A book set in Kenya has been included in the Times newspaper’s list of the best children’s books of 2017, picked by Alex O’Connell.
The Snow Angel by Lauren St John is Christmas story, set near Mount Kenya in the slums of Nairobi and in the Highlands of Scotland aimed at the 8-12 age range. It has been rated 4.1/5 on Goodreads
The story is loaded with mountain climbing, wild animals, survival skills and hope.
12-year-old Makena lives a good life, excelling at school and learning about wildlife from her father. Growing up, she has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father.
However, after her parents are called away to care for her sick Aunt Mary who has Ebola in Sierra Leone, Makena’s parents don’t return.
With her beautiful world shattered, she finds that in the city’s dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse and has to survive her feckless uncle and slum life.
In a world of strangers, does she dare trust albino child Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she’s still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe?
After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?