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Modern Fantasy Books for Children and Young Adults

 

 

Animal Fantasy Dreams Fairies
Fantasy Ghosts Good & Evil
Haunted Places Heroes / Superheroes
Human - Animal Relationships
Magic Supernatural Time Travel
Toys Witches Wizards

 

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Animal Fantasy

 

Alter, Anna.   Abigail Spells,  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2009.

George the bear helps his best friend Abigail, a young chicken, practice for the city spelling bee, then cheers her up when she makes a mistake.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Appelt, Kathi.   Underneath,  Atheneum Books for Young Readers,  2008.

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

EMC  Fiction

 

Armstrong, Alan W.   Whittington,  Random House, 2005.

Whittington,a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats, and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

EMC  Fiction

 

Baek, Matthew.   Panda and Polar Bear,  Dial Books for Young Readers,  2009.

Curious to know what lies beyond his wintry world, a polar bear goes exploring, falls into a mud puddle, and is mistaken for a panda by a new playmate.

EMC Picture Books

 

Becker, Bonny.   A Visitor for Bear,  Candlewick Press, 2008.

Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Binkow, Howard.   Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart,   We Do Listen Publishing,  2008.

A bunny stops his favorite activities because his friends are making fun of him, and unsuccessfully tries to do other things in order to fit in, until his grandfather helps him to see how to be true to himself.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Borgo, Lacy Finn.   Big Mama's Baby,  Boyds Mills Press,  2007.

Having raised Baby, a bull calf, Big Mama has a hard time accepting that he is getting too big for her yard.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Cate, Annette.   The Magic Rabbit,  Candlewick Press, 2007.

Bunny is separated from his magician friend and follows a crowd to a park, where he becomes lonely after dark until he finds a glittering trail.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Collins, Suzanne.   Gregor and the Marks of Secret,  Scholastic Press, 2006.

Gregor, a twelve-year-old boy, returns with his little sister Boots to the Underworld beneath New York City, to find the cure for a terrible plague that threatens the life of his mother, as well as the lives of the people, bats, and rats who populate the Underworld.  Third book in a series beginning with "Gregor the Overlander."

EMC  Fiction

 

Collins, Suzanne.   Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane,  Scholastic Press, 2004.

In his second adventure, eleven-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City to rescue his kidnapped sister and fulfill a prophecy that will restore peace to the creatures who populate the Underworld.

EMC  Fiction

 

Cronin, Doreen. Duck for President, Simon & Schuster, 2004.
When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his being elected President.
EMC-Picture Books

 

DiCamillo, Kate.   Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride,  Candlewick Press, 2006.

Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up, and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Ehlert, Lois.   Boo To You!,  Beach Lane Books,  2009.

When the neighborhood cat tries to crash the mouse harvest party, the mice have a plan to scare the intruder away.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Falconer, Ian.   Olivia Forms a Band,  Atheneum Books for Young Readers,  2006.

When the piglet Olivia learns that there will be no band at the evening's fireworks display, she decides to form one of her own, with herself as the only musician playing some unusual instruments.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Fellowes, Julian.   Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys,  Henry Holt Company,  2007.

When Doc the bear arrives at the dump  from his former home, he isn't sure what awaits him, but his new friends are determined to make his new home a welcoming one.

EMC - Fiction

 

Foley, Greg.   Don't Worry Bear, Viking Publishers,  2008.

A caterpillar reassures a worried bear that they will see each other again when the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Foley, Greg.   Thank You Bear,  Viking Publishers,  2007.

Despite the criticism of others, a bear finds the perfect gift for his mouse friend.

EMC - Picture Books

 

George, Jean Craighead.  Goose and DuckLaura Geringer Books, 2008.

A young boy becomes the "mother" to a goose, who then adopts a duck, as they learn about the rhythms of nature together.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Goodrich, Carter.  The Hermit Crab,  Simon and Schuster,  2009.

Absorbed in his search for food, a shy hermit crab, disguised in a fancy new shell, inadvertently rescues a flounder caught beneath a trap and wins the admiration of the other marine creatures.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Gorbachev, Valeri.  Christopher Counting,  Philomel Books,  2008.

When Christopher Rabbit learns to count in school, he enjoys it so much that he counts everything in sight, including how many baskets his friends make when they play basketball, and how many peas and carrots are on his plate.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Gravett, Emily.  Wolves,  Simon and Schuster,  2005.

