This week’s show is largely made up of listener phone calls, to recommend reading for teens and tweens who want to read adult books.
PLEASE NOTE: One of our listeners points out that the caller who recommends Ender’s Game has included a spoiler. Obviously we all have our own definition of what makes a “spoiler”, but I wanted to alert you to proceed with caution.
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In episode #191, we put out a call for suggestions. My 10 year old daughter, while still enjoying kids books, wants to start exploring the adult section of the library. So I asked for recommendations from you, our listeners, and you came through. There are many great ideas on the comments section of that episode’s show notes. Kalanna recommended StorySnoops as an alternative to Common Sense Media for reviewing ratings of books that your kids want to read.
Mary, by way of Kate, sent in this email: ”
Well, I remember you recommending This Scepter’d Isle to me when I was about 10…some of Mercedes Lackey‘s Valdemar stuff might be a bit racy for this girl (I’m thinking Vanyel, mainly), but Denorial and Harry are just great fun! Hilari Bell’s Farsala Trilogy is marvelous (the first one is Fall of a Kingdom). Charles De Lint’s stuff is nice. I read his Riddle of the Wren in middle school. And I still love Kate Constables Chanters of Tremaris trilogy. And oh my goodness, has she read Tamora Pierce? If not, she should do that as soon as possible!
Ellen suggests So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell.
Heidi from Eastern Maine Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey. Dragonflight is the first. She also mentions The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit. Finally, Heidi suggests Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Any books by Jennifer Donnelly
Gabrielle Zevin’s Elswhere
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, both the young adult series and the adult series
Brian Jacques’ Redwall series
Zoe mentions a series set during an alternate version of the Napoleonic wars where everyone rides dragons to win the war. I’m pretty sure she means Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, of which His Majesty’s Dragon is the first title.