Wayne Mills has been producing his annual list of recommended children's and young adult books for many years, and I am proud to host it on my website.
Wayne is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, but is much better known as the Quizmaster of the Kids' Lit Quiz. The Quiz originated in New Zealand, but has now gone global with heats being held all round the world.
Wayne is often asked for book recommendations by parents and teachers eager to turn their young people, especially boys, into enthusiastic readers. The titles in this list (suitable for both boys and girls) contain gripping plotlines, strong child protagonists, exciting settings, and themes relevant to today's young readers.