Fantasy.

Adult:

T. J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea (2020).

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.” 

T. J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door (2021).

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with.” 

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937).

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.” 

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954).

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.”

Patricia McKillip, The Riddle-Master of Hed (1976).

Riddle-Master #1.

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum. But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One’s Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles; the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.”

Neil Gaiman, Stardust (1998).

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.”

Reluctant Hero.

Adult:

Patricia McKillip, The Riddle-Master of Hed (1976).

Riddle-Master #1.

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum. But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One’s Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles; the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.”

Orphan.

Middle-Grade:

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1910).

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children’s literature, The Secret Garden has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997).

Harry Potter #1.

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.”

Amanda Foody, The Accidental Apprentince (2021).

Wilderlore #1.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.”

Astrid Lindgren, Rasmus and the Vagabond (1956).

Dreaming of a home of his own, Rasmus runs away from the orphanage and meets Paradise Oscar, a remarkable tramp who takes Rasmus along on his travels, where they encounter adventure from both robbers and police.”

Young Adult:

Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky (2015).

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

 This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.”

Dinosaurs.

Picture Books:

Ryan T. Higgins, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates (2018).

Penelope the dinosaur starts school, but it’s hard to make friends when her classmates are so delicious!

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all… Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.”

Ларс Мэле и Ларс Рудебьер (2021).

Друзья-динозаврики №1.

Каждая книга серии «Друзья-динозаврики» рассказывает об одном дне из жизни тираннозаврика Расмуса Рекса и его лучшего друга Трима Троодона. В первой книге друзья идут через густой и опасный болотный лес, чтобы не пропустить радостное событие: у мамы Трима вот-вот проклюнется яйцо. Родители строго-настрого запрещают им ходить через лес, тем более недавно там объявилось какое-то громадное чудовище. Трусоватый и послушный Расмус предлагает идти в обход, но бесстрашный искатель приключений Трим тащит его короткой дорогой через трясину. На каждом шагу друзей подстерегает опасность, и душа у Расмуса поминутно уходит в пятки от страха. Правда, всякий раз тревога оказывается ложной: в лесу они натыкаются на своих друзей, каждый из которых занят каким-то очень важным делом. А потом они встречают строгую маму Расмуса — сейчас им влетит за то, что они нарушили запрет! Однако мама Рекс, узнав, что у Трима должен появиться братишка, смягчается и провожает их до пещеры Трима. А там всех их ждет сюрприз. Из яйца вылупляется не братишка и даже не сестренка Трима, а совсем другой детеныш…

Серию книг о приключениях друзей-динозавриков сочинили и нарисовали писатель Ларс Мэле и художник Ларс Рудебьер. Они создали целую страну Динозаврию, где на каждой странице ребенка ждет что-то смешное и неожиданное. В книге много диалогов, поэтому она отлично подойдет для чтения вслух или разыгрывания по ролям с детьми от 4-х лет.


Кроме увлекательного сюжета и симпатичных героев в начале и конце книги есть небольшая познавательная часть. Маленькие читатели узнают некоторые интересные факты о том, кто такие динозавры, когда они жили на Земле и почему исчезли, и познакомятся с настоящими динозаврами — прототипами героев книги.”

Ларс Мэле и Ларс Рудебьер (2021).

Друзья-динозаврики № 2.

Каждая книга серии «Друзья-динозаврики» рассказывает об одном дне из жизни тираннозаврика Расмуса Рекса и его лучшего друга Трима Троодона. Во второй книге действие происходит на пляже Маленького озера, куда по случаю солнечной погоды пришла позагорать вся семья Рексов. Трим зовет Расмуса купаться, но тому больше нравится лежать на теплом песочке. Тут появляется старший братец Расмуса Робин и, как обычно, начинает задираться и дразниться. А потом предлагает Расмусу и Триму устроить заплыв до острова и обратно. Вся эта затея не сулит Расмусу ничего хорошего: сказать по правде, плавает он неважно, да еще эти слухи о морском чудовище, которое якобы видели в озере. Скрепя сердце он принимает вызов, только чтобы доказать противному братцу, что никакой он не трус. Никто не сомневается, что победит Робин — он всегда выигрывает. Однако совершенно неожиданно у Расмуса находится защитник, и Робин получает хороший урок.

