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Best Young Adult and Pre-teen Fiction

Julie Yamamoto
The list author says: "This list are the favorites of my pre-teen daughters and I that also meet my parental standards of PG rating on violence and romance, great spellbinding story, and wholesome."
Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison
Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison
"Spellbinding with inventive twists that kept me up late reading too.  Applies to all 5 books in the series."
Inheritance (Eragon / Eldest / Brisingr) (The Inheritance Cycle)
Inheritance (Eragon / Eldest / Brisingr) (The Inheritance Cycle)
"Absolutely wonderful for adults or children...when will he publish the fourth book???  Can't wait!"
The Quest Begins (Seekers #1)
The Quest Begins (Seekers #1)
"My 11 year old turned me onto this series...a lovely adventure tale from animal's perspective.  All books in this series are good."
Julie of the Wolves: Treasury (Julie of the Wolves, Julie, and Julie's Wolf Pack)
Julie of the Wolves: Treasury (Julie of the Wolves, Julie, and Julie's Wolf Pack)
"One of my favorite stories from my childhood, and I read it again as an adult.  Haven't yet gotten the kids to read it as they are more swayed by all the glitzy new novels, but still one of my favorites."
The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
"Read this first as a young adult myself and loved it, and my 11 year old adored it as much as I did."
Maximum Ride Box Set (Maximum Ride, School's Out Forever, Saving the World)
Maximum Ride Box Set (Maximum Ride, School's Out Forever, Saving the World)
"I think this series is now up to book 7 or 8 with the recent publication of 'Angel', and we (myself and daughters) have gobbled them up as they've come out.  My 9 year old has even gotten into it with both the manga version as well as reading the novels.  Who wouldn't like the idea of kids that can fly destined to save the world?"
The Sight
The Sight
"This along with Fell is a great story told from animal's perspective."
Fell
Fell
"Looks dark but this is sequel to The Sight and about a wolf...not another werewolf story."
The Farwalker's Quest
The Farwalker's Quest
"Wonderful adventure story that is fast paced and wholesome.  A nice change from all the vampires and apocalyptic stuff that is pervasive in YA fiction lately."
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
"This is the only apocalyptic series I'll have on the list because it is worth the time, and she is very skilled at handling the darker notions of this type of society so that it comes across as PG and mostly as the background for a great tale rather than being the tale.  All three books are worth the read and spellbinding."
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond, Book 1)
Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond, Book 1)
"My 9 year old brought this home from her school book fair, and I enjoyed reading it myself.  Another great story told from animal's perspective."
Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series)
Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series)
"My 11 year old adored this book so much that I've already pre-ordered the other two in the series.  A great adventure story for pre-teen girls with an old fashioned PG (or G rated) romance...wholesome and a great read."
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
"This is an exceptional allegorical type novel along the lines of Pilgrim's Progress.  My kids have not read it yet but I want them too because it's a great story with deeper meaning to think on."