Matilda By Roald Dahl

  Okay so ‘Matilda’ isn’t really an adult or young adult, so I am kind of broken my own rules BUT it is my all time favorite novel and one I go back to again and again.

Matilda has been born into a family who doesn’t want her. Her father is dodgy car dealer, her mother solely interested in herself and her older brother is falling into that way of life.

Matilda, however, learns from a young age how to look after herself, and begins to find solace in the local library where she reads the entire children’s section before moving onto adult novels. Matilda does not realise that she is extraordinary. She is special.

When Matilda starts school she begins to learn her true potential and her ability to stand against the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull. A beautiful novel of magic, freedom, good and evil, and a way of understanding of the real world.

Matilda is a fantastic novel to spark children’s (and adults) imaginations. A feel good novel that shoes the importance of books.

If you do anything for your children buy them Matilda, or in fact the whole Roald Dahl children’s collection of books! Also check out the movie and the musical!

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Among Others By Jo Walton

Blub from Amazon:

Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

I did not really enjoy this novel but think many other who like fantasy will. A novel written in diary format by our protagonist Mor. Mor is a young adult who has a past we being to learn about as the novel progresses. She has a bad leg. A dead twin. An absent mother. A knowledge of magic. A fascination with Science fiction and fantasy novels.
Despite all these possible avenues to provide an interesting plot I feel Jo Walton failed. However, there are many others who disagree with me on that count.
Mor is different from her peers and this is very apparent as soon as she starts at a new school, a boarding school in which her previously estranged father has placed her. Through the diary entries we learn where Mor has come from and how she adapts to a new town and a new situation.
A coming of age novel with a twist into the realm of fantasy, magic and relationships.
For me the constant lists of novels that Mor has read or is currently reading distracted me as I do not read fantasy or science fiction and thus had not read any of the novels that were talked about and only recognised a few authors who were mentioned. However I can image for readers of these genres it would add another layer of understanding into the characters and the understanding of Mor’s life.
For me this is a 3 out of 5. Interesting ideas but not enough plot for me.