I'm doing an independent study with a professor at my graduate school next semester on science fiction aimed at young adults. Great! Only problem is that we're having a surprisingly difficult time coming up with a book list (and, heck, she used to write in the genre!
). Here's what we've come up with so far: Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, John Christopher, Lois Lowry, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Madeline L'Engle. Extra love for excellent, challenging, fairly current sci-fi and extra EXTRA love if it's about extraterrestrials, although none of these are requisites. While fantasy is a no-no, soft science fiction is fine. And we're not too worried about the age categories--so long as it might appeal to teens, even if it's shelved in the adult or children's section of your local library, it's fine with me.
So Mefites, help a girl out! There's so much great YA fantasy out there that I can't believe we're coming up so short in her sister genre!