US author Rebecca Stead is in the running for the Guardian children’s fiction prize with her novel Liar and Spy. Here she picks her favourite classic American novels for children that may be overlooked outside her home country1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleMeg, her unusual little brother Charles Wallace, and her new friend (crush) Calvin cross time and space to discover the truth about Meg’s father, a scientist who has been missing for more than a year. Despite Meg’s bad moods and doubts about herself, she holds the key to their survival.2. Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O’BrienDetermined mother mouse braves the company of some very unusual rats in order to save the lives of her family. (Meanwhile, the scientifically altered, super-intelligent rats have their own agenda.)3. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL KonigsburgClaudia, feeling unappreciated, runs away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with her brother in tow (because he’s good with money). There, the kids make themselves at home (standing on toilet seats at closing time to evade the guards) until questions about an angel sculpture of mysterious origin draw …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books