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Fantasy literature

Discussion in 'English' started by wasteland, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. wasteland

    wasteland New commenter


    Can someone please recommend some excellent fantasy novels suitable for Yr 8 (other than the usual Harry Potter, Pullman, and Narnia novels). Something as good as 'Subtle Knife'?

    I loved 'Wizard of Earthsea' as a child myself but wondered if today's kid would enjoy it? Any recommendations?

  2. gloucesterroad

    gloucesterroad New commenter

    The Dark is Rising series is great, and there is loads of really lovely language analysis opportunities if you are talking about a class novel. I would also recommend Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series, which is really gripping. Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines is also excellent (I haven't read it in a really long time though, so you may want to check content for Y8). The Wind Singer is also a great book - not a dense as Pullman, but still great for that age group.

    Also worth checking out www.whatshouldireadnext.com which will have loads of suggestions :)
  3. wasteland

    wasteland New commenter

    Thanks Gloucesteroad. You're the second person to recommend Garth Nix. I'll have a read. I'll also check out Wind Singer. Cheers x
  4. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    Percy Jackson series maybe? I loved the whole series of this.

    I've read Chris Beckett's Dark Eden. For me, it's not a novel I'd read again. But I really can see it being accessible to year eights. A few naughty words in it, but I do think it wouldn't hurt to look into it.
  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Another vote for the Dark Is Rising. How about some Alan Garner, perhaps the Owl Service.
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    They should certainly enjoy A Wizard of Earthsea. Where do you think Rowling and Pullman got their ideas?


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