RFF Members' Favorite Books
for Children and Young Adults

Librarian Val's Best List

(One of our member's has been a librarian at every level of education from elementary school through community college. Here is a partial list of books she especially likes for children and young adults.)

Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones (indeed, her other books are also good)

So You Want to Be a Wizard and the other two in Diane Duane's series

Time of the Great Freeze by Robert Silverberg (this has always worked for me whenever I used it in book talks)

Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck

The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson

The Cricket in Times Square and its sequals by George Selden

City of Darkness by Ben Bova

Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums (together known as the Harper of Pern series) by Anne McCaffrey

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The White Mountains and its sequals by John Christopher

A Wrinkle in Time and its sequals by Madeleine L'Engle

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien


Firsts & Favorites

(A list of some of the first science fiction books our members recall reading, and some of their all-time favorites as kids.)

Ames, Mildred. Is There Life on a Plastic Planet?

Asimov, Isaac.

Bear, Greg. Jupiter Project.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game

Christopher, John. Tripods series

Clarke, Arthur C. Against the Fall of Night.

Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising.(series)

Heinlein, Robert.

MacGregor, Ellen. Mrs. Pickerel Goes to Mars

Daniel Pinkwater's YA books. (including Lizard Music)

Silverberg, Robert. Revolt on Alpha C.

Todd, Ruthven.

White, James. The Sector General series.

Stranger from the Depths. [Author unknown]

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