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.

Travel to space with Emi and experience a new science fiction story through an app on your smartphone.

Book Review: Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts by David Baggett & Shawn E. Klein
Book Reviews / November 20, 2004

Put on your thinking caps! It's time to go to Hogwarts (extension program for Muggles) and study philosophy. Now, don't give me that look. It's not as bad as it sounds--certainly not the way it's presented here. The authors of the sixteen essays in this cleverly edited book have used the magic of Hogwarts (and a lot of humor) to present a subject that makes many of us want to run away in fright (or pass out in boredom) actually …

Book Review: The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Book One) by D.J. MacHale
Book Reviews / November 20, 2004

Folks, I am without a doubt the doofus of the decade; for I bought only the first book of this series, to try it out and see if I would like it...and by the time I got around to reading it, I had so many other books (and so few dollars) lined up that buying the rest of the series was out of the question...and I can hardly wait to read them! In fact, I had a hard time concentrating at work today because I was so looking forward t…

Book Review: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

The 1987 winner of the Newbery Medal is this quickly-read little book, set in an unnamed kingdom in an unspecified age when highwaymen were the objects of song and legend, when dancing bears and dog-and-rat pits were major forms of entertainment, and when spoiled little princes had whipping-boys to take their licks for them.

Book Review: A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

The third book in the Pit Dragon Trilogy finds young dragon-master Jakkin and his beloved Akki living desperate lives as refugees in the mountains, haunted by grief, pursued by searching choppers, and befriended by the five hatchlings of the late Heart's Blood.

Book Review: Dragon’s Blood by Jane Yolen
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

This is the first novel in the Pit Dragon Trilogy that continues with Heart's Blood. The author has also written a Young Merlin Trilogy and a Tartan Magic trilogy, as well as a Starscape book entitled Briar Rose.

Book Review: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

Ms. Levine's first children's novel is this 1997 Newbery Honor Book, which has recently been made into a movie. (Robbie's note: Whoops. Don't go to see the movie after all. It really stinks.) And in a way, it's nothing new. It's another version of the classic Cinderella tale, which has been made into countless movies (like Ever After), books (like Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister) and even operas (La Cenerentola by Rossini). Bu…

Book Review: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

Though this book won the 1985 Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature, it is a rather grown-up book. I suppose that proves that a book doesn't have to be about children, or even necessarily written for children, to be enjoyed by young readers.

Book Review: The Cockatrice Boys by Joan Aiken
Book Reviews / November 10, 2004

From the Wolves series, featuring Dido Twite, I had already come to regard Joan Aiken as a wonderful writer with a flair for colloquial British speech, humor, adventure, and the clash of titanic forces of good and evil. From Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secret I had come to regard the Starscape series (penned by a variety of authors) as being possibly the best-kept secret in young-adult fiction. Both of these impressions are confirme…