I have been reading a lot of Terry Pratchett of late...and there is a good reason! For I am going to the North American Discworld Convention in Baltimore the first weekend of July, and I will be on two panels! One will be talking about time travel in the Discworld books, with specific reference to Thief of Time and Night Watch, and the second (beautifully appropriate to the conference them of L-space) is a panel on helping YA reading fans of Pratchett find more books to read. And the exciting-est part of that panel is that Tanita Davis and Sheila Ruth are on the panel too (fun!), and we are also being joined by Anne Hoppe, Pratchett's US YA editor.
So what YA books would you recommend to a Pratchett fan? We're looking for books that are exciting, vivid, with memorable characters, lots of fun, and deeply moving....
And in the meantime, I am busily continuing reading every one of Pratchett's books. When I was asked to be part of this last fall, I had read just enough Discworld to say yes please....but that left a lot of books still to be enjoyed.......
And on a completely different note, I have Great Hopes for this Sunday's Middle Grade Science Fiction/Fantasy round-up--I really think I will have a book for every letter of the alphabet! Here are the (very few) letters I'm missing, with a few suggestions if you feel like making my dream of alphabet entirety come true!
Update--I have my N!
Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman
Oddfellow's Orphanage, by Emily Winfield Martin
The Ogre Downstairs, by Diana Wynne Jones
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave, by Candace Fleming
Once Upon the End, by James Riley
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
Ordinary Magic, by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
The Orphanage of Miracles, by Amy Neftzger
V UPDATE--I have my V!
X (I actually have an X on hand, but would be happy to save it for another week!)
The Year of Shadows, by Claire Legrand
You Only Die Twice (The Genius Files), by Dan Gutman
Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voight
You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother Please