Wed
Jul 29 2009 10:47am

Reading Matter: What Tor.com posters recommended for a 13-yo girl

A number of weeks ago I posted in moderate desperation about my daughter’s need for reading matter to take to camp. The responses were overwhelming—and from that vast pool, a few books were purchased, though not all of those have yet been read (she found a few things on her own, too). More will be bought in future, I’m sure, some of them probably titles I had previously suggested which now have greater appeal since someone Other Than Mom vouches for them too.

The recommendations list contains more than 500 items—authors, series, and individual books. Many people took the time to offer not just authors and books but commentary that was both polite and nuanced.

So how to determine the “winners?” A book that was mentioned only once but sounds wonderful? An author cited repeatedly? What the young reader in question actually bought (and what she thought of those purchases)? This is, therefore, the first of several posts (to be presented at odd intervals) that will address these questions . . . and a final post will, as requested, return the favor by recommending some of my daughter’s favorite books from the last few years.

No comments herein should be considered to apply to a general readership—as diet promos say, “responses not typical.” Just because a cover or a writer doesn’t attract either my daughter or me (or both of us), doesn’t mean that others won’t be captivated.

Purely in terms of numbers, there are some clear favorites. It was hard to decide where to draw the line, but ultimately I decided not to include writers or books mentioned five times or fewer.

So, in descending order of votes:

Anne McCaffrey: 35 mentions, most for the Dragon books (both the adult series and the Harper Hall series).
About six months ago I read dd the first chapter or so of Dragonsinger and she was not attracted enough to want to continue. The Harper Hall books have been dismissed as well, possibly because of general dragon overload. Several people cited the Ship novels, but the older I’ve gotten the less appropriate I feel the first book is for a young person, given the relationship between brain and brawn. While I adored McCaffrey as a teen and young adult, when I look at them from the point of view of the parent of a girl, I’m concerned about the imbalance in many of the male-female relationships. That said, we’ve read most of Restoree—a silly yet exciting book with a traditional romance trope layered with sf—but didn’t finish before the kid left for camp.

Robin McKinley: 27 mentions, The Blue Sword and Deerskin tied for most individual citations, with The Hero and the Crown only one vote behind.
There are a few McKinleys on my shelf at home, including Beauty, The Blue Sword, and Outlaws of Sherwood. Several people mentioned that a number of McKinley’s books are for a mature audience due to sexual themes; Deerskin, though often recommended, was usually accompanied by warnings about rape and incest. Given that and my own memories of McKinley, I think that this is a writer I will wait another year or so to offer to dd.

Terry Pratchett: 23 mentions, spread over a wide variety of books and series.
Everyone seems to have a different favorite Pratchett, implying a vigorous writer with interesting things to say.

Lois McMaster Bujold: 20 mentions; the Vorkosigan saga received the most specific citations; Cordelia’s Honor was the most frequently named book.
I’m fond of Miles myself, though I haven’t read any Bujold in years (funny how child-rearing eats into one’s reading time). I wouldn’t have thought of these as “books for teens,” but there’s nothing in them that wouldn’t work for an adolescent. Unfortunately, our local B&N was rather thin on Bujold when we were there; we’ll try again.

Mercedes Lackey: 19 mentions, nearly all for Valdemar books, with Arrows of the Queen cited most often.
I am a huge Lackey fan (and have been since before I edited her). DD gave serious consideration to Arrows of the Queen in the bookstore before deciding that she would prefer to read it with me rather than on her own, and besides, there’s already a copy at home . . . .

Brandon Sanderson: 18 mentions, most for Mistborn.
I suspect this will fail because of length issues.

Garth Nix: 16 mentions, most for Sabriel and the Abhorsen series.
By the time I found this author at B&N, dd had accumulated a large enough stack to get her through camp.

C. J. Cherryh: 14 mentions.
People like lots of different Cherryh books and series, with The Pride of Chanur and The Gates of Ivriel leading the pack.
However, neither of these books were on the shelf at our local B&N.

Tamora Pierce: 14 mentions, most of the “anything she writes” variety.
There were a few of these on the shelf in the bookstore, mostly with pale young women on the covers. DD shrugged and moved on. Pierce may be a brilliant writer but these covers were too passive for her mood that day.

David Eddings: 13 mentions, nearly all for The Belgariad series
Our local store was out of stock on The Belgariad.

