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
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
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.
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
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