Five For Friday – Modern Books with Child Narrators

This week I am looking at 5x great novels which star children as the narrators. A lot of these books are aimed obviously at children or young adults but I think you can enjoy them as a big old grown up too! Sometimes it’s nice to read something that isn’t too challenging and is charming and innocent.

1. A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
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Not only is this one of my favourite book covers ever it is also a fantastic book. Violet never wanted to move to perfect, but her dad gets a new job and their whole family is forced to. Perfect seems perfect at first… but everyone has to wear special glasses to stop them going blind. Violet notices things and feels that something isn’t as perfect as it first seems. When she sees a mysterious boy lingering around she knows that she has to investigate and find everything out about this not to perfect town.

2. What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor
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When Milo’s grandmother gets shipped off to a nursing home after burning down the family kitchen, he is not happy. Milo is very close to his grandmother and wants nothing but the best for her. He suffers from pin hole vision so can see things that the average person cannot, he discovers that the nursing home is treating is clients badly… but why won’t anyone believe him? Will he get his grandmother out? Heartwarming, charming and beautifully written I absolutely adore this book.

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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This is a book that has been on my TBR in forever and I am really looking forward to finally reading it. Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy.

4. Room by Emma Donogue
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Jack and his mother are being held captive in a small room. Jack has only ever known room, he doesn’t know there is a world outside as his mother protects him from knowing anything. Narrated from Jack’s innocent perspective, Room is a powerful story of motherhood, protection and the desire for freedom.

5. The Colour of Bee Larkam’s Murder
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Jasper Wishart is a 13-year-old boy who doesn’t see the world like everyone else. He suffers from Synesthesa, a condition causing him to see colours when he hears sounds. As well as this he also has face blindness, he can’t recognise faces, sometimes his own father’s. He has a unique way of seeing the world and all the beautiful sounds he sees, he paints them in his bedroom. When the new neighbour Bee Larkam moves in Jasper’s world is turned upside down, he is convinced he has killed Bee and his Dad has helped him cover up the murder… a modern day murder mystery narrated by an innocent naive child.

What are your favourite books that are narrated by children? What do you love or dislike about books that star children? Lets discuss, I would love to know your thoughts. Katie x

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