Robert Jordan: 13 mentions, all for The Wheel of Time.
This fails for my kid because of length. She hasn’t been attracted to the split edition of the first book because she knows (as what child of Tor does not) that the rest of the books are doorstops. Maybe next summer, if she goes to camp for 8 weeks . . . .

Diana Wynne Jones: 12 mentions; most of the citations were along the lines of “anything by Diana Wynne Jones.”
So far, we have read only Howl’s Moving Castle, some years after seeing the film. In dd’s opinion, the two must be considered as separate works, each with its own values and flaws. That’s because she likes both the book and the film. When she doesn’t feel that a movie adaptation of a novel works, she’s more disapproving of diversions from the test.

Patricia Wrede: 11 mentions, mostly “anything she writes.”
A writer I’ve always liked yet somehow did not manage to think of in relation to the kid. The reminder was much appreciated. We didn’t get that far into the alphabet.

Charles de Lint: 10 mentions
As with Cherryh, everyone seems to like a different de Lint book, but unlike Cherryh, the votes here were very evenly split. There’s plenty of de Lint around at home and in the office; perhaps something will catch her eye.

Diane Duane: 10 mentions, mostly for the Young Wizard series
About 2 years ago dd read So You Want to be a Wizard and was not impressed, and now she’s too old for these.

Patricia McKillip: 10 mentions, led by The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.
Another writer I read pretty steadily in my own youth, but there was nothing by her on the shelves at our local B&N.

Phillip Pullman: 10 mentions, mostly for His Dark Materials.
This may be one of those situations where seeing the movie first put a barrier between reader and book. My daughter didn’t much care for the film version of The Golden Compass and has read only a little way into the novel.

Sharon Shinn: 10 mentions, spread over a number of books and series.
A writer I literally had never heard of before and now have to look for.

Lloyd Alexander: 9 mentions, mostly for the Chronicles of Prydain.
So far, neither my old mass markets nor the current package for this series has attracted my daughter’s eye.

Madeleine L’Engle: 9 mentions, with A Wrinkle in Time most often cited as an individual entry.
DD has tried Wrinkle twice without really being caught up in it.

Ursula K. Le Guin: 9 mentions, with the Earthsea books holding a slight lead over other titles.
As mentioned before, I read A Wizard of Earthsea to my daughter some years back. She enjoyed it at the time but has not been interested in continuing the series. I suspect that this was due to the lack of female characters, and while I know, and have told dd, that there are female characters in later books, she remains uninterested. I think I’ll try to steer her to other Le Guin instead; she is too good a writer to be skipped.

Barbara Hambly: 8 mentions
No individual book or series received more than two votes. I think of Hambly as a writer for adults; I want to look more closely at her books before offering any to dd.

L.M. Montgomery: 8 mentions, mostly for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels.
Montgomery was the most oft-cited non-genre author in the responses and clearly had a strong impact on a number of readers. At the moment, this kind of storytelling interests my daughter very little. She liked the Moffat books by Eleanor Estes and the first few Betsy-Tacy novels, and spent months in third and fourth grade reading Holocaust literature, but since then has read almost no historical fiction.

Margaret Mahy: 7 mentions, spread across a number of books
I was embarrassed to be reminded of this writer, whose books I read fairly religiously in my twenties, yet who had flown completely out of my mind. Alas, we could find nothing by her at B&N during our pre-camp visit—I think we weren’t in the right section, though, because I think she’s shelved with young reader or maybe teen reader books, rather than in the sf/f section.

David Weber: 7 mentions, all for the Honor Harrington series.
It’s hard to know where to jump in with this highly-praised series.

Piers Anthony: 6 mentions, mostly for Xanth.
A couple of people commented that they felt that though the Xanth books have female characters, they are a bit sexist.

Ray Bradbury: 6 mentions.
Fahrenheit 451 was the individual book cited most often. DD likes Bradbury already; she borrowed The Martian Chronicles from the school’s library this year and then bought a copy of her own. I own a couple of Bradbury collections for her to pick at.

Suzanne Collins: 6 mentions, nearly all for The Hunger Games.
Though one of my daughter’s friends is reading and loving this book, when my kid read the jacket in the bookstore, she said that it was too dark. I think the post-apocalyptic setting doesn’t appeal to her.

Susan Cooper: 6 mentions, nearly all for The Dark is Rising.
One of my favorite series when I was younger, but as with the Chronicles of Prydain, the current package is not attractive to my child. If she won’t even read pick up the book to read the copy, she won’t read the book.

