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Definitive YA & Children’s List: Courtney’s Top YA and Children’s Books

The lovely Rachel put together a list of what she considers to be 21 definitive YA books. And then asked me to make one with what I consider as definitive books. This was a lot harder than I expected, and I can’t pick a whole 21. So I have picked my 15 top YA and Children’s books. Unlike her, however, I am including classics, and so most of these are probably extremely predictable. But note that this list does not necessarily include my favourites. There are some that I positively adore (Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls books, for example), that don’t strike me as fitting for a definitive YA list.

Thus, in no specific order, my definitive YA and Children’s list:

  1. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. (Really, this one should not be a surprise. I’ll say what I’ve always said about this one – I think it’s one of the deepest of her books.)
  2. The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb (obviously I’m putting this on the list!)
  3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.
  4. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  5. The Dream of the Stone by Christina Askounis
  6. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  7. The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling
  8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  9. Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
  10. Foundling (and Lamplighter) by D.M. Cornish
  11. The Faber Book of Greek Legends by Kathleen Lines
  12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  14. Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade
  15. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 5:25 pm November 27, 2008.
Category: Fiction and Literature

  • Lisa

    I’m sad to say I haven’t read half of these but have added them to my wishlist! :)