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Title: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: ArtAngel on October 27, 2008, 11:33:40 am
Does anyone know good stories for young teens? I have a couple sisters who keep trying to read my stories, which are just a little too old for them ::). Any ideas? They are both girls but ideas for boys would be cool too.

Sorry if there is a thread for this already, but I could not find it.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: e_booklover on October 27, 2008, 12:29:31 pm
Garath Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy maybe depending on their age.  Roald Dahl, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series,

I will add more when I get home and can access my spreadsheet. 

ok...everyone beat me to them  ;D I will have to dig deeper




edited to explain why no further authors added
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on October 27, 2008, 12:39:55 pm
Diane Duane's "Young Wizards" series, Diana Wynne Jones, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett's Diskworld novels for younger readers, "The Wee Free Men", A Hatful of Sky, etc.  Actually, the ones in the adult section from him would be fine, too.
David Eddings Belgariad, Mallorean, & the 2 trilogies about Sparhawk & co.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Ellyll on October 27, 2008, 02:25:17 pm
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.  The Dragonsong trilogy by Anne McCaffrey.  Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain (starts with The Book of Three), actually anything by him is good for young readers.  Those Christopher Paolini books about a dragon and her boy.  Anything by Patricia Wrede.  Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence.  Rick Riordan's Olympians series.  The Spiderwick Chronicles.  The Narnia books.  A Wrinkle in TimeThe Doll PeopleThe City of Ember and its subsequent books.  Zenna Henderson's books about The People, but anything by her is good (although hard to find sometimes; on the other hand, they might be more likely to be in the library).  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Don't laugh, but the Oz books.  The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley.  We're trying out Inkheart, but haven't read enough to say if it's good or not yet.  The first book of the Ranger's Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorlan, was good (thanks to Gryphon for the recommendation  :D ). 

Not fantasy/sf: A book called George Washington, Spymaster.  History, but my niece loved it.  If they like animals, anything by Albert Payson Terhune (dogs); Misty of Chincoteague and the rest of those.  Edith Hamilton's MythologyLittle House on the Prairie books. 

That's all I can come up with off the top of my head. 
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: gryphon340 on October 27, 2008, 03:42:28 pm
As usaual Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan and The Cherub Series By Robert Muchamore.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: gryphon340 on October 27, 2008, 04:47:17 pm
anything Redwall is great.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on October 27, 2008, 05:19:51 pm
I can't agree, Gryphon.  For some people, yes.  I can't get into them myself.  Maybe I came into them too old, but they're too twee for me.  On the other hand, while I like the 75+ year old 'Freddie the Pig' books, he's interacting with humans, and I can't stand Wind in the Willows, either.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Zealith on October 27, 2008, 05:42:30 pm
I never got into red wall either, and I tried them off and on from the time I was 10 to about 16. I would recomend the first of Erin Hunter's cat series, but I can't remember the name of it. Black Beauty.

Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Rider's of Pern, Jane Yolen's Pit Dragon Trilogy, Piers Anthony's Xanth series. Three sereis I was obsessed with in middle school. That's also about when I first Lackey's Valdimar series for the first time, but that one has a bit more violence/sex then the others, but no inappropiate in my opinion. Hmm, Tamora Peirce. Chicken Soup for the whatever soul, (really great if they like real stories too). Animorphs, were good too. Goddess of Yesterday was good too, can't remember author though.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Zealith on October 27, 2008, 05:45:51 pm
Can't believe I forgot these ones, Earthsea, can't remeber the author's name, but their other books were good too.  Witch world by Andre norton. Actually, I loved all her books.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Ellyll on October 27, 2008, 05:47:00 pm
Can't believe I forgot these ones, Earthsea, can't remeber the author's name, but their other books were good too.  Witch world by Andre norton. Actually, I loved all her books.

What she said.  I can't believe I forgot them, either.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on October 27, 2008, 06:09:13 pm
Ursula K. LeGuin.
And many another good story by her.  Robert Heinlein's juveniles.

Zealith, you know Norton!  So, how Nortonish did you feel Brycht's tale was in the challenge?  PM me, so we're not off topic here, or else go to the challenge discussion thread.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: ArtAngel on October 27, 2008, 07:07:38 pm
Thanks guys! Y'all reminded me of authors I forgot and listed many new new ones! Please keep the thoughts coming. Both my sisters read voraciously.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Staplegun on October 28, 2008, 07:13:59 am
I'm going to second Tamora Pierce (Her Song of the Lioness Quartet, Kel quartet, the new Beka Cooper series, Daine's quartet, etc.). And also add Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles and mairelon the magician, Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (who hasn't heard of that one though?) and Two Princesses of Bamarre or Meg Cabot's Mediator series. My favorite books when I was younger were The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare and The Giver by Lois Lowry. I'm sure I'll think of some more later. I unfortunately didn't read too many ya books. I skipped straight from children to regular sci-fi fantasy. If they're looking for something fun to read, Piers Anthony's Xanth series isn't bad for that age and the first about 5 are really fun (and a select few after that).
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Zealith on October 28, 2008, 02:26:49 pm
I can't believe I forgot this one too, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Good Mazoku on October 30, 2008, 08:34:53 am
David Grossman, Someone to run with.

