Don Canaan’s latest book is now available. “Spaced Out: Baby’s Final LSD Trip,” the story of a young man haunted by the death of his father during World War 2, who decides that tripping out would erase that memory. But the reverse occurs, and the now paranoid adult sees Nazi uniforms and murders wherever he goes in New York City and later in Israel.
Canaan's news background covers four decades of journalism history -- from editing news film and documentaries for NBC News in New York to immigrating to Israel to pioneer the city of Yamit in the Sinai, and a subsequent return to the U.S. where he earned a master’s degree in journalism. His series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons" received first place for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.
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A Wrinkle in Time - (Newberry Medal Winner) This is simply a beautiful book that has blazed a trail in modern children's fantasy by putting forward a story of several children embarking on a grand adventure; In this case to rescue their father. There is some fascinating and thoughtful stuff in this book like living stars and tesseracts. It is a perennial favorite and on every librarian's list.
A Wizard of Earthsea - Written by Ursula K. Leguin this is the first book in a series called The EarthSea series. Short and light but extraordinarily beautiful. This first book in the series follows a young boy named Ged as he goes from being a simple goat herd to a powerful wizard. It is simply beautiful, and it brings forth some wonderful and magical themes such as the concept that everything (including dragons) has a secret name. And if you know the secret name you can control the thing (including dragons).
The Hobbit - This probably shouldn't be on this list, but it is so good that I can't leave it off. With the absolute enormous success of the Lord of the Rings movies, this book may be overlooked, but I consider it better!
Five Children and it - This is one of the most popular books written by Edith Nesbit who is often credited with creating the whole genre of children embarking on fantasy adventures. The theme of this book is: Be careful what you ask for. You may get it! That's the message in this delightful tale of five youngsters who discover a bizarre sand creature that grants wishes. There's a catch, of course: the wishes come undone at sunset, and worse yet, things often get out of hand!
Dragonflight - This book is a little more complex than earlier ones I have cited here, and it tends toward being more of a novel for grownups but it very suitable for teens. We are introduced to a complex world of dragons through the main character Lessa. This book is often credited with being the book that has launched many young girls’ writing careers. It is the first book in a trilogy of books called The Dragon Riders of Pern series.
A Princess of Mars: - The first novel in the Edgar Rice Burroughs series is the first book in a series called John Carter of Mars, and it is good rollicking fun in the tradition of the old pulp magazines. It is a favorite for young boys who like sword fighting big monsters.
Contemporary fantasy and fiction
When it comes to modern fantasy fiction for teens, there is an enormous selection to choose from and that, in itself, could be an obstacle. Here are summaries of some of the more popular ones.
Artemis Fowl Series - This series of books takes a little bit of an unusual position as far as children's books go because Artemis Fowl himself is a twelve-year-old genius and a criminal mastermind. The author of these books calls them Die Hard with Fairies! And the books are often characterized as being a high-octane and rip-roaring ride. It is a wildly popular series of books with a big website and even a wiki. There are currently six books in the series.
Here, there be Dragons - The title itself is rather mysterious and harkens back to another time. This was the phrase that cartographers used to write in patches of ocean that were unexplored. The basic premise of this story will resonate with teens that are fans of fantasy itself because it starts with the unusual meeting of three young strangers John, Jack, and Charles on a rainy night in London. We later find out these three young men are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches - This is a series of books that takes place in a world of magic and secrets called Ruin Mist. This book was slow to start, but word of mouth turned it into a best seller. It is one of those relatively little-known books and series that is very satisfying.
Septimus Heap - If magic and wizards are of strong appeal this series of books make a great alternative to Harry Potter. The Main character (Septimus) is the seventh son of a seventh son, and the main line of the story follows two children switched at birth: a boy destined to be a wizard and a girl destined to be a princess. The books in this series will launch teens and young adults on a remarkable adventure into strange fantasy worlds, and no joystick or keyboard is required.