Okay, so I just read Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover, after someone mentioned it on the Child Lit listserv (where I lurk, but never post) last week and made it sound supremely appealing. Wow. How have I never read her before? What an utterly delicious book — just ask Christopher, who had to stop reading this to listen to excerpts every few minutes.
I know that Jenny and Justine are fans, so then the question becomes why they did not FORCE me to read her sooner? At gunpoint, if necessary?
More later on some elements of this book in contrast to more recent teen fantasies (it holds up remarkably well, but there are some things in here — things that work, I might add — that you just don’t see today).
In the meantime, are there any other wonderful, lesser-known (to me, anyway) YA/children’s fantasy novelists I should know about that y’all are keeping from me? I should confess here that my own seams are showing — the fantasy I grew up reading was mostly of the supernatural variety for adults or from Latin America ditto (aside from the classics for younger children that everyone reads); next up are Franny Billingsley and Susan Cooper’s books, so any recommendations are welcome, even if they seem obvious to you.