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a guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10–14

Edited by James Alison & Ronald Renton

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, August 2003.
Price: £6.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-55-1

“A slim but impressively informative work ... It’ll be invaluable for teachers, and a godsend for parents, while for those who’d simply like to revisit the books of their youth, it’s a concise, intelligent guide that whets the appetite for rereading and new discovery.”
— Rosemary Goring, The Herald

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This is an invaluable guide for parents, teachers, students, librarians, publishers, booksellers and all who wish young people to enjoy Scottish stories of quality. Compiled by teachers, Treasure Islands is the first critical examination of Scottish children's fiction. As well as handy reviews of 160 books, it contains suggested age and reading levels and the most up-to-date bibliographic information. In this comprehensive survey the emphasis falls naturally on recent work but older fiction is also included; titles range from 1824 to 2003, from Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to Debi Gliori and J. K. Rowling. The books are divided by type (Adventure, Fantasy, History etc.), and a Keywords index links books with specific themes or locations.

Looking for stories set in Edinburgh? How about Diana Hendry's You Can't Kiss It Better? Or Mollie Hunter's The Spanish Letters? A novel to accompany a project on Vikings? Try Marion Campbell's The Wide Blue Road or Naomi Mitchison's The Land the Ravens Found. Facing problems at home or in school? Read about Solomon in Theresa Breslin's Whispers in the Graveyard or Molly MacPherson in Jackie Kay's Strawgirl. Treasure Islands is a must if you want to explore the best in children's fiction.

Last updated 17 August 2010.