Why did I love this book?
Okay, so I’m cheating right off the bat because many will argue that the Flavia De Luce series, though it has an 11-year-old girl as its central character/narrator, is not YA. And, I admit, the brilliant Alan Bradley series is found in the general fiction section in many libraries. But, I don’t care. Teens who haven’t read the books should read the books. And for those readers who also want to write fiction, Bradley’s creation of the wonderful cast of characters, highlighted by the precocious, brilliant, laugh-out-loud funny Flavia is a creative writing class everyone needs to pay very close attention to. The mysteries are well crafted, the dialogue spot-on, the settings perfectly detailed and alive to the reader, but make no mistake, these books are Flavia and she is one of the truly wonderful achievements of recent fiction, YA or otherwise.