A Guide to Scottish Fiction for Young Readers Aged 10-14
This is an annotated guide to a selection of fiction titles all with a connection to Scotland. In many cases the authors are actually Scottish: Julie Bertagna, Mollie Hunter, Theresa Breslin. In others the setting is Scotland or the author has a Scottish connection, for instance Anne Fine and JK Rowling who lived there. So the scope is wide and especially so since titles discussed were all published between 1824 and 2003. Writers from the past include R L Stevenson (of course), Andrew Lang and John Buchan, but most are relatively recent, although in many cases the books are out of print. It should, however, be possible to obtain these through a public or school library or via the Internet. It might also be an incentive for publishers to bring titles back into print.
Titles are grouped by theme: mystery, growing up, horror, outsiders, humour and lots of history. At the side of each entry there is a list of relevant key words and a guide both to reading interest age and to readability level. At the back there is an author index, a title index and an index of key words – no excuse here for not finding what you require!
Irish readers will be pleased to see Eileen Dunlop, whose books are popular here, well represented, and indeed there is much that would be of interest to readers in Ireland and places other than Scotland. And who will not be intrigued by The Hoose o’ Haivers, tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses rendered into modern demotic Scots and published by Itchy Coo!