First up is the fabulous Linda Ludke from London Public Library.
This was a fine year for teen fiction. My favourite book of 2016, hands down, would have to be Lisa Moore’s Flannery. It is such a bewitching and intense story, and I stayed up way too late to finish reading it in one big gulp. Flannery struggles with the mind games and mine fields of high school and you feel her pain. The poetic stream-of-consciousness narration immediately pulls you in and it feels like Flannery is whispering all of her secrets and betrayals and crushes directly in your ear. And on top of everything, she has to get her love potion invention for her Entrepreneurship class finished on time.
No lie, I also enjoyed Teresa Toten’s Beware that Girl. It is a deliciously dark, psychological thriller.
Linda has worked at London Public Library for 25 years and has the best job in the world. She's a Collections Management Librarian and select the children and teen materials for our library system. In her life outside the library, she reviews for Quill and Quire and The National Reading Campaign.