10 Books from a Child's Perspective

The child's eye view

Some of my favourite adult books are stories told by children.  There is something uniquely appealing about the strong, clear voice that drives them, something about the character and setting that draws you in.  The voice of a young person is captivating.  When that young person has to deal with very adult concerns, the outcome is critical and the action direct.  There is no sophisticated filter – what you see is what you get.   The mood flits from funny to heart-breaking and back again as the characters come of age.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

7. The Color Purple

Alice Walker
Being Emily cover

8. Being Emily

Anne Donovan
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

9. Black Swan Green

David Mitchell
The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

10. The Death of Bees

Lisa O'Donnell

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Lindsay McKrell
Lindsay McKrell

Lindsay McKrell is the recipient of a 2014 New Writers’ Award.  She is currently working on her novel for children aged 8-12, Lily Wicked.  Lily is almost thirteen and with no help from her mother, runs a tumbledown hotel on a clifftop.  She is used to difficult guests but when Mr. Wicked moves in, fresh out of jail and on the trail of treasure, her troubles are just beginning. 

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