"When confronted with over a hundred books, it can be really helpful to have expert recommendations – sort of like reader’s advisory about the reader’s advisory, if that’s not too meta for you all. While we were putting together yesterday's wall - 140+ Books for the Boys of YA – we thought we might branch out a little bit and ask some of the authors featured in the wall itself for recommendations." This post covers an impresive variety of quality (and fun) books for the young & young at heart - or even those who can just barely remember either state.
Via Marita Thomson
"Scot Gardner has written several critically acclaimed novels for young adults. His debut novel, One Dead Seagull, was followed by White Ute Dreaming, a powerful story of first love, mates, and a yellow dog. His third novel, Burning Eddy, was shortlisted for the CBC Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adults. Gravity was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 2007. The Dead I Know was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2011; it is the first Scot Gardner novel to be published in Canada. (Updated, August 23) The Dead I Know has just won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2012, in the Older Readers category. Congratulations, Scot!"
Scot also recommends a number of fiction books that may appeal to teens, particularly boys.
A wise article about what works in YA fiction, with words from a number of authors, some new to me that I'll be following up.
Next step: Which Australian writers are producing books of this kind?
"Writing books that appeal to boys is a joy and a challenge. Here are some “boots on the ground” perspectives from readers, teachers, and librarians, as well as invaluable insights shared by children’s authors Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Tim Wynne-Jones, and break-out debut novelist, Scott Blagden on how to reach this important readership."
Author of a big shelf full of books for young readers (including the wonderful War Horse), Morpurgo has some common sense ideas about developing readers. "Perhaps it is partly that we need to love books ourselves as parents, grandparents and teachers in order to pass on that passion for stories to our children. It's not about testing and reading schemes, but about loving stories and passing on that passion to our children. This might seem naïve and of course the problem is cultural and deep-seated too and therefore unlikely to be resolved quickly, but there must be things we could perhaps do to try to turn things around over time."
Via Heather Stapleton, Marita Thomson