Gregory Galloway, As simple as snow.

Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart trilogy (The ruby in the smoke, The shadow in the north, The tiger in the well).

Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita.

Jorge Amado, Dona Flor and her two husbands.

That's all for the time being. ;)

Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: ArtAngel on November 03, 2008, 09:23:43 pm
Based on all your suggestions I typed up a list to bring with me when I go to the library. I figured I may as well put it up here too. I'm sure I'm not the only one with young teens around  ;D


Douglas Adams- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Lloyd Alexander
Jorge Amado- Dona Flor and her two husbands
Piers Anthony – Xanth Series
K.A. Applegate- Animorphs
Holly Black- Spiderwick Chronicles
Marion Zimmer-Bradley- Darkover Series
Michael Buckley- The Sisters Grimm Series
Mikhail Bulgakov- The Master and Margarita
Meg Cabot- Mediator Series
Caroline B. Cooney- Goddess of Yesterday
Susan Cooper- The Dark is Rising sequence
Roald Dahl
Diane Duane- Young Wizard Series
David Eddings
John Flanagan- Ranger’s Apprentice
Gregory Galloway- As simple as snow
David Grossman- Someone to run with
Robert Heinlein- juvenile stories
Zenna Henderson
Brian Jaques- Redwall series
Diane Wynne Jones
Mercedes Lackey- Valdemar books
Ursula K. LeGuin- Earthsea
C.S.Lewis- Chronicles of Narnia
Gail Carson Levine
Lois Lowry- The Giver
Anne McCaffrey- Dragonriders of Pern
Robert Muchamore- The Cherub Series
Garath Nix- Abhorsen trilogy
Andre Norton- Witch world
Christopher Paolini
Tamora Pierce
Terry Pratchett- Diskworld novels
Philip Pullman- Sally Lockhart trilogy
Rick Riordan- Olympian series
Elizabeth George Spear- The witch of Blackbird Pond
J.R.R. Tolkien- The Hobbit & LOTR
Patricia C Wrede
Jane Yolen- Pit Dragon Trilogy

Sorry if I missed any. There are a lot more books mentioned than I thought at first! I do know that I missed the non- sci-fi/fantasy suggestions. I'll do another post later with them. I've just done enough typing today :D




Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Gerd D. on November 04, 2008, 01:07:25 am
I'm not sure if it falls under YA, read it awhile ago, but Vivian Vande Velde's The Changeling Prince should be suitable for younger readers.

A YA trilogy I simply loved to read was Zoe Daniels' Year of the Cat (The Dream, The Hunt, The Amulet also came out as a collected edition), I like to refer to it as "What if John Hughes had written the script for Cat People?".
But they are OOP so I'm not sure how the chances are to find them.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: CheeseBK on November 04, 2008, 08:20:00 am
I don't know if Heike and Wolfgang Hohlbein books ever made it to translation... but they'd be ideal for teens.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on December 13, 2008, 02:49:13 pm
Z.K. Snyder, Jane Aiken, Edgar Eager!
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: ArtAngel on December 13, 2008, 07:10:40 pm
I bought The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander for my 7yr old sister's birthday and all the kids, from the 7yr old to the 14 yr are now fighting over who gets to read it first!

Thanks for the suggestions!
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: cherdabear on December 20, 2008, 04:26:25 am
It looks like most of the ones I was thinking of have already been said.  But James Patterson has the Dangerous Days of Daniel X which is really a fun read, my 11 year old neice loved it.  And also his Maximum Ride books there are 4 out they are fun and great for younger readers my 9 year old neice is reading them and loved the idea of kids that can fly.  :)
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on December 20, 2008, 09:47:03 am
Cherdabear, find her Snyder's "Black and Blue Magic", in that case.  Really neat 30 or so year old book about a regular kid who gets to fly.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: cherdabear on January 17, 2009, 02:43:23 pm
Thanks I will look for it!!
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on December 01, 2009, 08:54:29 pm
Megan Crewe as a guest blogger on Tor.com treats an often-requested topic

Young Adult Science Fiction: A Reading Guide 
http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58327

