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Redemption.

Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys (2015).

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?”

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Epistolary.

Middle-Grade:

Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, To Night Owl from Dogfish (2019).

Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.

When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends–and possibly, one day, even sisters.

But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can’t imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?”

Adult:

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (1929).

In 1903, a student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a well-known Austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value. The older artist, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), replied to the novice in this series of letters—an amazing archive of remarkable insights into the ideas behind Rilke’s greatest poetry. The ten letters reproduced here were written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, and they contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. The poet himself afterwards stated that his letters contained part of his creative genius, making this volume essential reading for scholars, poetry lovers, and anyone with an interest in Rilke, German poetry, or the creative impulse.” 

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Writing.

Jessica Brody, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel (2018).

SAVE THE CAT!® by Blake Snyder is a popular screenwriting book series and storytelling methodology used by screenwriters, directors, and studio execs across Hollywood. Now, for the first time ever, bestselling author and writing teacher, Jessica Brody, takes the beloved Save the Cat! plotting principals and applies them to the craft of novel writing in this exciting new “workshop style” guide, featuring over 20 full beat sheets from popular novels throughout time.

Whether you’re writing your first novel or your seventeenth, Save the Cat! breaks down plot in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method so you can write stories that resonate! This book can help you with any of the following:

Outlining a new novel
Revising an existing novel
Breaking out of the dreaded “writer’s block”
Fixing a “broken” novel
Reviewing a completed novel
Fleshing out/test driving a new idea to see if it “has legs”
Implementing feedback from agents and/or editors
Helping give constructive feedback to other writers

But above all else, SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL will help you better understand the fundamentals and mechanics of plot, character transformation, and what makes a story work!”

Daniel Joshua Rubin, 27 Essential Principles of Story (2020).

Open your notebook, take out your pen, and welcome a bold new approach to teaching the art of great storytelling. In 27 lessons, drawn from 27 critical moments at the heart of 27 diverse narratives—from plays, novels, movies, television, and even songs and video games—Daniel Joshua Rubin unlocks the secrets of what makes a story work and then teaches us how to understand and use each principle in our own storytelling.

Rubin, an incisive and no BS teacher, writing consultant, and founder of the Story 27 Studio, expands our understanding of narrative by drilling into examples ranging from Hamlet to The Godfather, Parts I and II, from Harry Potter to an episode of South Park, and unearthing exactly what makes each scene tick. The result is a collection of priceless advice: Escalate Risk , with an example from Pulp FictionWrite Characters to the Top of Their Intelligence , from the Eminem song “Stan.” Explore All Endings , from HBO’s The Night OfAttack Your Theme , from The Brothers Karamazov. Peel the Onion , from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of MaladiesClash Expectation with Reality , from Breaking Bad. After each principle comes a lesson in how to do it, plus a Mini Final Exam and Related Principles from other sources.

Rubin’s writing is the writing we all aspire to: insightful, encouraging, filled with attitude; the examples are relatable, contemporary, and fresh. For writers, storytellers, filmmakers, video game designers, podcasters, writing teachers, and anyone interested in how story works, it’s a guide that turns the traditional writing manual on its head, drawing from a world of diverse voices and sources and media. In other words, from where contemporary storytellers find their inspiration.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (1929).

In 1903, a student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a well-known Austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value. The older artist, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), replied to the novice in this series of letters—an amazing archive of remarkable insights into the ideas behind Rilke’s greatest poetry. The ten letters reproduced here were written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, and they contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. The poet himself afterwards stated that his letters contained part of his creative genius, making this volume essential reading for scholars, poetry lovers, and anyone with an interest in Rilke, German poetry, or the creative impulse.” 

Борис Акунин, Русский в Англии (2021).

Перед вами необычный самоучитель, написанный Борисом Акуниным. Вас ждут нескучная теория, непростые, но очень интересные задания и, конечно, примеры их выполнения. Это мастер-класс творческого письма в десяти уроках и одновременно сборник увлекательных новелл и историко-литературных эссе. Если вы давно хотели попробовать свои силы в беллетристике, то вряд ли найдете более интересное и полезное пособие для обучения. Изучайте, следуйте советам автора, и результаты не заставят себя ждать.”

Graphic Novels:

Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers (2021).

In Why She Wrote, dive into the fascinating, unexpected, and inspiring stories behind the greatest women writers in the English language.

This compelling graphic collection features 18 women—including Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Anne Lister, and more—and asks a simple question: in a time when being a woman writer often meant being undervalued, overlooked, or pigeonholed, why did she write?

Why did Jane Austen struggle to write for five years before her first novel was ever published? How did Edith Maude Eaton’s writing change the narrative around Chinese immigrant workers in North America? Why did the Brontë sisters choose to write under male pennames, and Anne Lister write her personal diaries in code?

Learn about women writers from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, from familiar favorites to those who have undeservedly fallen into obscurity, and their often untold histories, including:

• The forgotten mother of the gothic genre
• The unexpected success of Little Women
• The diaries of the “first modern lesbian”
• The lawsuit to protect Little Lord Fauntleroy
• The personal account of a mastectomy in 1811
• Austen’s struggles with writer’s block
• And much, much more!

Why She Wrote highlights a significant moment from each writer’s life and retells it through engaging and accessible comics, along with biographical text, bibliographies, and fun facts. For aspiring writers, literary enthusiasts, and the Janeite who has everything, this new collection highlights these incredible women’s hardships, their influence, and the spark that called them to write.”

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Holocaust.

Middle-Grade:

Nonfiction:

The Anne Frank House. All about Anne (2018).

Anne Frank’s life story is told by answering the most frequently asked questions posed by young people visiting the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam. Text, detailed photographs and beautiful illustrations combine to give the fullest picture of Anne’s life, her diary and the Secret Annex. The book provides both an overview of the history of World War II and the Holocaust as well as intimate insights into the life of Anne Frank.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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?”

book lists

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.”

Kelley Armstrong, A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying (2019).

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying #1.

Monster hunting isn’t for the faint of heart—the first in a brand-new middle-grade series by NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.

Twelve-year-old Rowan is next in line to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the rule is, the oldest child is next in line, even if she is only older by two minutes. She resigns herself to admiring her royal monster hunter aunt’s official sword and having tea with dignitaries with her mother, the queen. But a tragic event breaks up longstanding rules, and now Rowan finds herself in hunt of a dangerous gryphon.

Accompanied by a feisty and determined baby jackalope and a giant wolf that barely tolerates her, she sets off on a journey that will see her join forces with other unlikely allies: a boy who has ambitions of his own to hunt monsters, and a girl from a nearby clan with hidden motives for befriending Rowan. It will take all of Rowan’s skills, both physical and diplomatic, to keep this journey on track. The future of the kingdom depends on it.”

book lists

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!”