Posts under ‘Books for Children’

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: strange, plants, menacing, trapped. tower Boy in the Tower is a modern-day version of Day of the Triffids. It is equally powerful and, although it was originally released as a book for children, it deserves a place on adult reading lists too. Ade lives on the seventeenth floor […]

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Five words from the blurb: mice, monastery, attack, evil, rats  Redwall is a classic of children’s literature. I didn’t read it as a child, but my husband has fond memories of it and so bought a copy for our boys. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try and so offered […]

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green (audio book)

 Note: Author is known as Matthew Dicks in the US Five words from the blurb: boy, danger, loyalty, imagination, friend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend has the most original premise I’ve come across this year. The book is narrated by Budo, an imaginary friend who explains what life is like for those who only exist […]

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher (Audio Book)

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards 2011 Children’s Book of the Year & Audiobook of the Year Shortlisted for the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlisted for 2011 Red House Children’s Book Award Five words from the blurb: boy, loss, family, heart-warming, struggle My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a children’s book that tackles many difficult […]

Writing for Children – child’s play – or is it?

Guest post written by Linda Strachan, the author of over 50 books for children. Car crime, racism, stabbings, pregnancy; delicately seasoned with flying horses, puppies, a cuddly haggis and a dollop of love –  Enter the diverse world of this children’s writer. It is a curious thing – you would never ask a paediatrician if […]

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (Audio Book)

  Winner of the Hugo Award 2009 for Best Novel, Newbery Medal 2009,  Locus YA book of the Year 2009, Audie Audiobook of the Year 2009. The Graveyard Book seems to have won every prize going in the past year. I haven’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s books before, so was really interested to find out what they […]