Monday, December 20, 2010

Looking for some great YA reads for the summer? I recently read and recommend:

Letters to Leonardo by Dee White – so moving! This book begins with fifteen-year-old Matt Hudson receiving a letter from the mother he thought was dead. Determined to find out the truth behind the lie, he seeks her out – and discovers far more than he bargained for. If you like a tearjerker, this one’s for you, but have a box of tissues handy – I haven’t cried so much in ages.

Angel Fish by Lili Wilkinson – a vividly imagined account of the Children’s Crusade narrated by one of its fictional participants, the naïve and sensitive Gabriel. This is a beautifully-written novel that is as thought-provoking as it is insightful. It has a timeless relevance.

Six by Karen Tayleur – a well-plotted, well-written novel about a group of teenagers who share a horrifying secret. One of them dies in a car accident, but we don’t know who. This quick and easy read is a suspenseful page-turner with a mix of distinctive characters and a clever ending.


  1. I have been wanting to read Dee White's novel for a while and it keeps popping up. I really should track down my own copy. It just sounds exactly like my kind of book.

    I also enjoyed six.

    Love this post (and your writing ones ~ which i don't always have time to comment on but read them and try to absorb all the goodness :)

    have a lovely Christmas Robyn!


  2. Thanks, Nomes. A Happy Xmas and New Year to you too.