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Science Fiction Recommendations?

I'll be visiting Goa (and my nephews and nieces who have grown omg) soon. Very soon. In a couple of weeks in fact.

And I was thinking of starting them on the Science Fiction journey...

The oldest nephew is 9. He's loved everything I've given him so far (last series was Charlie Boone...). The oldest niece is 13. I started her on the YA Pratchett (Tiffany Aching series) and she loved those.

Any recommendations on what next? Their moms won't let them read Harry Potter, so no go on that. I have the whole set of Artemis Fowl as well.

Any YA science fiction with a strong female protagonist?

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missionista
May. 31st, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
OMG, URSULA LEGUIN'S EARTHSEA BOOKS!!!!! I cannot shout that loudly enough. First book has male protagonist, as does third, but second and fourth have female protagonist. 11-13 would be ideal age to read them. 9 might be a touch young. (Second book, about preistesses, might be an easier sell to your sister than first, which is about magicians).
curioushamster
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah - Earthsea.
Thanks - that's a good idea!
missionista
May. 31st, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Also, I haven't read it yet, but everyone thinks Hunger Games is great, and I believe it also has a strong female protagonist.

Too young for Snowcrash?
curioushamster
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Probably too young for snow crash. Maybe in a year or so?
diatom
Jun. 4th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
What about the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman? Strong female protagonist. Infinitely better-made than HP, and I think the science basis wouldn't jar your sister so much as the idea of HP does.

(I also liked the Earthsea books; I haven't finished them, though!)

I did really like the Scott Westerfeld "Leviathan" series, which has a female and a male protagonist (and isn't too pointed in the potential for romance, or anything cheesy like that!)...you gave me my copy, so you must know of this series, right?

I also liked Westerfeld's "Pretties" series, which has all-female protagonists, multiple ones, and addresses the concept of artificial v. "natural" beauty, to boot. Also, lots of strong personalities! Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras is the last book that I haven't read. ;p

What about Madeleine L'Engle? Everything from the Wrinkle in Time series was good, and also the other, similarly-structured series, with the second family, even if I don't remember what their name was.

Are graphic novels OK? Persepolis seems cool, and is drawn well.

I could imagine Sandman being really appealing to some, also. (I mostly liked his retelling of the Lilith story; the graphic style isn't my thing, of that whole series, even if the artists change...) Guess this is a long list, but I know there's more. The Golden Compass / His Dark Materials series is my #1 pick, though. :) Yay!
curioushamster
Jun. 9th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, Leviathan! I'd forgotten about that series. Thank you!

And I already gave them L'Engle. Graphic novels are also ok - Persepolis is a good idea, so is Sandman.

Thanks for the recs!
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