Someone wrote in [personal profile] manifesta 2010-09-09 05:07 pm (UTC)

YA books for girls that had action, high stakes and high risk adventure and swashbuckling and even grit, without romance.

Ah. For this you should have come to me. Though even the most kick-ass books will have some romance, because the audience likes romance and complains if you don't give it to them!

Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, the most recent book of which is MOCKINGJAY

Kristin Cashore's GRACELING (a sequel is due soon; her second book, FIRE, is less combative, but Fire is still a very strong character)

Esther Friesner's NOBODY'S PRINCESS and NOBODY'S PRIZE, a unique, but logical, take on the teenage years of Helen of Troy

Garth Nix's SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN

Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES, PRETTIES, and SPECIALS; LEVIATHAN

Cassandra Clare's CITY OF BONE, CITY OF ASH, CITY OF GLASS (more romantic than most of the others, but still adventurous)

Holly Black's VALIANT, TITHE

Sarah Beth Durst's INTO THE WILD, OUT OF THE WILD, and ICE

Alison Goodman's EON

Shannon Hale's GOOSE GIRL, ENNA BURNING

Joan Harris's RUNEMARKS

China Mieville UN LUN DUN

L. A. Meyer's BLOODY JACK & sequels (I feel I have to mention these because they are very rowdy and Jackie Faber--a girl disguised as a boy in the first book--has all manner of adventures in a world supposedly our own in the 1700s, but there are so many historical errors they drive me nuts, and she could never do what she does without disastrous consequences in that time as it really was. However, not everyone is as picky as I am.)

Kenneth Oppel's AIRBORN and sequels--the main character is male, but he has a female counterpart who is as strong and adventurous as he

Diana Peterfreund's RAMPANT

Michele Zink's THE PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS

Philip Pullman's THE GOLDEN COMPASS

David Randall's CLOVERMEAD and sequels

John Scalzi's ZOE'S TALE (sf)

Janni Lee Simner's BONES OF FAERIE, THIEF EYES

Marie Rutkoski's THE CABINET OF WONDERS and sequel

Stephanie Spinner's QUIVER

Patricia Wrede's THE 13TH CHILD

Robin Wasserman's SKINNED and CRASHED

John Marsden's TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN and sequels

And I guess I have to mention my own work, since I specialize in girl heroes and adventure at the YA level, and I have 25 books out, which will slow down my average reader for a week if they take to me. But you may have noticed that I keep track of and read adventure with female heroes because, as per my discussion with Ms. Moskowitz, I still don't believe there are enough, and I am still, at 55, hungry to find more.

Tamora Pierce

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