Fantasy

Vampire Kisses

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By Schreiber, Ellen 

The series revolves around the relationship of a goth girl named Raven Madison and her vampire boyfriend Alexander Sterling and the conflicts they must overcome to stay together.

Book 1 of the Vampire Kisses series.

Magyk

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By Sage, Angie 

After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.

Book 1 of the Septimus Heap series.

The Wizard of Rondo

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By Rodda, Emily 

Cousins Leo and Mimi return to the world of Rondo through their family's enchanted music box to rescue a missing wizard and foil the plans of the evil Blue Queen.

The Lightning Thief

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By Riordan, Rick 

Percy Jackson can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being at school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Full of Greek mythology humor.

Book 1 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

The Chaos Code

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By Richards, Justin 

Fifteen-year-old Matt and his new friend Robin search the globe to retrieve an ancient code--rumored to have brought down the ancient civilization of Atlantis--from the hands of a madman who is bent on destroying the modern world. Cool mix of modern technology and ancient mystical magic.

The Golden Compass

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By Pullman, Phillip 

Accompanied by her daemon Pantalaimon (her other half, psychically linked to her and able to change into any animal form), Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Talking armored bears and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. A complex, beautiful, multilayered epic story.

Sequels: The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

Alanna: The First Adventure

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By Pierce, Tamora 

Strong female characters who can kick butt, using magic or swords or both. Well-developed universe where gods often appear to mortals.

Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness series.

Mouse Guard Fall 1152

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By Peterson, David 

Adventures of three mice, Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam patrol borders, and strive to make safeways to keep the mouse territories free from predators.

Dragonspell

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By Paul, Donita K. 

After 14 years as a slave girl, Kale is free, because of a dragon's egg. Since she found it, the village elders have decided that she must present herself and the egg to the great wizards of the walled city of Vendela, where she expects to become a servant of Paladin, the earthly representative of Wulder, supreme being of Amara. Her journey is interrupted by ogres and along the way she discovers more dragon eggs. Two of her eggs hatch on the way and become her constant companions. To them, Kale is much more than just a slave girl–she is the last of the great Allerion dragon-keepers.

Sequels: Dragonquest, Dragonknight, Dragonfire

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

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By Patterson, James 

Max leads her “flock” of "birdkids," flying kids and teens that are the result of genetic experimentation, away from the scientists who have kept them in cages. But when mutant Erasers (wolf-hybrids) abduct the youngest member of their group, Max must lead the flock right back where they least want to go: to the dangerous grounds of the lab they’ve escaped from. Action-packed, fast-paced adventure and humor.

Book 1 of the Maximum Ride series.

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