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There are very few books that cannot be read by young people. They may not understand the nuances or the subtext but, then again, some adults don't either. However, parents often ask for a list of titles that they can use for their kids. Here is a starting point.

Kevin Anderson
Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force
comprise The Jedi Academy Trilogy
L. Frank Baum
The Wizard of Oz
The Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in of Oz
The Road to Oz
or any of the other approximately 40 Oz books
Gregory Benford
Jupiter Project
John Christopher
Beyond the Burning Lands
Sword of the Spirits
The Prince in Waiting
comprise Swords of the Spirit Trilogy
Susan Cooper
The Dark is Rising
Sleep of Stones
Robert Heinlein
Red Planet
Space Cadet
Rocket Ship Gallileo
Have Spacesuit Will Travel
Tunnel In The Sky
Time for the Stars
The Rolling Stones
Diana Wynne Jones
Archer's Goon
Howl's Moving Castle
...and almost any of her other books
Crawford Killian
Mercedes Lackey
Arrow of the Queen
Arrow's Flight
Arrow's Fall
comprise The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy
Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
comprise 3/4 of The Earthsea Books
... but not the fourth, Tehenu, it is strictly for adults
C.S. Lewis
The Magican's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle
comprise The Chronicles of Narnia
Margaret Mahy
The Tricksters
Catalogue of the Universe
Anne McCaffrey
comprise The Harper Hall Trilogy
Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword
The Hero and the Crown
The Outlaws of Sherwood
Patricia McKillip
Riddle-Master of Hed
Heir of Sea and Fire
Harpist in the Wind
comprise The Quest of the Riddle-Master
Andre Norton
Fur Magic
Steel Magic
Octagon Magic
comprise The Magic Books
Terry Pratchett
Johnny and the Bomb
Johnny and the Dead
Only You Can Save Mankind
The Carpet People
Charles Sheffield
Higher Education (w/ Jerry Pournelle)
The Billion Dollar Boy
Putting Up Roots
The Cyborg From Earth
comprise The Jupiter Novels
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
Timothy Zahn
The Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
comprise STAR WARS: The Heir To The Empire Trilogy
THE TSR Imprints
These books occupy a special place in SF and fantasy. Their target market is boys 10 to 17 years old. Often referred to as the Hardy Boys of Fantasy, the book have simple, straight-forward plots, serial by design. We suggest starting off young readers with the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman (3 books) or the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore (3 books).
If you're looking for even more, you can visit another list at Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books For Younger Readers.

Copyright © 1999 by Rodger Turner

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