The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

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By Patterson, James 

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence Earth and another planet are at stake.

Sequel: Daniel X: Watch the Skies


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By Paolini, Christopher 

In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

Sequels: Eldest, Brisingr


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By Oppel, Kenneth 

Set 65 milllion years ago, when Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species, as he is the first bat to echolocate and he and his colony have to fight off carnivorous beasts to survive.

Sequels: Sunwing, Firewing, Darkwing


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By Oppel, Kenneth 

Matt, a cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Mister Monday

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By Nix, Garth 

Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious fantastical house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key, and that is only the beginning of his trials in this very original series full of dark Nothing and evil Morrow Day people.

Book 1 in the Keys to the Kingdom series.

Midnight for Charlie Bone

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By Nimmo, Jenny 

Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers (one nice, one evil) undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking, and he must go to a spooky boarding school for “endowed” children.

Book 1 in the Children of the Red King series.


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By Meyer, Stephenie 

In the first book, Bella meets an unusual family of gorgeous teens, who turn out to be vampires. And she is falling in love with Edward, the most handsome of them all. But will she live long enough to be with him?

Sequels: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

Vampire Academy

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By Mead, Richelle 

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess (“Moroi”) Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose (a “dhampir”) are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Sequels: Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound


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By McCaffrey, Anne 

Classic tale of telepathic, teleporting dragons and the humans who bond with them for life. Dragonriders used to be trained to fight “Thread,” a deadly airborne organism that kills living things on contact, to keep their communities safe. But the traditions are dying out, because no Thread has fallen for hundreds of years; when it suddenly reappears, it is up to Lessa to rediscover the true abilities of dragons. Once you visit Pern, you’ll want to go back again and again.

Book 1 in the Dragonriders of Pern series.


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By Le Guin, Ursula  

In a city controlled by people who forbid any writing or reading of books, Memer escapes to a hidden library, where she takes on a pivotal role in freeing her war-torn homeland from its oppressive captors.

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