At Orycon 25, I took part in a lively panel on speculative fiction for children, and the following list, aimed at middle-grade readers, arises from that discussion:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Half Magic, Edward Eager
  3. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  4. Artemis Fowl, Colin Eowyn
  5. Young Wizards, Diane Duane

And I want to list five of my personal favorite young adult novels:

  1. I Am Mordred, by Nancy Springer
  2. The Safekeeper’s Secret, by Sharon Shinn
  3. The Moon and the Sun, by Vonda McIntyre
  4. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
  5. National Velvet (I just read this for the first time—great!)