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)
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)
It’s been over a year since fourteen-year-old Eddie “Trash” Thalmeyer and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School found out about their special hidden talents. Trash can move things with his mind, Torchie is a fire-starter, Cheater reads minds, Lucky finds lost objects, Flinch can predict the future, and Martin can see into people’s souls. Now back home with their families, all the boys want to do is get back to their normal lives, start attending high school, and keep in touch with their friends from Edgeview.
When Trash tests his power in a bank and accidentally steals a fistful of cash, he is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of a shadowy company whose purpose is to gather information about psychic phenomena—and who is willing to do anything to get it…. Torchie, Cheater, Lucky, Flinch, and Martin join forces to rescue their friend using their hidden talents, and discover their true talents in the process.
A fun take on the Greek myths. In the first book,tThirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened. In the second book, Pandy, her friends Alcie and Iole, and her little dog Dido, brave many obstacles as they travel to Egypt in search of the second of the seven evils—vanity.
Lucy, seventeen and pregnant, has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter. She discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil? Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair.”
When young Halli Sveinsson plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny, forcing him to leave home and go on a hero's quest where he encounters highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match.
Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon's affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him (her) into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido.
Having reluctantly accompanied his mother and pesky younger sister to Oxford, where his mother is doing scholarly research, Blake stumbles across an ancient and magical book, secretly brought to England in 1453 by Gutenberg's mute apprentice to save it from evil forces, and which now draws Blake into a dangerous and life-threatening quest. Did we mention, only Blake can see the writing in this book?
Book 1 of His Dark Materials trilogy. Accompanied by her daemon, 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 opwer to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. A complex, beautiful, multilayered, epic story.
See also Book 2: The Subtle Knife, Book 3: The Amber Spyglass
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.
Book 1 of The Underland Chronicles