Brian Jacques$8.99 $8.36
I was obsessed with the Redwall series. Rodents in shining armor? Sign me up!
John Christopher$8.99 $8.36
This may be the first book I ever read about aliens. I remember my heart racing while I read.
Madeleine L'Engle$8.99 $8.36
A book I unfortunately missed out on as a child. But don't worry, I read it later.
Ursula K. Le Guin$10.99 $10.22
Again, missed out on this one too. You see, I had to find all my sci-fi/fantasy books on my own; no one handed me a list. Oh well, it's still fun as an adult.
R. L. Stine$7.99 $7.43
Ok, first of all, the new cover is not nearly as scary as the original. That's half of what made the book so scary—the cover. I hope the Goosebumps titles still have the raised lettering with the neon colors. That also made the book(s) scary. I will never forget the PBJ sandwich. Never forget.
K. a. Applegate$7.99 $7.43
Again, the original covers for these books were way cooler. Oh well. Still a great series.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Three Books to Chill Your Bones: All 3 Scary Stories Books with the Original Art!
Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell$19.99 $18.59
Who knew I had so much nostalgia tied to book covers, but here we are with a new edition. Maybe the original art is inside? Do yourself a favor and look up the original cover for this book illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It truly contributes to the creepiness of these stories. Classics, all of them.
J. K. Rowling$100.00 $93.00
Harry Potter is special to a lot of people, adults, children, teenagers. But what made the Harry Potter experience so cool for me, was that the books were being published during my childhood and teen years. So, as Harry grew up, I grew up too. I'll never forget the Harry Potter midnight release parties, staying up all night to finish the books in one go and then calling my friends after who'd done the same. These are nothing short of iconic for my generation.
Orson Scott Card$13.99 $13.01
I debated whether to include this book in the list only because of the author's comments on homosexuality (they're not good). Of course, I knew nothing of this when reading the book. The story greatly affected me as a child, especially that killer ending. So here it is with that caveat. The same discussion could be had with J.K. Rowling's transphobic remarks recently. Should these books be 'canceled'? I'm not sure. Reader's choice.
Lois Lowry$11.99 $11.15
Ok, this cover is getting closer. A classic sci-fi coming of age story that really had me shook as a kid. Great premise and a great ending.
Suzanne Collins$14.99 $13.94
This was published after my adolescence, but I'm including it here because as far as I'm concerned, it's a classic. And I might be wrong, but it seems to have been the catalyst for the dystopian YA genre.
Frank Herbert$10.99 $10.22
I'm including Dune because I read it as a young teen and it blew my mind, though I don't think it's considered YA. (I actually like this new cover). Just, whatever you do, don't stick your hand in that dang Gom Jabbar!
Ray Bradbury$17.00 $15.81
William Golding$12.00 $11.16
Wait your turn for the conch shell. And sucks to your ass-mar.
Diana Wynne Jones$9.99 $9.29
A funny, magical adventure. Not a bad movie either.
C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes$34.99 $32.54
Now these are the books I stayed up too late reading under the covers with a flashlight. I'll never forget freaking myself out reading "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" at night.