[DWJ] recommendations

Carol Carr coracleg at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 18:43:54 EDT 2013

The term "young adult" is a bit nebulous. I wouldn't normally recommend YA
books for a 10 year old. One reason I recommend older style British
historical fiction etc is that they are well written and substantial,
giving a satisfactory read to an older child while not requiring them to
cope with all the stuff a teenager deals with.
Hope the 10 year old whose reading needs sparked the discussion enjoys her
reading! Maybe a parent will flick through to check content if there are

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:48 AM, <deborah.dwj at suberic.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 28 Jul 2013, Janet Eastwood wrote:
>  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 :)
> I actually think that Turner -- who is unquestionably one of my
> favorite authors -- has much more of the shifting age range
> problem in most of the other authors mentioned. The Thief is
> fantastic for younger readers, but everyone I know  who works
> with younger teens has a real problem getting them to read the
> sequels, and that's not surprising.
> Whether or not the sex life of Pierce's Alanna is age-appropriate
> for a 10-year-old depends on the 10-year-old (and their parents),
> but it's a rare 10-year-old who is going to be interested in
> the strange socio-political concerns and nation building of the
> Attolians. It makes me sad, because I think Queen of Attolia is
> perfect, and King of Attolia is pretty close. But they are very
> much books about being young adults,  about learning how to
> navigate responsibility and adulthood.
> Whereas some of the other books which are a little iffy here for
> young reader it's more because of thematic elements. You can read
> The Will of the Empress (the last Tamora Pierce Circle book), and
> it is still a cool adventure whether or not you care that Daja is
> getting it on (although to be fair those books are also to a
> certain extent about navigating responsibility and adulthood, and
> they do get more that way as you move into the second series,
> where there starts being less adult supervision.)
>  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.
> I'm so glad you recommended these, they are fantastic. For the
> record, because it's not necessarily clear -- they are also
> fantasy.
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