When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns more about their behavior than he wanted to know.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Gregorich, Barbara.  Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke, and Other Stories,  Houghton-Mifflin, 2006.

Two bears, Waltur and Darwin, learn from their friend Matilda such lessons as "do not buy a pig in a poke," and "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

EMC  Fiction

 

Henkes, Kevin.  Old Bear, Greenwillow Books, 2008.

When Old Bear falls asleep for the winter, he has a dream that he is a cub again, enjoying each of the four seasons.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Henkes, Kevin.  So Happy!,  Greenwillow Books,  2005.

Brief text and illustrations tell the story of a boy, a rabbit, and a seed.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Holm, Jennifer L.  Babymouse: Queen of the World!,  Random House Children's Books, 2005.

An imaginative mouse dreams of being Queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to a popular girl's slumber party.

EMC  Fiction

 

Horse, Harry.  Little Rabbit Goes to School,  Peachtree Publishing, 2004.

Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school, and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Horse, Harry.  Little Rabbit's Christmas,  Peachtree Publishing, 2007.

When the Christmas Rabbit makes his wish come true and brings him the beautiful red sled from the store window, Little Rabbit wants it all to himself, until he learns that even the best gift is better when shared.

EMC - Picture Books


Horse, Harry.  Little Rabbit's New Baby,  Peachtree Publishing, 2008.

Little Rabbit has looked forward to becoming a big brother, but when Mama brings home triplets, he quickly realizes that babies are not as much fun as he thought they would be.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Horvath, David.  Bossy Bear,  Hyperion Books for Children,  2007.

Bossy Bear wants everything this own way until he learns that he does not have to be so bossy.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Howe, James.  Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time,  Candlewick Press,  2008.

Houndsley loves the quiet of the first snow of winter, but Catina does not enjoy being snowed in.  With pretending, books, games, creativity, and some time to dream, Houndsley helps Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the snowy day.

EMC  Fiction

 

Johnson, D.B.   Henry Works,  Houghton-Mifflin,  2004.

On a misty morning, Henry, a bear modeled after Henry David Thoreau, shows his awareness of nature as he helps neighbors during his walk to work.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Klise, Kate.  Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story,  Henry Holt and Company,  2006.

As his fifth birthday party approaches, Little Rabbit decides to invite only those friends who are also too old to cry, until he learns that others of all ages weep for all sorts of reasons.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Lindren, Barbro.   Oink, Oink Benny,  R&S Books, 2008.

Tired of playing in the house, Benny and his little brother pig decide to venture outside where, despite their mother's order, they head straight for the mud-hole.

EMC - Picture Books

 

McElligott, Matthew.  The Lion's Share,  Walker Publishing,  2009.

Ant feels honored to receive an invitation to Lion's annual dinner party, but is shocked when the other guests behave rudely and then accuse her of thinking only of herself.

EMC - Picture Books

 

McMullan, Kate.  Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day,  Dial Books for Young Readers,  2009.

April Fool's Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse, because his best friend Pearl the rabbit and other children at school keep tricking him.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Nyeu, Tao.  Bunny Days,  Dial Books for Young Readers,  2010.

As a pair of busy goats inadvertently cause trouble for six bunnies, their neighbor Bear comes to the rescue.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Pearce, Philippa.  The Little Gentleman,  Greenwillow Books,  2004.

A young girl's life is transformed when she befriends an extraordinary talking mole that likes to read and to tell of his own past exploits throughout the centuries.

EMC  Fiction

 

Pinkwater, Daniel.  Bad Bears Go Visiting: An Irving and Muktuk Story,  Houghton-Mifflin, 2007.

Irving and Muktuk, two polar bears, enjoy themselves so much when Larry comes to visit them that the next time they escape from the zoo in New Jersey, they decide to pay a visit themselves.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Polacco, Patricia.  Ginger and Petunia,  Philomel Books, 2007.

When her owner Ginger, a piano-playing socialite and very snappy dresser, makes a last-minute trip to London, Petunia the pig impersonates Ginger.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Portis, Antoinette.  Not a Box,  HarperCollins, 2006.

To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Rueda, Claudia.  No,   Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press,  2010.

It's winter, but Little Bear is determined to play rather than go to sleep, until he finds himself alone in a snowstorm.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories,  Roaring Brook Press, 2007.

