Eren by Simon P. Clark

This is a compelling story about the origins of storytelling itself. Oli and his mother go to the country to stay with his aunt and uncle, who he’s never met before. His mother explains nothing but bursts into tears regularly. The absence of Oli’s father is not to be spoken of. Then Oli finds his very own secret hiding in the attic – Eren. He’s not really sure what Eren is, but Oli keeps hearing his voice and his demands for stories. Their relationship deepens until Oli is forced to make a choice that will change everything.

Eren has echoes of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness or Skellig by David Almond. It’s dark, poetic and feels as ancient as stories themselves. It’s for readers 10 and up who are interested in storytelling and not afraid of monsters.

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.