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By Pattou, EdithA young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.


The Alchemyst

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By Scott, Michael Dylan

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Book 1 of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel


Fire Thief

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By Deary, Terry

Retelling of the tale of Prometheus, in which Prometheus becomes a time traveller in order to escape the wrath of the gods and befriends a Victorian orphan. Prometheus gave fire to humans and was punished for it--only in this story, Zeus frees him and gives him a quest: find a human hero and Theus will be forgiven. The story of Theus alternates with the story of Jim, an orphan and a thief in 1858 who is narrating the whole book, in very funny style. In each volume of the trilogy, Theus befriends different characters as he travels through time.

 See also Book 2: Flight of the Fire Thief, Book 3: The Fire Thief Fights Back


Land of the Silver Apples

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By Farmer, NancyAfter escaping from the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard Jack plunges into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.The children from the sea of trolls brave their worst nightmares -- underground. Jack is amazed to have caused an earthquake. He is thirteen, after all, and only a bard-in-training. But his sister, Lucy, has been stolen by the lady of the lake; stolen a second time in her young life, as he learns to his Terror. Caught between belief in the old gods and Christianity (790 ad, Britain), Jack calls upon his ash wood staff to subdue a passel of unruly Monks, and, for his daring, ends up in a knucker hole. It is unforgettable -- for the boy and for readers -- as are the magical reappearance of the Berserker Thorgil from a burial by moss; new characters Pega, a slave girl from Jack's village, and the eager-to-marry-her bugaboo (a hobgoblin king); Kelpies; Yarthkins; and elves (not the enchanted sprites one would expect but the fallen angels of legend). Sequel to Sea of Trolls.


Sea of Trolls

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By Farmer, NancyAfter Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.



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By Harris, JoanneMaddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world. But better watch out for that trickster god Loki--he is not who he appears to be.



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By Pierce, Tamora

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.

This is Book 1 of The Legend of Beka Cooper and is a "prequel" story about an ancestor of many of this author's other books' characters.


The Cry of the Icemark

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By Hill, Stuart

After the death of her beloved father, headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader. Despite Thirrin's bravery and the support of Oskan, the Witch's son, the task proves more difficult than Thirrin ever dreamed. She must assemble a force to rival her opponent. And, in the chill winter of Icemark, she only has until spring to unite the strange beasts and frightening creatures who live just outside her country. Ultimately, it is Thirrin's vision and determination that will see her through to victory.

 See also Book 2: Blade of Fire


Skulduggery Pleasant

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By Landy, Derek

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: Ace Detective. Snappy Dresser. Razor-Tongued Wit. Crackerjack Sorcerer. And--walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton. He's also ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, an unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

See also Book 2: Playing With Fire



Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

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By Sanderson, BrandonOn his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.


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