Catching up on my reading
It’s been a little bit mad and hectic round here recently and I don’t feel I have done nearly enough reading of what’s out there at the moment. So, it’s time to catch up. I might start with the shortlist for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2010.
I am very much liking the look of Love Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur.
Something terrible has happened. Eleven-year-old Aubrey is on her own. ‘It was fun at first, playing house. Nothing to think about but TV and cheese. A perfect world’. She’s determined to hide away and take care of herself, because facing the truth is too much to bear. ‘I couldn’t let anyone know that I was alone. I was staying right here’. But with the love of her grandmother and the letters she writes, can Aubrey begin to see that even though she’s lost everything – all is not lost?
And also The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh.
It’s 1347 and fifteen-year-old Will, an orphan boy, lives at Crowfield Abbey. Sent into the forest to gather wood, he rescues instead, a creature from a trap – a hob, who shares with Will a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave. And buried deep in the snow is an angel. But how can an angel die? What has it to do with the monks of the Abbey? When two hooded strangers arrive at Crowfield asking questions about the angel’s grave. Will is drawn into a world of dangerous Old Magic. “The Crowfield Feather” was short-listed for the “Times” Chidren’s Fiction Competition in 2008. This is a stunning debut novel and the first of a two part series.
As well as The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester which sounds good to me too.
Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wits’ end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities, whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. By turns exhilarating and terrifying, an unforgettable story of defiance and courage starring an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must …fly.
Now I just have to choose which one to start with. Any suggestions?