This week is Children’s Book Week. I’ve always loved kid’s books, and
sometimes when I need a little pick-me-up, I’ll curl up with A. A. Milne or Rudyard Kipling and escape into a great adventure. It works every time.
Lately, I’ve noticed a vast improvement in teen reads (except for the current overabundance of ridiculous vampire romances. They totally suck! Yep, they’re bloody awful!) Teen novels are much more realistic than they used to be. Their themes cover everything from drug abuse to bullying to homosexuality. Every once in awhile, I’ll read one and be very impressed by the sophistication of the story. It’s wonderful that authors are acknowledging the humanity of teens, and it’s about time!
In honor of Children’s Book Week, I’ve decided to give some books away. These were are favorites of mine, and I can’t wait to choose the winners.
The first group of books I’ll be giving away is this series in paperback format:
I LOVED these back in the day. (I haven’t read The Borrowers Avenged yet, since I wasn’t aware that Mary Norton had written a later one). They will be arriving at my house soon. If it takes awhile for the winner to receive them, and the last one seems a little too dog-eared to be new, then please forgive my “borrowing!”
The other series I’ll be giving away is this one:
These are excellent teen sci-fi novels–I enjoyed them almost as much as John Christopher’s Tripod Trilogy. I haven’t read Extras yet, so it may be a bit more worn than the others, although you probably won’t be able to tell since I bought all of them used (and most are paperback) from abebooks.com. Older daughter has taken my set of these books and refuses to return them. Such insolence! I’m surrounded by thieves!
If you’d like a chance to win either or both of these series, leave a comment specifying your desires. I’ll do the eenie-meenie game at around noon or thereabouts on Wednesday, May 20. Good luck!