A stuffed bear and a frisky Dachshund are best friends.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Dog and Bear: Two's Company,  Roaring Brook Press, 2008.

Three more easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between a Dachshund named Dog and a stuffed bear.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Stein, David Ezra.  Leaves,  G.P. Putnam's Sons, Inc.,  2007.

A curious bear observes how leaves change with the seasons.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Watt, Maelanie.  Chester's Masterpiece,  Kids Can Press,  2010.

Chester the calico cat is thrilled to write his own book.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Wells, Rosemary.  Max Counts His Chickens,  Viking Publishing,  2007.

Bunny Max and his sister Ruby set out to find all the marshmallow chicks the Easter Bunny hid for them, but Ruby finds them all, so Grandma quickly thinks of a way to keep from disappointing Max.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Wild, Margaret.  Piglet and Papa,  Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007.

When Piglet's beloved father chases her away after she plays too rough, all of the barnyard animals try to make her feel better, but Piglet is still afraid that her father no longer loves her.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Willems, Mo.  Are You Ready to Play Outside?,  Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.

Friends Piggie and Gerald the Elephant are ready to play, but when they go outside it has started to rain.

EMC - Picture Books

 

Willems, Mo.  I Love My New Toy!,  Hyperion Books for Children,  2008.

When Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy, they both experience a range of emotions before coming to realize how important their friendship is.

EMC - Picture Books


Willems, Mo.  I Will Surprise My Friend!,  Hyperion Books for Children,  2008.

Best friends Elephant and Piggie decide that they will try to surprise each other, with unexpected results.

EMC - Picture Books


Willems, Mo.  My Friend is Sad,  Hyperion Books for Children,  2007.

When Gerald the Elephant is sad, Piggie is determined cheer him up, but finds after many tries that it only takes the simplest thing to change Gerald's mood.

EMC - Picture Books


Yee, Wong Herbert.  Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends,  Houghton Mifflin Books for Chidren, 2009.

When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.

EMC - Picture Books


Yolen, Jane.  Baby Bear's Chairs,  Gulliver Books / Harcourt,  2005.

There are many chairs in Baby Bear's house, but his favorite "chair" is his father's lap, just before his father puts him to bed.

EMC - Picture Books

 

 

Dreams

 

De Lint, Charles.  The Blue Girl,  Viking Publishing,  2004.

New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening her life.

EMC  Fiction

 

Fletcher, Susan.   Alphabet of Dreams,   Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.

Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives after they are exiled and their father is put to death by the tyrant King Phraates.

EMC  Fiction


Knox, Elizabeth.   Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter DuetFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Aided by her family and her creation, Nown, Laura investigates the powerful Regulatory Body's involvement in mysterious disappearances and activities and learns, in the process, the true nature of the Place in which dreams are found.

EMC  Fiction

 

Lowry, Lois.  Gossamer,  Houghton-Mifflin,  2006.

While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

EMC  Fiction


Yum, Hyewon.  Last NightFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Sent to her room for refusing to eat her dinner, a little girl soon falls asleep and together with her bear friend begins a fantastic voyage deep into the forest.

EMC - Picture Books


 

Fairies

 

Graham, Bob.  April and Esme, Tooth Fairies,  Candlewick Press,  2010.

On their first assignment, young tooth-fairy sisters journey by night into the huge world of humans to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth and fly it safely home.

EMC  - Picture Books

 

Pratchett, Terry.  Wintersmith,  HarperTempest Publishing, 2006.

When young Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and catches the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.

EMC  Fiction

 

Schlitz, Laura Amy.   Night Fairy,  Candlewick Press, 2010.

When Flory the night fairy's wings are broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

EMC  Fiction

 

Thompson, Kate.   Last of the High Kings,  Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Eleven-year-old Jenny Liddy, in turmoil upon learning that she is a changeling, makes a deal with a devil creature, endangering the human race.  But her human and fairy fathers, and the last of Ireland's high kings, help to make things right.

EMC  Fiction

 

Wooding, Chris.   Poison,  Orchard Books, 2005.

When teenage Poison leaves her home in the marshes of Gull to retrieve the infant sister who was snatched by the fairies, she and a group of unusual friends survive encounters with the inhabitants of the various Realms, and Poison herself confronts a surprising destiny.

EMC  Fiction

 

 

Fantasy

 

Alexander, Lloyd.   Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio,  Henry Holt Publishing, 2007.

