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The Book Nut, Episode Three

Hosted by Tehani Wessely

Guest Trisha Buckley

Recorded Monday 1 November 2011

43 minutes

Trisha and I discussed urban fantasy and paranormal books for teens. What exactly is the genre? What books do we love? What should librarians be wary of?

Books and authors we talked about

Cherub series by Robert Muchamore (not the genre!)

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eager

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Cirque du Freak series (also the graphic novels) and Demonata series by Darren Shan

I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Generation Dead series by Daniel Waters

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Burnt Snow by Van Badham

The Shattering and Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

This is Shyness by Leanne Hall

Thyla by Kate Gordon

Solace and Grief by Foz Meadows

The Wilful Eye (edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab)

Killer Unicorns series by Diana Peterfreund

Curse Workers series by Holly Black

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

Abandon trilogy by Meg Cabot

Mercy series by Rebecca Lim

Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto

The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

Hush, hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Immortals series by Alyson Noel

The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Christopher Pike

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (also the graphic novels)

Good Neighbours graphic novels by Holly Black

We also mentioned the Laurell K Hamilton books as a cautionary tale (not suitable for school libraries).

Tehani very much likes the idea put forward by Garth Nix that YA is a subset of adult fiction rather than children’s fiction and should have an entry reading age rather than an age range.

And if you’re interested in defining the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal, Keri Arthur has a good examination of the topic here.

And we mentioned in passing…

Isobelle Carmody

Brandon Sanderson

Patrick Rothfuss

Trent Jamieson

Keri Arthur

Tansy Rayner Roberts

Will Elliott

Marcus Zusak (The Book Thief)

Melina Marchetta (Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son)

Craig Silvey (Jasper Jones)

Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Tehani semi-regularly updates her page of recommendations of spec fic for school libraries, which might be of interest.

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