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childhood memories: which YA HF books got you hooked on HF


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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 9:38:44 AM PDT
W. Small says:
We are assembling a list of HF books for Young Adults. We would love to hear from you about the books that really made a difference in your childhood reading. We will then take all the suggestions and post the list on Amazon for YA readers.

Patricia Beatty's "Holdfast" and Hilda Lewis' "The Gentle Falcon" are among our favourites as catalysts for future HF readers. Now we would love to hear from you! Tell us your favourites and help young adults make good reading decisions!

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 5:11:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2011 5:12:25 PM PDT
Hazel says:
I'm afraid I'm don't read much actual HF, but mostly historicals with magic or time travel, or non-fiction. The books that led to me reading HF, were slightly historically "inaccurate" to say the least.
The Complete Adventures of Robin of Sherwood (Puffin Books)
Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy
And I remember a real HF trilogy about how King Harold lost England to William the Conqueror, but I don't remember the title or the author.

But I also liked Rosemary Sutcliffe's books, The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce by Mollie Hunter, and the Brother Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters (pseud. of Edith Pargeter). Even better is The Heaven Tree Trilogy (The Heaven Tree / The Green Branch / The Scarlet Seed) by Edith Pargeter, but maybe most teenagers will find it a bit slow.

I'm not sure if Sharon Penman's books are suitable for YA, but I guess they are for 15 yao.
Here Be Dragons
Prince of Darkness (A Medieval Mystery)

N.M. Browne's trilogy, starting with Warriors of Alavna, is great, too.
Perhaps something for the reluctant reader, because the main characters arrive in the past by time travel, but they stay in the same period and place throughout the book, and as far as I can tell, it's historically accurate.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 8:18:41 PM PDT
tgtad says:
Definitely Katharine by Anya Seton. I still read it occasionally!

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 10:41:51 AM PST
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope.
Green Darkness
Both have supernatural or mystical elements as well, which probably explains my love of fantastic fiction as well as historical fiction. LOL

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 9:06:57 AM PST
W. Small says:
Thanks everyone, these are great suggestions! Really appreciate it!
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