The Young Wizards series has always been among my top recommendations when Harry Potter fans ask what to read next. So, I was already thrilled when I found out that this eighth book in the series was coming out. Then I got an even bigger thrill when Diane Duane HERSELF owled me through the COS Forums. Do you dig that, people? The author of So You Want to Be a Wizard is a member of your forums! And she has read my reviews of he…
To prove her worthiness as the next Sea Queen, Lira must take the heart of a human prince. Her reputation as the Prince's Bane will do her no good on this quest, as a curse turns Lira into a pesky human, and she must find a way to steal her prince's heart without her Siren's song.
In The Raven's Tale, Cat Winters writes a heady study of Edgar Allen Poe that is thoughtful, entertaining, and inspiring.
With beautiful, full-color illustrations, this Inspired Traveller's Guide takes you on a journey of famous places across the globe that inspired great works of fiction.
Having just turned 18, Rasmira is ready to pass her trial and prove her worthiness as her father's chosen heir and the next leader of their village. But something goes wrong during the trial, and the only hope for Rasmira is to do the impossible – can she kill a god and earn her way back from the wild?
Tosh Livingston has just arrived as a freshman at Harvard University. He hopes more than anything that college will be a chance for a fresh start. But as one of the only black students among a crowd of hyper-privileged Harvard legacies, Tosh soon realizes his fresh start may be harder to achieve than he thought.
Clark Kent desperately doesn’t want his powers to be discovered, but when an acquaintance at school clues him in to the fact that men from Smallville’s immigrant population are going missing, he knows he has to step in.
Spin the Dawn is an epic journey with a smart, creative heroine and an adorable love story at its center.
You have to love a series whose entire premise is laid out in its title: This graphic novel series follows the adventures of a teenage Cleopatra (“Cleo”) who has traveled through time and is now involved in an intergalactic conflict with Xaius Octavian – once Cleo’s best friend and now her arch nemesis.
Head to the island of Bellona to worship the Sun, make some Offerings, and learn more about why the Night might actually be the right choice.
In the other three "Magic Shop Books," the adventure begins when a child, running from some bullies (or at least, from a girl who wants to kiss him) finds himself on a strange street, in front of a strange shop owned by Mr. Elives. And then the child spends a handful of pocket change to buy a magical item that can help him or her deal with his own special problem. Charlie Egglestons adventure begins a bit differently. Charlie h…
The four "Magic Shop Books" by Bruce Coville are united by certain patterns, almost rituals, such as the hero childs discovery of the mysterious shop where Mr. Elives sells powerful magic objects for pocket change. Another thread that runs through the books is that each child finds just the kind of magic that will help him deal with his own special problem a problem that many of us faced at that age.
We should all be so lucky as to have a teacher or a father like Bruce Coville if for no other reason than to hear the stories he tells, and to meet the characters he creates (some of them actually came to visit his classroom from time to time). But perhaps the best reason to wish for a Bruce Coville in your life is that he seems to understand the awkward problems children live with.
Here is a funny, scary, magical story told by an author who had a deep insight into the feelings and problems of middle-school-aged children perhaps because he is a school teacher, a parent, and a child at heart himself. Its also the beginning of a series of four books about children very much like yourself, who enter a world of fantasy and excitement when they stumble into the Magic Supply Shop owned by Mr. Elives (say that …
The author of the Silverwing trilogy has brought back the age of swashbuckling in this award-winning book, soon to be a motion picture. Only the ships, sailors, and pirates in this adventure are riding, not the high seas, but the even higher skies above them.
Cimorene is not a proper princess. She does not want to be one, either. She doesn't care for the things proper princesses are supposed to do, such as embroidery and etiquette. She wants to do all the sorts of things proper princesses dont do, such as fencing, learning Latin, cooking, and juggling. Finally, when her parents try to marry her off to a proper prince (a handsome one, who hasnt a thought in his head about any…
The seventh of the ongoing Young Wizards series is this 2003 book featuring teen wizards Nita Callahan and Kit Rodriguez. Nita's wizardly kid sister Dairine gets into big trouble for trying to sign Nita and herself up for a wizard exchange program during spring break. As a result, Nita and Kit get sent away as exchange wizards, and Dairine and her dad play host to three young wizards from far away. Only we're not talking about y…
The sixth book in the Young Wizards series picks up a few months after The Wizard's Dilemma, and a month after teen wizard Nita Callahan's mother died of cancer. While she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, along with her sensitive father and her difficult sister Dairine, a strange and lonely intelligence begins making contact with her through her dreams.
By the fifth book in the Young Wizards series, mighty teens Nita and Kit have explored the oceans, outer space, parallel universes, and the land of Faery. Now a new and far more personal assignment takes them into "inner space."