Book Recommendations

Below are my book recommendations. Most of these are favorites of some sort, or ones that really made me think, that stuck in my mind. I hope they help you find some favorites of your own.

You may find that some of my genre classifications appear odd to you. If you think I misclassified a book, feel free to e-mail me with your reasoning and I'll take a closer look.

Children's General
Children's Fantasy
Children's Sci-Fi
Young Adult General
Young Adult Fantasy
Young Adult Sci-Fi
Alternate History

Children's General

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell
Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle
The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
And Condors Danced by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Children's Fantasy

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Joona Trilogy by Kim Englehart
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (this is the first of a five-book set, but the other four books are more YA than children's)
Green-Sky Trilogy by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry

Children's Sci-Fi

The Boy Who Reversed Himself by William Sleator
The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T. Nelson

Young Adult General

Simon Says by Elaine Marie Alphin
Shadow of a Hero by Peter Dickinson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Seventeen Against the Dealer by Cynthia Voigt
Sons from Afar by Cynthia Voigt
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
My Name Is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O'Dell
And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle
Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
Troubling A Star by Madeleine L'Engle
A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle
After the War by Carol Matas
The Garden by Carol Matas
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
Among Friends by Caroline Cooney
The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
Secrets Not Meant To Be Kept by Gloria D. Miklowitz

Young Adult Fantasy

A Wrinkle in Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle
An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L'Engle
The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia McKillip
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
Song for the Basilisk by Patricia McKillip
The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (the first book is more children's, the rest are YA)
Seaward by Susan Cooper
The Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan

Young Adult SciFi

Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes
Welcome to the Ark by Stephanie Tolan
Flight of the Raven by Stephanie Tolan


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Sophie's World by Jostien Gaarder
A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L'Engle
Certain Women by Madeleine L'Engle


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia McKillip
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis


Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
The Dark Tower and Other Stories by C.S. Lewis
Contact by Carl Sagan
Ender's Game & sequels by Orson Scott Card

Alternate History

Nantucket Trilogy by S.M. Stirling
Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card
1632 & sequels by Eric Flint
Heirs of Alexandria series by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer
Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

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