Thursday, 3 September 2015

Kid Lit Blog Hop #65 Need your help on a little research project

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  Hi Folks, This week I have a bit of a research focus and I need your help.

I have been madly writing a steampunkish, timey wimey, mysterious society type adventure and I have come across some great comparative titles.

 Tell, me which have you read from the list below and what are your thoughts on them.


 Link to Amazon

This one I read a review of recently on the hop and it sounded enchanting.


Kenneth Oppel is considered the master of this genre. What say you all.

 Link To Amazon

 I have a this on my kindle and I am enjoying it, but I am struck by the length of these kinds of books.  Any thoughts. 

 Amazon Link

Loads of mixed reviews on this one, should I bother as it appears to be mostly a graphic novel, and by some reviewers not at all what the blurb presents... Thoughts

This one has loads of reviewers saying its very peculiar, lol.  How peculiar, too peculiar to capture a reluctant readers attention. 

I am 3/4 through this one and enjoying it, but as per a previous blog post, I wonder at the wandering plot, the complexity, the character who is supposed to be 13 but reads like a 40 year old, the use of the word look at least 1300 times throughout the book LOL.  Is this story appealing to kids aged 8-12 as target.

 What interests me is the length of these books, the darkness of their themes and the complexity. Would a reluctant reader cope.

I  have a theory that this kind of story can be done, without the excessive word counts and dark themes, but still engage reluctant readers, who would usually dismiss books like these as too challenging. Are many of these books loved by adults, but not so much by kids.  Any experience on these books are welcome.

I hope to prove my theory correct one day...  Love your feedback hoppers. 



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  1. I haven't read any of these, but they all look pretty good. I know that doesn't help you, but I'm sending you best wishes on your manuscript :0)

  2. I read a good one about a year ago. Can't remember the title. If I think of it, I'll send it to you. Good Luck!

  3. Mysterious Benedict Society is a fantastic book. Some kids in the age range need longer books that have characters they identify with. Mysterious Benedict Society was a huge hit in our home. I find not everyone knows about it but if I were a gifted education teacher it would be on my must read list. My daughter read all of that series. Hugo Cabret and the follow-up (I think, wonder?) are standard reading in gifted classes here - I say reading lightly b/c it is more about discussions about what is going on. The artwork is amazing. I don't know the others. Hope you are feeling well! {{Hugs}}

  4. Heh Julie, Danielle has read Hugo Cabret and Lemony Snicket. She also recently read "The Marvels" and she really enjoyed that. She tried reading the Mysterious Benedict Society and she couldn't get into it. Go figure! Lemony Snicket is really easy reading and probably a good choice for reluctant reader. That's about all I know! Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and good luck in your research!

  5. I read The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Hugot is a book I adore- the pictures are fabulous and really entertain and the story is very well done. Hope you enjoy it!