Naïve and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a girl determined to return home, follow a treasure map through the deserts and cities of the Golden Road, as mysterious strangers try in vain to point them toward real treasures.

EMC  Fiction

 

Cashore, Kristin.   Graceling,  Harcourt Publishing,  2008.

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

EMC  Fiction

 

Collins, Suzanne.   The Hunger Games,  Scholastic Press,  2008.

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the deadly competition.

EMC  Fiction


Cornish, D.M.  (David M.)   Foundling,  G.P. Putnam's Sons, Inc., 2006.

Having grown up in a home for foundlings, and given a girl's name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter, and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated than he thought.  The book includes glossaries and maps.

EMC  Fiction

 

DeVita, James.   The Silenced,  Eos Publishing, 2007.

Consigned to a prison-like Youth Training Facility because of her parents' political activities, Marena organizes a resistance movement to combat the restrictive policies of the ruling Zero Tolerance party.

EMC  Fiction

 

Fisher, Catherine.   Oracle Betrayed,  Greenwillow Books, 2004.

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.

EMC  Fiction

 

Fombelle, Timothee de.   Toby Alone,  Oracle Press, 2009.

Tiny Toby's father has made a great discovery; the great oak Tree that is their world is alive, flowing with energy, and there may even be a world beyond it.  Greedy developers hope to exploit this potential, risking permanent damage. Toby's father refuses to discuss his findings, and the family is exiled to the lower branches.  Toby manages to escape, but now must save his parents.

EMC  Fiction

 

Gardner, Lyn.   Into the Woods,  David Fickling Books, 2006.

Pursued by the sinister Dr. DeWilde and his wolves, three sisters-- Storm, the inheritor of a special musical pipe; the elder Aurora; and the baby Amy-- flee into the woods and begin a treacherous journey as they try to find a way to defeat DeWilde and keep him from taking the pipe and control of the entire land.

EMC  Fiction

 

Hale, Shannon.   Book of a Thousand Days,  Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007.

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

EMC  Fiction

 

Hardinge, Frances.   Fly By Night,  HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

Mosca Mye and her homicidal goose, Saracen, travel to the city of Mandelion on the heels of smooth-talking con-man, Eponymous Clent.

EMC  Fiction

 

Hardinge, Frances.   Lost Conspiracy, HarperCollins, 2009.

When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou--once considered the tribe's oracle-- and herself.

EMC  Fiction

 

Harris, Joanne.   Runemarks,  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2008.

Maddy Smith, who bears a mysterious mark on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.

EMC  Fiction

 

Lanagan, Margo.   Tender Morsels,  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2008.

A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternative reality, until the barrier between the worlds begins to break down.

EMC  Fiction

 

Le Guin, Ursula K.   Gifts,  Harcourt Publishing, 2004.

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"-- a violent talent shared by members of his family-- he upsets the balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

EMC  Fiction

 

Le Guin, Ursula K.   Voices,  Harcourt, 2006.

Young Memer takes on a pivotal role in freeing her war-torn homeland from its oppressive captors.

EMC  Fiction

 

Link, Kelly.   Pretty Monsters,  Viking Publishing, 2008.

A collection of nine short stories for young adults.

EMC  Fiction

 

Marchetta, Melina.   Finnikin of the Rock,  Candlewick Press, 2010.

On the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was murdered and replaced by an impostor, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young 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.

EMC  Fiction

 

Oppel, Kenneth.   Airborn,  EOS Publishing, 2004.

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

EMC  Fiction

 

Oppel, Kenneth.   Skybreaker,  EOS Publishing, 2006.

Matt Cruse, a student at the Airship Academy, and Kate de Vries, a young heiress, team up with a gypsy and a daring captain to find a long-lost airship, rumored to hold a great treasure.

EMC  Fiction

 

Rex, Adam.   The True Meaning of Smekday,   Hyperion Books for Children,  2007.

In the turmoil that follows the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity finds herself driving her mother's car to the relocation camp in Florida, accompanies by her cat and an alien named  J.Lo.

EMC  Fiction

 

Riordan, Rick.   Sea of Monsters,  Miramax Books / Hyperion Books for Children, 2006.

Demi-god Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp.  But Percy discovers a secret that makes him wonder whether being Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke.

