Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson

Carnegie Long-List 2011

As soon as I read the first chapter, I was like: “Yes, yes, yes! This is my kind of book!” Of course, it’s all personal preference, but I really liked the mysterious-beating-round-the-bush-repeating-cool-sentences way she wrote. It reminded me faintly of The Tale of Despereaux, maybe because of the fantasy style? Another good thing about this book is that it gives some humanitarian quotes. However, I must say that the blurb of the book was understating the book itself a lot: I read the blurb many times but it never made me want to check out the book. Here’s what it’s about:

On his twelfth birthday, Jack is coming home with high spirits when he is suddenly abducted by strangers. Arriving at the house of the mysterious Magus, who claims Jack is the ‘Radiant Boy’ and the one who is needed to complete ‘the Work’, he finds himself in a world of wonders… but not good ones. And trapped with him are other boys, under the tyranny of the Magus. But the Magus needs him to complete his evil doings… Will he escape? And what will happen if he doesn’t? Read to find out!

I totally loved this book and I will give it 9.3 stars and recommend it for ages 10+. Actually, I believe younger children can read it (maybe from 8?) but they might not like the style. I’m not sure. But I hope everybody loves this as much as I! It’s a great competitor for the Carnegie Medal.



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