This year David Fickling Books has a total of titles nominated for the Carnegie / Greenaway Awards 2011. I’ve been lucky enough to have been given a selection of them to review and I am also giving away an extra set to one reader.
The selection includes a range of different age groups and covers subjects such as life on the edge of our solar system, kids with green fingers, meeting a half-sibling who turns out to be a giant, survival in a post-apocalyptic world, and the Mankiest Monster. I’ve read all of them and enjoyed all of them; they are all worthy winners.
Lob by Linda Newbery is the story of green-fingered Lucy who has a close relationship with her grandfather. She listens to his tales about Lob – a green man who helps out in the garden - and believed that he exists. But when her grandfather dies everything changes and she is taken away to the city. She wonders if Lob – the one constant in her life – will ever find her. It’s an engaging story, beautifully written that might just tempt your child outside into the garden.
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay is about Bernardo who is eight foot tall and journeys from the Philippines to be reunited with his half-sister Andi, who has long-awaited his return. But no-one told her about his height or that Bernardo is a hero having saved his village from major earthquakes. But what will happen once he is back in the UK and no longer there to protect those he has left behind? A moving story with a lovely multi-cultural angle, sad in parts but very readable.
WE by John Dickinson is a great introduction for children interested in science fiction. It tells the story of Paul Munro who is on a mission from which he can never return having been prepared mentally and physically to spend the rest of his life living on the edge of the solar system in a freezing, isolated world with just three others for company. Thought-provoking, cleverly written, intense and chilling. The book is not a light-hearted read but it will certainly make the reader think.
Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae and Sarah McIntyre is a picture book for younger children about Morris who has not changed his t-shirt in years and is, in a word, disgusting. Kids will love the talk of dirt and dribble and fleas. Parents may squirm a bit. Billed as the most revolting children’s book of the year, I’d have to say it is. Open it if you dare, but don’t say you were not warned!
Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale is a murder mystery with an unlikely hero. Set in the 1920s Johnny lives with his mother Winnie after losing his father in the First World War. Unpopular at school and with a rent increase due on his home, he starts earning money by scamming people through newspaper advertisements. His scheme is working well until people become suspicious and then a local doctor, working towards a cue for TB, is murdered and Winnie arrested. Alone in the world Johnny has travels to Wales to get to the bottom of the mystery in an attempt to free his mother before it is too late.
X-Isle by Steve Augarde is a book for older children that adults will find equally gripping. It is the story of life in a post-apocalyptic world where floods have those that have not perished are doing what they can to survive. For many, hope lies on X-Isle where they believe they will find a better life away from fear and near-starvation. When Baz’s father sends him there, he enters a life of hardship and cruelty that seems relentless, but he is not alone and with the power of friendship and the bond that developed between the other boys on the island, there seems a way out. Or is there? Billed as Lord of the Flies for the new generation, this book is dark, disturbing, compelling and utterly brilliant.
To enter the giveaway and receive all six titles, simply leave a comment on this blog including the name of a book you would recommend.
The giveaway closes at midnight on Friday 18th February.
The winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday 19th February.
One entry per person.
For an extra entry, tweet this giveaway.
The books will be sent directly from the publishers.
Disclosure: I received these books free of charge to review.
Update: Thanks to everyone who entered. I've announced the winner here.