5 books Sophie McKenzie (and probably you) loved reading 10 years ago

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It's been A WHOLE TEN YEARS since Sophie McKenzie had you neglecting your Year 8 Science assignment to work out what the flip was happening in her novel Girl, Missing. 

The book, about a girl called Lauren who discovers she might have been kidnapped as a baby, is being re-released to celebrate it's tenth birthday this year.

So, in lieu of the fact you might have missed out on some other great releases around 2006 - we asked Sophie to share what she was reading a decade ago. Remember Pretties? We're dusting off our copy as we speak.

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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was recommended this book, otherwise I'm not sure I would have picked it up. It's a powerful, beautifully written story about a place and time I knew nothing about. 

I like to read (and write) about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, which is exactly the context for Half of a Yellow Sun. It'sset during Biafra's struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.

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The Kingdom by the Sea By Robert Westall

Strictly speaking this was a book I re-read during 2006 – for writing inspiration! Set during the Second World War, this amazing book follows the fortunes of Harry as he tries to piece his life back together after losing everything in an air raid.

From its powerful opening to its profoundly satisfying ending, The Kingdom by the Sea is as unexpected as it is moving: one of the best books I've read about growing up. 

Pretties (Uglies Quartet) by Scott Westerfeld

The start of a great YA sci-fi adventure series – and it really made me think about society's obsession with youth and beauty, too. Like all the books here, this one really challenged some of my preconceived ideas about life and writing.

Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

I rarely read memoirs, mostly preferring fiction. But I thoroughly enjoyed the hugely popular Eat, Pray, Love and the author's engrossing account of her journey out of a failing marriage and into a new life.

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The Night Watch By Sarah Waters

Probably not my favourite Waters book, but brilliant nonetheless. There are some authors – Donna Tartt is another – who draw me in every time with the accessible, elegant and engaging power of their storytelling. Magical.

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Well, that was an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

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