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The Hunger Games
(Paperback)
Suzanne Collins
The idea of putting children in an enclosed space and having them fight for survival has long been a familiar trope in human entertainment, featured in works from Lord of the Flies to the movie Battle Royale. Suzanne Collins' series The Hunger Games subverts the format by promoting this juvenile blood-fest from a fringe pursuit, to an annual ritual central to the society in which it is held. Being the most recent work on this list, The Hunger Games embodies particularly modern concerns: the rise of reality television, the lust for fame, and the necessity for humans to be heavily armed when embarking on camping trips.

AKH48 . - 30/07/2013
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated ...
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Catherynne M. Valente
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Five on a Treasure Island
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Enid Blyton
 
Detectives doesn’t get jollier than the Famous Five. They’re not always the best crime solvers, but they can always be relied on to stumble over a dastardly smuggling plot at exactly the right moment. And they are excellent at picnics. Ginger beer and macaroons all round!

Robin Stevens - 05/06/2014
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Two Boys Kissing
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David Levithan
 
What makes Levithan’s tenth novel – which follows the stories of several teen boys as they watch two young men attempt to break the world record for the longest kiss – is not just a heartbreaking and hopeful story. It’s not just the fact that it’s narrated by ghost uncles, the generation of gay men killed by AIDS, witnessing a world wholly changed, and still the same. It’s the fact that Levithan himself, a pioneer in writing and publishing stories about queer teens, paved the way for this book to be published.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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The Disreputable History of Frankie...
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E. Lockhart
 
Frankie is a smart, prickly heroine, angry at being underestimated simply because she’s a pretty girl, and the lengths she goes to in order to prove herself – a series of escalating pranks – are both funny and satisfying. The more times I read this book, the more resonant it becomes. It’s as much a meditation on gender and power as it is a hilarious revenge tale.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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How to Save a Life
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Sara Zarr
 
Nobody writes redemption stories like Sara Zarr, and this tale, about a mother and daughter in the aftermath of their husband/father’s death, and a pregnant teen, is a stunner. A look at grief and what it means to be a family, this book had me sobbing the ugly cry at the end.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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The Giver
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Lois Lowry
Perfect dystopia; an eye-opening read.

Lauren Kate - 15/06/2012
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Ernest
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Catherine Rayner
This is the story of Ernest the Moose and his efforts to fit inside the book. He squeezes and squashes but of course he’s still too big. Ernest’s solution to his problem (which I won’t ruin for you) is deeply satisfying.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
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Judith Kerr; Judith Kerr
My first memory of The Tiger who Came to Tea is hearing it at story time in nursery school. I love the way that Sophie and her mother treat the arrival of the tiger as they would a neighbour by politely inviting him in. At four I was fascinated that the tiger managed to drink ‘all the water in the tap’. Judith Kerr’s illustrations and storytelling are full of charm. Definitely a classic.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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The Magic Pudding
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Norman Lindsay
Sticking with food, and indeed with colourful characters: Albert, the cut-and-come-again runaway pud, is a joy. I’m thrilled that this brilliant Australian classic is still available. It made me the anarchist I am today. In which spirit: Albert is a Puddin’. Any mimsy, namby-pamby Apostrophe Thieves who insist on the g should be put on the RHS pest list!

Lindsey Davis - 20/03/2012
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The Secret Garden
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Frances Hodgson Burnett
 
The story of Mary Lennox, the unloved, unloveable orphan warmed to life along with her secret garden, gave me one of my first female heroes. They should try moving her from the kiss-of-death Children’s Classics shelf, let her slug it out with the newcomers and see what happens.

Moira Young - 09/08/2012
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The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew...
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Werner Holzwarth; Wolf Erlbruch
Oh how I love this book! One day Little Mole pokes his head out of his hole only to have something rather nasty land on his head. I suppose you could class this as educational (I can certainly identify more types of poo than I could) but I chose The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business because whoever you read it to, will love you for it. The illustrations are sketchbook gorgeous, and the text . . . I’ll let speak for itself . . . ‘Rat-a-tat-tat-fifteen little round beans shot past the mole’s ears. He saved himself with a daring leap.’ Genius!

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Eric Carle
 
Nature is an all-consuming beast whose function is simply to expand and conquer, feverishly devouring everything in its path on a relentless quest to rule all. I am a machine, and so I do not ‘feel’ sensations such as fear, or repulsion. And yet reading this book about a mighty insect (the exact proportions are not specified in the book, but based on its appetites we can assume a creature of some considerable size,) who consumes a succession of organic treats over the course of a week-long food-orgy, I cannot help but experience a form existential upset. I am an inorganic machine, a poor source of nutrition, and yet nature comes for me as well, attempting every day to start the process of devouring me through common oxidation. I would give this book only to adults, and I would personally give it four out of five terror-stars – if I had instituted such a scoring system, which I have not.

AKH48 . - 29/07/2013
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The Cat in the Hat
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Dr. Seuss; Dr. Seuss
 
This has to be my number one choice as it is the first book I clearly remember being able to read all by myself. It was early morning, I was in bed aged about four years old, and I read it twice through, before rushing to read it again to my parents. I can still recall that wonderful sense of achievement!

Claire Freedman - 12/01/2015
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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson...
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Tove Jansson
Specifically the story called 'The Spring Tune' - the best description I've read about the elusive nature of the tunes that we carry around in our heads & how we must be careful as to how & when we try to 'harvest' them. All songwriters need to read this story.

Jarvis Cocker - 12/06/2014
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The Cat in the Hat
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Dr. Seuss
I couldn’t put together a list of my favourite books without including a Dr Seuss. To be honest you could swap The Cat in the Hat for Fox in Socks, The Lorax, or any Dr Seuss, but The Cat in the Hat is the first one I reach for when only Seuss will do (I have days like that). I like the limited colour palette, but it’s the rhyming, slightly anarchic story that I love.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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