Book recommendation list Part II
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Mar 12 03:25:58 EST 2003
Last June I asked the list for assistance in compiling a list of books to
recommend to young adults who are just beginning to read science fiction and
fantasy. I saved all the messages for a long time, until tonight I decided
that instead of going to sleep, I would compile the list. What follows is
more or less the complete list of all the recommendations provided by list
members. (I accidentally marked all of them read while I was deleting the
13,000 unwanted messages from my hard drive, and while I didn't have to call
Mr. Data Recovery, I might have missed a few.)
For Part II, I'd like to invite you all to review the list and see if
there's anything I've left off--especially anyone who has recently joined
the list. Remember that the goal here is to recommend books that would be
suitable/interesting to teenagers, though that's still a very wide field.
I hope the table lines up okay; I don't actually know how one does it
properly. "Specific Titles" just means that someone recommended a
particular book along with the writer, or sometimes un-recommended a
particular book. I was very casual about it because I don't plan to worry
about titles much right now. "Nationality" is there for the beginning of
Part III, which will generate sub-lists based on what is available in
certain countries. For example, if I want Philip Reeve's _Mortal Engines_,
here in the US, I have to go to a lot more trouble than if I want Philip
Pullman's _His Dark Materials_. I actually don't know where many of these
writers are from, and I've probably gotten some of them wrong, so please add
or correct anything there. (Part IV, which is still very nebulous, will add
exhaustive title lists and possibly annotations.)
Thanks for all the help you've been on this. For those of you who weren't
here at the time, this project was prompted by my tendency to go blank when
people ask for a good book recommendation--so in truth I'm just shamelessly
using all of you as my brains in a jar....
Books to recommend to beginning fantasy and SF readers
Author Nationality Specific Titles
Joan Aiken British "Dido" and "Felix" books
Isaac Asimov American
Vivien Alcock ?
Lloyd Alexander American
Lynne Reid Banks American
T.A. Barron American Merlin series
John Bellairs American any
Lucy M. Boston ? Green Knowe books
Frances Hodgson Burnett British Secret Garden
John Christopher ? three trilogies
Arthur C. Clarke ? "Islands in the Sky"
Susan Cooper British
Helen Cresswell British Moondial
Gillian Cross ?
Jane Louise Curry British?
Annie Dalton ?
Roald Dahl British
Diane Duane American
Edward Eager American?
Sylvia Louise Engdahl American
Michael Ende German
Penelope Farmer ? Charlotte Sometimes
Catherine Fisher British
Paul Gallico ? "Jennie"
Alan Garner British
Roger Lancelyn Green British
Harry Harrison American Stainless Steel Rat
Robert Heinlein American juvenile novels
Zenna Henderson American "People" stories
H.M. Hoover American
Delia Huddy ? Time Piper
Monica Hughes American? Isis, etc.
Eva Ibbotsen British "Platform 13" et al
Diana Wynne Jones British
Norton Juster ? Phantom Tollbooth
M. M. Kaye ? The Ordinary Princess
Dick King-Smith ? for young teens
Mercedes Lackey American rec. with care
Andrew Lang British Color Fairy Books
Louise Lawrence ? SF
Ursula Le Guin American
Madeleine L'engle American
Gail Carson Levine American Ella Enchanted
C.S. Lewis British Narnia
Patrick Little ? The Hawthorn Tree
Patricia Lynch British?
Megan Lindholm American
Margaret Mahy New Zealand
George MacDonald British
Eloise Jarvis McGraw American?
Patricia McKillip American
Robin McKinley American NOT Deerskin
Jill Murphy British? Worst Witch
William Nicholson British
Jenny Nimmo ?
E. Nesbit British
Garth Nix Australian
Andre Norton American early novels
Mary Norton British Borrowers books
Robert C. O'Brien American
Sally Odgers Australian
Pat O'Shea ? Hounds of the Morrigan
Ruth Park ? Playing Beatie Bow
Richard Parker British? The Old Powder Line
Maggie Pearson ? Owl Light, etc.
Meredith Ann Pierce American Darkangel books
Tamora Pierce American
Elizabeth Marie Pope ?
Terry Pratchett British Discworld
Philip Pullman British
Philip Reeve British Mortal Engines
Emily Rhodda Australian
Sally Rogers-Davidson Australian? Polymer
J.K. Rowling British
Gillian Rubenstein ?
Fay Sampson British (?)
Clifford D. Simak ?
Barbara Sleigh ? "Carbonel" books
Sherwood Smith American Crown and Court Duel
Lemony Snicket ? Baudelaire children
Caroline Stevermer American in print
Catherine Storr ? Marianne Dreams
Rosemary Sutcliff British?
Kate Thompson ? "Switchers" trilogy
J.R.R. Tolkien British The Hobbit
Megan Whalen Turner American Thief/Queen of Attolia
Connie Willis American
Nothing of the Dog
Patricia Wrede American Mairelon and Dragons
Patricia Wrightson ? Down to Earth
John Wyndham British esp. Triffids and Chocky
Jane Yolen American "Dragons" short stories bk
English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, hits them over the head and goes through their pockets for loose vocabulary.
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