Beth Barany is here today with an Into the Past post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Henrietta the Dragon Slayer. Thank you for being here today, Beth! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
Into The Past: Favorite Books From Childhood & Youth
By Beth Barany
At age 5, I'd recommend In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.
I love the illustrations in this book, and the creativity of the story. It's so imaginative. I love the pictures of the sky. My parents read it to us a lot when I was little.
And age 11, I’d recommend A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
I recently reread this book, one I so enjoyed as kid, and was struck how much it was about love. As a kid I loved the science of it. I love the time and space travel!
And: The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Adventure! Two friends traveling across Europe to restore the rightful prince. At thirteen, I read this book while recovering from a surgery. It was a great escape. I could have read it at age 11.
At age 16, I'd recommend Dune by Frank Herbert.
I read this book while in college, but wished I'd found it sooner. I think it was finals week and I needed a break. I got a great education in political science -- better than any university course -- and quickly gobbled up the rest of the series.
At that age, I also wish I'd found So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane.
This is the first in a nine-book series for teens by Diana Duane. It was such a delight to discover a sophisticated wizardry world that's complex and doesn't talk down to kids. Science plays a strong role in this book and all the books in this series.
At age 20, I wish I'd know about Tamora Pierce's The Song of the Lioness series. The last book in this four-book series was released when I was 20.
From Wikipedia, "Alanna of Trebond wants to be a knight. Therefore she, disguised as the boy "Alan", swaps places with her twin brother Thom, to go to the royal palace in the city of Corus to try for knighthood."
I love how real Alanna feels and how complex the story is. Alanna is really someone I can root for. I also like the story was unexpected in many ways.
Though I've read many, many books in my live, the ones in this list are definite keepers.
What is the top keeper book on your list? I'd love to know!
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Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can't stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?
Synopsis taken from goodreads.