Серию книг о приключениях друзей-динозавриков сочинили и нарисовали писатель Ларс Мэле и художник Ларс Рудебьер. Они создали целую страну Динозаврию, где на каждой странице ребенка ждет что-то смешное и неожиданное. В книге много диалогов, поэтому она отлично подойдет для чтения вслух или разыгрывания по ролям с детьми от 4-х лет.

Кроме увлекательного сюжета и симпатичных героев в начале и конце книги есть небольшая познавательная часть. Маленькие читатели узнают некоторые интересные факты о том, кто такие динозавры, когда они жили на Земле и почему исчезли, познакомятся с настоящими динозаврами — прототипами героев книги.”

Ларс Мэле и Ларс Рудебьер (2021).

Друзья-динозаврики № 3.

Каждая книга серии «Друзья-динозаврики» рассказывает об одном дне из жизни тираннозаврика Расмуса Рекса и его лучшего друга Трима Троодона. В третьей книге Трим зовет Расмуса разведать, что лежит к северу от Динозаврии, за Скалистыми горами. Трусишка Расмус опасается, что за горами живут крокодилокомары и прочие монстрозавры, и не хочет уходить из дома без спросу. Но настоящий искатель приключений Трим убеждает его, что за горами есть только хорошие, добрые динозавры. И что они с Расмусом быстро добегут до края карты, заглянут за Скалистые горы и тут же вернуться. Никто даже не узнает. Но быстро не получается. Впереди друзей ждут отвесные скалы, крутые подъемы и прочие опасности, и неизвестно, чем мог бы закончиться этот поход, если бы не бдительность мамы Рекс.

Серию книг о приключениях друзей-динозавриков сочинили и нарисовали писатель Ларс Мэле и художник Ларс Рудебьер. Они создали целую страну Динозаврию, где на каждой странице ребенка ждет что-то смешное и неожиданное. В книге много диалогов, поэтому она отлично подойдет для чтения вслух или разыгрывания по ролям с детьми от 4-х лет.

Кроме увлекательного сюжета и симпатичных героев в начале и конце книги есть небольшая познавательная часть. Маленькие читатели узнают некоторые интересные факты о том, кто такие динозавры, когда они жили на Земле и почему исчезли, познакомятся с настоящими динозаврами — прототипами героев книги.”

Chapter Books:

Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House. Dinosaurs Before Dark (1992).

Magic Tree House #1.

Jack and Annie’s very first fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?”

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House The Graphic Novel: Dinosaurs Before Dark (2021).

The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

For the first time in graphic novel–live the adventure again in the very first Magic Tree House book, with new art from comic artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews!”

Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dinosaurs (2000).

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #1.

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, they had lots of questions. When did the dinosaurs live? What other animals lived at that time? Which dinosaur was biggest? How do we know about dinosaurs? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

Uknown Parent/s.

Middle-Grade:

Shannon Messenger, Keeper of the Lost Cities (2012).

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.”

Young Adult:

Emma Lord, WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE (2022).

Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star. Not her lovable but super-introverted dad, who after raising Millie alone, doesn’t want to watch her leave home to pursue her dream. Not her pesky and ongoing drama club rival, Oliver, who is the very definition of Simmering Romantic Tension. And not the “Millie Moods,” the feelings of intense emotion that threaten to overwhelm, always at maddeningly inconvenient times. Millie needs an ally. And when a left-open browser brings Millie to her dad’s embarrassingly moody LiveJournal from 2003, Millie knows just what to do. She’s going to find her mom.

There’s Steph, a still-aspiring stage actress and receptionist at a talent agency. There’s Farrah, ethereal dance teacher who clearly doesn’t have the two left feet Millie has. And Beth, the chipper and sweet stage enthusiast with an equally exuberant fifteen-year-old daughter (A possible sister?! This is getting out of hand). But how can you find a new part of your life and expect it to fit into your old one, without leaving any marks? And why is it that when you go looking for the past, it somehow keeps bringing you back to what you’ve had all along?”

Dragons.

Middle-Grade.

Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons (1990).

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1.

Determined not to be pushed into a marriage to a boring and proper prince, Princess Cimerone flees her kingdom and becomes an assistant to the dragon Kazul.”

Princess.

Chapter Books.

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, The Princess in Black (2014).

