An eclectic selection this month – mainly as I was reviewing for a promotion – but it made me read some books I may have missed otherwise…
Simon Mayo (yes the DJ) has written his first novel for teenagers – Itch. It has an engaging young man as it’s hero and a complex but involving plot around radioactivity and elemental forces – a good thriller.
In contrast Frances Hardinge’s latest novel Twilight Robbery is set in fantasy world where your name can dictate whether you get to live in daylight or night, and your time of birth may have been falsified to stack your chances either way. The humour of Hardinge’s writing is gentle and stays in the mind for a long time after you have read the book. The plot centres on Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent and continues their odd but engaging adventures from Fly By Night. Enjoy!
Wonder by P J Pelacio is yet to be published – but when it is – read it! This is the story of a boy who has an awful facial disfigurement and how his starting school impacts on him, his family and his community. It’s gripping, stays this side of syrupy sentimentality and actually makes you think – whilst still being involved in the reading of the book. I do hope this gets taken up more widely as it tackles disability, bullying, families and school life in a very thought provoking manner.