Thanks for Children's fantasy recommendations!
- Wow! I am overwhelmed by the responses. Thanks, everyone. Now off to
the library with me -- after all, I'd better read-test these before
I give them to my niece. Fun, fun, fun.
--- In email@example.com, David Lenander <d-lena@u...> wrote:
> I don't object to the other suggestions that have been made, at
> all--Few books are as fine as Eager's _Half Magic_ (or _Knight's
> Castle_ for that matter, I don't think there's any girl knights in
> one, though there are both spirited girls and knights, but it's
> comic fantasy), or Carol Kendall's _Gammage Cup_, but Tamora
> practically written the book(s) on the subject, and her series
> girl knights are enormously popular. My guess, though, if your
> likes the subject, is that she's already a fan of Pierce's. I
> they begin with _Alanna: The First Adventure_, but a later and
> currently enormously popular series begins with _First Test_.
> My daughter is also a girl knight fan, and I'll ask her about
> suggestions. But a few more obvious ones:
> Robin McKinley's Newbery-winning (and MFA finalist): _The Hero and
> Crown_. Technically, I don't think that the heroine becomes a
> and by the end of the book she's a powerful sorceress, but the
> half of the book is about the girl training to become a dragon-
> and then doing that. It's terrific.
> Sherwood Smith's Wren books--starting with _Wren to the Rescue_
> the books just keep getting better after that one, too). Not
> knight, but Wren is an adventurer and has great spirit, and these
> were/are my daughter's favorites (along with Oz books and John
> Bellairs' books), even better than the Pierce books. Now
> again in paperback, and a new installment forthcoming (?? next
> At least one of these was also a MFA finalist. Plus, Sherwood is a
> long-time MythSoc member.
> The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine is an obvious
> choice, an equally good book by the author of _Ella Enchanted_,
> of which really has girl knights, so far as I recall. By the way,
> daughter hated the movie of _Ella Enchanted_ (which I have not
> because of the changes to the book, but many other people with
> I've spoken have loved both. You might want to think about some
> Miyazaki animated films, including _My Neighbor, Toturo_,
> Away_, _Howl's Moving Castle_ (from the outstanding book by Diana
> Jones, though the movie changes much, and reverses the meaning of
> it doesn't change), _Kiki's Delivery Service_. _Princess
> pretty intense, something also true of some of the others.
> There was another recent book that was a preliminary nominee for
> MFA, I can remember the cover but can't recall the title or
> Since it wasn't a finalist, it doesn't show up on the list of the
> finalists on the Society web-page. But, on that subject, take a
> at that list. I seem to recall a girl with a magic sword and I
> she was becoming a knight, but I'll have to try to find that in
> next few days.
> The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix features girls or young women
> with truly fearsome necromancers and animated dead things, it
> with _Sabriel_, an excellent book which might be a little dark for
> niece, but which is a hit with most hcild and adult readers (and
> daughter was Sabriel for Halloween when she was about 10), and the
> trilogy was a finalist for this year's awards, losing out to Terry
> Pratchet's comic but exciting _A Hat Full of Sky_, which features
> tough young witch protagonist, and would likely appeal to the fan
> _Ella Enchanted_, I would think. The girl's story started in _Wee
> Men_ , but this book stands alone pretty well, though I understand
> another sequel is forthcoming. I believe that the children's books
> currently writing are the best work he's ever done, and he said at
> Minicon last year that he considered _Wee Free Men_ his finest
> (He as much as said that he's finding that he can be serious and
> focused in the children's books in a way that he couldn't in his
> There's also the recent _Rowan Hood_ series by Nancy Springer,
> daughter of Robin Hood. Not a knight, but...
> On Nov 16, 2005, at 7:55 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Message: 5
> > Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 03:39:53 -0000
> > From: "Pauline J. Alama" <PJAlama@e...>
> > Subject: can anyone recommend books/videos for a 10-yr-old girl?
> > What books or videos would people recommend for a 10th birthday
> > present for my niece, who is interested in "knights, especially
> > knights"? I'd appreciate some recommendations.
> > She has gotten a bad impression of Harry Potter from seeing part
> > one of the movies on an airplane, so those books are out of the
> > running. But she loves ELLA ENCHANTED--I haven't read it myself,
> > don't know what further reading that one would suggest. Her
> > are a bit anti-fantasy, so she hasn't been exposed to a lot of
> > standard kids' fantasy fare, although my mom and I have shown
> > her 8-year-old sister THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (the Errol
> > classic), THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD. They
> > them all, though the 10-year-old made gagging sounds at the
> > scenes & acted so much like the boy being read the story in THE
> > PRINCESS BRIDE that I just about fell over laughing. They seem
> > easily scared by spookiy scenes (and whatever noththe 10-year-old
> > watches, the 8-year-old will watch, too), so nothing too creepy,
> > please.
> > They are bilingual French Canadians, so either French or English
> > for them.
> > Thanks!
> > Pauline
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