Can you recommend good #books for a 13th birthday present? My kid particularly likes fantasy and magic, devoured all 7 H---y P----r books in a month or so, but we live in a typically white, conservative English village, and so I'm particularly looking for stories by and about people outside that bubble.
Maybe you could take a look into books by Terry Pratchett. There is a series about the witch Tiffany Aching, which is well suited for younger readers.
I would recomment The Hobbit and afterwards The Lord of the Rings. I was about that age I read them the first time. But also The Dragonbonechair, first novel in the epic saga of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. By Tad Williams is a nice one. But this is truly Hard Fantasy. Not really comparable to HP.
@y6nH If your kid would also like a bit of science fiction I can recommend the “Das Marsprojekt” series by German author Andreas Eschbach: http://www.andreaseschbach.com/werke/jugendbuecher/mars/mars.html
While it is more SciFi it does have certain fantasy elements sprinkled in – and takes place outside of England for sure. 😉
@y6nH la croisade des enfants (in english :)), die rote zora, the brothers lionheart (astrid lindgren, but also very sad)
@y6nH Philip Pullman "His dark materials". If the speed for the HP books is real 😎, it should last at least two days 👍.
@y6nH The Young Wizards series, by Diane Duane, the protagonist in the first book is also 13, and it's a -much- better written series than the J*R one
@y6nH I kind of liked "Elanus" by Ursula Poznanski. It's more sciency/hackery, but I quite liked the characters. She's written a number of children's/YA novels, so maybe dig into her works and see if you seem something fit for the child.
@y6nH I liked "Tangled in Time" by Lynne Fairbridge.
@y6nH Wizard of Earthsea, obviously. Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison, (White authors, but Earthsea at least has no white characters... I’ll keep thinking and see what else I can come up with.)
@y6nH Percy Jackson series from Rick Riordan. Wonderful fantasy with a really diverse cast of characters.
@y6nH Nnedi Okorafor! The Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker are explicitly YA novels, and I think a lot of young fantasy readers will do just fine with Binti and Akata Witch which are just great novels / series.
@y6nH Philip Pullman's trilogy of His Dark Materials could be good!
Tamora Pierce is amazing, her series of Alanna is fantasy.
Madeline L'engle 'A Wrinkle in Time' is really good as well.
@y6nH Percy Jackson always comes highly recommended by my sister (who reads about 700 books a minute)
@y6nH 13 is a delicate age 🤔
If they devoured all the HP books, it's probably fine though.
Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky*
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu*
Gunnerkrigg Court by Thomas Siddell*
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Not what you asked for, but they may like it)
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Book of Heroes by Miyuki Miyabe (Brave Story also works, but it's a little long in my opinion)
* - graphic novels
@y6nH it's only partially outside that bubble, but Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Probably also has German versions.
@y6nH Have you heard of Tamora Pierce? Her Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens series are both very good
also Dealing with Dragons and its sequels, by Patricia Wrede
@y6nH Versuch's mal mit Stanislaw Lem auf Deutsch. Vor allem die 10 Erzähungen von Pilot Pirx. Wunderbar, habe das selbst mit 13 verschlugen, endlose Nachmittage in der öffentlichen Bücherei.
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