Best books of 2010: children's books

From the tribulations of a governess whose young charges were literally raised by wolves to the perils of a young heroine set on saving her planet, here are the 8 children's/young adult titles that the Monitor's book reviewers considered the most outstanding this year. To assist you with your holiday shopping, each title here has a link that allows you to purchase the book – even as you help to support The Christian Science Monitor

1. "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place," by Maryrose Wood

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"The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place," by Maryrose Wood (Balzer + Bray, 272 pp., $15.99, ages 9-12). This tale of a governess whose three charges were literally raised by wolves pairs the Gothic humor and arch narration of a “Lemony Snicket” story with a more benevolent worldview. (CSMonitor.com review, 5/3/10)

You can purchase this book – and help to support the Monitor – by clicking here.

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