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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school. While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija board, her girlfriend Maria is less keen. She has history when it comes to the spirit world. But it's been a while since she's tried to talk to them so “maybe they'd forgotten her,” she hopes. While Lily and Maria are engrossed in the proceedings, their friend Brandon translates the Ouija messages from Spanish and Latin, one of which mentions their prestigious college’s Cawdor Kingsley Prize, which everyone is certain will be awarded to gorgeous golden girl, Delilah, with Maria, as usual, coming second, always the princess to Delilah’s queen. The Ouija’s messages are disturbingly ominous. “That which is second shall be first,” it spells. It turns out that Lily had hoped the Ouija board would spur Maria into believing that it was her destiny to come first and win the prize. She's set on going to Stanford University and is desperate for Maria to go there too, but the only way she's guaranteed a place is if she wins the prize. While the message has got under Maria’s skin, when Lily concocts a plan to ensure she wins it, she doesn't want to go through with it. “It isn't right,” she says, but Lily urges her on, like Lady Macbeth coaxing her husband. It’s not fair that Maria’s talents and efforts aren’t being recognised, and besides, Lily reasons, “this is what the spirits said would happen anyway, right?” So Maria agrees. But soon there’s no going back and Maria descends down a deadly, dark path, dragging her friends and peers with her. This really is an inspired idea - Macbeth converts so well to this exclusive high school setting - and I especially loved the La Llorona strands, the Weeping Woman ghost of Mexican myth whose eerie influence has spread throughout Hispanic culture. This super-smart Shakespearean adaptation is a read-in-one-sitting page-turner. ~ Joanne Owen Robin Talley's new novel Our Own Private Universe will be published on 9th February 2017 - it has been selected by the Lovereading editorial team and a review and extract will be available to view from early February.
The many readers enthralled by schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong’s first adventure Murder Most Unladylike will be thrilled to discover this new book, which offers another clever dose of subterfuge, murder and top-rate detection. While the original adventure took place at Daisy and Hazel’s school, Robin Stevens cleverly moves the setting for the follow-up to Daisy’s family home, a proper aristocratic pile, grand and shabby in equal measures. When a guest is poisoned Daisy and Hazel are immediately on the case. The girls are irresistible characters, perfect foils for each other, and as sharp as any of the great detectives. Owing more to Agatha Christie than Enid Blyton, and full of acute comments on the social customs of the times too, very little can beat this series for thrills and satisfaction. ~ Andrea Reece EXCITING NEWS: This boarding school mysteries series Murder Most Unladylike is set for the big screen having been optioned for television and film by independent production company Pilot Media. Pilot Media optioned the rights from Emily Hayward Whitlock, head of book to film at The Artists’ Partnership, who was acting on behalf of Stevens’ literary agent, Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.Cooper said she was “thrilled” to be working with Pilot Media and Salt Beef TV; the latter will co-produce any adaptation with Pilot. “With a diverse cast, opulent settings and a gloriously nostalgic feel, I always thought this series was perfect for adaptation,” she said. The Murder Most Unladylike series is set in a 1930s boarding school and features schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. The first three books in the series—Murder Most Unladylike, Arsenic for Tea and First Class Murder."
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | Kids who like sci-fi, a bit of super-hero action, and to laugh will really enjoy this new book. There's clearly something odd about Ant, aka Bug Boy, and most of the kids at school thinks he's a weirdo. Zac likes him though, even when he notices that behind the sunglasses Ant's eyes are like a spider's, covered in lenses. When Ant is kidnapped by the school's creepy science teacher, Zac goes to help - though it's just as well Tulisa lends a hand too - she's much tougher. The story proceeds at pace and, as long as you're not an arachnophobe, you'll really enjoy the adventure. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Catherine McPhail gives a spine tingling and ghostly edge to a hard-hitting story about a school bully. Karam has changed schools often and is used to making friends easily. But then he meets Alex. Alex has a reputation for being trouble and Karam can do nothing to change it. But Karam is sure that there is something strange about Alex; something that makes him be so mean. Can Karam uncover the secret and what will happen when he does? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
Three entertaining stories about Angela Nicely, a little girl who is not at all what you’d expect from her name! First she gets into all kinds of trouble trying to prove that the head teacher is wearing a wig, then she tries to upstage her friend Tiffany when she is chosen to model clothes in a catalogue. Finally, Angela runs amok at a health spa.
