The shortlist for ‘Not the Booker prize’ is in. Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize winner and Tony Black’s Last Tiger both have young protaganists Thoe aged 13 and Myko aged 12.
Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave – but leaving is exactly what 17-year-old Flo intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter arrive at isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. Who would willingly choose to live in such solitude? The man’s brooding handsomeness is extraordinary; and there’s something unusual about his daughter Selina that Flo cannot help but be drawn towards. But people aren’t only arriving on Bancree, they are disappearing too
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle
It’s 1910 and 12-year-old Myko and his family have fled the Czarist occupation of their native Lithuania for the freedom of America, only to discover their ship has arrived in Tasmania, the once notorious prison island of the British Empire, known as Van Diemen’s Land. Myko wonders what will become of them as he watches his father, Petras, and mother, Daina, become anxious about how they will survive in this new land where tigers roam. But when Petras takes work as a trapper, and Myko discovers the den of the last tigers, the family are thrust into a fight over the last of these beautiful, wild beasts
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