Neil Gaiman: 6 mentions
The votes were pretty evenly spread among several different books. I nearly didn’t include Gaiman here because of the votes for Sandman—we’ll talk about comics, manga, and other graphic stuff at another time—but dd and I both enjoy his work too much to skip him. In 6th grade dd was a reading buddy for a bunch of first graders and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish was their favorite book. We also have The Wolves in the Walls (and have seen the theatrical production of same). Coraline is an old friend as well.

Monica Hughes: 6 mentions
No individual book or series received more than two votes.

Rick Riordan: 6 mentions, all for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Either this was not in stock in our bookstore or we weren’t in the right section—like Mahy, Riordan may be shelved outside of the sf/f section.

John Scalzi: 6 mentions, almost all for Zoe’s Tale.
Interestingly enough, I recently read this book and I agree that dd will probably like it, though she will be very upset by a particular plot point.

Sherwood Smith: 6 mentions, with half for Crown Duel.
Not in stock in our bookstore, or not in the sf/f section.

Megan Whalen Turner: 6 mentions, half for the Queen’s Thief series.
Not in stock, or not in the sf/f section.

Scott Westerfeld: 6 mentions, half for the Midnighters series.
DD and her friends have read all the Uglies books and dd and a friend moderate a small GoodReads group for this series, complete with frantic threads. She’s also read From Bogus to Bubbly and So Yesterday, and I expect there will be more Westerfeld in her future.

Jane Yolen: 6 mentions, spread over a number of titles.
We’ve been reading Jane Yolen, for most of my daughter’s life, picture books, early/easy readers, chapter books, books edited by Yolen, etc. The Devil’s Arithmetic was part of dd’s foray into Holocaust literature, though Briar Rose was not. My copy of Favorite Folktales From Around the World is regularly dragged off the shelf when we’re in the mood to read aloud but don’t want to continue our current novel. Yolen is simply part of the fabric of our life.

More to come . . . .


Melissa Ann Singer, besides being the mother of the oft-cited 13-yo, is a Senior Editor at Tom Doherty Associates. She is eternally grateful to her parents for encouraging her geek tendencies and is working hard to pass them on to the next generation.

33 comments
April Vrugtman
1. dwndrgn
yay! Finally! Pretty interesting list there. While I took down a personal list of over 30 titles, it seems I must have missed some and am now adding Scott Westerfield...

Yes, many authors you mentioned that 'weren't on the shelves' probably would have been found in the Young Adult/Teen section - that section is generally bigger than the sf/f section too.

Thanks for updating us and for the promise of more!
Smog1
2. Smog1
most of the authors you couldn't find are in the YA section of B&N. Check it out. The YA section is now one of the hottest sections for fantasy and science fiction. As an adult I always go there to look for new and interesting reads:NIx, Westerfeld, Harrison are all there.
Megan Messinger
3. thumbelinablues
...I think your spellcheck went a little Santa Claus on Jane Yolen!

I agree with you about the Tamora Pierce covers; I love her to death, she is my favoritest favorite, but the covers vary wildly. I particularly dislike the bland Trickster covers, which are on some of her most complex and vivid work. These editions of the Immortals series might appeal more, and it's not a bad place to start reading.

What did she end up with?
Smog1
4. ArtfulMagpie
"The Hero and the Crown" and "The Blue Sword" are 100% content-appropriate for a 13-year-old gal! "Deerskin" is the only McKinley book I'd say she should wait on. But "The Hero and the Crown" and the "Blue Sword" are absolute classics of the kick-butt female heroine/fantasy genre. I don't think you need to wait to suggest McKinley in general, just wait to suggest "Deerskin!"
Hypatia James
5. hypatiajames
I missed the original post, apparently, because I would have responded with some of my favorites... but I think I can provide a few additions based on what you've said here.

First, I have to say that your 13 year old might appreciate Sanderson's Alcatraz series more than Mistborn (which I have to admit lost me in the beginning of the 3rd book). Alcatraz has problems, just like any kid, and Sanderson's worldbuilding is lovely here, blending the "real world" with the hidden one of Alcatraz's family.

When I think about how much I love Tamora Pierce, I think it is just awful that your daughter was dissuaded by the bland covers. I think the Magic Circle series would probably be more interesting to a teen as the books follow several characters rather than just one for the quartet. The reissues also have more interesting covers than the original.

Sharon Shinn is another one of my favorites... Her YA stories are just as interesting and rich as her adult ones. The Safe-Keeper, Truth-Teller, and Dream-Maker are definitely my favorites of hers - I go back to them again and again.

