Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
I love Hilary McKay, so when I saw this post, buying the oh-so-lovely UK edition was a no-brainer. I think it’s one of my favorites of her books–nothing can surpass the sheer hilarity of The Exiles, but Binny has a gravity and warmth to it that is entirely satisfying. McKay does families in an unparalleled fashion and that talent is on full display here; I loved the interactions between Clem, Binny, James, and their mum. Also, I thought I saw echoes of Rumer Godden in both style and the way time skips back and forward. Since I love Rumer Godden, this is all to the good.