The No.1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke - really nice but not enough for Carnegie
Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari - found the story dull but enjoyed the descriptions of India
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy - pretty good but tried to fit too much in
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle - lovely tale but not quite Carnegie worthyThe Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant - very moving story of life in occupied France, again just not quite literary enough
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes - can see this being made into a film, a really good book that could well end up on the official short list...it just won't be on mine!
Hitler's Angel by William Osborne - too predictable but with some excellent moments
Goblins by Philip Reeve - very funny
The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon - didn't grip me but isn't terrible
Except for one that that is so brilliant that it has to replace one of my initial personal shortlist:
VIII by H.M. Castor
I'm not sure it is a winner though, and I won't tell you which it replaced - you'll have to wait until March for my final list!
Is it just the ones I happen to have picked up so far, or are there are heck of a lot of war books on the list? I really need to read something to cheer me up but have nothing with a happy blurb on my TBR pile!