[DWJ] Recommendations (Eden)

Spicegirlsforever spicegirls53842 at aol.com
Mon Jul 29 00:40:50 EDT 2013


Joseph Bruchac is a good author. He is Abenaki, English and Slovak. Many of his books feature Native Americans as main characters. He writes children and young adult books. He's written over 120 books so he has many to choose from.


Another series that would probably be good is Bunnicula. The main characters are animals, but I think it is a fun series.



I'll look through my books later and see if I can find some more to recommend. 



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   1. Re: recommendations (Janet Eastwood)
   2. Re: recommendations (Elizabeth Evans)
   3. Re: recommendations (Amy Harlib)
   4. Re: recommendations (Elizabeth Evans)
   5. Re: recommendations (Amy Harlib)
   6. Re: recommendations (Gin)
   7. Re: recommendations (Deborah Meghnagi Bailey)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:38:57 -0700
From: Janet Eastwood <janet.eastwood at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations
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You'll have to forgive me if I repeat what others have said; I can't remember 
what all has been mentioned by now. 
 
The problem with Tamora Pierce's Circle books is that while the original Circle 
are okay for middle readers, the later books (Circle Opens and The Will of the 
Empress) are in places very explicit. It might be hard to keep a ten year old 
from reading the less child-appropriate material if she likes the first four (I 
feel like I'm being a censor here, but it's hard not to cringe at the thought of 
a ten year old reading about Briar's sex life, even though I read about Alanna's 
at not much older).
 
The Perilous Gard is a lot of fun, I'm glad somebody brought that one up. I'd 
also recommend Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Zita (and sequel The Legends of 
Zita) is a graphic novel about a young girl (somewhere between six and ten, I'd 
guess) who ventures into space/another world to save her best friend, who has 
been kidnapped - and it's (partly) her fault. Zita is spunky with a beautiful 
sense of agency. She's got definite heroic qualities as well as a few that make 
her a less than perfect child.
 
Merrie Haskell - The Princess Curse; Handbook for Dragon Slayers. 
 
Megan Whalen Turner - Instead of Three Wishes; The Thief (and sequels). The 
Thief's sequels are probably a bit old for a ten year old, but definitely put 
these on the list for when she is a bit older. Turners characters, plots, and 
world-building are exquisitely done. And she had the excellent taste to dedicate 
the fourth Thief book, A Conspiracy of Kings, to DWJ :)
 
Brian Jacques? Not that his Redwall saga are perfect, but I loved them. 
 
Kenneth Oppel - Silverwing and sequels. 
 
Kit Pearson - recently, A Perfect Gentle Knight. 
 
Sarah Ellis - Pick Up Sticks (and others). 
 
Cornelia Funke - not all of her work is great for younger children (or at least, 
not for those who like happy endings; I still don't like the Inkheart series). 
But Igraine the Brave, which features a young (ten or so?) girl who wants to be 
a knight, while her older brother takes after their wizardly parents, is 
fantastic. 
 
Kate Coombs - The Runaway Princess. Fifteen year old Meg resents being offered 
as a prize to any prince who can perform three tasks, so she and her friends 
decide to foil the princes by saving the poor, helpless dragon, witch, and 
bandits...
 
Lawrence Yep - Ribbons (and sequels) is about a half-white, half-Asian girl 
living in the states, who more than anything else, wants to dance ballet. 
 
Sharon Creech - Castle Corona and pretty much everything else. 
 
Barry Deutsch - Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (and sequels). Mirka is a 
girl in an Orthodox Jewish community, and she wants to slay dragons and be a 
hero. Graphic novel. 
 
Cynthia Voight - Bad Girls is the only thing I've read by her, but I enjoyed it: 
two fifth-grade girls refuse to put up with the class bully, and wreak havoc 
throughout the school year. 
 
Karen Cushman - Catherine, Called Birdy and other books set in the middle ages. 
Bold protagonists. 
 
Kate DiCamillo - Because of Winn-Dixie; The Tale of Despereaux
 
I'm sorry that most of these feature white protagonists; most of the books I've 
read that don't are either too young or much too old for a ten year old. Oh and 
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (sixteen year old Indo-American girl trying 
to figure herself - and everything else - out during the summer before grade 
twelve) on the list for a few years later. Also, Feeling Sorry For Celia by 
Jaclyn Moriarty. 
 
Janet
 		 	   		  

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Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:58:46 +0000
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Some great ideas here. The Juno series by Fleur Beale is another one I would 
recommed, probably for older children or YA. The books as more sci-fi than 
fantasy, but very good. They don't have the sex/adult themes that appear in some 
YA literature, but non-protagonist characters do have to deal with unplanned 
pregnancies and unrequited love.
- Juno of Taris
- Fierce September
- Heart of Danger

Regards
Elizabeth




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aharlib at earthlink.net
The Juno series sounds great - link for more info please?