And for completeness 
Young Adult Fantasy: A Reading Guide 
http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58306

Cross posted with permission from Baen's Bar.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Eccentric_Rose on July 16, 2010, 09:31:10 pm
No . Too bad .
Art- LOL
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on July 16, 2010, 09:41:01 pm
No . To bad .
Art- LOL

Huh?
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Eccentric_Rose on July 16, 2010, 10:22:23 pm
Sorry, I meant no I don't know any other young adult authors.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: wizardbear on April 05, 2011, 08:41:32 pm
Additional material someone may find of use, in no order other than as I remembered them:
(some of these may be more suitable for younger readers depending on ability and interest, YMMV)

Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr series (using pseudonym Paul French)
David Starr, Space Ranger
Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus
Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury
Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter
Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn

Also by Issac Asimov, with his wife Janet:

Norby Chronicles:
Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983) with Janet Asimov
Norby's Other Secret (1984) with Janet Asimov
Norby and the Lost Princess (1985) with Janet Asimov
Norby and the Invaders (1985) with Janet Asimov
Norby and the Queen's Necklace (1986) with Janet Asimov
The Norby Chronicles (1986)
Norby Finds a Villain (1987) [SF] with Janet Asimov
Norby Down to Earth (1988) with Janet Asimov
Norby: Robot for Hire (1988)
Norby Through Time and Space (1988) [C] with Janet Asimov
Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure (1989) with Janet Asimov
Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990) with Janet Asimov
Norby and the Court Jester (1991) with Janet Asimov


Andre Norton additions: (she wrote so much, you kind of need a scorecard)

The Magic Sequence:
Steel Magic also published as Gray Magic
Octagon Magic
Fur Magic
Dragon Magic (I thought this one was a little weak, YMMV)
Lavender-Green Magic
Red Hart Magic
Dragon Mage (If you skipped Dragon Magic skip this one too, they're connected)

Star Ka'at series:
Star Ka'at with Dorothy Madlee
Star Ka'at World with Dorothy Madlee
Star Ka'ats and the Plant People with Dorothy Madlee
Star Ka'ats and the Winged Warriors with Dorothy Madlee

Alexander Key:
Rivets and Sprockets ( a story of two children robots, very charming, hard to find)
Escape to witch mountain
Return from Witch Mountain

H. Beam Piper:
Little Fuzzy (child sized aliens very much like living teddy bear)
Fuzzy Sapiens, originally The Other Human Race
Fuzzies and Other People

Two sequels to the first two Fuzzy novels have been written by other authors: Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning, and Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey by Ardath Mayhar

Edgar Rice Burroughs: ( I won't try to list them all, there's a thread elsewhere, I'm pretty sure)
Tarzan
John Carter of Mars
and many others

Lin Carter: (again, there's a thread elsewhere, the books may be hard to find)
Green Star
Callisto

Dennis L. McKiernan: Mithgar series:
The Iron Tower series:
The Dark Tide
Shadows of Doom
The Darkest Day

The Silver Call series
Trek to Kraggen-Cor
The Brega Path

Dragondoom

The Eye of the Hunter

Voyage of the Fox Rider

The Dragonstone

Silver Wolf, Black Falcon

Hèl's Crucible Duology
Into the Forge
Into the Fire

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Mark Twain:

Tom Sawyer
Huck Finn
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Rudyard Kipling:
Jungle Books
Just So Stories (for younger readers)
Puck of Pook's Hill
Stalky  and Co.
Rewards and Fairies

King Arthur

Robin Hood

Carroll, Lewis
Alice In Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass

Hugh Lofting - Doctor Doolittle

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Jack London
White Fang
Call of the Wild

E. B. White - Charlotte's Web

Jean Craighead George - My Side of the Mountain

Carol Kendall - The Gammage Cup and The Whisper of Glocken

Sylvia Engdahl - Enchantress From the Stars

Robert C. O'Brien - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Beverly Cleary - The Mouse and the Motorcycle and a lot of her other books

Robin McKinley - The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown

Richard Adams - Watership Down

Alan Garner - The Owl Service

Mary Norton - The Borrowers (this is not Andre Norton, but an entirely different woman)

Diana Wynne Jones - Charmed Life (and many others, see thread elsewhere)

More information can be found here, as well as many free downloads:
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children's_Bookshelf

And more information here:
http://www.reading.org/Resources/Booklists.aspx

Whew! That's way 'nuff for now!
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on April 05, 2011, 08:59:57 pm
Quote
Alexander Key:
Rivets and Sprockets ( a story of two children robots, very charming, hard to find)
Escape to witch mountain
Return from Witch Mountain
Along with at least a few others including
Jagger, the Dog from Elsewhere
The Forgotten Door
The Sword of Aradel

and others listed here: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_H._Key

Some of them are loosely connected.
And Joan Aiken, who also wrote for older teen to adult under Joan Aiken Hodges
There's a rather amusing looking website here:  http://joanaiken.com/pages/books.html
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: sumalmamus on April 24, 2011, 06:18:03 pm
Interesting discussion

I think, though that most of the witch world books (with a few exceptions) Andre Norton thought of as her adult books. lots of romance, forced marriages, although she always was circumspect about getting in to too much detail. Better for 9th grade and up at least.

