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The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society
Recommended Reading List
Children and Young Adults


This is a selection of science fiction and fantasy books suitable for children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 16. Titles more appropriate for younger readers are indicated with an asterisk.


This list is far from exhaustive. It is intended only a place to start for those who would like to have a glimpse of far-off worlds and visions of possible futures or wander in the realms of imagination.


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Introduction to the Revised Book List for Children and Young Adults

This is the December, 2007 revision of the Recommended Reading List for Children and Young Adults .

So what criteria were used in revising the list? First, the book has to be appropriate for the age groups designated "children" and "young adult." "Children" obviously refers to material appropriate for any child from the time he first begins to read, usually around age 6. "Young adult" is defined by publishers and authors as the age group 12-16. Since there is a wide variation in reading skill and maturity, both physical and emotional, in that age group, teenagers are not all ready to advance to books for adults at the same time, so "young adult" refers to the hypothetical "average" person aged 12 to 16.

There are certain standards used by authors in writing young adult books. Publishers helped set those standards. Librarians use them to determine whether a book goes in the children's or the adult section. Those are the standards used in deciding which books should be on this list. Stories must have language appropriate for their intended age group. There must be no graphic violence or sex; such matters should be handled in an "age-appropriate" manner. Situations or concepts should not be so intense that they would prove distressing to the reader. Certainly, books can be serious or thought provoking, but they should not deal with material that the reader is not emotionally mature enough to cope with or understand.

Books must be enjoyable for young readers, but at the same time the subject matter must not be objectionable to their parents. The movie ratings system offers a good comparison. Books meant for children are always rated "G". Books for young adults are rated "PG." Anything rated "R" is for adults. And the age when a child is mature enough for "R" rated material varies with the child. As the movie ads say, parental guidance is required. The books recommended on this list are all rated "G" or "PG."

An effort has been made to make sure that there is nothing that parents will find objectionable. Generally, parents, teachers, and librarians will see this list first, so it will be after adult review that kids will be allowed to have the list. We at the LASFS want this list to be judged as a valuable primary resource.

Another criterion for being on this list is availability. Most of the books are or have recently been in print, so book stores and libraries should have copies. There are a few titles that might prove hard to find, but these have been kept to a minimum. This list does not even pretend to be exhaustive. New books are always being written, others are becoming virtually impossible to find. For this reason this list will be periodically revised. But it can never contain every appropriate title. This list is a starting point, not the last word.

This list is produced by the Committee on Children's Literature. The rest of the committee provided valuable input and assistance, but the editor is the one who made the final decision on titles. Therefore, the editor thinks it appropriate to cite her qualifications. First, I know the criteria currently used to classify a book children's or young adult. Over the years I have read-- and continue to read-- quite a bit of this material. Thanks to Publisher's Weekly and Locus and catalogues from publishers, I know what is scheduled to be appear. I browse the children's and young adult sections of the local bookstores to see what is there. Many of the titles on the list are in my personal library. I don't think just any old list is good enough for the LASFS. The list must be a valuable resource for teachers, librarians, parents, and their children-- a list on which the LASFS can feel proud to have their name.

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Recommended Reading List for Children and Young Adults 


Abrashkin, R. & Williams, Jay
   see Williams, Jay & Abrashkin, R.

Adler, C. S.      Eddie's Blue-Winged Dragon*

Aiken, Joan       "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase"
      & sequels

Alexander, Lloyd       "The Prydain Chronicles:"
           The Book of Three
           The Black Cauldron
           The Castle of Llyr
           Taran Wanderer
           The High King
           The Foundling
            The Wizard in the Tree

Anderson, PoulGuardians of Time
    The High Crusade
    A Midsummer Tempest
    Three Hearts and Three Lions

Anderson, Poul &
 Dickson, Gordon   Earthman's Burden
    Star Prince Charlie

Anthony, Piersthe "Xanth" series:
 A Spell for Chameleon
 The Source of Magic
    & sequels

Asimov, Isaac I, Robot
    "Lucky Starr" series:*
  David Starr, Space Ranger*
 & sequels
Asimov, Isaac &
 Asimov, JanetThe "Norby" series:*
 The Norby Chronicles & sequels*

