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Subject: What are your favorite YA books?
Date Posted: 5/31/2007 4:39 PM ET
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What are some of your favorite YA books?

Mine include:

the Artemis Fowl series by Eion Colfer

the Sisters Grimm series

the Jennifer Scales series by MaryJanice Davidson

the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling!


I'm sure there are more, I just can't think of them right now!  :)

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 5:02 PM ET
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Ha, ok, how about I just list my fav authors? I love YALit!

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Chris Crutcher

J.K. Rowling

Darren Shan

Phyllis Renolds Naylor

Gary Paulsen

Francesca Lia Block

Lemony Snicket

Laurie Halse Anderson

Orson Scott Card

Nancy Farmer

Richard Peck

Ann Brashares

Mary Higgens Clark (I read her when I was a teen anyway)

R.L. Stine

L.M. Montgomery

Ok, OK, I will stop now. =p

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 6:01 PM ET
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Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper, the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander & the Riddle Master Hed series by Patricia Mckillip.

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 6:29 PM ET
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I love Patricia McKillip!

Also Avi, Gary Paulson, Vivian Vande Velde, Sherwood Smith, Stephenie Meyer (Twilight & New Moon), Cynthia Voigt, Tamora Pierce, Cynthia Rylant, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Patricia Wrede, and Garth Nix.

And I love love love Margaret Mahy.

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 6:38 PM ET
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Books by Ritchie Tankersley Cusick (Thriller/Mystery type books)

others I can't think of right now.

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 8:21 PM ET
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I love Tamera Pierce!

Another one of my favorites is William Sleator, especially "House of Stairs" and "Singularity."  Great creepy sci-fi/supernatural stuff!  Actually I like everything he's written!

I also like the Phillip Pullman series, "His Dark Materials"--The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

For historical fiction, Ann Rinaldi is very good too.


Date Posted: 5/31/2007 9:38 PM ET
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the edge chronicles by paul stewart and chris riddell, the keys to the kingdom books by garth nix, the bartimaeus trilogy by jonathan stroud, the harry potter books, the artemis fowl books, the sisterhood of the traveling pants books, the princess diaries books.

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 6:40 AM ET
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I also have (but haven't read yet) the series by Angie Sage that starts with Magyk.  They sound really good.

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 10:09 AM ET
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Thanks for all the ideas!  I have a 13 yr old daughter who devours books!  She usually has 6-8 going at any one time (Like her Mom) and she's reading at 11th and 12th grade levels.  She loves so many different genres.  This gives me a few options for her birthday and the holidays.



~kelly jo

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 11:32 AM ET
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Vicky, have you seen the trailer for The Golden Compass movie? It's looks really good! I think this is the website... www.thegoldencompassmovie.com or something like that. The graphics look good, and the girl who plays Lyra is exactly as I pictured her! What's exciting is that my sister is in England for a semester and she got to meet Philip Pullman! I was jealous.

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 1:01 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/1/2007 1:25 PM ET
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I am so so happy to see this one started!!!!  My daughter is 14 and devours books.  She reads on a 12th grade level and I was having such a hard time finding books for her.  Right now I have her hooked on Jodi Picoult but the summer is coming and we will need lots more.  How exciting.  I am off to the start of this and will be doing lots of searches and ordering.  Yay.

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 1:30 PM ET
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Emily, ooohhh now I'm jealous too!!    I would love to meet him. 

Yes, I've been to the website.  Did you figure out your daemon?  Mine is a mouse! ;)

I can remember reading the first Harry Potter and the Golden Compass around the same time, and wondering why Harry was getting all the fuss.  Not that I don't like Harry, mind you, but Pullman's series was so enthralling to me.  I'm going to read them all again before I see the movie!


Date Posted: 6/1/2007 1:35 PM ET
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For you ladies with young girls who devour books:  (Yay for you!!)  I HIGHLY recommend Tamora Pierce.  She has strong female characters, and a writing style that sucks you into the story and makes it impossible to put the book down!

Her web page www.tamora-pierce.com  lists her books.  My daughter loved them when she was a teen, even though she does NOT like fantasy. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 1:56 PM ET
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Here are my favorites: 

  • The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
  • Tithe, by Holly Black
  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles (Obernewtyn, Farseekers, Ashling), by Isobelle Carmody
  • Shade's Children, by Garth Nix
  • Sabriel, by Garth Nix
  • The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee
  • Jumper, by Steven Gould
  • Whisper of Death, by Christopher Pike
  • Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  • Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
  • Z for Zacharia, by Robert O'Brien
  • After the First Death, by Robert Cormier
  • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  • Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Tamsin, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Riddle-Master Trilogy, by Patricia McKillip

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Date Posted: 6/1/2007 8:05 PM ET
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Meg Cabot has some great books besides just the Princess Diaries series. Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a lot of good books including Catalyst which I loved!

Date Posted: 6/2/2007 10:25 AM ET
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Also the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale

Date Posted: 6/2/2007 5:30 PM ET
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Lately Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom, and also loved his Abhorsen books. I wish there were more of those. I reread Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles every now and then. I've got a bunch more lying around, but I think those are the best.
Date Posted: 6/2/2007 10:41 PM ET
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Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke are both very good. So is The Thief Lord by her. And I'll second The Dark is Rising series.

Date Posted: 6/4/2007 4:55 AM ET
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Check out Pete Hautman's young adult books. He's a National Book Award Winner, and his books for teens are really good.

Date Posted: 6/5/2007 2:23 PM ET
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anything by Jerry Spinelli

The Babysitters Club series

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (trilogy)

A Fine White Dust

Date Posted: 6/6/2007 6:24 PM ET
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L. J. Smith

Victoria Hanley

J. K. Rowling


Date Posted: 6/7/2007 5:28 AM ET
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scott o'dell

Date Posted: 6/8/2007 3:41 PM ET
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I don't care for Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series.  They got old after the first couple.  But I do really like her 1-800 series and The Mediator.  I also love Louise Rennison--she's YA chick lit.  Her books have me laughing out loud sometimes.  Although I think those ones are wearing thin on me as well.

Date Posted: 6/12/2007 1:16 PM ET
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Yeah, Vicky, my deamon is a tiger! I noticed that other people I know took the quiz, though, and everyone got "softly spoken" in their descriptions.