Amanda Craig reviews Ursula Le Guin's Voices and Anne Fine's The Road of Bones for the Times.
Of Le Guin's Voices, Craig writes, "Children will want a lot more magic, but as an allegory about how freedom can be snatched from political oppression, Voices is excellent. "
Anne Fine's The Road of Bones fares less well: "Fine, the former Children’s Laureate, has addressed many contemporary problems, from divorce to bullying, with a robust and engaging wit. This is a departure from form, an angry, biting book about the horrors of the former Soviet Union that will repel and confuse many children. "
I'm actually quite interested in reading Fine's book. It's an unusual topic and one I think older teens might find compelling.