Asprin, RobertThe "Myth" series:
  Another Fine Myth & sequels

Avi Midnight Magic
    Bright Shadow

Babbitt, Natalie   Tuck Everlasting

Baker, E. D.  The Frog Princess
    Dragon's Breath

Banks, Lynn   The Indian in the Cupboard*
& sequels

Barker, CliveAbarat
   Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

Barrie, J. M.Peter Pan (variant: Peter and Wendy)*
   Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens*

Baum, L. Frank    the "Oz" series: *
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz*
  & sequels. Series continued by
  Thompson and others.
    American Fairy Tales*
    Dot and Tot in Fairyland*
    The Enchanted Island of Yew*
    The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus*
    The Magical Monarch of Mo*
    The Master Key*
    Queen Zixi of Ix*
    The Sea Fairies*
    Sky Island*

Bellairs, Johnthe "Johnny Dixon" series:
  The Curse of the Blue Figurine
& sequels
    the "Lewis Barnavelt" series:
  The House with a Clock in Its Walls
    & sequels
    the "Anthony Monday" series:
  The Dark Secret of Weatherend
& sequels

Blish, James  Cities in Flight
Bond, Michael the "Paddington Bear" series*

Booth, Martin Doctor Illuminatus

Brackett, Leigh    The Halfling and Other Stories
    The Long Tomorrow
    The Starman of Llyrdis
    The Sword of Rhiannon

Bradbury, Ray The Halloween Tree*
    The Martian Chronicles
    R Is for Rocket
    S Is for Space

Bradshaw, Gillian  Beyond the North Wind
    The Dragon and the Thief
    The Land of Gold

Brooks, WalterThe "Freddie the Pig" series:*
 The Clockwork Twins*
 Freddie and the Space Ship*
 Freddie and the Men from Mars*
 Freddie and the Baseball Team from Mars*
Brown, FredricMartians, Go Home

Bunting, Eve  The Presence

Burroughs, Edgar Rice  the "Caspak Trilogy:"
The Land That Time Forgot
The People That Time Forgot
Out of Time's Abyss
    the "John Carter of Mars" series:
    A Princess of Mars & sequels
    the "Pellucidar" series:
  At the Earth's Core & sequels
    the "Tarzan" series:
  Tarzan of the Apes & sequels
    the "Venus" series:
  The Pirates of Venus & sequels
    The Cave Girl
    The Monster Men
    The Moon Maid

Butterworth, Oliver The Enormous Egg*

Cabot, Meg    the "Mediator" series:
 Shadowland & sequels
    Avalon High

Cameron, Eleanor    The "Mushroom Planet/Mrs. Bass" series:*
  The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom
  Planet & sequels*

Carroll, LewisAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Through the Looking-Glass

Cassedy, Sylvia    Behind the Attic Wall*

Charnas, Suzy M.   The Bronze King
    The Silver Glove
    The Golden Thread

Christopher, John  The Tripods series:   
 The White Mountains & sequels

Clarke, Arthur C.   Against the Fall of Night
The Deep Range
Dolphin Island
A Fall of Moondust
The Sands of Mars
Tales from the White Hart

Colfer, Eoin   Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
Wish List

Cooney, Caroline    Both Sides of Time
Out of Time
Prisoner of Time
For All Time    

Cooper, Susan "The Dark Is Rising" series:
  Over Sea, Under Stone
  The Dark Is Rising
  The Grey King
  Silver on the Tree
    The Boggart
    King of Shadows

Corlett, William   "The Magician's House" quartet:
   The Steps Up the Chimney
   The Door in the Tree
   The Tunnel behind the Waterfall
   The Bridge in the Clouds

Coville, BruceGoblins in the Castle
    Jennifer Murdley's Toad
    Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
    The Monster's Ring
    The Skull of Truth
 various other titles

Craik, Dinah Mulock  The Little Lame Prince*   

Dahl, Roald  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*
   The Gremlins*
   James and the Giant Peach*
   The Witches*

Danzinger, Paula   This Place Has No Atmosphere

de Camp, L. Sprague &
  Pratt, Fletcher  The Compleat Enchanter

del Rey, Lester    Attack from Atlantis*
    Marooned on Mars*
    Mission to the Moon*
    Moon of Mutiny*
    Mysterious Planet* (under the pseudonym
 Kenneth Wright)
    Outpost of Jupiter*
    Rocket Jockey*
    Rockets to Nowhere* (under the pseudonym
 Phillip St. John)
    Step to the Stars*

