TTT: Classic YA from before I was born/ before it was really a thing
This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is 'books written before I was born'. I feel like a lot of the stuff I read (and most of my favourites) are classics, or just old, so I went a bit more specific. YA fiction - as a genre and a way of marketing books - is a relatively new concept, so I tried to think of a few books and series that would or might have been classed as YA if they'd been written in the last few years.
Tamora Pierce: The Song of the Lioness Quartet (published 1983-1988)
Robin McKinley: e.g Beauty (1978) The Hero and the Crown (1984) The Blue Sword (1982)
Ursula K. le Guin: The Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
Diana Wynne Jones: Fire and Hemlock (1984) Howl's Moving Castle (1986) The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
Rosemary Sutcliffe: The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) The Lantern Bearers (1959) Warrior Scarlet (1958) Song for a Dark Queen (1978)
Eva Ibbotson: A Company of Swans (1985) The Magic Flute (1982)
Romance/Coming of age:
Dodie Smith: I Capture the Castle (1948)
Judy Blume: Are you there God? It's me, Margaret (1970) Forever (1975)
So I've not read any Judy Blume except Freckle Juice, which we read as a class book in primary school and just confused me. But I feel like Judy Blume is for generation X what Jacqueline Wilson is to British Millennials? Are you there God? It's me, Margaret is her most famous, Forever is the one 'with the sex in'. I'm guessing she's still probably very readable, but also pretty dated now.
J.D Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
S.E Hinton: The Outsiders (1967)
Read any of these? What classic YA would you recommend?