I'm glad to hear that you (and she) love Neil Gaiman, but certainly don't neglect his older works, Stardust, Neverwhere - definitely re-read potential. The Graveyard Book was also excellent.

I am rambling, so I'll stop. I hope your search goes well.
Becca Hollingsworth
6. bibliobeque
Gosh, Tamora Pierce has been done a real disservice by whoever picked the current covers, because "passive" is the last word I would have chosen for anything she's written.

But it seems like they put different covers on her entire backlist every other year or so. I hope the next set will be better.
April Vrugtman
7. dwndrgn
Poor bookcovers for good books really irritate me! Or even if the art is ok but not representative of the work. Very irksome. It seems to happen more and more these days.
Smog1
8. Lexie
Heh I've read almost all of the authors mentioned (and about half of them I love to death). I can see where there's a disconnect though between what a 13 yo girl would want and what is generally recc'ed. I wasn't a normal reader at 13 for certain (I was definitely more into the dark, post-apocalyptic novels then others). I'm surprised no one mentioned Shannon Hale--her books are by in large popular with the young teen set and don't have objectionable material. T.A. Barron also wasn't mentioned...

::sigh:: so hard to know what others will like!
Smog1
9. *** Dave
For the Weber Honor Harrington novels, I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series; while a rougher style, the series is sequential enough that starting elsewhere would probably be more confusing. The first book is "On Basilisk Station"; it's usually on B&N shelves in the SF section.
Smog1
10. mkunruh
I want to know what she did take! (hoping that in the TB continued post).

I just finished reading The Trickster's Choice at my 14 year old niece's urging and quite enjoyed it. The covers do it a definite disservice. It was a very engaging read with strong, active female characters and lots of adventure/activity. Not a dull read. She also liked the Bela Cooper series.

A book that I'm reading to my two boys (11 & 8) is the The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I wish it didn't have a boy as the main character, there are already so many of those, but it is excellent. My husband enjoyed the first one so much that he went on to read the remaining books in the trilogy and said they were just as good.

And my boys adored the Percy Jackson series. Good strong girls in that one, although the major character is a boy.
Smog1
11. KiraW
Thanks for the summary. I just found the older thread now. The comment on Wrinkle in Time resonated with me because I didn't like them AT ALL until I was much older than 13. However, I loved "And Both Were Young" and "A Ring of Endless Light", both also be L'Engle. They work well as stand alone books, but both have characters from other novels, so they made me more interested in her other books. Thanks for reminding me of them! I may have to do a re-read.
Melissa Ann Singer
12. masinger
Greetings to those late to the party! Many of the books and authors cited in your comments here were in fact mentioned in the original thread, but did not make the cutoff for this particular recap post. I had to stop somewhere, and many people or titles were recommended by only one or two posters. I'll be doing a separate thread looking at some of those.

One thing I want to add . . . while many of the authors or books recommended in this post and in the comments may in general be appropriate for a 13-yo, that doesn't meant they're appropriate for this particular 13-yo.

Everyone responds differently to different things. Everyone likes different kinds of books and different themes in fiction and everyone has different areas of sensitivity to certain themes or kinds of books.

To use a personal example: I really like horror fiction. But I don't like gratuitous violence. Therefore, some horror fiction is not going to work for me because--for me--it fails the "buckets of blood" test.

Am I making sense?
Melissa Ann Singer
13. masinger
Oh, also, we'll be hitting the Teen section again, looking for the authors we didn't find in the SF section. There wasn't time, on that particular trip, to work both areas. Just yesterday we spent some time in Teen and brought home another armload of stuff (she's back from camp!), but most of it was non-genre.
Brook Freeman
14. longstrider
I'll echo everyone else her on the subject of Pierce, those cover are doing a terrible disservice if that's the impression she got.

On Honor Harrington there is only one place to start and it's the beginning, On Basilisk Station. I don't know how she does her reading but it is available in full text on line for free from Baen specifically here. It's part of the Baen Free Library. Now I'm not one of the ones that would have suggested it for a 13-year-old, particularly one who doesn't like things that are too long. If there is an interest in SF, particularly military SF, the Baen Free library is a GREAT place to browse around.

*coughprofessionalplugcough* And of course you an always go talk to you local librarian for suggestions and ways to get your hands on those older out of print books.
j p
15. sps49
Won't mention sites, but there are Very Large and Well-Known places to get books online, generally including cover art, blurbs, reviews, and often spoilerish reader reviews.

