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My favorite book series when I was growing up was the Get Real series by Linda Ellerbee. Casey Smith was my HERO!!
And I will be seriously impressed if anyone here has read those books. I KNOW I can't be the only one, but I just can't find anyone else on the internet that's even heard of them!!
Has anyone read Just In Case by Meg Rosoff? It's brilliant.
It's so unfair that crappy authors like smeyer get so much attention while deserving ones like the one above don't.One of the worst kinds of literature-related WorldSuck.
I have the advantage of being a little older than some of you (I'm twenty, gah), and some of the books I read in my early teens are still pretty good. Plus, being older they sell for pretty low prices on Amazon ($0.01 to maybe $3)! Some of these are mentioned previously in the thread but I doubt any of you want to read all 36 pages.
The Sight by David Clement-Davies, Dragon's Bait by Vivianne Vande Velde, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Lirael/Sabriel/Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Witch Child (or anything really) by Celia Rees,the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno.
The Book Thief! Yay! No one ever mentions it! :)
I'm not sure these are all considered 'undiscovered', but no one I've ever mentioned them too has heard of them.
Freak the Mighty was fantastic. Really short but so perfect and direct. I cried soooo much while reading that.