Friday, 15 August 2008

Philip Reeve: prize-winning author for children

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve was an astounding fiction debut for a new author for teenagers. Published in 2001, it is the first book in the quartet that has become known by the same name. The other books are Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain. Mortal Engines has been lauded by critics as a gripping fantasy and astonishing, page-turning thriller peopled with engaging and totally believable characters. The 2008 Carnegie Medal-winning book by Reeves, Here Lies Arthur, has been attributed the same praise and is historical writing at its best. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legend by by Gwyna, who is just an ordinary sixth-century girl who sets out on an adventure with her master, Myrddin. Myrddin has much to do, if he is to transform Arthur into what the reader expects the mythical hero to be. If you’re interested in life in the Dark Ages, and like a generous helping of history, suspense, fantasy and humour, then look no further. There’s just enough blood and gore to lure the average 11 or 12 year old who will be drawn into the transformation of Arthur from just your average bully to someone (who at least on the outside) becomes a legendary hero.

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