Saturday, October 12, 2013

YA Fiction Sampler: SK Picks, Round 1

Whate'er your age, it is time you partook of the scrummy-fun reading that is YA.  Here's a pic-a-nic basket sampler spanning multiple genres of some of the creamiest engrossers I've read, thus far (and I am but a neophyte!).  But I say, get in there!  If you're already devouring writing for "young adults" (pish posh), what would you suggest for inclusion in the Round 2 sampler?  Hmmm?  Or perhaps you feel one of these titles unworthy of its spot with the wicker?  Pray tell!

Straight-up Science Fiction
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card  *  Boys.  Battle School.  Trickery.
Cinder, Marissa Meyer  *^  Cyborg Cinderella.

Science Fiction: Dystopian 
Birthmarked, Caragh O'Brien  *  Babies are a tax. 
The Giver, Lois Lowry  * Like The Village, only less horror.

Historical Fiction
The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt  *  Mind-read a young boy from the past.
The Book Thief, Markus Zukas  Beautiful.

Straight-up Fantasy
Graceling, Kristen Cashore  * Great writing. Page turner.
The Princess Academy, Shannon Hale  * Well-told and weightier than the average rag-to-riches tale.

Urban Fantasy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor  *^  If you only try one on this list...
Angelfall, Susan Ee  ^  Read this instead of City of Bones.  Read anything instead...

Fantasy: Fairytale Retellings
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine  Cheeky.

Fantasy: Adventure
Life of Pi, Yann Patel  Unusual and memorable.

Fantasy: New Zealand
Dreamhunter, Elizabeth Knox *  Unique and enchanting.

Classic
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen  Timeless wit.
Half Magic, Edward Eager Fast, funny and fun (you'll read it in 2 hours).
Charlotte's Web, E. B. White  An excellent discourse on loss, love, and other tricky topics.

*There's more than one book published in this world / with these characters
^There's more coming written in this world / with these characters
Want more?! 
I understand.
to see Stella's YA Fiction hot picks!
I know I am frantically writing down her favourites for my library shopping list!
(Can you pick which of my recommendations originally stems from Stella?)

More recommendations on SK too!  Click here for Round 2.

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