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Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

SAINT PHILOMENE’S INFIRMARY FOR MAGICAL CREATURES, by W. Stone Cotter

April 23, 2018

The story: Chance Jeopard would never have thought digging a hole would turn out to be so dangerous–although it was actually the underground mail system leading to Saint Philomene’s that really got him into trouble. When he tries to hand-deliver a lost letter, he finds out that humans are NOT welcome here–and now he’s trapped […]

THE HOTEL BETWEEN, by Sean Easley

April 23, 2018

The story: Their parents disappeared years ago, and Oma takes care of Cameron and Cassie. He’s worried about everything and even keeps a list of Worst Ways to Die–but when he has a chance to figure out what happened to Mom and Dad, Cam knows he has to take it…even if it means stepping into […]

THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW, (Nevermoor #1), by Jessica Townsend

March 26, 2018

The story: Morrigan Crow has always known she was doomed to die on her 12th birthday–so when Jupiter North swoops in and offers her a way out, she’s all over it. Even if it means she’ll never see her family again. Even if it means that the bad guys will continue to chase her. Even […]

EVERLESS, by Sara Holland

March 26, 2018

The story: Jules has a strange ability that allows her to bend time–or stop it completely…but her magic isn’t enough to keep her father alive. Left alone to solve the mystery of her birth, she learns that parents aren’t just blood relations, that friends can change, and that love doesn’t always choose wisely. Now if […]

THE ROAD TO EVER AFTER, by Moira Young

March 9, 2018

The story: Davy is homeless when Miss Flint hires him (okay, forces him) to drive her to her childhood home–even though he’s only 13, and even though he doesn’t know how to drive. That’s weird enough, but things get even stranger when they steal a turkey truck, dodge the police, and encounter a wild grassland […]

A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING, by Joe Ballarini

March 9, 2018

The story: Kelly just wants to stop being Invisible–but she never dreamed that becoming a Babysitter would lead her to fame and kick-butt adventures. That’s “Babysitter” with a capital B, of course–a group of monster fighters determined to take down the otherworldly bullies haunting the dreams of little kids everywhere. Who ever knew those monsters […]

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO, by F.C. Yee

March 9, 2018

The story: Genie Lo has always stood tall…really tall…but she never realized it was a clue to her true identity as the reincarnated staff of the gods. When cute but short Quentin Sun shows up at school, she feels an immediate connection to him. She put it down to hormones, but it turns out they […]

THE WIZARDS OF ONCE, by Cressida Cowell

March 9, 2018

The story: Wish, the Warrior queen’s daughter, isn’t a very good warrior. And Xar, son of King Encanto the Magnificent, isn’t much of a wizard. When Xar’s quest to capture a witch and steal her magic for himself brings him crashing into Wish instead, things immediately go wrong and nothing turns out quite as expected–especially […]

ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne

January 4, 2018

The story: Zivah is rose marked by a disease that will kill her. Dineas is scarred by torture and loss. Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, […]

THE GAUNTLET, by Karuna Riazi

October 17, 2017

The story: On her 12th birthday, an intriguing game gives itself to Farah” The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Before she knows it, she and her friends Alex and Essie are pulled into the game–literally–in search of her younger brother, Ahmad, who’s disappeared. They must overcome the dangerous challenges given by the Architect of the […]