Sunday, June 20, 2010

Simply the best?

Last month, guardian.co.uk put out some lists of the best children's books... you can read their list for 12-years-old and over here.

This got me thinking. What would make it onto my best of list? I couldn't decide - but I did come up with a lucky 13 list of books I tend to recommend more than others. So, here they are - in no particular order:

The thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I think Gen is my fav literary hero of all time. It's a joy to find out more about him as the story progresses. Alternative fantasy - for want of a better description. Followed by: The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A conspiracy of kings.

Alanna by Tamora Pierce. The first book set in Tortall. Girl with sword - what more do you need? You do have to read this to get the most out of the later books. I'm waiting - impatiently - for the next one.

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen. Based on a true story. Petey has severe cerebral palsy and is unable to speak. He has lived in institutions his whole life, and this is the story of his friendships over the years.

The changeover by Margaret Mahy. Classic New Zealand fantasy within our whole, as Laura Chant joins forces with Sorry Carlisle to defeat the evil Carmody Braque.'Bad Kitty' by Michele Jaffe.

Bad kitty by Michele Jaffe. Jas stumbles upon a murder mystery while holidaying in Vegas with her family. Fun.

Mortal engines by Philip Reeve. Who's brain would come up with the concept of Municipal Darwinism? Welcome to the Hungry City Chronicles, where cities are engines, trawling across the countryside 'eating' smaller towns and cities.

Blood and chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. The ultimate werewolf romance novel for teens. A friend of mine recommends this book to guys, if they want to figure out how girls' brains work.

Whale talk by Chris Crutcher. It's hard picking just one Chris Crutcher book - but this is one I went with. Realism, grief, sorrow and healing. His work is always powerful.Cover of 'Maus' by Art Spiegelman.

Maus by Art Spiegelman. The ultimate graphic novel - depicting life in Nazi Germany.

Brainjack by Brian Falkner. A cyber-thriller.

A respectable girl by Fleur Beale. New Zealand historical fiction featuring a girl with spine and character.Cover of

Stuck in neutral by Terry Trueman. Shawn tells his story - the one he can't verbalise.

The messenger by Markus Zusak. Ed accidentally foils a bank robbery and his life changes.

What are your best?

- Annie

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