Top Ten Teen Reads from the Book Trust

 

 I’m delighted that Anne Cassidy’s (www.annecassidy.com)  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 www.guardian.co.uk/…/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…

 

 http://www.booktrustchildrensbooks.org.uk/Recommended-Books/Children’s-Book-Lists/Ten-books-for-teenagers

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