Beck was Mal Peet’s last novel. Following his death, Beck was trusted to good friend and follow author Meg Rosoff to complete. I’ve been lucky enough to hear them both speak, so I was definitely curious to see how this collaboration would fare.
Second on my Carnegie reading list was Glenda Millard’s The stars at Oktober Bend.
Alice is a poet. She lives in a stilted house at Oktober Bend with her brother Joey and her Gram. Assaulted and left brain damaged, perpetually aged twelve, she writes her thoughts and hopes in the only way she can, leaving her poems on noticeboards to be discovered. Manny, desperately trying to forget his past in Sierra Leone, stumbles upon on of her poems. But what really happened to Alice three years ago?
I’m really glad I discovered this wonderful little book (I’m a sucker for a great cover). The goldfish boy is the YA mystery debut novel by Lisa Thompson.
The story centres around Matthew, who, crippled by OCD, is bound to his bedroom, condemned to experience life through the safety of his window and germ-free latex gloves. But then through the window, Matthew becomes the last person to see his neighbour’s baby grandson before he goes missing. Matthew is unwillingly launched into the centre of a mystery, with the help of new friend Melody. But what really happened to Teddy?
I thought I’d get a head start on this year’s Carnegie longlist before the shortlist was announced today (I managed all but one of last year’s shortlist, here’s hoping I’m more successful this year…) The first to catch my eye was Aubrey and the terrible Yoot, for no other reason than it was actually available at my library. That and it was short… 😉