18 December 2009Add to My Folder
A selection of exciting, new children’s books for readers aged seven to 11
Philip Reeve is the author of the award-winning Mortal Engines sequence and Here Lies Arthur (both Scholastic, £6.99 PB). He has also illustrated Kjartan Poskitt’s Murderous Maths (Scholastic, £5.99 PB) and Urgum the Axeman (Scholastic, £6.99 PB) series. In his latest novel, No Such Thing As Dragons (Scholastic, £9.99 HB), Philip illustrates one of his own stories for the first time. He lives on Dartmoor with his wife Sarah and their seven-year-old son Sam. Sam is fairly new to reading and still quite suspicious of it, but he helped with some of these reviews. You can keep up with Philip’s blog at www.philipreeve.blogspot.com
Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay (Hodder, £10.99 HB)
I’ve somehow come this far through life without reading Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, but I loved this beautifully written sequel. Set in Miss Minchin’s tatty Edwardian boarding school soon after the departure of Sara, the heroine of the original book, it features secrets, intrigue and a lot of gentle humour. The period setting is well drawn and the characters are engaging, especially worried, loveable Ermengarde, mischievous Lottie and the indomitable new scullery maid Alice. It deserves to be read and adored by whole generations of thoughtful girls, curled up on sofas on winter afternoons.