80's-90's young adult fiction....do you remember the greats?

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AnnabelleLee Thu 27-Feb-14 22:49:04

I loved all the post apocalyptic stuff best: Brother in the Land, Plague 99, Empty World, Children of the Dust etc...but also all the Point Horror, Christopher Pike as well.

What camp were you in?

And does anyone remember one where a teen girl could astrally project herself? It's annoying me.

Lakota Thu 27-Feb-14 22:51:21

Yes, to all the post apocalyptic stuff! I also remember one called 'a rag a bone and a hank of hair' which gave me the creeps.

chaosmonkey Thu 27-Feb-14 22:52:39

Oooh, you forgot z is for zacariah!

Lakota Thu 27-Feb-14 22:53:19

I had nightmares about 'the bomb' for years.

caramelwaffle Thu 27-Feb-14 22:53:44

Erm' Sweet Valley High

<closes door gently>

Lakota Thu 27-Feb-14 22:54:39

I also really liked 'The Changeover' by Margaret Mahy

Lakota Thu 27-Feb-14 22:56:33

Was the astral projection one 'Stranger with my face'?

AnnabelleLee Thu 27-Feb-14 22:57:29

yy to Z for Zachariah, that was a good one! Also Calling B for Butterfly, Andra, Pardon Me You're Stepping on my Hamburger, Killing Mr Griffin....

isn't it weird how books can stay with you for so long?

RabbitPies Thu 27-Feb-14 22:57:50

I loved Sweet Valley High/University.

Also a big fan of Point Horrors.

Anything by L.J Smith from The Vampire Diaries to The Forbidden Game series.

Anything with vampires or shapeshifters was a must read.

BumpAndGrind Thu 27-Feb-14 22:58:34

I've got most of the point horrors in my loft

AnnabelleLee Thu 27-Feb-14 22:58:48

Stranger with my Face! Well done, thats the one. grin The Eyes of Karen Connors was another one of hers.

Stranger with my face - was that the one with a rich woman who lost her daughter, and this other girl who looks just like her kind of takes over her life?

RabbitPies Thu 27-Feb-14 23:01:36

[Envy] at having most of the Point Horrors. I only have a few.

My favourites were The Stranger. The Cheerleader and April Fools.

They're making a film of Z for Zachariah, with Chiwetel Ejiorfor as Loomis and Margot Robbie as Anne.

<<instantly transported back to GCSE English Literature 1994>>

RabbitPies Thu 27-Feb-14 23:04:00

Just remembered that I also loved the Cheerleaders series. Also a series of books called Freshman.

RunAwayHome Thu 27-Feb-14 23:04:23

Lois Duncan did various books about different extrasensory things, including at least one with astral projection, possibly more. I really liked one she did where girls in a very small school were receiving art/music etc from famous dead artists/composers etc in their sleep and the woman who owned the school was taking credit for it. Ended with a fire somehow.

RunAwayHome Thu 27-Feb-14 23:08:23

Down a Dark Hall was what it was called, just remembered.

KrevlornswathoftheDeathwokClan Thu 27-Feb-14 23:11:54

Animorphs

RabbitPies Thu 27-Feb-14 23:13:15

How could I forget Animorphs?

manicinsomniac Thu 27-Feb-14 23:14:19

I've just finished reading Brother in the Land with my year 7 English class. They loved it. It's not too dated yet!

If you liked the post apocalyptic stuff did you ever read the 'Tomorrow when the War Began' series by John Marsden. It's an Australian one so not all that well known but absolutely brilliant. I have the full set just waiting for my children to be old enough to appreciate them.

I was an obsessive reader between the ages of about 8 and 17. I still have thousands of books but lack of time and the invention of the internet mean I read a lot less now blush.

Ummmm, other favourites:
Mary Downing Hahn - 'Wait Till Helen Comes'
Penelope Farmer - 'Charlotte Sometimes'
Ian Strachan - 'The Throwaways'
Deborah Hautzig - 'Second Star to the Right'
Malorie Blackman - 'Thief' and 'Hacker'
Ian Serallier - 'The Silver Sword'
Pamela Brown - 'The Swish of the Curtain' series
Steven Levenkron - 'The Best Little Girl in the World'

Nocomet Thu 27-Feb-14 23:24:20

Lace

(I was a teen in the 80's and haven't heard of any of these except Z for Zachariah)

Gredandforge Thu 27-Feb-14 23:30:26

Ooh, Second Star to the Right - was that about a girl with anorexia? Rings a bell.

I liked that teen series that had white covers with a yellow and black barcode-y logo on their spine. Favourites were The Outsiders (S E Hinton) and a book called Easy Connections about a girl who fell in love with a rock star.

Also Dear Nobody (Berlie Doherty) and the Across the Barricades series - about Kevin and Sadie (I think).

chaosmonkey Thu 27-Feb-14 23:30:59

Yy to the eyes of karen connors, stranger with my face and the changeover!

This is going to make the amazon boycott tricky, damn you all. I want to reread them all now!

Robert Cormier anyone? Actually got i am the cheese and the bumblebee flies anyway AND after the first death for ds1 recently. The bugger hadnt read them yet.

AnnabelleLee Thu 27-Feb-14 23:31:22

Remember The Face on the Milk Carton? About the kidnapped teen...I just discovered there were about 4 follow up books.

chaosmonkey Thu 27-Feb-14 23:32:33

Oooh and the swish of the curtain! I wrote 12% of a sequel to that when i was 10!

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