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Subject: author Jane Lindskold?
Date Posted: 9/5/2009 7:36 PM ET
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I am trying to keep up with my 12 yr old dd and her reading appetite. She likes sword and fantasy stuff. I discovered a couple series by Jane Lindskold about a girl raised by wolves, etc., and wondered if they would be good for her. We are a family where I tend to read the books ahead of her so we can at this time avoid  illicit sex and intense violence. At the same time, I really was not wanting to read this entire series before letting her. She is still a little too young to reada lot of things on her own, altho I have started sending some her way so she can practice making her own decisions. Has anyone read The Firekeeper series or the other Wolf series? Are these for adults, older YA, or gentle enough for a slightly younger crowd?

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 9:32 PM ET
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I've read 200 pages of the first book (Through Wolf's Eyes) and I plan to finish - it was just getting to a slow point.  There wasn't illicit sex in the first 200 pages, and no violence, but I haven't read the book to the end.  However, I wonder if she'd lose interest partway through - when I stopped two months ago, the book was getting a little boring.  It's got a lot more politics than action so far, and not much has happened other than finding the wolf girl and introducing a new character and explaining exactly who she is and how she is related to all the other people at court.

When I was 12, I loved Tamora Pierce.  Has she read any of her books, particularly the series set in Tortall (Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small), which definitely fits sword and fantasy?  If I think of any other books that fit the description, I'll list them.  I'm sure I've read quite a few. :)

Actually, I thought of one: Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.  Most of the violence (though there's not much of it) is off-screen, no sex, and it's a lot of fun.  It's one of my favorite books.  Also The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, which also fits that, and its prequel The Hero and the Crown.  I also loved The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander in middle school.



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Date Posted: 9/5/2009 10:14 PM ET
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I would second the suggestion for The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. My husband also read them in middle school and they really started his love for the fantasy genre (still going strong some 30+ years later!).

He also suggested that David Eddings' Belgariad series would probably be very suitable for YA readers. No sex, very little violence as the hero is a young boy in the first few books and definitely sword and fantasy type books.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 3:18 AM ET
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The series goes on to be much more adult.  And lots of politics.

My niece loved the Red Wall series.  Is that Jacques?  Robin McKinley is wonderful.  Sharon Shinn has a series that is very clean.  Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea.  Anne McCaffrey has a YA series linked to her Dragons.  They all have musical terms in the titles.  Dragon song?  Dragon Drums?

For SciFi I recommend Pat Murphy's The City, Not Long After. 

Megan Whalen Turner's series, starting with The Thief.

The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw.



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Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:42 AM ET
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Yup, Brian Jacques wrote Redwall, which I also loved in middle school.

I second the Megan Whalen Turner series.  The Thief has one of the best narrators I've ever seen (from a critical standpoint) and the whole series is sooooo good.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 11:07 AM ET
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Lord of the Rings!  If she likes high fantasy she can't do any better.  A Once and Future King is great, too.  I also adored Watership Down at that age.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 1:19 PM ET
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I'd recommend The Hobbit over LotR.  Much more cute and comfortable.  The LotR gets rather violent.  

The Narnia books.  Lots of religious allegories.   But that went right over my head at that age.

Subject: Keep the lists coming :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2009 2:53 PM ET
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Thanks, all, I have begun compiling another list of possibles for her. She has read several of the series mentioned, and wants more; especially wolves, apparently. And we just read out loud the entire Chronicles of Narnia this summer, too.

I hadn't thought of politics. Because her parents are becoming more politically opinionated as the years go by, she will probably be bored to tears by anything that grown up.

If anyone else has anything to add, I would be grateful.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 5:23 PM ET
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Wolves?  If she was a bit older I'd recommend Wen Spencer's Ukiah Oregon series (SF about boy raised by wolves).  Also Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause.  But those are probably a bit older.  

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I've thought of some other things.  Diana Wynne Jones is great (99% of her books--and there are many of them--are children's/YA) but for a fun twist on the sword-and-sorcery genre your D might like Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel Year of the Griffin.  She might also like Jones's Dalemark series.  I *think* the first title is Cart and Cwidder.

I just browsed the list of books I've read in the past seven years and nothing jumped out as having wolves in them.  I know I've seen Tanith Lee's Claidi Journals series in the library and they all have "Wolf" in the titles.  I haven't read them, but I read the description of the first on Wikipedia and it looks like something I might like.  Has anyone here read them?



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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 4:42 PM ET
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I automatically think of Tanith Lee as rather dark and older.  Has she written YA?  Her fairy tales are very dark and bloody. 

Debra Doyle has a fantasy series.  I've mainly read her adult series. 

Jane Yolen is another name who writes both YA and adult fantasy.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I just asked because I've seen the Claidi Journals in the YA section of the library, and I'm pretty sure the Firebird Imprint released it - they release fantasy/science fiction books that appeal to both adults and YAs.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 5:19 PM ET
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One of Tamora Pierce's YA series - I think it's the Immortals - has a main character that talks with animals and lives with the wolves for a while.

Not wolves, but one of my favorite stories growing up is Diana Wynn Jones' Dogsbody about the star Sirius (celestial bodies being sentient in this book) who is sentenced to be born in the body of a puppy on Earth. 

I read the first book or two of Jane Linskold's wolf novels, and don't remember anything too objectionable, but it's been a while and I frankly lost interest in the series.

It's out of print, but I really liked Elisabeth Waters' Changing Fate about a girl who can shape change, and lives with the wolves for a while. 



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