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Subject: Any suggestions for some new books for a YA?
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 2:07 AM ET
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What do you do when you have bought your child every book under the sun and are running out of book ideas for him/her? My son has read TONS of the fantasy books and now I am running out of books for him to read. He is really into the dragons and wizards. If you have any suggestions of some maybe older hard to find books please let me know. He is reading at a young adult level although he is only 10.

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 4:50 AM ET
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Has he read Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern? The Harper Hall Trilogy (Dragonsinger, Dragonsong and Dragondrums) was originally written for young adults. The Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonflight, Dragonquest and the White Dragon) are really good, but there might be one scene that is a little mature for a 10-year-old. He has probably read the Percy Jackson books? There is a book by Patricia Wrede called Dealing with Dragons. You might want to check out a book called Book Crush by Nancy Pearl. It is a collection of book lists for kids and young adults in different categories. The title is deceiving. She has two books for adults called Book Lust and More Book Lust--they are books listing recommended titles for when you don't know what to read. She has them organized so you can look for something you are in the mood for. Book Crush is the kid's version. I believe that one of the chapters is what to read after you have finished Harry Potter. Anyway, it might be give you some new ideas.
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 4:33 PM ET
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Your son might enjoy Timothy Zahn's Dragonback series.  The first one is Dragon & Thief.  This is actually a science fiction series set in space, so maybe he wouldn't like it....

The main character is Jack, a 14 year old, who finds an alien dragon, Dracos, in a wrecked ship.  Dracos race are symbiants who live on their host as an elaborate tattoo of a dragon.  They can become three dimensional at will, as long as they return to their host within 6 hours.  Jack is a thief, sort of trying to go straight, and Dracos is a noble warrior, who tries to teach Jack about honor.  So there are some mild life lessons during the adventures they have!

There is some mild violence in the stories, but no real gore. Zahn is known as a writer of hard science fiction, and I have always enjoyed his work.  I picked up the series not realizing it was young adult.  Once I started reading it, it was clearly YA, but I thoroughly enjoyed the books and look forward to the new ones!

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 4:39 PM ET
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Meant to add a link to the book at Amazon for more info.

 

www.amazon.com/Dragon-Thief-Dragonback-Timothy-Zahn/dp/0765301245/ref=sr_11_1/103-4981000-2140608

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 8:18 PM ET
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Has he read Mercedes Lackey's dragon series.  It starts with Joust. 

Also has he read Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series?

I also love Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief (no dragons though).