Posts Tagged ‘Mystery’

The Quiet at the End of the World

By Lauren James

ISBN 9781406375510

Walker Books


I’m not a huge fan of Science-fiction but I was more than pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. Totally got in to the story, characters and even the belief that everything in this Young Adult novel, could very well happen one day. That is a scary thought.

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on earth. A catastrophic virus caused global infertility and babies have not been born for many years. They are protected by elders but the elders have secrets; serious secrets they want to keep from the two teenagers. When the secret is eventually uncovered, everything changes and Lowrie and Shen have an impossible choice to make. Life as it exists could change forever.

I listened to the audio of this book and was hooked thinking of all the possibilities. I was in the Thames mudlarking, searching for treasure with them. I was with them when the secret came out and with them as they realised what the future would hold.  I was with them all the way and that to me, is a good book. Thoroughly enjoyed it and totally recommend it to YA readers.

Ruby Redfort
Look into my eyes
by Lauren Child

Just some good old fun and mystery for younger readers. Ruby is a code-cracking and daring detective. Together with her butler, Hitch, they work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Lots of evil villains to meet and fend off.

The second book in the series won’t be published until 2013 but that is plenty of time to grab this one from your library.

Dead time
The murder notebooks
By Anne Cassidy

Rose Smith and Joshua Johnson spent three years living together as a family when their parents became involved with each other. One night the parents go out for tea but never return. Josh is sent to live with an uncle in Newcastle and Rose ends up living with her grandmother in London. They meet up again five years later. Josh is bent on finding their parents. Meanwhile, Rose is witness to the murder of a fellow school student. Days later, the boy’s girlfriend is also mysteriously murdered.
Murder, mystery and a bit of a thriller all mixed in make this a another to add to my long list of must reads.
Read more about this murder series on Anne Cassidy’s site.

The graveyard book

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Intermediate
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The graveyard book

by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman writes some wonderful and very unique books. Here, Nobody Owens, is a young boy who has been raised in a graveyard by ghosts. A great read for intermediate up.