It’s that time of year again. Here are some of the books I enjoyed the most, chosen with some difficulty, because the next tier consists of really excellent books. Too.
I haven’t always felt that ‘picture books’ belong here, but the two I’ve got on my list are more literature with pictures. They make you cry. I mean, they made me cry. And that’s good. They are:
Michael Morpurgo and Barroux, In the Mouth of the Wolf
Jakob Wegelius, The Legend of Sally Jones (translated by Peter Graves)
And then for the more ‘regular’ children’s novels:
Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
Candy Gourlay, Bone Talk
Michael Grant, Purple Hearts
Matt Killeen, Orphan Monster Spy
Hilary McKay, The Skylark’s War
Sally Nicholls, A Chase in Time
Maria Parr, Astrid the Unstoppable (translated by Guy Puzey)
Celia Rees, Glass Town Wars
Ellen Renner, Storm Witch
Books like these make everything worth while. There are a couple of ‘beginners,’ some ‘mid-career’ authors – whatever I mean by that – and some established authors with decades of great writing behind them. And, only two that I knew and loved before Bookwitch became famous for her reading, meaning that this blogging business has been responsible for many introductions, without which my life would have been the poorer.