As a follow up to the previous post and comments, if you really did try to match excellent YA titles for age and venue and tone, what would you come up with? Here are some that occurred to me.
Jellico Road and Tomorrow When the War Began I’m trusting Maureen’s opinion about Jellico Road for this, plus the Amazon description of the book, because as you recall, I haven’t read it.
The Floating Islands and Airborn by Kenneth Oppel — they’re both adventure stories with elements of flight.
The Attolia series and The Riddlemaster series — the whole series for each because that’s only fair, right?
The Changeling Sea and The Truth-Teller’s Tale. To me, these two seem to be aimed at the same age group and to have something of the same lyrical fairy-tale tone. Agree / disagree?
What are some other good ones? The Sunbird and what? Something historical-ish? It would have to be something intense. What would work?
The Year of the Griffin and what? Another school story? I hesitate to suggest Harry Potter. What other school stories are there? I mean, I know there must be heaps, but it’s not a subgenre I’m all that familiar with.
Jinx and what? Oh, how about the Enchanted Forest books by Patricia Wrede? I think those would match up pretty well. Wait till the third Jinx story is out and match up each series as a whole.
Oh, hey, what would you match up against The Scorpio Races? Something intense and tightly self-contained. I’ve got something on the tip of my tongue, but I can’t quite think of it.
Anybody want to finish any of these off or offer a pairing of your own?