Magic and Mischief

Great fantasy reads for teens.

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The Amulet of Samarkand
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stroud, Jonathan
Call Number:
YP F Stroud
Description:

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Angel Mage
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nix, Garth
Call Number:
HS F Nix
Description:

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. No matter the cost to everyone else. . . .

The Boneless Mercies
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tucholke, April Genevieve
Call Number:
HS F Tucholke
Description:

Four female mercenaries known as Boneless Mercies, weary of roaming Vorseland, ignored and forgotten until they are needed for mercy killings, decide to seek glory by going after a legendary monster in this reimagining of Beowulf.

The Book of a Thousand Days
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hale, Shannon; Smith, James Noel (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Hale
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.

The Cardboard Kingdom
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sell, Chad
Call Number:
GN YP F Sell
Description:

Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters -- and their own inner demons -- on one last quest before school starts again.

Carry On
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rowell, Rainbow
Call Number:
HS F/F Rowell
Description:

During his last year at Watford School of Magicks, Simon Snow, the Chosen One, faces a magic-eating monster wearing his face, a break-up, and a missing nemesis.

Damsel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Arnold, Elana K.
Call Number:
HS F Arnold
Description:

Required to slay a dragon and rescue a damsel to be his bride in order to inherit, a crown prince astonishes the girl of his choice, who has no memory of her capture by a dragon and who discovers unsettling truths about the legends shaping their lives.

Dark Lord of Derkholm
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jones, Diana Wynne
Call Number:
Call No. YP F Jones
Description:

Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney.

An Ember in the Ashes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tahir, Sabaa
Call Number:
HS F/F Tahir
Description:

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Eragon : Inheritance, Book I
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paolini, Christopher
Call Number:
YP F Paolini
Description:

When fifteen-year-old Eragon comes to learn that he is a gifted Dragon Rider, he realizes that his destiny is to fight the evil powers that will bring complete destruction to the Empire and so leaves his quiet life as a farm boy to succeed in his one true mission in life.

Finnikin of the Rock
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marchetta, Melina
Call Number:
HS F Marchetta
Description:

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

Fireborne
Artist/Author/Cast:
Munda, Rosaria
Call Number:
HS F Munda
Description:

When a brutal revolution opens dragonrider classes to everyone, two orphans from very different backgrounds become rising stars in a new regime that is challenged by violent survivors of the former government.

Graceling
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cashore, Kristin
Call Number:
HS F/F Cashore
Description:

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Mark of the Thief
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Call Number:
YP F Nielsen
Description:

Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave boy Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War.

Merlin Book 1: The Lost Years
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barron, T. A.
Call Number:
YP F Barron
Description:

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

My Lady Jane
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hand, Cynthia; Ashton, Brodi; Meadows, Jodi
Call Number:
YP F Hand
Description:

On the eve of her marriage to a stranger, sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey is swept in a conspiracy to usurp the throne from her cousin.

The Reader
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chee, Traci
Call Number:
YP F Chee
Description:

Set in a world where reading is unheard of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the day her father was murdered.

Rebel of the Sands
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hamilton, Alwyn
Call Number:
HS F Hamilton
Description:

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji, and herself.

Red Queen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aveyard, Victoria
Call Number:
HS F Aveyard
Description:

When her latent supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

Shadowshaper
Artist/Author/Cast:
Older, Daniel José
Call Number:
YP F Older
Description:

When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on -- then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

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