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Title: Recommendations please
Post by: lily-quan on June 27, 2017, 10:09 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm new to YA/MG fiction. I'm looking for great books, similar to books by Susan Juby (Alice, I Think) or Susin Nielsen. Open to suggestions. Much thanks!
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: JulieM on June 27, 2017, 03:29 PM
Hi Lily,
I can't make a recommendation, but I though it might be worth looking on Amazon and finding the pages for the books you mentioned. Half way down each book page there is often a "similar books to these" list with about four other titles promoted. Or it might be "buyers of this book also bought these". Regardless, it might put you on the right track. Best of luck.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: dinalapomy101 on July 05, 2017, 08:10 AM
Can you elaborate on the genre or what it is about those authors you like?
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: lily-quan on July 09, 2017, 05:25 PM
What I'm looking for is a novel with an authentic voice or engaging narrator. The books I'm reading seem to be written by adults who are thinking their way through the adolescent experience, rather than feeling it.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: olmue on July 09, 2017, 06:06 PM
I don't know if this is what you're looking for, and it's a few years old now, but one example of what feels like an authentic teen voice (with plenty of feeling) is Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

I also feel like I've picked up (and put down) an awful lot of "teen" books lately that feel more like entitled 20YOs instead of real teenagers. I have four of them in my house right now, so yes, I actually do know what real teens are like...
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: dinalapomy101 on July 14, 2017, 05:12 PM
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas is the most recent example I can come up with that has a very authentic teen voice, IMO. I loved that book.

I also loved DAIRY QUEEN that Olume suggested above.

Jeff Zentner's GOODBYE DAYS struck a chord with YA male voice.

Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: Christine B. on August 24, 2017, 07:54 AM
What I'm looking for is a novel with an authentic voice or engaging narrator. The books I'm reading seem to be written by adults who are thinking their way through the adolescent experience, rather than feeling it.
This made me think you might like THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: hairaplenty on August 24, 2017, 09:27 AM
Loved the Sky is Everywhere. Also, Dairy Queen. Have The Hate U Give, on order.

Gary Schmidt is a favorite of mine for voice and just plain good writing. Okay for Now.  Also, Kate DiCamillo.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: Vijaya on August 24, 2017, 10:44 AM
You already have some good recs. Let me add: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Great voice and story.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: jancoates on August 24, 2017, 11:44 AM
Theresa Toten's books (also Canadian). Her novel, THE RELUCTANT HERO OF ROOM 13B (I think that's the title) won the Governor General's Award a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: dewsanddamps on August 24, 2017, 01:46 PM
Gary D. Schmidt, OKAY FOR NOW.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: andracill on August 24, 2017, 01:56 PM
whatever. by SJ Goslee has a unique and authentic voice, imo -- male POV.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon also seemed authentic -- dual POV (one female, one male).

the takedown by Corrie Wang gives an authentic voice for a female, I'd say.
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: Barbara Etlin on August 24, 2017, 08:22 PM
I think Janet Gurtler's writing has an authentic teen voice. Here are three I've read and recommend: Who I Kissed, If I Tell, and #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue.  I also think Katie Kennedy's two YA SF novels nail YA voice. (Learning To Swear in America and What Goes Up). And Lindsey Leavitt writes awesome YAs and MGs with great voice.

Three  fabulous writers of contemporary MG who have voice are: Gary Schmidt (especially The Wednesday Wars), Debbie Reed Fischer (This is Not the Abby Show), and Robin  Yardi (The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez).  For more MG recommendations you can look at this thread where I asked a similar question:
https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=83345.0
Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: janet-gurtler on September 06, 2018, 09:57 PM
I just rejoined SCWBI. I think you are my fave person.  :yay

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Title: Re: Recommendations please
Post by: AnneB on September 07, 2018, 08:30 AM
Here's a list of books I've been impressed with in recent months: great voices, plots that aren't just-more-of-the-same. Sorry I don't have time to put down more about each one:
Heretics Anonymous, by Katie Henry   YA
Scarlet Ibis, by Gill Lewis   older MG
The Dollar Kids, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson    MG
No Filter, by Orlagh Collins  (odd title, little to do with the book)  YA
Confusion is Nothing New, by Paul Acampora     MG
If There's No Tomorrow, by Jennifer L. Armentrout     YA
The Last to Go, by Amber Smith  YA   (don't let the bland title put you off)    YA
The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maureen Goo  (another plain vanilla title that has little to do with the book, but a great read)     YA
Deep Water, by Watt Key    MG 

What is it with some of those titles, anyway? Did the publishers WANT to make those books hard to remember? Or were they just lazy? I'm willing the be the authors' working titles were a whole lot more memorable!