At Angel B’s suggestion, in honor of the Hunger Games, this week’s If You Like post will be about favorite books of our tween years. I don’t know about you, but I had plenty of guilty pleasure reads in those teen years, including:
— Lois Duncan’s teen suspense novels (my favorite was Down a Dark Hall, set at a mysterious boarding school);
— moving from horror to fantasy, I read and re-read Robin McKinley’s fairy tale retellings, Beauty (I used to be able to recite that first page, word by word– I can still remember most of it if I try), The Door in the Hedge, Deerskin;
— in the same vein, Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet, in which Alanna disguises herself as a boy to train as a knight (and, of course, saves the kingdom many times over);
— along similar lines, there was also Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons series (The Enchanted Forest chronicles), in which our princess, Cimorene, runs off to keep house for a dragon, since she’s had it with proposals from overbred princelings;
I’ve also made some wonderful teen read discoveries in my not-so-teendom. The best of the lot? Anything by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Her Maggie Quinn series (starting with Prom Dates from Hell ) is what Elizabeth Peters’ Vicky Bliss would be if Vicky were a teenager battling the forces of evil (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Vicky Bliss). Her non-series book, The Splendor Falls, kept me up until four in the morning right around this time last year. It’s reminiscent of the best sort of Barbara Michaels novel– but technically for teens.
What were your favorite tween reads?