Sunday, January 13, 2013

Top 12 children's books of 2012

Meghan Cox Gurdon, who reviews children's books for the Wall Street Journal, named her favorite picture books and chapter books from 2012, including:
Katherine Marsh's Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

The young 16th-century hero of Katherine Marsh's "Jepp, Who Defied the Stars" has also been dealt a poor hand. Though educated and devout, Jepp is a dwarf whose "supple mind [is] concealed in an unlikely body." Invited to the palace of the Spanish Infanta, in Brussels, Jepp is appalled to find that he is expected to prance around for the court's amusement. His rebellion results in exile to the remote castle of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, a place of unexpected good fortune.
Read about the other books Gurdon tagged.

For more about the book and author, check out Katherine Marsh's website or follow her on Twitter or on Facebook.

The Page 69 Test: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars.

--Marshal Zeringue