Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Susan at Chicken Spaghetti has posted the shortlist for the 2005 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. The honored works are:

I'm glad to see the four titles selected have been universally acknowledged as exceptional works of fiction for children. (Only one of them has been published in the States as of yet--Permanent Rose. I really enjoyed Permanent Rose and am anxiously awaiting the other three, along with Helen Dunmore's Ingo.)

The adult fiction shortlist, however, is another story. A Long Way Down was quite possibly the worst novel I read all year.