Fantasy & Science Fiction

11/10/2016 - 2:23am
Cover to Magyk by Angie Sage

In Angie Sage’s world of Magyk, when the seventh son of a seventh son is born to the humble wizard Silas Heap, of course, the new father takes it on himself to fetch healthful herbs from the local wise woman outside the city wall. They’ve only the one room for all the family to share, but it’s a happy place, and the new addition is welcome.

When Silas discovers another newborn child with violet eyes well-wrapped but abandoned in the snow, his heart opens even wider. He knows there will be room for this tiny girl. He is surprised when Marcia, the new ExtraOrdinary Wizard, appears and hurriedly tells him they must treat the child as if she were born to them. A matter of great secrecy. As he rushes home, he is passed by the midwife, carrying another small bundle—his son—wrapped in bandages and wailing that his newborn son Septimus is dead.

11/08/2016 - 3:35pm
If you like Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Twelve year-old Molly and her ten year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven year-old stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse. (catalog summary)

If you like spooky, chilling tales for kids, check out these titles as well:

 

The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright 
With the help of her younger sister and a family of dolls, Amy solves an old and haunting mystery. (catalog summary)

 

 


 

 

Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
With her beagle Henry and her new friend Quin, twelve-year-old Tee is determined to solve the mystery of "the Shadow", the ghostly animal that is believed to haunt the Alaskan wilderness near her new home in Nome. (catalog summary)

 




 

11/03/2016 - 11:27am
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

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Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. (catalog summary)

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Beswitched
by Kate Saunders
On her way, reluctantly, to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in 1935, the new girl at St. Winifred's, having been summoned via a magic spell by her new dormitory mates. (catalog summary)

 

 




The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in. (catalog summary)

11/03/2016 - 10:19am
If you like The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with—and protection from—Venice's "Thief Lord."

If you like The Thief Lord, check out these other titles:
 



Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story
by Jonathan Auxier
Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime. (catalog summary)




 



The Real Thief
by William Steig
When Gawain the goose is deserted by his friends after being unjustly convicted of stealing from his beloved king, the real thief is tortured by his conscience. (catalog summary)

 


11/03/2016 - 9:41am
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi

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The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (Book #1 in the series)
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences. (catalog summary)

If you enjoy The Spiderwick Chronicles, check out these other titles as well:




Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. (catalog summary)



 



The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. (catalog summary)
 

 


11/02/2016 - 12:42pm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (catalog summary)

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Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. (catalog summary)

 

 





Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Myster
y by Peter Abrahams
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. (catalog summary)

 

 

10/24/2016 - 9:47am
If you like the Bailey School Kids series

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The Bailey School Kids book series: Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade by Debbie Dadey
There are some pretty weird grown-ups in Bailey City! There's a new guidance counselor at Bailey Elementary School and he's giving the kids the creeps. No one understands why his skin is so pale, why he hides from the sun, or why his skin is deathly cold to the touch. But Counselor Drake couldn't really be Count Dracula, could he? (catalog summary)
 

If you like books like The Bailey School Kids, check out these other titles too!



The Fairy Tale Detectives
by Michael Buckley (part of the Sisters Grimm series)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. (catalog summary)

 






Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve
by Mary Pope Osborne (part of the Magic Treehouse series)
In their magic treehouse, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur's realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night. (catalog summary)


10/11/2016 - 1:26pm
If you like Short Stories (for Kids)

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A few selected short story books for Kids:

Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories that Cover All the Bases
Ten stories about the love of baseball, the fear of baseball, and everything in between. (catalog summary)
 

 


Classic Western Stories: The Most Beloved Stories
Stories, folktales, and poems with a western setting, including stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Indian legends, and tales of Lewis and Clark, among others. (catalog summary)

 





Dragons at the Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett
An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. (catalog summary)

 

 

09/22/2016 - 1:41pm
Cover to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I grew up on Harry Potter: going to the midnight release parties at Borders for the books, going to the movies as each one came out, and, of course, wishing that my Hogwarts letter would arrive, even if it was years later than Harry's, Hermione's, and Ron’s. One of the reasons that I loved the wizarding world that Harry Potter and his friends lived in was all the wonderful creatures they encountered, both the good and the bad. I would spend hours imagining how our muggle world would be different if they existed—or maybe . . . if we knew they existed.  

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