Teen Booklist

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Firestorm

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    By Klass, David

    His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn’t broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He’d just be going out for pizza, playing football, trying yet again to score with his girlfriend, P.J. But he did break the record. He appeared on the news. And now they’ve found him. Jack plunges into a space-time–bending game of survival with no way out. The rules are shrouded in secrets. But one thing he learns fast: Trust no one. After centuries of abuse, the earth is dying, and it’s up to Jack to reverse the decline before the Turning Point, when nothing will ever be the same again. Beaten into shape by a ninja babe and a huge telepathic man’s best friend, Jack hurtles across the ocean to save the future from the present and to solve the mystery of his purpose. Exactly who, or what, is Firestorm, and what does it have to do with Jack? And what comes next when everything you have ever known turns out to be wrong?

     Sequel: Whirlwind

  • Foundling

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    By Cornish, D.M.

    Having grown up in a home for foundlings with a girl's name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter, though he really wants to be a monster fighter. He has several adventures along the way, as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. First in a new trilogy, set in a very detailed world with a glossary and maps.

    Book 1 in the Monster Blood Tattoo series.

  • Gifts

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    By Le Guin, Ursula K.

    When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

    See also: Book 2: Voices and Book 3: Powers

  • Gregor the Overlander

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    By Collins, Suzanne

    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

  • Heroes of the Valley

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    By Stroud, Jonathan

    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.

  • Impossible

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    By Werlin, Nancy

    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.”


  • Inkheart

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    By Funke, Cornelia

    Meggie’s father has a wonderful ability: when he reads a book aloud, characters in the book literally come to life. But when Mo “reads” the evil villain Capricorn out of his book, Meggie’s mother disappears *into* the book! Now Capricorn and his henchmen are chasing after Meggie and her father to use his “silvertongue” to carry out their dastardly plans.

    Sequels: Inkspell, Inkdeath

  • 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.