Take Me Away, Fiction

If you can't afford a lavish vacation this summer, here are some books that make you forget where you are by creating a great sense of place.

I haven't read all of these, so don't quote me as your travel agent -- they came in response to my call for YA/Kid novels that turn us into armchair travelers with their mastery of setting. Feel free to suggest other titles/authors/places in the comments, and let us know if they're historical, fantasy, or contemporary fiction.

I'm going on a holiday myself and will be back on the Fire Escape 7/28, so in the meantime, leave your suggestions in the comments or send them to mitaliperk@yahoo.com and I'll add them when I get back.

Real Places
  • FUNNY HOW THINGS CHANGE / Melissa Wyatt / rural West Virginia
  • BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE / Kate DeCamillo / rural Florida
  • WHAT HAPPENED HERE / Tara Altebrando / Las Vegas and Europe
  • HEART OF A SHEPHERD / Rosanne Parry / rural Eastern Oregon
  • BLOOMABILITY / Sharon Creech / Switzerland
Real Places Long Ago
  • LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY / Gary D. Schmidt / coastal Maine
  • THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY / Kathryn Fitzmaurice / San Juan Capistrano, California
  • A NORTHERN LIGHT / Jennifer Donnelly / rural New York
  • THE BOOK THIEF / Marcus Zusak / Nazi Germany
  • TEN CENTS A DANCE / Christine Fletcher / Chicago
  • HATTIE BIG SKY / Kirby Larson / Montana
Invented Places
  • HUNGER GAMES / Suzanne Collins
  • THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN / Michelle Knudsen
  • SAVVY / Ingrid Law
  • DREAMHOUSE KINGS / Robert Liparulo
  • MORTAL INSTRUMENTS / Cassie Clare (fantasy + NY)
  • NATION / Terry Pratchett
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