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Beyond Harry: Fantasy for Tweens and Teens

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These are critically acclaimed and/or award-winning books that take tweens, teens (and adults) out of their own worlds and into others, so that eventually realities begins to blend (and that's a good thing!). Check out the recommended ages for each book to make sure readers are ready for the themes the books explore.
The Rahtrum Chronicles

The Rahtrum Chronicles

The Dream
edition:Paperback

The Dream is the first book in a tension-building trilogy, The Rahtrum Chronicles by R.K. McLay. A work of literary fiction, this young adult, fantasy, adventure story is unlike any before it. The Dream transports readers into the far north of the Yukon Territory (where the epic journey begins) and envelopes them in the vastness of nature. Once there, readers inhabit a harsh and natural world that is faithfully rendered, but also delicately infused with magic. A world that is populated by reima …

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The Night Garden

The Night Garden

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

From Newbery Honor--and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath, a magical middle grade novel that features a garden that grants wishes.

It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base where he is stationed because she suspects he's up to no good. Soon after the chi …

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The Hunt of the Dragon

The Hunt of the Dragon

edition:Hardcover

A page-turning story that moves between the modern world of a teenager and a dangerous world where mythical legends live.

Two years have passed since Elayne returned from the magical world behind the unicorn tapestries in the Cloisters Museum of New York, and things finally seem to be settling down. But when reports start coming in on the news about an unusual two-headed snake that was caught in the city's sewers, Elayne knows that the world of Goloth is not quite ready to let her go yet. After h …

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Bright's Light

Bright's Light

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
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Like all the girls at the House of Gear, Bright has a higher purpose: to be, like, awesome. That means Bright’s engineered body must always look perfect. It means she must be appealing at all times. The minders are watching, after all. The minders see everything.

One of them, Grassly, is on a mission that will lead Bright toward a new future while exposing her to incredible danger. If the other minders catch a whiff of curiosity, rebelliousness or free will, they may decide it’s time to reboo …

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The Lake and the Library

The Lake and the Library

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Wishing for something more than her adventureless life, 16-year-old Ash eagerly awaits the move she and her mother are taking from their dull, drab life in the prairie town of Treade. But as Ash counts the days, she finds her way into a mysterious, condemned building on the outskirts of townدne that has haunted her entire childhood with secrets and questions. What she finds inside is an untouched library, inhabited by an enchanting mute named Li. Brightened by LiÓ³ charm and his indulgence …

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Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Wildlings Series Book 1
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

 

For the past six months, something has been happening to young people in Santa Feliz.  Week after week, there's news of another teen changing shape, transforming from human to wild animal and back again.  The federal government has stepped in, asking affected youth to turn themselves in for "orientation and training."

 

 

Josh Saunders has seen the news reports, but he's still unprepared when it happens to him.  One minute he's arguing with his mother's boyfriend and the next he's looming over th …

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Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows

Age of Legends
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
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The first book of a bold and hugely anticipated new YA trilogy by the phenomenal Kelley Armstrong--now in paperback!!
     In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
     Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.
     Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters' journey to find each o …

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The Girl with Borrowed Wings

The Girl with Borrowed Wings

edition:Hardcover

A stunningly written tale of an isolated girl and the shape-shifting boy who shows her what freedom could be--if only she has the courage to take it

Controlled by her father and bound by desert, Frenenqer Paje’s life is tediously the same, until a small act of rebellion explodes her world and she meets a boy, but not just a boy--a Free person, a winged person, a shape-shifter. He has everything Frenenqer doesn’t. No family, no attachments, no rules. At night, he flies them to the far-flung p …

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