Tag Archives: Child’s perspective

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma DonoghueTitle: Room

Author: Emma Donoghue

Call #: DON

Jack loves to play, watch Dora the Explorer and eat candy.  In other words, the narrator of this novel is a normal five-year-old.  Except that Jack has lived his whole life in one room.  The only other people he knows are his mother, who taught him everything he knows, and Old Nick who brings them food and supplies.  To explain any more would be to ruin this book which unfolds, in turns, with heart-pounding suspense, quiet tragedy and unabashed wonder.  This was my favorite fiction book of 2010.

Recommended by: Kathy

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Huge by James Fuerst

Huge by James FuerstTitle: Huge

Author: James Fuerst

Call #: FUE

Eugene “Huge” Smalls is a troubled 12 year old living in 1980’s New Jersey. He is precocious, self aware and addicted to pulp mysteries but he also has serious anger issues. When his grandmother’s retirement home is vandalized, Huge puts himself and his sidekick, Thrash, on the case. This character driven, coming-of-age novel is reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye.  It is a quirky but ultimately hopeful ode to adolescence, written for an adult audience.

Recommended by: Becky

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyTitle: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Author: Alan Bradley

Call #: M BRA

In this fresh and intelligent cozy, readers are swept back in time to rural England in 1950. Flavia de Luce, an 11 year-old aspiring chemist with an interest in poisons, finds a man lying in her garden, taking his last breaths. Readers will root for Flavia, who is just old enough to look out for herself but has not yet lost her adventurous spirit, as she investigates this mysterious death and ends up entangled in a decades old rare stamp smuggling ring.

Recommended by: Becky

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Call #: FOE

Nine year old Oskar Schell is finding it very difficult to deal with the death of his father who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks. After finding a mysterious key in a vase in his father’s bedroom closet, Oscar searches New York City for a lock that fits that black key. This story, told from a precocious child’s viewpoint, presents an interesting approach to dealing with death and tragedy.

Recommended by: Sharon