here to read more of Chris's books including the award winning The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray.
This novel is so tuned in to the teenage psyche - sharp, full of humour and a touch subversive - that it's hard to believe it's not written by one. In fact it comes from the pen of Simmone Howell whose Notes from the Teenage Underground was published in 2008 and garnered impressive reviews. Everything Beautiful tells the story of Riley, atheist and all-round rebel who has been tricked by her father and his irritating new girlfriend into spending her summer at a spiritual holiday camp. Here she meets recent paraplegic Dylan who like Riley is hell-bent on turning the camp upside, until that is she has a life-changing experience. If you enjoyed this then check out Simmone's debut novel Notes From the Teenage Underground.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009 In Once, Morris Gleitzman created a brilliant and unusual way of telling the story of how two children survived in Nazi Germany. In the sequel Then, Felix and Zelda continue on their journey to safety. Felix, who tells the story in a simple, first person narrative, knows they need new parents if they are to survive but how will they know who to trust and will anyone be willing to risk their own lives to take them in? Felix and Zelda do find kindness and love in a world that is filled with fear and brutality. Morris Gleitzman has a rare ability to inject humour appropriately into such difficult subject matter making Then a remarkable book for all ages. This is the sequel to Gleitzman's acclaimed Once.
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens! As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted. If you're up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the order of the day when not at school, where meeting up off school grounds with the biggest heart-throb from the nearby boys school is seriously cool and where girls get together and 'B' about others particularly when an American beauty arrives at the school and threatens to ruin everything. It's page-turning stuff.
Spying is a natural for an ‘ology’ approach. The story of Spencer Blake, a British spy working with Russian and American partners to track down a criminal gang, is a gripping one. The mission it covers involves travelling from Scotland to Cuba and Blake, or Agent K as he is known, leaves a trail of clues for eagle eyed readers to follow. A wealth of real and imaginary information adds a rich backdrop to the exciting central story.
A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl who he is helpless to save. After questioning from the police, Fin tries to piece together the story. Did she jump or was she pushed? His inquiry leads him to unravel some of the mystery surrounding his own sister’s disappearance as well as uncovering a secret that lies at the heart of his island community. Lovereading comment: A pacy well written thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on after witnessing a possible murder. Utterly gripping it touches on large topics such as extremism and terrorism but is, above all, a compelling and intriguing literary mystery. The author's only previous novel, The Witness was highly praised and we rated highly too.
Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create a brand new story of your own. The all-in-one format features a wallet packed with Gruffalo goodies including a full cast of characters, a play script and more. It is sure to provide hours of fun!
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince's Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 60th birthday. It's a real treasury of children's literature, perfect as a gift for christmas or for birthdays and including new and previously published pieces by some of today's most acclaimed writers as well as some classic excerpts as well.
This is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that every teenage boy will empathise with, and every teenage girl will glean insight from. Whilst constructing a moving narrative, the novel also explores a number of issues, including single parenthood, absentee fathers, truancy and bullying. Fish in the Sky truly captures the difficult but exciting transition from adolescence to adulthood. A book that will provoke the reader to both laughter and tears in equal measure.
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