Top Books of 2017 – part 2

Hot on the heels of part one of my best books of 2017 are the remaining 6 titles. This time there are a few books I’ve not been able to review yet, but have included links to some of my favourite other blogs. Happy reading.

The Island At The End of Everything is packed with big issues; separation, prejudice, friendship, forgiveness, courage – the list is endless. A child reader will have their eyes opened and their minds expanded. The older reader will be blown away by the layers of emotion that are built up throughout. If I wasn’t sure of it before reading The Island At The End of Everything, I can safely say Kiran Millwood Hargrave is one of the most talented children’s authors of recent times. This is a must read.

What is refreshing about this book is that it is a good old-fashioned adventure, straight out of the mould of Swallows and Amazons. There is no need for new fangled technologies or contrived plot twists. Instead, you are drawn into the jungle by Rundell’s narrative. While you are reading, it is your home. You become accustomed to it, the sights, the smells, the dangers. Without doubt, Rundell proves herself to have that quality of seamlessly transporting her readers to a faraway place.

Here is a thoroughly refreshing and original book in many ways. Never before will you have met a protagonist like Mold. He was found in a dustbin and has an incredibly big nose (and sense of smell to boot). On the face of it, this is a fantasy adventure – almost like a mini-Tolkien adventure – but scratch beneath the surface to discover more. There’s messages of tolerance, trust and power, with a good slice of humour as well. This is a winner in all respects.

I’ve not reviewed this book fully, but have a read of the review by Miss Cleveland is Reading by clicking the book cover.

Peter Bunzl’s first book – Cogheart – was an instant favourite among children. It was full of adventure set in a Victorian steam-punk world. Moonlocket continues that trend. Expect more fast paced action with the return of Lily, Robert and Malkin. This time it’s Robert’s turn to take a lead as the evil Jack Door searches for the moonlocket. There’s more edge of your seat action, lovable (and loath-able characters) and a narrative that zips along at a rate of knots. Here’s to the next installment in 2018.

I’ve not reviewed this book fully, but have a read a review by Book Lover Jo by clicking the book cover.

Over the summer, I began to hear whispers about this book. People who had received advance reading copies were singing its praises left, right and centre. Finally, I got my hands on a copy and cannot disagree with anything I’ve read about this book. It is beautifully written, full of quirkiness and had me gripped throughout. There are echoes of classic tales mixed in with Alex Bell’s imaginative flair. I’ve heard it described as the new Northern Lights – a description that isn’t too far off the mark.

I’ve not reviewed this book fully, but have a read of a review by Emma’s Bookish Corner by clicking the book cover.

Letters From The Lighthouse has all the hallmarks of a classic war text, but is so much more. It manages to introduce characters from different backgrounds and present the war from their experience through one inter-twined story. However, what shines through with Letters From The Lighthouse is how the themes resonate with events around the world in the present day, providing thought-provoking moments for readers young and old. We are taken on a journey where conflict divides communities, yet in the face of adversity the common good will prevail. If children are to understand the world around them, it is books like Letters From The Lighthouse that will set them on the way. I really cannot recommend this book enough!

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