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Old 02-09-2009, 09:51   #1
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Good kids / 'young adult' books

I suppose with Harry Potter, it's less of a crime to read 'kids' books these days - which is good for me 'cos I can't be arsed with adult fiction.

I guess I got started with the Philip Pullman trilogy (although I got stuck/bored half way through the last one)

... but enjoyed

The Book Thief

Varjak Paw (about a cat)

and have Little Brother on the 'to read' pile.

Not terribly fussed about genre. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:19   #2
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Anything by Diana Wynn Jones (A Tale of Time City is especially good); Lawrence Durrell's White Eagles Over Serbia; not read this but have it on the pile as it gets high recommendations - China Miéville's Un Lun Dun.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:50   #3
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Just read the first book by Malorie Blackman - Noughts & Crosses. Absolutely breathtaking book about racial tension and segregation.

Also enjoyed Skullduggery Pleasant (about a private detective)...
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:17   #4
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Just read the first book by Malorie Blackman - Noughts & Crosses. Absolutely breathtaking book about racial tension and segregation.
Good call - we listened to the audio book in the car and it really pulls you in; elder daughter has just read the book and says that's even better
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:20   #5
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*COUGH* The magnificent CHERUB and Henderson's Boys series, by me.

Or more impartially:

Lemony Snicket is fun, but repetitive.
Caroline Lawrence Roman Mysteries if you're into history stuff.
Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie is a great teen thriller.
Anthony McGowan's The Knife That Killed Me is interesting.
Grahame Mcnamee's Bonechiller and Accleration are good thrillers.
Holes by Louis Sachar is a modern classis
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is also very good if a little predictable
Malorie Blackman is also a good call.
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Old 03-09-2009, 17:36   #6
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*COUGH* The magnificent CHERUB and Henderson's Boys series, by me.
Heh- was going to recommend the Hendersons Boys ones - my 8 and 10 year old loved them, and I thought the first one was excellent - haven't read the next one yet. And its always nice to support an author from the forum!
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Abarat by Clive Barker.
Classic Barker storytelling but with the more gruesome bits and sex cut out.
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Old 31-10-2009, 22:51   #8
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The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are OK. Harry Potteresque.
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Old 31-10-2009, 23:30   #9
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The Ender series by Orson Scott Card...

Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi, if you look round you can probably find it's prequel Old Man's War (although you don't need to read that to get Zoe's tale, it does give you an idea of his style/the background) as a free ebook* - iirc it was his 5th book, but first YA one


*From memory he's made OMW free to download at least once.

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The all time best is Young Adult Novel by Daniel Pinkwater Here

and I loved Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

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I have to recommend the young adult books of Robert A Heinlein, OK probably not the most PC of authors now, but for sheer storytelling and adventure he must rate as one of the best. I can still remember the thrill and anticipation on reading ‘Citizen of the Galaxy’.
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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - fabulous book
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My kids are well into Anthony Horrowitz (sp?) at the moment.
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Would Melvin Burgess be a bit 'old' for this category? Junk is perhaps his most notorious novel, but personally I thought Doing It was an ace page turner, and just about perfectly captured the emotions of the characters.
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Joseph Delaney's Spook's series or Wardstone Chronicles as it's known. The Spook's Apprentice is the first one
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