For me, the last few months have seen some fantastic 9-12 adventures so today I thought I’d share some of the highlights…
I’ll start with the monster – well The Beast really – and what a Beast… I consumed The Beast & The Bethany by Jack Meggit-Phillips in one sitting and found myself snorting out loud! It was entertaining, funny, and at points surprisingly poignant and I can’t stop recommending it 🙂
In that strange, timeless space between Christmas and New Year, when you are hanging between what has happened and what will happen, I was encountering secrets and ghosts between the pages of The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange. I adored reading Our Castle by The Sea back in April (my review of which you can read here) and was beyond excited by the publication of her latest book. It was atmospheric and had a spine-tingling family secret. Also, can I just say, what stunning cover artwork!
Onjali Q. Rauf packed a powerful punch with her new and thought provoking story The Night Bus Hero. Brilliant characters, a page turner of a mystery and a heartfelt message about the reality of homelessness. A story that gets to know the real people who sit on the streets and explores why some people might be bullies. I was fully invested in the stories of all the characters and hooked by the detective work they all become wrapped up in…
I have also binge-read Michelle Harrison’s spellbinding Pinch of Magic books with as much enthusiasm (actually more) than I did with her 13 Treasures trilogy back when I was thirteen (yes I was aptly bought them for my birthday that year)! The third instalment of the Widdershins adventures A Tangle of Spells was published at the start of this month and is utterly spectacular – by that I mean feverish reading and fear of turning the lights out at night…! I absolutely loved the sisters at the heart of the stories. Betty, Charlie and Fliss were such fantastically well-written characters that they felt like friends. I’ve really missed the Widdershins since finishing! As a sister myself, I loved the way they all looked out for each other, sometimes annoyed each other, but ultimately would risk anything for each other. The world they inhabit was all-absorbing and reading about their adventures was pure escapism – incredible.
Reading 9-12 fiction in particular restores my faith in everything – compassion, hope and most especially….magic! 😉
Well that updates you on my literary adventures, and if you feel bereft of an adventure of your own then I can thoroughly recommend jumping into any of the above – let me know if you do (or perhaps you already have?)! As always, I love to hear from you in the comments or over on twitter @MegReadz
Meg Readz xx