DiCamillo, Kate    The Tale of Despereaux

Dickinson, Peter   The Changes Trilogy:
 The Weathermonger
 The Devil's Children

Dickson, Gordon    The Dragon and the George

Dickson, Gordon & Anderson, Poul
   see Anderson, Poul & Dickson, Gordon

Disch, Thomas M.   The Brave Little Toaster
    The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars

Downer, Ann    Hatching Magic
The Dragon of Never-Was

Doyle, Arthur Conan   The Lost World

Duane, Diane  So You Want To Be a Wizard?
    Deep Wizardry
    High Wizardry
    A Wizard Abroad
    The Wizard's Dilemma
    The Book of Night with Moon
    To Visit the Queen (variant title-
   On Her Majesty's Wizardly Service)

Eager, Edward Half Magic
    Knight's Castle
    Magic by the Lake
    Magic or Not?
    Seven Day Magic
    The Time Garden
    The Well Wishers

Elboz, StephenA Handful of Magic
    A Land without Magic
    A Wild Kind of Magic

Ende, Michael The Neverending Story

Engdahl, Sylvia    Enchantress from the Stars
    The Far Side of Evil
    This Star Shall Abide

Farmer, Nancy The House of the Scorpion
    The Sea Trolls

Ferris, Jean  Once upon a Marigold

Fletcher, Susan    Dragon's Milk
    The Flight of the Dragon Kyn
    Sign of the Dove

Foster, Alan Dean  the "Spellsinger" series:
 Spellsinger & sequels

Funke, Cornelia    Inkheart
    Dragon Rider

Gaiman, Neil  Coraline

Gannett, Ruth S.   My Father's Dragon*
    Elmer and the Dragon*
    The Dragons of Blueland*

Gardner, Sally,    I, Coriander

Grahame, Kenneth   The Wind in the Willows*
    The Reluctant Dragon*

Gurney, James Dinotopia
    Dinotopia: The World Beneath
    First Flight
(there is also a series of Dinotopia books
 by various authors)

Haddix, Margaret P.  The Shadow Children sequence:
    Among the Hidden & sequels

Hamilton, Edmond   The Haunted Stars
    The Star Kings

Harrison, Harry    the "Stainless Steel Rat" series:
 The Stainless Steel Rat & sequels

Hawthorne, Nathaniel  Tanglewood Tales*
    The Wonder Book*

Hearn, Lian   Across the Nightingale Floor
    Grass for His Pillow

Heinlein, Robert   Between Planets
    Citizen of the Galaxy
    Farmer in the Sky
    Have Spacesuit Will Travel
    Orphans of the Sky
    Red Planet
    Rocketship Galileo
    The Rolling Stones
    Space Cadet
    The Star Beast

Henderson, Zenna   The Anything Box
    Holding Wonder
    Pilgrimage: The Book of the People
    The People: No Different Flesh

Hoeye, MichaelTime Stops for No Mouse
    No Time like Show Time
Hoover, H. M. Away Is a Strange Place to Be
    The Bell Tree
    The Delikon
    The Lost Star
    The Rains of Eridan
    The Shepherd Moon
    This Time for Darnkess
    Treasures of Morrow

Howe, James   Bunnicula*
    Howliday Inn*
    The Celery Stalks at Midnight*
    Nighty Nightymare*
    Return to Howliday Inn*
    Bunnicula Strikes Again*

Ibbotson, Eva The Secret of Platform 13
    The Great Ghost Rescue
    Which Witch?
    The Island of the Aunts

Jones, Diana Wynne  the "Chestomanci" series:
  Charmed Life
  The Magicians of Caprona
  The Lives of Christopher Chant
  Witch Week
  Mixed Magics
  Conrad's Fate
    the "Dalemark Quartet:"
  Cart and Cwidder
  Drowned Amulet
  The Spellcoats
  The Crown of Dalemark
    Dark Lord of Derkholm
    Year of the Griffin
    Howl's Moving Castle
    Castle in the Air
    A Tale of Time City

Juster, NortonThe Phantom Tollbooth

Kaye, M. M.   The Ordinary Princess

Kendall, CarolThe Gammage Cup

Kerr, P. B.   Children of the Lamp:
  The Akhenaten Adventure

Key, AlexanderEscape to Witch Mountain*
    The Forgotten Door*
    The Incredible Tide*

