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Most popular Opening Extracts 11 - 17 Aug 2008

Lovereading.co.uk  TOP 10
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson   August 2008 Book of the Month.    A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and the two main characters are ... Download free opening extract
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When Will There Be Good News? When Will There Be Good News? Kate Atkinson Atkinson’s crime novels just keep getting better and better. Great characterisation, brilliant plotting and an excellent story teller. One of the best crime novels you’ll read this year. ... Download free opening extract
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Hearts and Minds Hearts and Minds Rosy Thornton Rosy Thornton is a clever and thoughtful writer who comes up with engaging and interesting scenarios for her novels. This one is set in an all female Cambridge college where tradition has been broken with and a man has been ... Download free opening extract
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The Outcast The Outcast Sadie Jones Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 25 June 2008.    Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008.An incredibly moving story about a damaged son returning home from prison determined to make a better life for himself. However, some ... Download free opening extract
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Mr Cavendish, I Presume Mr Cavendish, I Presume Julia Quinn If you love this genre of Regency Romance then Julia Quinn is definitely worth a look. These are funny and charming, with plenty of dialogue to give them a fast pace. Julia Quinn writes pure escapism with feisty, fun characters ... Download free opening extract
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Goodnight, Beautiful Goodnight, Beautiful Dorothy Koomson My Best Friend’s Girl was a Richard and Judy Book Club title, this is in similar vein, a challenging subject about surrogacy, love and true friendship, beautifully handled, moving and powerful. Comparison: Jane Fallon, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Elizabeth Berg. ... Download free opening extract
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Over You Over You Lucy Diamond Lucy Diamond is definitely one to watch. This is her second novel and is as witty and observant as her previous novel, Any Way You Want Me. When Josie and two of her oldest friends meet up for a weekend ... Download free opening extract
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Twilight (Twilight Saga Book 1) Twilight (Twilight Saga Book 1) Stephenie Meyer Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. ... Download free opening extract
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Busy Woman Seeks Wife Busy Woman Seeks Wife Annie Sanders Trying to juggle work, the loss of her cleaner and her mother moving in after a fall, Alex decides to take up her friend’s suggestion that she needs a “wife” to take care of everything at home. However, what seems ... Download free opening extract
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East of the Sun East of the Sun Julia Gregson Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 9 July 2008.    This is an utterly captivating story of three young British women in search of freedom and love in 1920s India, but it also provides a wonderful insight into a now vanished ... Download free opening extract

Lovreading4kids.co.uk TOP 10

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Splat The Cat Splat The Cat Rob Scotton 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 ... Download free opening extract
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Greek Ransom Greek Ransom Michael Malaghan A fast-moving action mystery thriller set on a Greek island, which is sure to inspire even the most reluctant boy reader. It’s a cracking read with full-on action sequences, a treasure map and a spine-chilling baddie. ... Download free opening extract
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Young Wizards Young Wizards Michael Lawrence This is non-stop comedy involving twin boys who discover that when they reach 12 and a half they fine that they have the most extraordinary talents.  But using their powers without causing chaos all around could be more difficult.  You’ll ... Download free opening extract
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Before I Die Before I Die Jenny Downham Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would ... Download free opening extract
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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life Joanna Nadin Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice ... Download free opening extract
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Abc Uk Abc Uk James Dunn A wonderful picture book for parents to share with younger and older children alike. It’s unusual in that through the alphabet it introduces a quirky celebration of Britain’s vibrant and unique cultural identity beginning with A is for Arthur ... Download free opening extract
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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox Eoin Colfer This is the jaw-dropping, eagerly anticipated sixth book in multi-award-winning block buster Artemis Fowl series. Artemis finds himself travelling back in time to fight his younger self and save his mother from a dangerous illness. Fast, funny and as usual ... Download free opening extract
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Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words Wow! 366: Speedy Stories In Just 366 Words Various Authors , Ian Whybrow, Georgia Byng, Roddy Doyle, Jeremy Strong This anthology of 240 mini stories, each told in just 366 words, features authors such as Roddy Doyle, Raymond Briggs, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and a surprise entry from the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This book is a great ... Download free opening extract
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Coconut Jack Coconut Jack Jill Lewis A wonderful story for developing readers with a lively, yet simple and straightforward text and speech bubbles to enhance the story further. This is the perfect book to engage young children and in turn to develop a love of ... Download free opening extract
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Spells Spells Emily Gravett A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book resulting inevitably confusing consequences. It has ... Download free opening extract

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