'Twas the night before Christmas and time for a recap of our final Carnegie Advent Calendar books (22-24 Dec).
The War Zone
Different aspects of war are covered in these novels. Each one of these titles holds curiosity for either Little M or me although.So far we've only read A World Between Us (Lydia Syson, Hot Key Books), which explores the Spanish Civil War in a thrilling and passionate political romance.
Rose Under Fire (Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey) takes us into the world of women pilots in World War II; Eleven Eleven (Paul Dowswell) is about the final hours of World War I; One Day in Oradour (Helen Watts, A&C Black) is based on the true story of a French village that was wiped out in 1944; and The Wall (William Sutcliffe, Bloomsbury) is a story inspired by life on the West Bank, a territory whose troubled history has been shaped by the politics of war.
'Twas the night before Christmas. Are all good little children excitedly tucked up in bed? Perhaps not, but these books are all about the ghosts...or anything else that comes after!
For the younger ones (and perhaps the not-so-young too), there's still time for a scary laugh. We think you might get that from Gareth P Jones Constable & Toop (Hot Key Books) or Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase (Doubleday).
And we think for the not-so-young, there could be that strange mix of romance and the afterlife (and other things which I don't know much about) in:
- The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo (Hot Key Books) - beautiful, atmospheric writing;
- Ferryman by Claire McFall (Templar)
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic).
So, it's sweet dreams from us - but not before you've worked our festive message out!
Your final 11 advent letters
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We've had fun. We hope you have. Tell us if you think you've worked our Carnegie Christmas message out!