King-Smith, Dick   The Water Horse

Kipling, Rudyard   The Jungle Book
    The Second Jungle Book

Koller, Jackie F.  the "Dragonling" series:*
 The Dragonling* & sequels
    The Keepers:
  A Wizard Named Nell

Lampman, Evelyn    The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek*
    The Shy Stegosaurus of Indian Springs*

Lang, Andrew  The Blue Fairy Book*
    The Green Fairy Book*
    The Red Fairy Book*
the rest of the color fairy book series*
Laumer, Keith the "Retief" series:
 Envoy to New Worlds & sequels

Le Guin, Ursula    The "Earthsea" series:
  The Wizard of Earthsea
  The Tombs of Atuan
  The Farthest Shore

Lee, Tanith   The Castle of Dark
    The Dragon Hoard
    East of Midnight
    Black Unicorn
    Red Unicorn
    Gold Unicorn
    Shon the Taken
    Wolf Tower
    Wolf Star
    Wolf Queen
    Wolf Wing

Leiber, Fritz A Pail of Air
    The Silver Eggheads

L'Engle, Madeleine  A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
An Acceptable Time
Levine, Gail C.    Ella Enchanted
    The Two Princesses of Bamarre
    The Princess Tales:
  The Fairy's Mistake*
  The Princess Test*
  Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep*
  Cinderellis and the Glass Hill*
  For Biddle's Sake*

Lewis, C. S.  The "Chronicles of Narnia:"
  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
& sequels

Lofting, Hugh The "Doctor Doolittle" series:
  The Story of Doctor Doolittle
 & sequels

MacDonald, George  At the Back of the North Wind*
    The Princess and Curdie*
    The Princess and Goblin*

McCaffrey, Anne    Dragonflight
    The White Dragon
    An Exchange of Gifts
    The Girl Who Heard Dragons
    If Wishes Were Horses
    No One Notices the Cat

McKillip, Patricia  The Changling Sea
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
The House on Parchment Street
the "Riddle-Master" trilogy:
   The Riddle-Master of Hed
   Heir of Sea and Fire
   Harpist in the Wind

McKinley, Robin    The Blue Sword
    The Hero and the Crown

Milne, A. A.  the "Winnie the Pooh" stories:*
  Winnie the Pooh*
  The House at Pooh Corner*
  Now We Are Six*
  When We Were Very Young*

Murphy, Shirley R.  The Dragonbards
The Ivory Lyre

Nesbit, E.    The Story of the Treasure Seekers
    The Book of Dragons
    The Magic World
    Five Children and It
    The Phoenix and the Carpet
    The Story of the Amulet

Nimmo, Jenny  Snow Spider
    Midnight for Charlie Bone
    Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
    Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy

Niven, Larry  All the Myriad Ways
    The Flight of the Horse
    A Gift from Earth
    Tales of Known Space

Norton, Andre Catseye
    Daybreak -- 2250 A.D.
    Dragon Magic
    Galactic Derelict
    Huon of the Horn
    Key out of Time
    Operation Time Search
    Sargasso of Space
    The Sioux Spaceman
    Star Gate
    the "Witch World" series:
 Witch World & sequels
   many other titles

Norton, Mary  the "Borrowers" series:*
 The Borrowers Afield & sequels*
    Bedknob and Broomstick*

O'Brian, Robert C.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Ormondroyd, Edward  David and the Phoenix*
Time at the Top*

O'Shea, Pat   The Hounds of the Morrigan

Paolini, Christopher   Eragon

Pierce, Meredith   the "Darkangel" trilogy:
 The Darkangel
 A Gathering of Gargoyles
 The Pearl of the Soul of the World
    The Woman Who Loved Reindeer

Pierce, Tamorathe "Song of the Lioness" series:
  Alanna: The First Adventure
  In the Hand of the Goddess
  The Woman Who Rides like a Man
  Lioness Rampant
   the "Protector of the Small" series:
  First Test
  Lady Knight
    the "Immortals" series:
  Wild Magic
  Emperor Mage
  Realms of the Gods
    Trickster's Choice
    Trickster's Queen   
    the "Circle of Magic" series

Pike, Christopher  The Eternal Enemy
    The Immortal
 many other titles

Pinkwater, Daniel  The Blue Moose*
    Lizard Music*
    the "Magic Moscow" sequence*
    Magic Camera*
    Wizard Crystal*

