Fantasy

Fire Bringer

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By Clement-Davies, David 

This book centers on a cast of deer, who often use their own special vocabulary (deer, for instance, are "Herla"; an insult to a Herla would be to call him a "brailah," or hedgehog). An ancient prophecy says that a fawn with an oak leaf-shaped mark on his forehead is destined to free his kind from the "lord of lies." When Rannoch is born with such a mark, the elders know to protect him from the power-hungry Lord of the Herd, Sgorr, and arrange his escape. Meanwhile, Sgorr conquers herd after herd. Rannoch doesn't want to fight, but he knows he must confront Sgorr and fulfill the rest of the prophecy.

City of Bones

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By Clare, Cassandra 

Clary witnesses a murder in a New York City nightclub--and the body disappears into thin air! It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing to show that a boy has died. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into their world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .Full of snappy dialogue like an episode of Buffy.  Sequels: City of Ashes, City of Glass.

 

The Demon King

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By Chima, Cinda Williams 

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

The Looking Glass Wars

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By Beddor, Frank 

Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, is forced to flee when her vicious aunt Redd murders her parents, the King and Queen of Hearts. She escapes through the Pool of Tears to Victorian London, but she finds she has no way home. Adopted by the Liddells, who christen her Alice Liddell and disapprove of her wild stories about Wonderland, Alyss begs Charles Dodgson to tell her real story.  Sequels: Seeing Red, Archenemy

Peter and the Starcatchers

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By Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson 

A “prequel” to Peter Pan: showing how he came to the Island of Lost Boys, how he got his magic and flying ability, how he met Wendy, etc. A rip-roaring good pirate yarn.

Merlin’s Dragon

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By Barron, T.A. 

Basil, a small, flying lizard who is searching for others like himself, discovers that there is more to him than he knows, as he becomes engaged in Avalon's great war between the evil Rhita Gawr and the forces of good.  Sequel: Doomraga's Revenge.

Child of the Dark Prophecy

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By Barron, T.A. 

When the peaceful world of Avalon (contained on the roots of a supernaturally big tree) begins to suffer mysterious droughts and darkness, the heir of Merlin is the only one who can save it. But is 17-year old Tamwyn the heir, or is he the child of the dark prophecy, who is destined to destroy Avalon? Loosely tied to the author’s Lost Years of Merlin series.  Sequels: Shadows on the Stars, The Eternal Flame.

Watership Down

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By Adams, Richard 

Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren so that they can live in peace.

Wintersmith

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By Pratchett, Terry 

At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she battled an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself—snow, gales, icicles—all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses out of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to Spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. It’s going to be a long winter, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until Spring—Spring won't come. (prequels: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky)

 

The Warrior Heir

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By Chima, Cinda Williams 

High school soccer player Jack has always had to take medicine for his heart condition. But when he can’t take it one day, he discovers that he really has a “warrior stone” in his heart, which gives him magical abilities and extraordinary strength, and that he is destined to fight a duel to the death against another warrior on behalf of the Houses of the Wizards. Both sides are coming after him to force him to fight for their side, or to kill him. (sequel: The Wizard Heir, third book: The Dragon Heir)

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