It’s Midsummer’s Day – the veil is thin and there be fairies about. So I reckon it’s definitely a good moment to don a cloak and lose yourself in the woods with a basket of fairy cakes and a good storybook.
And here are a few of my faves – full of magical beings, supernatural powers and strange happenings galore….
One Wish by Michelle Harrison. Tanya has the ability to see fairies, which makes her life rather tricky. Because these are the kind of fairies that you do NOT want to mess with… (8+years*)
A Song for Ella Gray by David Almond. A haunting love story based on the myth of Orpheus… other-worldy and poetic (12+ years)
Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill. When Holly Sparkes is hit by lightening, she gains some seriously zappy superpowers… Exciting adventure with dastardly baddies and lots of humour. (8+years). Sequel out in August.
A Boy called Christmas by Matt Haig. Elves, snow, and a boy who isn’t afraid to believe in magic… Witty and thoughtful. (7+ years)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. While his mother undergoes cancer treatment, a boy is visited by a monster with a lot to teach him…Gut-wrenchingly moving and lyrical. (10+ years)
And finally, there’s also a tingle of magic to be found in my own novels for 9-12 year olds: Little Celeste, Worry Magic and How Not To Be Weird.
(*all ages = approximate!)