I can’t believe it is already the end of October! This month, I have read some truly wonderful books—just thinking about them gives me thrills. Here are three of the best:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley
When you live in a ruined mansion in the countryside with an eccentric old colonel as a father, a shell-shocked soldier as a gardener, and two bullies for sisters, you cannot afford to be an ordinary eleven-year-old—that is why Flavia de Luce is so fascinating. When a mysterious man dies in front of her eyes early one morning, will she be able to use her uncommon skills to uncover the whole truth? In this wry, humorous tale, Alan Bradley weaves a mystery that teenage mystery enthusiasts will love.
Storm in a Teacup, by Helen Czerski
Why does popcorn pop? How do steam engines work? In Storm in a Teacup, BBC science presenter and physicist Helen Czerski delves into what is behind the world around us. A clear, straightforward book that even budding physicists will understand, Storm in a Teacup is the perfect match for teens who wish to discover the secret science of the everyday.
The Hidden Sun, by J. Lloyd Morgan
After he becomes Royal Guardian to young Queen Eliana, Rinan only has one job: to protect the queen. But when trouble stirs in the kingdom, Rinan and Eliana find themselves putting their lives at risk to fight against tyranny. Then Rinan and Eliana’s relationship deepens. Will they find a way to be together without putting the kingdom at risk? The Hidden Sun is an honest, funny fantasy novel for ages twelve and up.