Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Top 10: kids' books with kickass heroines

Joanne Harris is the author of Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, Sleep Pale Sister, Gentlemen & Players and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen. Her first children's novel Runemarks features Maddy, a kickass heroine with magical rune powers.

Harris named a top 10 list of "kids' books with kickass heroines" for the Guardian.

Number Two on her list:
The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

After his visit to Chinatown, Jack will never be the same again. Demons, martial arts and vomiting bats feature in this strange and fabulous world - not to mention the Black Tattoo itself, and Esme, a young girl with the most spectacular fighting skills kids' fiction has ever see.
Read about Number One on Harris' list.

--Marshal Zeringue