I hope your dd appreciates your efforts! or will someday! :)
Casey Sanders
16. CSanders
Well, looks like I missed the first post as well so I don't know what has been mentioned. However, I did want to throw in two stories your daughter might like.

Since it seems she is much like my wife and prefers books with female leads, I am suggesting Elizabeth Moon's, The Deed of Paksenarion. This is a classic book on making choices for yourself and looking beyond the surface of what's put before you. I just wouldn't suggest reading the two prequels to this book as they do the entire series a disservice. *shudder*

The other series I would suggest is Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga, especially the Empire series. Even if she never reads any of the other books in that series, the Empire series stands alone and tells the tale of a young girl thrust into a cruel political limelight. This is another series about making your own choices even when they go against the cultural norm.

Again, I'm sure these books had been mentioned but I wanted to make sure they were given some attention.

I really appreciate seeing blogs like this one. Knowing that the love of reading is being passed down really makes my inner bookworm squeel with delight!
Christopher Key
17. Artanian
As an alternative starting point for the Honor Harrington stuff, there's a shorter work, probably novella in length, but I'm not entirely sure, titled 'Ms. Midshipwoman Honor Harrington' which is set in much earlier times. It's in a number of collections, I have it in I think 3 different books, so you may already have it in something.
Smog1
18. sofrina
Lois Duncan, Lois Duncan, Lois Duncan

Natalie Babbitt

William Sleator
M Linden
19. mlinden
They didn't make the cut this time around, but once she's finished the camp reading, don't forget about the Garth Nix books. The Abhorsen series is really fabulous.
Smog1
20. Steve Hutchison
Not sure why you would think anyone "too old" for Diane Duane's "Young Wizards" series. They're still quite enjoyable to this 53 year old.

On the other hand, you may want to pre-screen Duane's "Door into Fire" series, as the content is both adult and a bit controversial, and thus requires parental handling.

Since this is now Past Camp Reading, I'd also recommend Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, described here: http://www.temeraire.org/index.cgi?pagetype=bookdetail&book=hismajestysdragon
How often will you find a cross between Horatio Hornblower and Dragonrider?
Smog1
21. Jody210
Did anyone mention the book "Rite of Passage" by Alexei Panshin

or

"The Witches of Karres" by James Schmitz & edited by Eric Flint

both have (nearly) self sufficient 13-year-old girls in them.
Smog1
22. Walter Saraga
How about the Sevenwaters books by Juliette Marillier. These books, starting with 'Daughter of the Forest' all have exceptionally strong female characters and are beautifully written. The prose is as perfect as it can get.
Smog1
23. ktdid16
What fun! Reading this post and the previous one and all their comments was like running into old friends.

Could add my vote for many old favorites, but the list would be long and there are a few gems that no one seems to have mentioned.

Katherine Kurtz and the extensive Deryni series. Starts with Deryni Rising. Initial main character is a teenage boy but there are some strong (good and bad) female characters. I devoured these as a teenager.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Liaden series, especially Balance of Trade for the YA group.

Louise Marley Singers series. I think Sing the Light was the first. The writing and characters improve as the series continues, but it is a fascinating world concept, and the best characters are women.

Wen Spencer. Very offbeat, three distinct "worlds". A Brother's Price is one of my absolute favorites (it's a singleton, not part of a series). Read it first to be sure you are okay with the content, it may be better for your daughter in a couple of years. I suggest it though because it is a world with an absolute role reversal between the sexes and genuinely thought-provoking, as well as a good story.

Outside the SF genre, but lifelong favorites since I was a teenager are Georgette Heyer's books. Start with The Grand Sophy or Frederica. They are more accessible than Jane Austen and many are laugh out loud funny (not to mention gently conveying some history of the Napoleonic era).

I'd second some of the authors who received fewer mentions in the earlier thread: Sharon Shinn, Connie Willis (LOVE The Doomsday Book), David Weber's Mutineer's Moon series (might be too heavy-metal SF for your daughter, but fun concept),Marion Zimmer Bradley's Amazons of Darkover (most of the Darkover books, in fact) and Sylvia Louise Engdahl are all still on my bookshelves and re-read.
Smog1
24. shalla
I missed the first post (like so many others). What strikes me about this list is that it is a list composed by adults. They're all great books, but most of the authors on it are writers from a generation or more ago. That doesn't mean your daughter won't love them, but we might be missing some of the latest speculative fiction.

