After this post, I searched through my library history and my memory to see if I could come up with anything appropriate for #2’s kid, who I know a little bit…
Has zie read Tom’s Midnight Garden? I think it’s YA but it’s older, from maybe like 20 years ago. (Answer: Yes.)
We decided that Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho is too grown-up for hir so far. Ze’s not really into romance (yet?) and that lets out a lot of books like Jane Eyre. Ze’s also not that into animals; didn’t like the Redwall books, probably won’t like the James Herriot books (but I do!).
I wonder if zie’s old enough for Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber Book 1)?
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley is a perennial recommendation, which ze has already read. I remember liking Interstellar Pig, so ze’ll probably try that. Ze read and liked Hoot by Carl Hiassen. Sherlock Holmes stories are classics.
I suggested the series that starts with Peter and the Starcatchers, but #2 vetoed it because she hates Peter Pan. However, #2 wonders if maybe ze’s old enough for The Three Musketeers.
I recommend the Amulet series of graphic novels (the first one is The Stonekeeper), but fair warning: the dad dies immediately. I think I’m on book #5 right now.
The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix is on #2’s to-read pile, but she might move it to DC1’s pile instead. I like those.
To both #2 and DC1 I recommend The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier, which is fantasy adventure with no romance. I recently enjoyed it a lot.
More suggestions from me…
You could try out The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey (which is not the weird kind of Lackey you don’t like). Too young for Flavia de Luce? If ze liked Harry Potter, you can try Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t remember enough about Huntress by Malinda Lo. You could try The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart Mystery by Phillip Pullman. (Has zie read the His Dark Materials series?) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison might be a bit dense for zir, but #2 might like it if you haven’t read it yet. It’s good; was nominated for many awards.
Come Fall by, I think, A. C. E. Bauer?
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang? That seems to exhaust my library history… at least as far as DC1-appropriate books. Some of the books I read are definitely NOT for kids!
What’s good, Grumpeteers?