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Science-Fiction & Fantasy
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Elaborates on the tale of "Beauty and the Beast," told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.
Books of Great Alta by Jane Yolen (Sister Light, Sister Dark, White Jenna, and The One-Armed Queen) The story of White Jenna, born in sorrow, raised among warrior women, and taught to call forth her shadow sister under the light of the moon.
Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey
In a Valdemar city that he loathes, sixteen-year-old Lavan is mercilessly tormented as he attends Merchant’s School, until the torture releases his Gift as a Firestarter.
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (Silver on the Tree, The Grey King, Greenwitch, The Dark is Rising, Over Sea, Under Stone)
Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy, he is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land.
Dark Lord of Derkholm and the sequel Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
In the very strange Pilgrim Parties of Diana Wynne Jones's Dark Lord of Derkholm, tourists from the next universe would come to wizards' lands expecting to have exciting battles with dwarfs, dragons, and the powers of darkness. Sadly, wizards were forced to host these hokey yet horrific pseudo-adventures, and in the process, laid waste to their lands. But as its sequel Year of the Griffin begins, we learn with some relief that the mercenary Mr. Chesney's magic tours had ended eight years previous. While that is excellent news, the Wizards' University is now decidedly short of funds.
Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis
When the happy, carefree mouse Albert disappears, his family and friends brave the sewers of London, filled with cuthroat rats and ruled by the horrifying creature named Jupiter.
Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce (Darkangel, A Gathering of Gargoyles, and The Pearl of the soul of the World) The servant girl Aeriel must choose between destroying her vampire master for his evil deeds, or saving him for the sake of his beauty and the spark of greatness she has seen in him.
Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey
The first volume of this trilogy, Dragonsong, begins the story of Menolly, who is forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way. She runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.
Earthsea Novels by Ursula LeGuin (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea).
An apprentice wizard accidentally unleashes an evil power onto the land of Earthsea.
Elske by Cynthia Voight
Thirteen-year-old Elske escapes rape and certain death at the hands of the leaders of her barbaric society, and later becomes handmaiden to a rebellious noblewoman. Together they reclaim her rightful throne
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender Wiggins is recruited at age six for Battle School where Earth hopes to find a way to defeat the alien Buggers.
Eva by Peter Dickinson
After a terrible accident, Eva finds that she now resides in the body of a chimpanzee.
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) When the Galactic Empire began to die, when the ends of the Galaxy reverted to Barbarism and dropped away, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists planted a colony—the Foundation—to incubate art, science, and technology, and form the nucleus of the Second Empire.
Fours Crossing by Nancy Garden
Shortly after her mother's death, 13-year-old Melissa goes to live with her grandmother in a small New Hampshire town which is experiencing an odd unending winter.
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Kira, a disabled teen living in a futuristic hunter-gatherer society, is saved from death by her exceptional weaving skills. She learns the truth about her past and her people when she is taken under the wing of the powerful, mysterious Council of Guardians.
The Grave by James Heneghan
Thirteen-year-old Tom, an abused foster child from 1974 Liverpool, England, "visits" famine-stricken 1847 Ireland to assist a family mysteriously tied to his past. A compelling adventure precipitated by an accidental fall into a gravesite "filled with hundreds of decomposed bodies, human skeletons."
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
Interstellar Pig by William Sleator
The new neighbors at the summer cottage have a game to play that puts the future of our world at stake.
Last Book of the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
This fascinating and disturbing novel plunges readers into a fetid urban jungle years after the Big Shake ended civilization, where mindprobes provide the only escape from a crumbling society. Fourteen-year-old Spaz ventures through the savage Urb on a dangerous quest to save his sister.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King)
Elves, dwarves, hobbits, and men are caught in the spell of an evil corrupting ring.
Lost Years of Merlin Series by T.A. Barron (The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, Fires of Merlin, The Mirror of Merlin, and The Wings of Merlin)
A trilogy about the adventures of Merlin, a young magician.
Magic Can Be Murder by Vivian Vande Velde
After witnessing a murder while using her magic powers, Nola must decide whether to trust the handsome young lord sent to investigate the death, or to run away before he discovers that she and her mother are witches.
Patchwork People by Louise Lawrence
Hugh, a sixteen-year-old Welsh boy, is struggling to survive in an economy that is collapsing due to the depletion of natural resources and the closing of industries. When he befriends wealthy Helena, both of their lives are changed.
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques (Thirteen titles so far…Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, Legend of Luke, and Lord Brocktree)
The series begins when the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind by Patricia McKillip
In seeking the answer to the riddle of the three stars on his forehead and the three stars on the enchanted harp and sword, Morgan, Prince of Hed, goes ultimately to the High One, himself.
Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francisca Lia Block
Fairy tales retold with a new twist.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Seventh Tower Series by Garth Nix (The Fall, Castle, Aenir, Above the Veil, and Dark Revelation)
Tal, a Chosen of the Orange Order, is getting ready for the Day of Ascension--a day when all the 13-year-olds Chosen from the Castle of Seven Towers enter the spirit world of Aenir. But Tal’s father disappears with the family's only primary Sunstone, which Tal needs for the ascension. Without it, he cannot enter Aenir and bind himself to a Shadowspirit and without a Shadowspirit, Tal will lose both his Chosen status and any hope of finding a cure for his mother's mysterious illness.
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
In a savage post-nuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.
Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price
Deceit, battle, and romance transpire when a time travel tube links the world of the barbaric but likeable sixteenth century Sterkarms with people—some affectionate, some not—from the twenty-first century in this ripping-good tale of struggle between two times and cultures.
The Stones are Hatching by Geraldine McCaughrean
Eleven-year-old Phelim and his companions, a Maiden, a Fool, and a strange black Horse, journey to the Stoor Worm's lair to destroy the long-forgotten Worm and its Hatchlings, who have been roused from their slumber by the sounds of war.
Virtual War by Gloria Skurzinski
In a future world where global contamination has necessitated limited human contact, three young people with unique, genetically engineered abilities are teamed up to wage a war in virtual reality.
When the King Comes Home by Caroline Stevermer
Hail Rosamer creates a magical crown to vanquish the evil of Red Ned and save the souls of King Julian and Istvan.
Whitefox Chronicles by Gary Paulsen
Fourteen-year-old Cody Pierce, a.k.a. the White Fox, is forced to use his wits and courage to survive in a 2057 prison camp, after the United States is overthrown by dissidents in this fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat futuristic novel.
Wizardry Series by Diane Duane (So You Want to Be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, High Wizardry, and A Wizard Abroad)
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.