Debut books have an important role to play in the world of books. They offer readers a chance to explore new worlds, meet new characters and read from new perspectives. You could argue that any new book will do the same and while that is true, debut’s bring a new voice to the mix. Each year, there have been more and more extraordinary debut novels in children’s literature and I am always in awe of the brilliant plot lines, wonderful characters, both good and evil, and some of the twists or re-tellings of classics.
2020, while a strange year for society, has been a wonderful year for debut authors. Over the year I tried to keep a list of debuts as I read them but admit I lost track at some points. Looking back at my list and through a bit of research, I discovered so many new favourite books and authors.
Something that struck me was the amount of debut novels written by women and non binary authors and so I chose to focus on those authors in this post. In order to keep this readable and not pages and pages long, I am only summarising my reviews. This is my own version of an end of year wrap up. I read hundreds of books this year and have enjoyed them all so there was no way I would be able to narrow down favourites- there were too many!
Season’s Readings to you and yours!
The Girl who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook, Published by Nosy Crow
Elsetime by Eve McDonnell, Published by Everything With Words
The Ten Riddles ofEartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen, Published by Firefly Press
Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu, Published by Old Barn Books
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll, Published by Knights Of
Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers, Published by Chicken House
The Big Woof Conspiracy by Dashe Roberts, Published by Nosy Crow
Orphans of St Halibut’s by Sophie Wills, Published by Macmillan
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar, Published by Puffin Books
Theodora Hendrix and Monstrous League of Monsters by Jordan Kopy, Published by Walker Books
The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton, Published by Chicken House
A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons, Published by HarperCollins
The Unadoptables byHana Tooke, Published by Puffin Books
School for Nobodies by Susie Bower, Published by Pushkin Children’s
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley, Published by Bloomsbury
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D.Lapinski, Published by Orion Children’s
Malice in Underland by Jenni Jennings, Published by Scholastic
I am a primary school teacher, turned librarian. Now I have the title Reading Advocate for ASSET Education Trust, based in Suffolk.
I read constantly and have more books than bookshelves, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I celebrate reading every day at work and at home with my two children, aged 11 and 9.
I sit on the National Executive Committee for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and run an OU/UKLA Teachers as Readers group!
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Thanks for this super round-up Erin, such an interesting way of summarising the year. There are a few on here that I still need to read, but with a host of new releases due on 7 Jan I’m not sure that I’ll get around to them, so it’s great to have your expert opinion on them. Have a lovely Christmas!