The Princess in Black #1.

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.”

Middle-Grade.

Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons (1990).

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1.

Determined not to be pushed into a marriage to a boring and proper prince, Princess Cimerone flees her kingdom and becomes an assistant to the dragon Kazul.”

Gods Among Us.

Greek mythology.

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2005).

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he’s not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he’s coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he’s angered a few of them: Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

Germanic heroic legend – The Song of the Nibelungs.

Фрауке Шойнеманн, Генри Смарт, пицца и магические сокровища (2021).

Генри Смарт №1.

Генри Смарт – обычный подросток, который просто хотел заказать пиццу. Кто же знал, что после того злополучного звонка в пиццерию его завербуют в магические агенты?! Теперь Генри придётся попотеть: ведь спасать мир от тёмных сил ужасно сложно!

Когда Генри приехал с папой в крошечный немецкий городок на каникулы, он думал, что умрёт здесь со скуки. Но не тут-то было! По ошибке он вызвал не доставщика пиццы, а секретных агентов, находящихся на службе… у главного германского бога! Теперь выхода нет: придётся помогать им в борьбе против злобного карлика Альбериха, задумавшего поработить весь мир. Генри нужно срочно найти заколдованное золото, за которым охотится Альберих! И всё это в компании одной вредной валькирии, самовлюблённого героя-силача и ясновидящей старушки!”

Time Travel.

Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me (2010).

Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone.

 It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it..”

Фрауке Шойнеманн, Генри Смарт, пицца и магические сокровища (2021).

Генри Смарт №1.

Генри Смарт – обычный подросток, который просто хотел заказать пиццу. Кто же знал, что после того злополучного звонка в пиццерию его завербуют в магические агенты?! Теперь Генри придётся попотеть: ведь спасать мир от тёмных сил ужасно сложно!

Когда Генри приехал с папой в крошечный немецкий городок на каникулы, он думал, что умрёт здесь со скуки. Но не тут-то было! По ошибке он вызвал не доставщика пиццы, а секретных агентов, находящихся на службе… у главного германского бога! Теперь выхода нет: придётся помогать им в борьбе против злобного карлика Альбериха, задумавшего поработить весь мир. Генри нужно срочно найти заколдованное золото, за которым охотится Альберих! И всё это в компании одной вредной валькирии, самовлюблённого героя-силача и ясновидящей старушки!”

Ponies.

Фрауке Шойнеманн и Антье Циллат, Дело о похищенных карпах (2020).

Булли и Лина: Друзья-Детективы №1.

Булли – пони, который терпеть не может детей. Лина – девочка, которая о-очень боится пони. Казалось бы, их встреча должна была закончиться катастрофой! Но неожиданно Булли и Лина стали… друзьями! Вместе они разгадывают тайны и обожают приключения!

Провести все каникулы в деревне – ну что может быть хуже?! Именно так думала Лина, когда вместе с мамой приехала в дом дяди Хэйпа, чтобы присмотреть за его любимыми карпами кои, очень дорогими рыбками. Самое ужасное, что по соседству расположилась ферма с пони, а Лина терпеть не может лошадей! Но когда из пруда дяди Хэйпа стали пропадать карпы, выяснилось, что помочь Лине поймать вора может только Булли, пони-чемпион. Получится ли у них найти общий язык и разоблачить коварного похитителя?”

Movie Making.

Chapter Books:

Jenny Dale, Star Paws (1997).

Puppy Patrol #5.

Neil and Emily are thrilled that their favorite TV show is going to be filmed at a local castle. Especially since they’ll get to meet the star Prince, a beautiful cocker spaniel! But problems start when Prince misbehaves in front of the camera. Neil is sure he knows what’s wrong but can he solve the problem before Prince gets dropped from the show?”

Middle Grade:

Jeff Kinney, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood (2010).

The first “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie opened on March 19, 2010, and earned over $75 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful films of the year. With “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary,” author Jeff Kinney shared his Hollywood experience on the set and explained to readers how a major motion picture gets made. That was just the beginning of the story. Now, in this revised and expanded edition, Jeff Kinney fills in the rest of the moviemaking process with more inside stories, new artwork, and exclusive images. Also included is a special sneak peek at “Rodrick Rules,” the new movie coming in March 2011. This revised and expanded edition of “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary” is the perfect companion to the bestselling series.