Reed Brennan has become public enemy number one and along with the Academy someone is trying to see them both go down. But who? Reed must find out and come up with a plan, and fast. Combining the bitchy snobbery of the elite and wealthy with secrets, mystery and satire, teens will love it so much so that they’ll spend less time on their computers! As sharp and addictive as the Gossip Girls, this is the 7th title in the dark and sinister Private series. Set in Easton Academy, a co-ed boarding school where secrets and lies are all part of the curriculum. When Reed Brennan arrives she discovers that everyone is more sophisticated, more gorgeous and wealthier than she is. She feels like an outsider, looking in, until she meets the Billings Girls, the most powerful girls on campus. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. But once she’s in, she discovers there’s more to the girls’ closets than designer clothes – they’re hiding skeletons too, and secrets which must be kept private. Whatever the cost. To view all the titles click here Titles in the Private series: 1. Private 2. Invitation Only 3. Untouchable 4. Confessions 5. Inner Circle 6. Legacy 7. Ambition 8. Last Christmas (Nov ’09)
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school’s production of Grease, but it’s not easy learning lines and dance routines and keeping up with schoolwork, plus there’s the added distraction of a handsome co-star. When it all gets too much she pours out her feelings via a vlog on the Youtube channel she created with her friends. Moss cleverly updates the popular girls’ gang format to explore her characters’ feelings and insecurities. Readers will identify with Abby and her friends and, in a story that feels completely up to date, the book demonstrates how empowering it can be to be honest with yourself. There’s an extra section on how to create your own vlogs too. ~ Andrea Reece One for fans of Cathy Cassidy, Karen McCombie and Cathy Hopkins.
In a Nutshell: Humour | Adventure | Superpowers Laugh your socks off with this brilliantly funny fantasy adventure from a debut author whose passions are writing and running. Alex Sparrow has always wanted to have a super-power and to be a super-agent; then in year 6 something really extraordinary happens to him. Together with a rather clever goldfish called Bob and Alex's new best friend Jess who just happens to have a super-power too they must make use of their unique strengths to find who is behind a villainous plot and save the day. Full of farts, jokes and superhero references this is a perfect read for fun-loving kids with ambitions to go far. Readers will also enjoy Matt Brown’s Compton Valance series, or Jo Franklin’s Help! I’m a Genius.
The power of football to transform a boy’s life makes a roller coaster story line to this touching novel of how Makis, newly arrived in London from a Greek island destroyed by an earthquake, builds a new life for himself through his prowess at football. Set in 1950s London, Aftershock is both tender as it describes how Makis helps his mother adapt to their new life and optimistic about how children adapt and flourish in new situations.
In a nutshell: first class crime writing for children This is the latest book in Robin Stevens’ best-selling boarding school crime series, number six, and I do hope it’s not the last: very few books deliver such a delicious spoonful of character, crime, setting and pace. This adventure takes place in Hazel’s home, Hong Kong, and the dreadful crimes that take place are horribly close to her own family. The mystery will keep readers eagerly turning the pages, while 1930s Hong Kong is more than just a fascinating backdrop. The relationship between Daisy and Hazel still holds surprises, while there are new characters too to almost steal the limelight. It would be a crime to miss a book this good. ~ Andrea Reece ****Are you a budding super-sleuth? Well then, you're in luck, young detective. The Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Wells & Wong Detective Society, has written a fantastic (if we must say so) guide to detecting, which will help you get ready to solve your first case... Find out more here!
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Bestselling Jeremy Strong wittily dreams up the perfect way for Frankie to see off the school bullies. Frankie would like school – except that everyone teases him just because he is so tall. Changing schools seems like a good idea but what will Monster School be like? Frankie soon finds himself at one of the strangest schools ever – and that’s the teachers! After a hilarious week at Monster School, Frankie knows how to turn into a werewolf, remove his own head and behave like a vampire. What will his old class mates think when he shows them his new skills? A laugh-out-loud tale of blood, guts and monsters! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.