Thursday, September 01, 2005

Boyd Tonkin writing for The Independent praises some forthcoming fall "teenage fiction" titles. In fact, Mr. Tonkin praises child lit for its newness and lack of artifice, writing: "Good novels for children seldom bother with such show-off feats of ventriloquism. They adopt a normal, not an exaggerated idiom, and appeal instead to character, plot, action, emotion - all those far from childish things."

Tonkin singles out two new books for particular attention -- Helen Dunmore's Ingo and Frank Cottrell Boyce's Framed because both works have "young narrators who speak in a unique tone without resort to linguistic trickery."

I think Tonkin is onto something.