The Huffington Post, yesterday, released its list of "9 Best Science Fiction Novels For Young Adults Besides 'Mockingjay'" stating:
In case you haven't heard, "Mockingjay," the third and final installment in Suzanne Collins' super-smash "Hunger Games" series, hit bookstores this Tuesday. But long before Collins made a splash with her science-fiction trilogy, books like Lois Lowry's "The Giver" and Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time" opened portals into strange and unusual worlds -- and raised chilling questions about life back here on earth.
So, in light of all of the "Mockingjay" buzz, we've compiled a list of the best science fiction for children. From satire to allegory, from post-apocalyptic worlds to utopias, and across place, time and space, the following nine novels should be required reading for any teenager....
So, I thought it might be a nice tie-in to show the collectibility of those books:
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
- Feed, M.T. Anderson
- The Giver, Lois Lowry
- Animal Farm, George Orwell
- Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
- Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
- An Audience for Einstein, Mark Wakely
- The Lottery, Shirley Jackson
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle. Ariel/Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, New York, 1962. A Newberry Medal winner. First prints of this novel (without the gold foil Newberry stamp) are hard to come by. Later printings (of the first edition) garner prices of up to $400 (unsigned). Signed copies range from $400 to $15,000 (depending on the print run and condition of the book). So "Tesser On" L'Engle fans.
Feed, M.T. Anderson. Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2002.
Unsigned copies can be found for less than $20. Signed copies range from $35-$70.
The Giver, Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1993.
A Newberry Medal winner. I found two first edition copies on Abebooks.com, both unsigned, listing for $250 & $350.
Animal Farm, George Orwell. Secker and Warburg, London, 1945. This book was released in the U.K. in 1945, then in the U.S. a year later through Harcourt, Brace, N.Y. (1946).
U.K. first editions list for between $1,000 and $5,000.
U.S. (non BoMC/BCE) firsts list for up to $600. (Book of the Month Club or Book Club Editions list in the range of $20 - so be sure to check for "BoMC" or "BCE" on the jacket to ensure you're getting the right edition).
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card. Tor, New York, 1985. Winner of the 1985 Nebula and 1986 Hugo awards.
First editions list for between $500-$1,000 (unsigned); up to $2,800 (signed).
I also found a listing for the book jacket only - no book ($150)!
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1963.
6000 copies printed. 1964 Hugo award nominee.
Unsigned copies list for up to $3,000. Signed copies list for up to $7,500.
A Nebula award nominee for 1968. Released first in the U.S., then in the U.K. a year later (1969) by Rapp and Whiting, London.
First U.S. editions list for up to $7,500 (unsigned).
First U.K. editions list for up to $1,000 (unsigned).
Hard cover First edition copies can be gotten for between $15 and $50 on Amazon.com
The Lottery, Shirley Jackson. Farrar, Straus & Co., New York, NY, 1949.
The first edition lists the cover price as $2.75 (for hard back).
Copies list for up to $2,200 (unsigned).
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