10 Books About Murder from the Child's Perspective

Investigators or perpetrators?

A child’s voice describing murder is all the more poignant. In this list, radically different voices report from the scene of the crime. They range from innocent bystander to interested witness. Occasionally they play the tireless investigator, and once in a while the finger of suspicion turns to them. They are all strong characters – look out in particular for Gwenni  Morgan in The Earth Hums in B Flat: inquisitive, bookish and full or spirit, she can fly in her sleep and conducts her own in investigation into a murder close to home and Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce, a heroine you either love or hate. Quirky and charismatic, this eleven-year-old amateur detective is precocious, maddening and nearly always right.

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Lindsay McKrell
Lindsay McKrell

Lindsay McKrell is the recipient of a 2014 New Writers’ Award.  She is currently working on her novel for children aged 8-12, Lily Wicked.  Lily is almost thirteen and with no help from her mother, runs a tumbledown hotel on a clifftop.  She is used to difficult guests but when Mr. Wicked moves in, fresh out of jail and on the trail of treasure, her troubles are just beginning. 

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