Pohl, Frederik &
 Williamson, Jack   the "Starchild" trilogy:
   The Reefs of Space
   Rogue Star

Pratchett, Terry   The Carpet People*
    the "Nomes" trilogy:*
    Only You Can Save Mankind
    Johnny and the Dead
    Johnny and the Bomb
    The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
    The Wee Free Men
    A Hat Full of Sky

Pratt, Fletcher & de Camp, L. Sprague
   see de Camp, L. Sprague & Pratt, Fletcher

Pullman, Philip    The Golden Compass
Rowling, J. K.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Quidditch through the Ages

Sabin, E. RoseA School for Sorcery

Sage, Angie   Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book 1
    Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book 2

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de  The Little Prince*

Schmitz, JamesTelzey Amberdon
    The Universe against Her
    The Witches of Karres

Simak, Clifford    All the Traps of Earth
    Enchanted Pilgrimage
    The Fellowship of the Talisman
    The Goblin Reservation
    Shakespeare's Planet
    Way Station

Sleator, William   Green Futures of Tycho
    Intersteller Pig

Smith, Sherwood    Wren to the Rescue
    Wren's Quest
    Wren's War
    Crown Duel
    Court Duel

Stein, R. L.  the "Goosebumps" series*
    The "Fear Street" series

Stevermer, Caroline & Wrede, Patricia
   see Wrede, Patricia & Stevermer, Caroline

Strickland, Brad   Dragon's Plunder

Stroud, Jonathan   Bartimaeus Trilogy:
  The Amulet of Samarkand
  The Golem's Eye
  Ptolemy's Gate

Taylor, G. P. Shadowmancer

Tolkien, J. R. R.  Farmer Giles of Ham
    Smith of Wootton Major
    The Hobbit

Travers, P. L.    Mary Poppins
   Mary Poppins Comes Back
   Mary Poppins Opens the Door
   Mary Poppins in the Park

Turtledove, Harry  the "Crosstime Traffic" series:
    Gunpowder Empire
    Curious Notions

Vande Velde, Vivian   Curses, Inc.  
    Dragon's Bait
    The Changling Prince
    The Conjurer Princess
    A Hidden Magic
    User Unfriendly
    A Well-Timed Enchantment

Verne, Jules  From the Earth to the Moon and
    A Trip around It
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Wells, H. G.  The Invisible Man
    The Time Machine
    The War of the Worlds

Westall, Robert    Ghost Abbey
    The Promise
    The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral
    The Watch House
    Yaxley's Cat

White, E. B.  Charlotte's Web*
    Stuart Little*
    Trumpet of the Swan*

White, T. H.  The Sword in the Stone

Williams, Jay &
  Abrashkin, R.    the "Danny Dunn" series:*
 Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint*
& others

Williamson, Jack & Pohl, Frederik
   see Pohl, Frederik & Williamson, Jack

Wollheim, Donald   the "Mike Mars" series:
  Mike Mars, Astronaut & sequels
    Secret of Saturn's Rings
    Secret of the Martian Moons
    Secret of the Ninth Planet

Wrede, Patricia    the "Enchanted Forest" series:
 Talking to Dragons
 Dealing with Dragons
 Searching for Dragons
 Calling on Dragons
    the "Lyra" series:
 Shadow Magic
 Daughter of Witches
 The Harp of Imach Thessel
 Caught in Crystal
 The Raven Ring
    Mairelon the Magician
    Magician's Ward
    The Seven Towers
    Sorcery and Cecelia

Wrede, Patricia &
 Stevermer, Caroline  The Grand Tour

Yep, Laurence the "Shimmer and Thorn" series:
  Dragon of the Lost Sea
  Dragon Steel
  Dragon Cauldron
  Dragon War
    The Rainbow People

Yolen, Jane   Dinosaur Dances*
    The Dragon's Boy
    Here There Be Dragons
    Here There Be Unicorns
    Here There Be Witches
    Here There Be Angels
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?*
    Merlin and the Dragons*
    the "Pit Dragon" trilogy:
 Dragon's Blood
 Heart's Blood
 A Sending of Dragons
    Tales of Wonder
    Wizard's Hall

Zahn, Timothy Dragon and Thief
    Dragon and Soldier
    Dragon and Slave
  revised December 2007
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