So I’ve been thinking a LOT about Young Adult Fiction lately, probably because I’m really looking forward to the possibility of working with teens in a public library next year. This got me thinking about what books I really loved when I was coming into my own as a reader. I chatted up one of the YA librarians at the library yesterday, and I felt really dated inquiring about some of my old favorites. But she did confirm that some teens are still actually reading these old-timer classics. Anyway, I just wanted to mention some of them here for posterity:
|The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater
Walter and Winston set out to rescue the inventor of the Alligatron, a computer developed from an avocado which is the world’s last defense against the space-realtors.
|A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg’s father mysteriously disappears after experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel. Determined to rescue him, Meg and her friends must outwit the forces of evil on a heart-stopping journey through space and time.
|The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, volunteers to assist in the destruction of the dreaded Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.