On the other hand I have many fond memories of her YA science fiction that had recurrent themes (besides coming of age/xenophobia/growing up feeling rejected and unwanted) of telepathic bonding with animals, first contact with other races usually with paranormal powers, reading or going into the past through touching an object, dream magic. She pushed the envelope in many ways. My first book of hers that I read in fourth grade was Catseye that one was the biggest book I had ever attempted but completely got me hooked on her as an author. Other favorites are Judgement on Janus, Moonsinger/Exiles of the Stars, The Zero Stone, Star Man's Son, Perilous Dreams, Star Gate, Ordeal in Otherwhere. Some of those are parts of series. Here is a link to a pretty complete bibliography  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Andre_Norton#Central_Control

Other books by her that aren't science fiction that I read and reread are Ride Proud, Rebel with its sequel Rebel Spurs and the pirates book Scarface. She was originally a children's librarian, and the breadth of her knowledge of folklore and story telling were truly phenomenal. With hundreds of books to her credit, it hardly matters that I personally didn't care very much for the few gothics and contemporary mysteries she put her hand to, nor was I as crazy about her post-apocalypse books with their heavy handed environmental messages. But she co wrote with Enid Cushing a regency romance about a girl who goes to war dressed as a man that was a keeper.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: sumalmamus on April 24, 2011, 06:41:41 pm

And Joan Aiken, who also wrote for older teen to adult under Joan Aiken Hodges
There's a rather amusing looking website here:  http://joanaiken.com/pages/books.html

I couldn't let this pass me by. Joan Aiken and JANE Aiken Hodge are sisters, they have an author brother named John and their father was the poet Conrad Aiken. Joan Aiken first book was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase with very witty humor that I still remember the matter of fact way they ride in a sleigh and the servants bonk the wolves on the head when they get too close. She developed this into an alternative history series, she wrote many children's books often with supernatural or mythic themes but also thrillers and droll historical romances with a lot of feminist themes. She also wrote a series of "sequels" to Jane Austen's books.

Her sister Jane fully shared her wit and irony, although she is primarily known for writing ironic regency/historical romances such as Maulever Hall (from goodreads.com "It is the perfect gothic: heroine with amnesia, dark, brooding hero, nameless villain, child in jeopardy, forbidding dwelling...")which is truly as much of a send up as Joan's Wolves series of the tropes of popular fiction. I also read and reread The Adventurers and Watch the Wall My Darling. Over the years she started writing more and more grim historical based novels so her earliest novels (romps) were definitely my faves. She wrote amazing biographies of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen. Jane never wrote for children.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: sumalmamus on April 24, 2011, 06:47:04 pm
I also would add Sally Watson and her Witch of the Glens and her Egypt books. Not really fantasy except that everyone around her believes orphaned Kelpie is a witch. I think she wrote some Oz books also but never read those.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Patti L. on July 13, 2019, 09:47:36 am
https://www.tor.com/2019/07/11/heinlein-juveniles-vs-andre-norton-young-adult-novels/

Something to think about.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: pondhawk on July 13, 2019, 10:21:18 am
I also would add Sally Watson and her Witch of the Glens and her Egypt books. Not really fantasy except that everyone around her believes orphaned Kelpie is a witch. I think she wrote some Oz books also but never read those.

I am just astonished that anyone remembers Sally Watson besides me. She was my absolute favorite for years, and you never hear of her.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: pondhawk on July 13, 2019, 10:29:33 am
https://www.tor.com/2019/07/11/heinlein-juveniles-vs-andre-norton-young-adult-novels/

Something to think about.

I was very into Heinlein as a teen, but the older I got, the creepier he seemed wrt women. Norton was, I think, the first YA/SF writer I read who included characters who were not white as protagonists rather than supporting characters. Her writing can sound a little archaic, but I can't even read Heinlein anymore without feeling a little queasy.
Title: Re: Older Child and Younger Teen Stories
Post by: Janilee on July 13, 2019, 02:21:18 pm
When I think of Heinlein I remember he did it first. Others have done it better since. 8)