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"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." Stephen King

Sometimes it's difficult to know what 'good' book is right for particular ages or abilities. Here are some suggestions made by authors & critics - some are award-winning, others just a good read...

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    A great place to check out & download samples of some of the best stories every month... The categories are comprehensive & well laid out for you to find exactly the right area for your child.

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    While all the other animals sleep through the night, Little Owl has work to do – she needs to blow the stars out one by one to make way for morning. With beautiful artwork by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted Migy Blanco, and a wonderful rhyming text by Karl that rolls off the tongue, this reassuring picture book will have little ones ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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    Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy's disappearance - with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting characters.

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    Have you finished The Hunger Games and feeling lost in a sea of YA dystopian thrillers? Turning to the games console or movies to get an action fix? Here are our top 10 books for people who love The Hunger Games and want to read more...

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    This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster, and he believes there is hope on the other side. And, he might just be right… Get a sneak peak of the last instalment of The Last Wild trilogy, by Guardian children’s fiction prize winner Piers Torday

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    ‘James Bond’ fans will love this nail biting series very much. I always anticipate the part which introduces gadgets, it is as thrilling as opening your Christmas presents! A must try series, definitely.'

    Mukunth Kowsik age 13

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    Read the start of this year's Costa children's award-winner, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

    Synopsis by The Guardian: Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, MAGGOT MOON is the astonishing new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON's powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.

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    New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category - The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

    This year (2015) the kids are in charge! Read how all the judging will be carried out by children...

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    Perfect for eight to ten year-olds and parents reading aloud to younger children who take delight all things smelly and disgusting.

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    NZ Listener published their choice of the top 50 children's books of 2014, which Booksellers.co.nz have reproduced with permission...

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    What’s the story? Nine-year-old Anna and her older brother Max love their lives in Berlin. They are too busy playing games in their large, comfortable house and tobogganing with their friends to pay much attention to the upcoming political election, in which Adolf Hitler – an odd little man with a Charlie Chaplin moustache – looks set to win. But when their father, a prominent anti-Nazi writer who also happens to be Jewish, discovers that he and his family may be at risk if they stay in Germany, they escape first to Switzerland, then France, then England. In each country they must come to terms with the strange customs of the land and adjust to their new lives as refugees – with both heart-breaking and hilarious consequences.

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