Fantasy

Gifts

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By Le Guin, Ursula K. 

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

See also: Book 2: Voices and Book 3: Powers

Atherton: The House of Power

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By Carman, Patrick 

The world of Atherton consists of three distinct, interconnected lands stacked atop each other like a layer cake, At the top are the Highlands, home to Atherton's rich and oppressive ruling class; the middle layer is the Flatlands, populated by Atherton's subservient working class; the bottom layer is The Wastelands, where none dare venture, for the few that have done so have never been heard from again. Edgar, an eleven-year-old orphan, finds a book that reveals significant secrets about Atherton, the strictly divided world on which he lives, even as geological changes threaten to shift the power structure that allows an elite few to live off the labor of others.

See also Book 2: Rivers of Fire

The Amulet of Samarkand

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By Stroud, Jonathan 

In this version of England, the upper class are magicians who get their power by enslaving djinni (genies) and other magical creatures. Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Book I of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. See also Book 2: Cover image The Golem's Eye, and Book 3: Cover imagePtolemy's Gate

Searching for Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

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By Wrede, Patricia C. 

With the aid of King Mandanbar, Princess Cimorene rescues the dragon Kazul and saves the Enchanted Forest from a band of wicked wizards. A spoof of conventional fairy tales. Book I in a series.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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By Pratchett, Terry  A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king. Set in the Discworld universe.

Skellig

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By Almond, David 

Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

Blood and Chocolate

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By Klause, Annette Curtis  Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Sabriel

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By Nix, Garth 

Welcome to the Old Kingdom, a world of necromancy, seers, dangerous monsters and talking animals, even a Disreputable Dog. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets off to find him. Her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Unlike other necromancers, who raise the dead, Abhorsen lays the disturbed dead back to rest. And Sabriel must help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead.

 See also: Book 2: Lirael, Book 3: Abhorsen

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