I am copying this email from one young adult listserv I belong to. Nice challenge. What would you say?
“I’ve got a very precocious 9 year old girl who is rapidly outgrowing
even my YA fantasy selection. Her teacher has set a project for her:
read 50 “classic” YA novels. The catch is that we’re looking at a 14-yr
old reading level (according to her father), but they need to be clean.
So I guess I’ve got two questions: What books would you consider to be
classic YA? and Which of those are clean enough for a nine year old who
loves the Septimus Heap, HP, and Pendragon series? I’ve seen the clean
reads lists come through, but I think that determining “classic” YA
books (I know, it’s completely subjective!) needs to be the first step.”