Filed under: News, Reviews, Contests | Tags: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Artemis Fowl, E. Nesbit, J.K Rowling, M.T. Anderson, Moominland Winter, Stig of the Dump, The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, The Boxcar Children
Last week we looked at John Green’s favorite books. This week we decided to keep digging, to find out what other famous YA authors have at the top of their list. Here’s some interesting stuff we found:
1. Eoin Colfer, the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, told the Guardian some of his favorites a couple years back. Among these stood out a novel called Stig of the Dump, about a caveman living at the bottom of a quarry. It was adapted for television not once, but twice.
2. Daniel Handler is known to many as Lemony Snicket, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. As a child, his favorite book was Dino Buzzati’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily. A terrible winter drives a troop of bears down a mountain in search of food and adventure. It’s so good Handler convinced his publisher to reprint it, and then he wrote the introduction.
3. On several occasions J.K Rowling has mentioned her fondness for E. Nesbit, the English author and poet who wrote numerous children’s books including The Railway Children. (This isn’t to be confused with The Boxcar Children, which was a favorite series of mine as a child. I challenge anyone who’s up to the task of reading all 119.)
4. M.T. Anderson has won awards for books like Feed and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing. I was intrigued to hear about his love for a cute little book titled Moominland Winter. This was written by Finnish writer/illustrator Tove Jansson, and is one in a series of stories about a family of white, furry trolls inhabiting the forests of Finland. Must be good, considering there’s also a comic strip, a TV show, and even a theme park related to the characters. Who knew?
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