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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.
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.
Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed - the first time, we think Horowitz has led with a female character. it's sure to get more girls reading him and it certainly won't disappoint the boys. The only disappointment after finishing this one will be waiting for the next one.
Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes into the mix. Finding and solving clues results in prizes and if you solve all 39 clues there’s a chance to compete for the grand prize. There will be 10 books in all with one clue to solve in each book and the cards, some of which come with the books and some can be bought separately help reveal the clues. The first Card Pack contains 16 game cards and a clue finder guide for the first three books in the series. The last 39 Clues book will be published in 2010. We’ll have them all on Lovereading4kids as we believe it will get even the most reluctant readers reading, for the interactivity of the series is brilliant. Take a peak at our extract and if you like what you see buy it, then register at www.the39clues.com so you can start playing the game and winning prizes. The second book is due out in december 08 – One False Note – and the third in March 09 – The Sword Thief.
This is a charming, clever and often hilarious story dealing with overcoming those awful fears of that terrible saga, the first day of school. Splat is cat who is nervous about his first day in cat class. So nervous in fact that he takes his mouse friend Seymour with him his lunch box. When the lunch box opens at school, chaos ensues! Very witty and combined with fantastic funny furry drawings, this book is bound to raise a Cheshire grin or two.
A touching story of how friendship can cross barriers. Poor Mr Big is so large that no one wants to be near him because they are frightened of him. But inside Mr Big is very small and lonely. Mr Big lives alone and plays the piano to express his feelings. Suddenly, others do want to be friends with him and Mr Big finds that size doesn’t matter after all.
Brilliantly funny and typical of the author, it’s full of his razor sharp wit. Jiggy McCue is much loved by boys and girls alike and when Jiggy finds he’s been signed up by his parents for a reality TV show with a twist things start to get more than a little tricky. Existing fans of Jiggy will be thrilled to join him on another adventure. New readers will enjoy the ride. Be sure to check out other titles by this author, including The Killer Underpants and Young Wizards.
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