A NEWER, REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF THIS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (DOG DAYS EDITION), ISBN 978-1419706424. INCLUDES 32 NEW PAGES ABOUT THE THIRD WIMPY KID MOVIE, DOG DAYS, PLUS AN ALL-NEW COVER ILLUSTRATION.

Competition.

Middle Grade:

Ella Gray, Narissa’s Big Race (2015).

Sea Riders #1.

Trouble is brewing under the sea!

The Sea Riders are an elite team that patrols Oceana and keeps it safe. Narissa wants to join more than anything. But she’s not the only one! To earn a spot at the Sea Rider Academy, Narissa must win an epic sea horse race against some very tough competitors — including nasty sea nymph Tempestua. Only Narissa’s never ridden a sea horse before. Now it’s time for her to sink or swim!”

B. B. Alston, Amari and the Night Brothers (2021).

Supernatural Investigations #1.

Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.”

Kaela Rivera, Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls (2021).

Cece Rios #1.

Living in the remote town of Tierra del Sol is dangerous, especially in the criatura months, when powerful spirits roam the desert and threaten humankind. But Cecelia Rios has always believed there was more to the criaturas, much to her family’s disapproval. After all, only brujas—humans who capture and control criaturas—consort with the spirits, and brujeria is a terrible crime.

When her older sister, Juana, is kidnapped by El Sombrerón, a powerful dark criatura, Cece is determined to bring Juana back. To get into Devil’s Alley, though, she’ll have to become a bruja herself—while hiding her quest from her parents, her town, and the other brujas. Thankfully, the legendary criatura Coyote has a soft spot for humans and agrees to help her on her journey.

With him at her side, Cece sets out to reunite her family—and maybe even change what it means to be a bruja along the way.”

Amanda Foody, The Accidental Apprentice (2021).

Wilderlore #1.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000).

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.”

Jessica Townsend, The Trials of Morrigan Crow (2017).

Nevermoor #1.

A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.”

Young Adult:

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (2008).

The Hunger Games #1.

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.”

Lyla Lee, I’ll Be the One (2020).

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.”

Amparo Ortiz, Blazewrath Games (2020).

Blazewrath Games #1.

A fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.”

Adult:

Sarah Beth Durst, Race the Sands (2020).

In this stand-alone fantasy, Durst introduces an imaginative new world in which a pair of strong and determined women risk their lives battling injustice, corruption, and deadly enemies in their quest to become monster-racing champions.

Life, death, and rebirth – in Becar, who you are in this life will determine your next life. Yet there is hope – you can change your destiny with the choices you make. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and are doomed to be a kehok for the rest of time.

Unless you can win the Races.

After a celebrated career as an elite kehok rider, Tamra became a professional trainer. Then a tragic accident shattered her confidence, damaged her reputation, and left her nearly broke. Now, she needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her, and that means she must once again find a winning kehok…and a rider willing to trust her.

Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she needs a first-rate trainer.

Impressed by the inexperienced young woman’s determination, Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win – if he can be tamed.

But in this sport, if you forget you’re riding on the back of a monster, you die. Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races – and in the process, discover what makes this particular kehok so special.”

Graphic Novels:

Molly Knox Ostertag, The Midwinter Witch (2019).

The Witch Boy #3.

The acclaimed graphic novel world of The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch comes to a thrilling conclusion in this story of friendship, family, and finding your true power.

Magic has a dark side . . .Aster always looks forward to the Midwinter Festival, a reunion of the entire Vanissen family that includes competitions in witchery and shapeshifting. This year, he’s especially excited to compete in the annual Jolrun tournament-as a witch. He’s determined to show everyone that he’s proud of who he is and what he’s learned, but he knows it won’t be easy to defy tradition.Ariel has darker things on her mind than the Festival-like the mysterious witch who’s been visiting her dreams, claiming to know the truth about Ariel’s past. She appreciates everything the Vanissens have done for her. But Ariel still craves a place where she truly belongs.The Festival is a whirlwind of excitement and activity, but for Aster and Ariel, nothing goes according to plan. When a powerful and sinister force invades the reunion, threatening to destroy everything the young witches have fought for, can they find the courage to fight it together? Or will dark magic tear them apart?”