Personally, I'd put a different cover on a Tamora Pierce book and give it to your daughter. If she hasn't read The Last Apprentice series yet, hand her that. Two thumbs up on Westerfield and Nix suggestions. Annette Curtis Klause has some interesting books, but you may find them (particularly Blood and Chocolate) too mature for her yet.

Also, I read a lot of mature things at an early age, but I found Deerskin to be particularly disturbing as a teenager, probably because it is so well-written. I'd recommend every other McKinley, but not that one til she's older.
Alayne McGregor
25. alaynem
I'd bet you could find Megan Whalen Turner in the YA section, and they're really worth reading -- and capable of being read at different age levels, too.

Re Philip Pullman: I got stuck in the middle of _The Subtle Knife_ for many years, and then I started listening to the audio books (got them from my library). These are some the best-done audio productions I've ever heard -- Pullman narrates, but all the voices are done by actors and it just draws you in.

If she doesn't like those, I'd really recommend Pullman's Victorian thrillers: _The Ruby in the Smoke_, _The Shadow in the North_, _The Tiger in the Well_, and _The Tin Princess_, which are also exciting and well-written but don't have the existential baggage of His Dark Materials. They also feature strong and enterprising heroines. _Once Upon a Time in the North_ is also very good, and short.
seth johnson
26. seth
@14-

And of course you an always go talk to you local librarian for suggestions and ways to get your hands on those older out of print books.


My bet is the librarian will say, "You missed out. We sold those at last month's book sale."

Seth
Tangle Key
27. tanglekey
Don't feel shy about ordering books to your local B&N just to take a look. I used to work for a local store and customer requests help diversify the book selection. Of course, don't forget your local library (like I even need to mention this.)

I see a lot of my favorites in this list which reassures me that good writing isn't just personal taste.
Melissa Ann Singer
28. masinger
@26: Seth, our library no longer has used book sales. They sell on ebay instead. This is one of the reasons I no longer donate used books to our library. At one point, they actually shelved donated books.

Then they stopped doing that and just put them into the big book room in the basement, along with the stuff that was coming off the library's own shelves. Twice a year, there would be a big book sale, and dd and I would go and buy stacks of stuff. We never bought our own books back but we often bought books that we'd taken out many times and now had an opportunity to own.

Then I was informed by a librarian, when I asked why there hadn't been a book sale for a while, that they sold all used books online and/or to dealers. While I guess they make more money that way and it reduces the staff workload, it doesn't help the community as much as the old way. (And mostly the sales were run by volunteers, not staff.) So now we give used books to dd's school or our synagogue or our friends.
Melissa Ann Singer
29. masinger
@24: Shalla, that concern--that this is a list composed by adults--is valid, I think, but luckily, dd and many of her friends read speculative fiction already and are keeping up on newer stuff individually and collectively. But much new stuff centers on vampires and pirates, neither of which dd enjoys in such large quantity. It's similar to the problem she has in non-genre fiction, where so many characters are anorexic or abused or drink/do drugs or are going through horrible horrible divorces. In dd's opinion, a little of that goes a long way.
Melissa Ann Singer
30. masinger
@27: Tanglekey: We do that a lot already, for general reading, for school project research, etc. The bookstore staff are really great about it.
Smog1
31. nutti
I would say Suzanne Collins "Overlander series" if daughter thinks "Hunger Games" is too dark. It is very action/adventure & fun. Good listen as audio books as well. A spin on "Alice in Wonderland" where instead of Alice falling down the rabbit hole Gregor falls down a chute in his laundry room. There are 5 in the series.

For Patricia McKillip I would recommend "The Riddle Master of Hed" series. I'm pretty sure they came back into print not that long ago. I read it in HS & loved it.

Also I would recommend a charming series by L.M. Boston the first being "The Children of Green Knowe." There is talk of a movie being done starring Maggie Smith. These books I believe are still in print since their reissue in the 90s.
Smog1
32. Bettee
This is a fantastic list of books for YA teens. I'm going to forward it to my daughter for her review. She is an avid reader of YA fiction/fantasy books. She recently finished a new book by Kathleen S. Wilson called Rumer & Qix which she has been talking about for days. It really spurred her imagination. You may want to add it to your daughters list and thanks for all the great recommendations! http://www.rumerandqix.com
Catharine Richardson
33. WebGenii
Sangreal Trilogy, author Amanda Hemingway

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