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Classic Young Adult SF

io9 has a list of six “Pre-Potter” novels that might hook young readers on science fiction. It’s a nice sampling of classic authors, and it’s hard to fault their choices.

They mention one Heinlein juvie (The Rolling Stones), although I think I’d probably choose something like Have Space Suit, Will Travel or Red Mars Planet instead. I can’t argue with the Madeleine L’Engle selection; if pressed to name the YA novel that hooked the most kids on SF, A Wrinkle in Time is probably the one I’d mention.

What do you think? Are there any YA books that have been glaringly omitted from this list?

Posted in Books & Authors June 30th, 2008 by Chip
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  1. I don’t know that you could call any omission from this fairly arbitrary list “glaring,” but for middle adolescents (13 and up), I’d probably add John Ford’s GROWING UP WEIGHTLESS (’93), and Chris Stasheff’s THE WARLOCK IN SPITE OF HIMSELF (’69).

    BTW, you’ve got your RAH mixed up with your KSR. The Heinlein juvie title you were going for is RED PLANET, not RED MARS.

    Comment by Shadow — July 1, 2008 @ 11:17 am

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