K is for Keen

K is for Keen

it’s day 13 of

the A to Z Challenge!

Otherwise known as the letter K Day for my theme

Young Adult Novels and Novels with Young Adult Narrators.

The word keen describes today’s two novels perfectly. I like this word keen because it has so many meanings. Some are finely sharpened, distinctive in perception, eager. These definitions apply to the characters, stories, and writing of the following multi-award winning books.


  Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata

This is a beautiful book about family love and struggle. Older sister Lynn Takeshima protects and nurtures younger sister Katie, helping her to see all that is kira-kira (shining) until Lynn becomes ill and Katie must step up to help her family.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This novel brings to mind another definition of keen: intense. In Prentisstown residents can hear the thoughts of all other townspeople. I would call that intense–never being able to enjoy the quiet or have quiet, private thoughts. Not a place for introverts, I imagine. In this setting, Todd and his dog Manchee one day stumble upon quiet, but it is a quiet filled with a dark secret. Readers may be familiar with Patrick Ness from another prize-winning young adult novel and movie called A Monster Calls.

When purchasing fiction, do you take into account whether the book has won literary prizes? What is your favorite prize-winning novel?

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K is for Keen — 2 Comments

  1. I never take into account literary prizes, because most of the time that puts me off rather than encourages me to read a book. 🙂 I’m not sure if any of my favourite novels are prize winning or not.
    Tasha’s Thinkings – Shapeshifters and Werewolves
    P.S. Sorry for being AWOL for 3 days – I’ve been so busy.

    • Hi Tasha,
      I hope it was a fun, engaging busy instead of a stressed, crazy busy! It might be interesting to see if your favorite book has won any prizes.

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