Book recommendation list Part II

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Wed Mar 12 09:23:41 EST 2003

One correction:

Monica Hughes is Canadian (born in Liverpool and emigrated to Canada 
in 1952). And, sadly, passed away recently.

     C B C . C A  N e w s   -   F u l l   S t o r y :
     Sci-Fi writer Monica Hughes dead at 77
ArtsCanadaEDMONTON - Internationally acclaimed author Monica Hughes, 
considered the first science fiction writer for young adults in 
Canada, has died in Edmonton. She was 77.The award-winning author 
died of a stroke Friday morning.Hughes' received a number of honours 
during her prolific writing career that included the publication of 
more than 30 books. "She had a wide following of children because she 
spoke about issues that were important to them and she spoke in a way 
that they responded to very well," Gail de Vos, director of the 
Alberta League to Encourage Storytelling, and a friend of Hughes, 
said.She won the Canada Council's Children Literature Prize (since 
renamed the Governor General's Literature Award) for her novels 
Hunter in the Dark  - about a boy with leukemia and The Guardian Of 
Isis  - part of her fantasy saga trilogy.Hughes became the first 
Canadian to be honoured with the Phoenix Award for her Isis Trilogy. 
The honour goes to a book originally published twenty years earlier 
that did not receive a major award at the time of its publication.The 
Order of Canada recipient was born in Liverpool in 1925 and 
immigrated to Canada in 1952.She and her husband Glen Hughes had four 
children, and moved to Edmonton in 1964. She began writing in 
1971.For more arts news, listen to The Arts Report weekdays at 7:12 
a.m., 8:12 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. on CBC Radio Two.

     Copyright 2002 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - All Rights Reserved


>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....
>Melissa Proffitt
>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
>Ken Catran
>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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Ian W. Riddell
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