The Friday Society, by Adrienne Kress. The historical verisimilitude is even worse than most of them (and I haven't found any that are very good on that front) but young readers won't notice that. The three girls at the center are a lot of fun, and I know several young readers who loved it.
Oh dear, that's a shame: this is academic in the sense of "scholar of such works" rather than "teacher of the very young," so she may well feel that it is of interest and should be read for her project, and will find the historical verisimilitude even more grating than most people would.
(Still good of you to recommend it, though!)
Our library has a sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice. It's called The Watcher in the Shadows. I haven't yet read it.
The books that come to mind for me right away are Philip Reeve's Larklight and its sequels, Mothstorm and Starcross. They're Victorians in space stories, but they might suit.
How odd that Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Chris Moriarty should write with the same title!
Quite possibly. She will be able to tell immediately whether they are new enough.
2014-01-29 06:27 pm (UTC)
Again, not sure if it's the sort of thing she wants, but Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy is pretty good.
Libba Bray's first trilogy has Victorian setting.
Still thinking about this a bit at a time.
Probably way off topic, but DWJ's Charmed Life has always felt neo-Edwardian to me--when I first read it, it went onto the mental shelf next to Alice and the Psammead.
A lot of steampunk is neo-Edwardian rather than neo-Victorian anyway.
I believe that my friend's interest is in the neo-Victorian parts specifically, since she is a Victorianist by trade, though not, of course, completely uninterested in things Edwardian.
Well, they're hardly new, but Joan Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea et alia come to mind. Westerfeld's Leviathan series is not bad, by any means. I would think most of Philip Pullman's books qualify -- the Sally Lockhart books more so even than His Dark Materials as they are more purely Victorian in setting. I would personally stay away from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices books because I didn't think the writing was very good, but not as mindbendingly awful as Stephen Hunt and his Jackelian books. Stay far, far away from The Court of the Air if you value your sanity. *Ptui!*
Patricia Wrede's Mairelon the Magician, et seq. I quite enjoyed it when I was in the YA bracket.
ETA: Does Pullman's His Dark Materials count? The alt-world always felt Victorian to me.
Edited at 2014-01-30 02:03 am (UTC)
I don't know, but I'd guess the Sally Lockhart books would
Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper is not fantasy but is Victorian. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis isn't Victorian but it is historicalish. Sarah Prineas' Magic Thief is set in a sort of Dickensian world, but not strongly so.
Beyond those, I'm drawing a blank.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. Description on Amazon:"Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud."
The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore by Kate Maddison: "Queen Victoria's court knows Charlotte Sycamore as the mild-mannered sixteen-year-old daughter of the Her Majesty's royal surgeon. Yet Charlotte has a penchant for inventing new gadgets, and most nights she sneaks out to sword fight with her best friends, Peter and Jillian."
Also look at the Steampunk list on the Teen page of Hennepin County Library: http://www.hclib.org/teens/booklistaction.cfm?list_num=1076
This may have far too loose a setting for academic use; another Victorian era/US setting series that comes to mind is the Frontier Magic books by Patricia Wrede. Strictly speaking not a YA title but a coming of age story, but it seems to me to fit pretty well in the YA spectrum.
2014-01-30 03:52 pm (UTC)
Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate has a recent YA spinoff series, with titles Etiquette and Espionage and Curtsies and Conspiracies published so far. I know the Parasol Protectorate series is Victorian steampunk, and the Etiquette and Espionage books are set "25 years earlier." They're definitely steampunk, but the ones that are explicitly YA might be set a bit early for your time period? I know that the main series has gotten library attention for possible YA/Adult crossover interest, so Carriger as an author might still be relevant to this interest in either case.