Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Orson Scott Card's Best List

Those who know me know that I absolutely LOVE Orson Scott Card. I not only read his books, but I religiously read his weekly columns. This week Orson Scott Card wrote about some of his favorite books of the year. He included a "Best Books For Teens" section which I've just got to share with you.

Best Teen Novels

Neal Shusterman's Everlost is the story of the spirits of dead children, trapped in this world until they find a way to "get where they were going." Sad and hopeful at the same time, Shusterman turns it into a fantasy adventure with such truth and emotional power that you could safely get this book as a gift for an adult. No better teen novel was published this year.

But don't stop with Everlost. David Lubar's Hidden Talents will make an extraordinarily good gift -- a sort of much-more-believable version of Heroes, starring teenagers trapped in a last-resort high school.

Both these novels are contemporary fantasies; for wonderful fantasies in a medieval setting, Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series -- The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia -- are a perfect gift set, which will set teen (and younger) readers dreaming.

To read his article in its entirety:

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