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Subject: Great YA books
Date Posted: 9/12/2008 11:07 PM ET
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Recently I ran across some books by Daniel Pinkwater, which are great YA especially for kids who feel self conscious, feel they don't fit in, etc (all of them, I think).  Mainly normal life and then way out science fiction.  I had never seen his work before but I quite enjoyed it and the sense of self it gave to a reader.  It made me want to give copies to every 10-14 year old boy I could find.  Has anyone else run across him?

  Also I recently foundmy old copy of Daddy Longlegs, YA for girls.  Charming coming of age of a girl from an orphanage.  Not a new book, several decades old.

  On the newer front I loved the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.  Just hilarious interaction between the demon Bartimaeus and the young magician (whom no one will credit with the power /skill to enslave the demon, even though he is the one who did it).

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 3:07 PM ET
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I have not read any Daniel Pinkwater but he used to be a regular contributor to NPR's "Morning Edition" radio show and I always enjoyed him. I haven't heard him for a while but then again, I haven't been able to listen to the radio in the morning for a while, either.
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 7:01 PM ET
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There is a Daniel Manus Pinkwater and then just Daniel Pinkwater. Which is the good YA one?? Which books?

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:07 PM ET
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What is YA?

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:56 PM ET
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Norma, Young Adult.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mediator series by Meg Cabot (same author as princess diaries)

Subject: YA
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 2:22 PM ET
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Thanks