Don’t judge a book by its cover – we both enjoyed these great teen fiction titles.
The Quick Review
The Dark Divine – A Twilight wannabe that is not at all like the original, for better and worse. Tightly plotted with brilliant twists, this teen-loves-supernatural-creature novel is not as romantically intense as Twilight, but even Andy admitted he thought it was good. Age: late teen.
Cherry Crush – The first book in Cathy Cassidy’s new Chocolate Box Girls series is just delicious. Filled with Cathy’s trademark warmth and insight, read it with your daughter and you’ll want to be 13 again. Without the perm this time. Age: early teen.
Dead Man’s Cove – Fabulous detective story about a spiky-haired tomboy rescued from an orphanage by an unknown uncle. Laura Marlin comes to live on the wintery Cornish coast, where all the people around her seem to be harbouring secrets. It’s like Rebecca for children! (There’s even a horrible housekeeper a la Mrs Danvers.) Highly recommended.
Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure – Ruby Nettleship isn’t happy with her local playground – everything is broken and there is nowhere for the children to play. Then a mysterious ice-cream van appears and offers Ruby a bright green ice lolly with the words “plant me” on them. This fantastic picture book about a little girl who wants to make the world a better place is brimming with imagination and charming illustrations. Age 3+