Thanks!

Amy in NYC - life long lover of all things SF & F

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Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:58 PM
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Some great ideas here. The Juno series by Fleur Beale is another one I would 
recommed, probably for older children or YA. The books as more sci-fi than 
fantasy, but very good. They don't have the sex/adult themes that appear in 
some YA literature, but non-protagonist characters do have to deal with 
unplanned pregnancies and unrequited love.
- Juno of Taris
- Fierce September
- Heart of Danger

Regards
Elizabeth


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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 02:47:24 +0000
From: Elizabeth Evans <er.evans at auckland.ac.nz>
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Here's a link to the Random House blurb for Juno of Taris:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/juno-of-taris-9781869419882.aspx 
Sadly, the only formats available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are Kindle and 
large-print paperback (very plain exterior which looks awfully like a print on 
demand title).

Fierce September:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/fierce-september-9781869793289.aspx 

Doesn't seem to be available on Amazon

Heart of Danger:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/gerald-seymour/heart-of-danger-9781869795436.aspx 

Also not available on Amazon. Sigh.

You might just have to pound on the desk of your local library and ask them to 
purchase the books from New Zealand for the library 
 :-) 

Regards
Elizabeth


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aharlib at earthlink.net
The Juno series sounds great - link for more info please?

Thanks!

Amy in NYC - life long lover of all things SF & F

-----Original Message----- 
From: Elizabeth Evans
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:58 PM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations

Some great ideas here. The Juno series by Fleur Beale is another one I would 
recommed, probably for older children or YA. The books as more sci-fi than 
fantasy, but very good. They don't have the sex/adult themes that appear in 
some YA literature, but non-protagonist characters do have to deal with 
unplanned pregnancies and unrequited love.
- Juno of Taris
- Fierce September
- Heart of Danger

Regards
Elizabeth


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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:20:12 -0400
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aharlib at earthlink.net
Oh they are from New Zealand!   That's going to be tough to get in NYC!  No 
way libraries are going to buy anything from that far away.
Perhaps if there are e-book versions.................

Thanks for the info!
Amy

-----Original Message----- 
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Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 10:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations

Here's a link to the Random House blurb for Juno of Taris:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/juno-of-taris-9781869419882.aspx
Sadly, the only formats available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are Kindle 
and large-print paperback (very plain exterior which looks awfully like a 
print on demand title).

Fierce September:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/fierce-september-9781869793289.aspx
Doesn't seem to be available on Amazon

Heart of Danger:
http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/gerald-seymour/heart-of-danger-9781869795436.aspx
Also not available on Amazon. Sigh.

You might just have to pound on the desk of your local library and ask them 
to purchase the books from New Zealand for the library
:-)

Regards
Elizabeth


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aharlib at earthlink.net
The Juno series sounds great - link for more info please?

Thanks!

Amy in NYC - life long lover of all things SF & F

-----Original Message----- 
From: Elizabeth Evans
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:58 PM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations

Some great ideas here. The Juno series by Fleur Beale is another one I would
recommed, probably for older children or YA. The books as more sci-fi than
fantasy, but very good. They don't have the sex/adult themes that appear in
some YA literature, but non-protagonist characters do have to deal with
unplanned pregnancies and unrequited love.
- Juno of Taris
- Fierce September
- Heart of Danger

Regards
Elizabeth


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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:29:03 +1000
From: Gin <kalaidiscope at gmail.com>
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Hi,

Try Readings,
http://www.readings.com.au/products/3022690/juno-of-taris

http://www.readings.com.au/search/results?query=Fleur%20Beale&author=1&books=1&music=1&film=1

I know people who have ordered online from them for shipping to the USA,
and have been pleased with the result.

Some of Fleur Beales books are listed are available as electronic text. (If
you are in the Commonwealth you should be able to access electronic books
from here.  If you are from the US there may be copyright reasons they
won't let you download. If this is the case let me know QUICKLY, I am
leaving Australia for the US and Europe in a week, and I am sure I could
carry an extra USB stick with the books on them & post)

Regards

Gin

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM, Elizabeth Evans
<er.evans at auckland.ac.nz>wrote:

> Here's a link to the Random House blurb for Juno of Taris:
>
> http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/juno-of-taris-9781869419882.aspx
> Sadly, the only formats available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are
> Kindle and large-print paperback (very plain exterior which looks awfully
> like a print on demand title).
>
> Fierce September:
>
> http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/fleur-beale/fierce-september-9781869793289.aspx
> Doesn't seem to be available on Amazon
>
> Heart of Danger:
>
> http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/gerald-seymour/heart-of-danger-9781869795436.aspx
> Also not available on Amazon. Sigh.
>
> You might just have to pound on the desk of your local library and ask
> them to purchase the books from New Zealand for the library
>  :-)
>
> Regards
> Elizabeth
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf
> Of Amy Harlib
> Sent: Monday, 29 July 2013 12:24 p.m.
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations
>
>
>
>
>
> aharlib at earthlink.net
> The Juno series sounds great - link for more info please?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Amy in NYC - life long lover of all things SF & F
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Elizabeth Evans
> Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:58 PM
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] recommendations
>
> Some great ideas here. The Juno series by Fleur Beale is another one I
> would
> recommed, probably for older children or YA. The books as more sci-fi than
> fantasy, but very good. They don't have the sex/adult themes that appear in
> some YA literature, but non-protagonist characters do have to deal with
> unplanned pregnancies and unrequited love.
> - Juno of Taris
> - Fierce September
> - Heart of Danger
>
> Regards
> Elizabeth
>
>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:31:09 +0300
From: "Deborah Meghnagi Bailey" <deborah at brightweavings.com>
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Janet, thanks for the Barry Deutsch recommendation - I think there must be
even fewer Orthodox Jewish female protagonists than POC in fantasy lit... I
certainly never saw myself in *any* literature, ever, growing up... have
ordered it!

And will file all the other recommendations for when I am finished with my
current Iain Pears buying spree... 

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You'll have to forgive me if I repeat what others have said; I can't
remember what all has been mentioned by now. 
 
The problem with Tamora Pierce's Circle books is that while the original
Circle are okay for middle readers, the later books (Circle Opens and The
Will of the Empress) are in places very explicit. It might be hard to keep a
ten year old from reading the less child-appropriate material if she likes
the first four (I feel like I'm being a censor here, but it's hard not to
cringe at the thought of a ten year old reading about Briar's sex life, even
though I read about Alanna's at not much older).
 
The Perilous Gard is a lot of fun, I'm glad somebody brought that one up.
I'd also recommend Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Zita (and sequel The
Legends of Zita) is a graphic novel about a young girl (somewhere between
six and ten, I'd guess) who ventures into space/another world to save her
best friend, who has been kidnapped - and it's (partly) her fault. Zita is
spunky with a beautiful sense of agency. She's got definite heroic qualities
as well as a few that make her a less than perfect child.
 
Merrie Haskell - The Princess Curse; Handbook for Dragon Slayers. 
 
Megan Whalen Turner - Instead of Three Wishes; The Thief (and sequels). The
Thief's sequels are probably a bit old for a ten year old, but definitely
put these on the list for when she is a bit older. Turners characters,
plots, and world-building are exquisitely done. And she had the excellent
taste to dedicate the fourth Thief book, A Conspiracy of Kings, to DWJ :)
 
Brian Jacques? Not that his Redwall saga are perfect, but I loved them. 
 
Kenneth Oppel - Silverwing and sequels. 
 
Kit Pearson - recently, A Perfect Gentle Knight. 
 
Sarah Ellis - Pick Up Sticks (and others). 
 
Cornelia Funke - not all of her work is great for younger children (or at
least, not for those who like happy endings; I still don't like the Inkheart
series). But Igraine the Brave, which features a young (ten or so?) girl who
wants to be a knight, while her older brother takes after their wizardly
parents, is fantastic. 
 
Kate Coombs - The Runaway Princess. Fifteen year old Meg resents being
offered as a prize to any prince who can perform three tasks, so she and her
friends decide to foil the princes by saving the poor, helpless dragon,
witch, and bandits...
 
Lawrence Yep - Ribbons (and sequels) is about a half-white, half-Asian girl
living in the states, who more than anything else, wants to dance ballet. 
 
Sharon Creech - Castle Corona and pretty much everything else. 
 
Barry Deutsch - Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (and sequels). Mirka is a
girl in an Orthodox Jewish community, and she wants to slay dragons and be a
hero. Graphic novel. 
 
Cynthia Voight - Bad Girls is the only thing I've read by her, but I enjoyed
it: two fifth-grade girls refuse to put up with the class bully, and wreak
havoc throughout the school year. 
 
Karen Cushman - Catherine, Called Birdy and other books set in the middle
ages. Bold protagonists. 
 
Kate DiCamillo - Because of Winn-Dixie; The Tale of Despereaux
 
I'm sorry that most of these feature white protagonists; most of the books
I've read that don't are either too young or much too old for a ten year
old. Oh and Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (sixteen year old
Indo-American girl trying to figure herself - and everything else - out
during the summer before grade twelve) on the list for a few years later.
Also, Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty. 
 
Janet
 		 	   		  
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