A note on Junior Fiction nominated in this year’s Children’s Book Council Awards

Dear Readers,

I have posted several reviews on this blog of fiction and non-fiction nominated books for this year’s Children’s Book Council awards. The shortlist also includes Junior Fiction, which I have read but not reviewed. Instead, I thought that I would give you a general overview of what you might expect from this selection. To be honest with you, I am a bit disappointed. Junior Fiction is starting to enter the realms of Young Adult Fiction, insomuch as delving into areas which are deep and meaningful, rather than humourous or fanciful. The Young Adult selections are pretty good this year, a well written bunch of thought provoking, yet positive books.

Junior Fiction delves into Cancer, dead dogs, Vampires and such. I know that there are a lot of good Junior Fiction books out there, but many of these haven’t been considered. I am not saying that these books aren’t well written, it just concerns me that books written for children so young are focussed on dark subjects instead of positive ones. None of these are LOL books as the kids would say.

This is only my opinion.


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