Feed by M.T. Anderson. Candlewick: 2002.
In a world in which everyone has constant and immediate access to the feed, an implanted cross between television and the internet, being “feedless” is unthinkable. However, when Titus’s feed is shut off by doctors after a misadventure on the moon, he connects with Violet, who is also recovering from feed malfunction. Together, Titus and Violet challenge the social convention of the feed and discover what it truly means to be an individual.
Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor. Dial: 2006, 2007.
This reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s
In City of
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Macmillan/Tor Teen: 2008.
When seventeen-year-old superhacker Marcus cuts school to play a web-based alternate reality game, he and his friends find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time: the site of the worst terrorist attack in
Sometimes when Coraline opens the door in the corner of her new flat's drawing room, it opens on a brick wall dividing her apartment from the one next door. Sometimes, though, it reveals an uncanny copy of her flat -- occupied by her Other Mother and Other Father. As she navigates a world created by the Other Mother, armed only with her own smarts and the questionable advice of a talking cat, Coraline learns that "when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave." Illustrated to deliciously creepy effect by frequent Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, Coraline is a dark fairy tale for a new generation. Make sure to check out the graphic novel adaptation illustrated by P. Craig Russell!
Teenaged Tristran Thorn vows to bring his love a fallen star from beyond the Wall which separates his village from the realm of Faerie. He quickly realizes that such a quest is more easily vowed than done, as Faerie is full of surprises – not the least of which is the star herself! Tristran and Yvaine, the star, must outrace or outwit those who want to find the star for their own purposes. On their dangerous journey back to the Wall, Tristran and Yvaine learn about real love, growing up, and themselves. Catch the audio of a HarperCollins interview with Neil Gaiman about Stardust here.
Ordinary teen Bella Swan moves to Forks,
Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. HarperCollins: 1995, 2001, 2003.
Sabriel is next in a long line of Abhorsens, a family of necromancers dedicated to binding the dead. When her father, the current Abhorsen, disappears on a mission in the magical
Inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini. Knopf: 2003, 2005.
While hunting in the treacherous Spine mountain range, eponymous Eragon discovers a strange blue stone. Eragon brings the stone home, hoping to sell it or trade it for food. Instead, the course of his life is forever altered when the stone hatches a baby dragon. Soon Eragon and Saphira are inseparable, bound by psychic ties. However, Saphira is one of the last of her kind and several forces, good and evil, seek to control this new dragon and Dragonrider. Together Eragon and Saphira must weigh legacies, loyalties, and the fate of Alagesia itself to decide their path. In Eldest, Eragon and Saphira are hailed as heroes of the realm, but need time to recover from physical and emotional wounds sustained in the battle with tyrant Galbatorix. The land of the elves, Ellesmera, provides a haven where they can rebuild their strength and continue their training -- they’ll need both in the continuing struggle to oust Galbatorix. We’re impatiently awaiting the last installment, Brisingr, which is due out September 23, 2008. (In the meantime, ask us for a complimentary Inheritance bag to take home your books!)Look for more crossover recommendations in the near future, but while you're waiting, let us know what your favorite YA books are!