It's back-to-school season, which reminds us of kids and books. As an avid reader of sci-fi, I'm always interested in getting my nieces and nephews interested in the genre.
One of my favorite science fiction imprints, Baen Books, has posted BAEN BOOKS SUITABLE FOR YOUNG ADULTS, a great list of YA (young adult) books. The best part of the list is that a great many of the books listed are available for free through Baen's ground-breaking Free Library.
-The Telzey Amberdon series by James H. Schmitz is a fun read about a young girl who happens to be a telepath.
-Harry Turtledove's Alternate Generals is great for young adult readers who have an interest in the military. It's a wonderful introduction to the sub-genre known as alternate history.
-For those interested in fantasy, Mercedes Lackey's books are always a treat.
These books are available online in HTML format, or in downloadable formats that can be read on the computer or with Pocket PCs or other portable devices. (And if the kids are too busy with school work to read for pleasure, there's nothing wrong with reading them yourself!)