Alkelda the Gleeful had mentioned in the comments of a past post, that she wanted "a Dangerous Book for Girls too. (Daring is good, but I want dangerous!)" I loved this and have wondered what books would qualify for this esteemed honor. I must confess, not all these following books will be on the dangerous side, but, I hope you'll agree that they are definitely daring and maybe start to border on the dangerous. I must hunt for some more to read.
And I must ask you, in your mind, what would make a children's book qualify as a Dangerous Book for Girls? If any of you have any suggestions for Dangerous Books for Girls, let me know in the comments.
So, here are the "dangerous" books I've read over the past couple of weeks:
1. Cornelia Funke, author of Inkheart fame, wrote a brave picture book for girls, The Princess Knight. This picture book is perfect for little girls who are tired of the same old stories about demure, pretty princesses who wait for their prince to rescue them. Enough already!
Princess Violetta has three older brothers. She is determined to be a great knight and choose her own destiny. Forget about arranged marriages and having the man fight for the woman's hand in marriage. You will adore this smart tale of a clever princess who is unwilling to follow tradition and finds her own happily ever after.
2. Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer by J.T. Petty, ages 9-12: Clemency Pogue is a clever girl who listens well to her parents. When faced with an evil fairy who is determined to send Clemency over the edge of a deep gorge, Clemency remembers this important line from Peter Pan, "I don't believe in fairies."
She has to repeat it seven times, before the evil fairy drops dead. After Clemency pulls herself to safety, a hobgobin tells her she's killed six other fairies in the world. Clemency is horrified and wants to make things right, even if the wicked fairy is brought back to life.
This is an amusing book with a delightful use of clever wordplay and interesting adventure. Please note this wicked fairy is mean. So keep that in consideration if your child doesn't like this sort of thing.
3. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, I would recommend this to mature teens 15 and up: I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, despite the dark edge to this fantasy. 16 year old Kaye isn't your average teen. She watches over her flight rocker mom, feels like a misfit, and had faeries as friends when she was a young child. She soon discovers she has more in common with the faeries than she thought she did. Kaye has to think fast and be stronger than she ever thought she could to survive the struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms.
4. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black, I would recommend this book to mature teens ages 15 and up: Seventeen year old Valerie finds her boyfriend and mother together and runs away to New York City. She soon meets up with and lives with a group of homeless teens in the underground subway tunnels.
Val and her friends meet up with a troll, Ravus, who concocts a magical drug called Never. The teens become addicted to this drug and realize their lives may be in danger, as they become more involved in the faerie conflict. This is a good second book, but personally, I liked Holly Black's first book, Tithe better.
5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, ages 9 and up: This is quite an imaginative book. Meggie's father has the power to read a book with such depth, that he brings the wicked characters from a book to life. This is quite an adventurous read and boys and girls will enjoy this book.