Top Ten Teen Reads from the Book Trust


 I’m delighted that Anne Cassidy’s (  book Looking for JJ has been included on the Book Trust’s all time Top Ten Teen Books.  Looking for JJ did what all good books do – it broke the mould. Just as Melvin Burgess’s Junk blew everyone away when it tackled drugs head-on in an honest yet non-preachy way, Looking for JJ explored how life might be for someone with an appalling and unpalatable past – that of a child murderer. Cassidy dared to make the muderer ‘Kate’/JJ three-dimensional instead of a monster. The reader was taken gently and firmly into this girls’ life and felt sympathy and compassion for her. An excellent read for teens who like thought-provoking novels.

 Other books on the list include the more recent Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (which I bought for my son Joe but haven’t read myself yet – must ask him for feedback) and Henry Tumour…/featuresreviews.guardianreview12by Anthony McGowan (which is hilarious but dark). The list doesn’t include Saturday Girl, Never Ever or Accidental Friends by me but hey… one day, people, one day…’s-Book-Lists/Ten-books-for-teenagers

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