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Fantasy for Junior High Teens

These titles are located throughout the library; please find the location in the catalog by clicking on the title.

Alexander, Lloyd – Iron Ring (283 pages) - Driven by his sense of dharma, or honor, young King Tamar sets off on a perilous journey, with significance greater than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life.

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia – Hawksong (243 pages) – Atwater-Rhodes loves to write fantasy romances, in a land that has been at war so long that no one remembers the reason for fighting, the shapeshifters who rule the two factions agree to marry in the hope of bringing peace, despite deep-seated fear and distrust of each other.

Augarde, Steve – The Various (447 pages) – While staying on her uncle's rundown farm in the Somerset countryside, twelve-year-old Midge discovers that she has a special connection to the Various, a tribe of "strange, wild—and sometimes deadly" fairies struggling to maintain their existence in the nearby woods.

Barker, Clive – Abarat (388 pages) – Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.

Barron, T.A. – The Child of the Dark Prophecy (434 pages) – In accordance with prophecy, Avalon's existence is threatened in the year that stars stop shining and at the time when both the dark child and Merlin's heir are to be revealed.

Bass, L. G. – Sign of the Qin (383 pages) – In long-ago China, Prince Zong, the mortal young Starlord chosen to save humankind from destruction, joins the twin outlaws, White Streak and Black Whirlwind, to fight the Lord of the Dead and his demon hordes.

Bell, Hilari – The Goblin Wood (294 pages) – A young Hedgewitch, an idealistic knight, and an army of clever goblins fight against the ruling hierarchy that is trying to rid the land of all magical creatures.

Billingsley, Franny – The Folk Keeper (162 pages) – Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.

Brennan, Herbie – Faerie Wars (367 pages) – Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.

Browne, N.M. – The Hunted (335 pages) – A young woman in a coma becomes a magical red fox in another space and time, where she plays a vital role in a rebellion against the king.

Carmondy, Isobelle – Night Gate (272 pages) – Young Rage Winnoway and her closest friends—her four dogs—set off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma. On the way, they run into the firecat, who talks them into going through a magical gate.

Chima, Cinda Williams – The Warrior Heir  (426 pages) – After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.

Clement-Davies, David - The Sight (465 pages) – In Transylvania during the Middle Ages, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to prevent their enemy from calling upon a legendary evil one that will give her the power to control all animals.

Crossley-Holland, Kevin – The Seeing Stone (342 pages) – The first book in theArthur trilogy, in late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.

Del Vecchio, Gene – The Pearl of Anton (256 pages) – Jason Del struggles to master himself and the Pearl of Anton in order to defend humanity in the Final Contest.

Dickinson, Peter – The Ropemaker (375 pages) – When the magic that protects their Valley starts to fail, Tilja and her companions journey into the evil Empire to find the ancient magician Faheel, who originally cast those spells.

Duane, Diane – So You Want to Be a Wizard? (226 pages) – The first book in theYoung Wizards series, thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.

Fisher, Catherine – The Oracle Betrayed (341 pages) – After she is chosen to be "Bearer-of-the-god," Mirany questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon.

Flanagan, John – The Ruins of Gorlan (249 pages) – The first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Hale, Shannon – The Goose Girl (383 pages) – On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the throne that is rightfully hers.

Hart, James – Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth (342 pages) – Describes the youthful adventures of J. M. Barrie's classic character, Captain Hook, from his days at Eton to his voyages on the high sea.

Kaaberbol, Lene – The Shamer’s Daughter (235 pages) – After her mother, a Shamer, is summoned to Dunark for a mission, ten-year-old Dina is forced to use her own special powers as she is caught up in an adventure of political intrigue and survival.

Morris, Gerald – The Squire’s Tale (212 pages) - The first in the Squire’s Tales series. In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.

Nicholson, William – The Wind Singer (358 pages) – The first book of the Wind on Fireseries, in the walled city of Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the entire family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth.

Nix, Garth - Sabriel (292 pages) – Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

Oppel, Kenneth – Airborn (355 pages) – Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Pierce, Tamora – Alanna: the First Adventure (241 pages) – The first book in theSong of the Lioness Quartet, becoming a legend is not easy, as young Alanna of Trebond discovers when she disguises herself as a boy and begins training to be a knight. Alanna's skills and stubbornness help her befriend Prince Jonathan, but alienate his evil uncle, Duke Roger.

Pratchett, Terry – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (241 pages) – A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

Shinn, Sharon – The Safe-keeper’s Secret (222 pages) – Fiona is Safe-Keeper in the small village of Tambleham, where neighbors and strangers alike come one by one, in secret, to tell her things they dare not share with anyone else.

Turner, Megan Whalen – The Thief (219 pages) – Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure, which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

Vande Velde, Vivian – Now You See It (275 pages) – When her new glasses break, Wendy is all too happy to wear the dorky pair of sunglasses she finds on her lawn. They seem to match her prescription, but the glasses soon correct her vision "too" much as she begins to see such things as cheerful corpses and portals to other worlds.

Wooding, Chris – Poison (273 pages) – When Poison leaves her home in the marshes of Gull to retrieve the instant sister who snatched by the fairies, she and a group of unusual friends, survive encounters with the inhabitants of various Realms, and Poison herself confronts a surprising destiny.

Wrede, Patricia – Dealing with Dragons (212 pages) – The first book in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

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