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Posted by Tom, December 11, 2012

Books of the Year

We were very pleased to see some great Nosy Crow books from 2012 in end-of-year reading round-ups over the weekend.

There were particularly nice reviews for The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters in The Independent and for Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry in The Observer.

For The Independent, Nicholas Tucker writes:

“Curtains swish again in Helen Peters’s excellent debut novel. A stage-struck 11-year-old girl living on a tumbledown farm, her best friend who is a talented designer, a mean rival with her own theatre group also entering the local competition, a pet ram who butts away unwelcome visitors: what’s not to like?”

You can order The Secret Hen House theatre online here and read the first chapter for free below.

And in The Observer, Kate Kellaway writes:

“Anyone who likes a Christmas with bling in quantity will enjoy Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish … You will strike silver here: the ice shimmers, the puddles are glitzy mirrors, the stars twinkle. And the story is short and sweet. Snow Bunny’s letter to Father Christmas asks for a “friend” as a present. But on her way to deliver her message to Santa, she makes friends through her open, generous attitude (handing out delicious homemade biscuits helps) and new friends materialise almost by mistake. A cheery, comforting, sparkling winter’s tale.”

You can order Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish online here and take a look inside below.

What have been your books of the year – picture books, younger fiction, older fiction? Leave your suggestions below!