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October 6, 2011 2:59 PM Subscribe
Give me your best YA and children's fiction.
posted by NoraReed to writing & language (64 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
I just got a job in a bookstore focused on children's/YA books. I've been reading things sort of at random off the shelves based on them seeming interesting.
I'm mostly a sci-fi/fantasy reader, but I think that's as much habit as anything else. Stuff I already have read and liked include The Hunger Games, Abhorsen/The Old Kingdom, Harry Potter, Little Brother and Tamora Pierce's stuff, particularly the more recent Tortall stuff (Trickster and Beka Cooper). I like interesting worlds, good characters (particularly female ones), stuff like that. Anything from the fluff --> heaviness scale is okay. The only thing I really have trouble with is dumb/oversimplified female characters and books where everyone is unlikeable so I can't really root for anyone*.
If there are any must-read YA/children's books that don't seem to fit these requirements, feel free to post 'em.
We also have a ton of children's/early reader stuff (James and the Giant Peach/Lemony Snicket level) and a big wall of picture books, so if there's anything that's, you know, spectacular in those areas, tell me about them too!
*I do, however, tend to get caught up in action, so if they're exciting enough I might not notice those flaws. I'd already finished Mockingjay by the time I realized I didn't actually like anyone in the Hunger Games trilogy except Cinna.