I don't generally rush out to buy the latest in children's and YA fiction. Partly because new hardbacks are expensive and partly because as a writer I prefer to read 'classics' of the genre that have stood the test of the years. Also there are a million other 'pro' bloggers out there reviewing the latest big books. I'll make an exception for an author that I particularly like, and happily for Amazon, there have been a few of these lately.
So I thought I'd review those I enjoyed and also recommend some classics with a similar 'feel'
When you Reach Me won a Newbery Medal and deservedly so. Her latest is also very, very good, deftly plotted, Georges the hero has a great voice, the book is packed full of quirky characters and absent parents in a sort of busy artsy Brooklyn milieu. A little bit The Royal Tannnenbaums for kids (but less annoying).
If you like this you might like:
Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh's classic of New York neglected rich kids
The Saturdays Elizabeth Enright. Simply the best New York story ever
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley and me, Elizabeth by EL Konigsburg. Weird but wonderful see here
You might also like:
Charmed Life & A Tale of Time City Diana Wynne Jones
A Wrinkle in Time Ursula le Guin
If you haven't already read:
The Secret History Donna Tartt
Prep Curtis Sittenfeld
Alice Hoffman's brand of Southern Gothic magic realism, she has written for both adults and children.
If you liked Dodger you will certainly like Joan Aiken's brand of alt history particularly the later books in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence and Midnight is a Place.
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