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drop everything and help me with my homework! yes? - YA fantasy and SF
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drop everything and help me with my homework! yes?
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rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: June 2nd, 2008 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Mercedes Lackey has written a number of Urban Faerie books, which on the link are down under "Elves on the Road". The Diana Tregarde mysteries are more witchcraft, the Bedlam's Bard and Serrated Edge books are dripping with Elves, runaways, and abused children. There are gay characters in several of the books.

Her Valdemar books include one of the best known gay characters in fantasy, whose story is told in "The Last Herald Mage" trilogy. Not urban fic though.

Not so much YA, but you might also want to look for "The War for the Oaks" by Emma Bull.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: June 2nd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and as for children who feel different escaping to different worlds, that one goes way back, even though it's not all Faerie. Heck, if you think about "Escape to Witch Mountain" falls into the category, and that was published in 1968.
labellementeuse From: labellementeuse Date: June 2nd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! (and yeah, I know the escaping theme isn't a new one, but I do think it's, if not particular to YA fiction, particularly significant in it.)
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: June 2nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget the upper edge of juvenile lit, as well as the stuff with the YA labels. Discovering that you are a hero/princess/special at adolescence or that you have access to a secret world is a fairly common theme in "coming of age" books.

If you can find them, and you're willing to go beyond "urban" hunt for Katherine Eliska Kimbriel's books "Night Calls" and "Kindred Rites" for a strong female character.
meepa From: meepa Date: June 2nd, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was going to mention her SERRAted Edge books, which are expliciyly about sex, violence, and child abuse.

For the original poster, the basic idea of this series is that elves love children, and intervene in a few, abused children's lives.
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