[DWJ] list for book
juliette at harvestroad.com
Thu Jul 6 02:46:55 EDT 2006
Not Dogsbody. It's one of her very early books and her weakest, IMO. I
agree with your other four recommendations. For the fifth, I recommend
Deep Secret because the emotional upheavals and problems of some of the
characters (Rupert, Maree, Nick) will resonate strongly with teenagers,
both older and younger. Also, it shows DWJ's great strengths as a writer
and is some of the richest, most complex fantasy I have ever read.
F&H is a superb book but consider whether the ending will put the
readers off. I loved the book but the ending utterly baffled me for
several years and I'm still not sure I understand it fully. Not a
problem for older teens but might be a tad sophisticated for younger teens.
LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au wrote:
>I'm currently writing the fantasy chapter of a "good books for teenagers"
>guide. It has reviews 20 recent books (of which one is The Merlin
>Conspiracy, as I thought it better than Conrad's Fate), and some
>mini-lists. And one of the mini-lists is "Other Books by Diana Wynne
>Jones". And I need to pick titles.
>So which 5 will give the best/broadest range?
>Fire and Hemlock
>Howl's Moving Castle
>but I also want to put in
>The Homeward Bounders
>A Tale of Time City
>!! Too many good books! So which five would YOU include??
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