EMC  Fiction

 

St. Jean, Alan.   Aidan of Oren: The Journey Begins,  Moo Press, 2004.

Thirteen-year-old Aidan and two orphaned friends set out on a journey to fulfill his destiny and bring peace to his war-torn country of Lionsgate.

EMC  Fiction

 

Uehashi, Nahoko.   Moribito:  Guardian of the Spirit,  Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008.

The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Chagum from both a mysterious monster and the Prince's father, the Mikado.

EMC  Fiction

 

Uehashi, Nahoko.   Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness,  Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009.

Female bodyguard Balsa returns to her native country of Kanbal, where she uncovers a conspiracy to frame her mentor and herself.

EMC  Fiction

 

 

Ghosts

 

Bauer, Marion Dane.   Blue Ghost,  Random House, 2005.

At her grandmother's log cabin, nine-year-old Liz makes contact with children she believes may be her ancestors.

EMC  Fiction

 

Brosgol, Vera.   Anya's Ghost,  First Second Books,  2011.

In this graphic novel, teenage Anya is embarrassed by her Russian immigrant mother and doesn't fit in at school, but then falls down a well and makes a friend of Emily, the ghost of a girl who died there.

EMC  Fiction

 

Bunce, Elizabeth C.   Curse Dark as Gold,  Arthur A. Levine Books,  2008.

Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's mill running.  When a man appears who is capable of spinning straw into gold, she must decide if his help is worth the price.

EMC  Fiction

 

De Lint, Charles.   Blue Girl,  Viking Publishers,  2004.

New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of a new friend and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school, after receiving warnings that soul-eaters are threatening her life.

EMC  Fiction

 

Gaiman, Neil.   The Graveyard Book,  HarperCollins Publishers,  2003.

In this Newbery Award winning book, a toddler whose family has been murdered wanders into a graveyard, and the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as their own.

EMC  Fiction

 

Soto, Gary.   The Afterlife,   Harcourt Publishers,  2003.

A high school senior is murdered when he goes to a dance, but lives on as a ghost and learns to see things in a new way.

EMC  Fiction

 

 

Good and Evil

 

Cooper, Susan.   The Dark is RisingMargaret K. McElderry Publishers,  2007.

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

EMC  Fiction

 

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.   Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales,   Viking Press,  2009.

Everyone assumes that the villains in fairy tales are simply evil. But the villains themselves have a different story to tell.

EMC  Fiction  "Tr"

 

Nix, Garth.   Abhorsen,  HarperCollins Publishers,  2003.

In the third novel of a series (which reviews suggest is best read in order), Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and her friends must battle a resurrected Orannis, the Destroyer, who would annihilate all life.

EMC  Fiction

 

Paolini, Christopher.   Inheritance, or, The Vault of Souls,  Alfred A. Knopf,  2011.

In the conclusion of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon and his dragon Saphira are poised for a final battle against the evil emperor Galbatorix.  They are determined to succeed in the effort to restore justice to Alagaesia, but there may be a cost.

EMC  Fiction


Rowling, J.K.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Arthur A. Levine Books,  2007.

Burdened with the dangerous and seemingly-impossible task of locating and destroying Lord Voldemort's horcruxes, Harry struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set before him and prevent evil from overtaking the world, in this finale to the series.

EMC  Fiction

 

Westerfield, Scott.   The Last Days: A Novel,  Razorbill Books, 2006.

A mysterious evil has begun to take over New York City, and five unusual teens come together to form a band whose music has the power to defeat the evil forces.

EMC Fiction


 

Haunted Places

 

Bauer, Joan.   Peeled,  Speak Publishing,  2009.

In a New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange events at a house rumored to be haunted.

EMC  Fiction


Clarke, Judith C.   Starry Nights,  Front Street Press,  2003.

Feeling guilty over their older brother's drowning and their mother's subsequent breakdown, fourteen-year-old Vida ventures into the occult, but it is ten-year-old Jess who meets the ghost who is trying to help them.

EMC  Fiction

 

Kohara, Kazuno.   Ghosts in the House! Roaring Brook Press, 2008.

Tired of living in a haunted house, a young witch captures her pesky ghosts and turns them into curtains and a tablecloth.

EMC  Picture Books


Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Jade Green: A Ghost Story,  Atheneum Books for Young Readers,  2000.

While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

EMC  Fiction


Wooding, Chris.   The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray,  Orchard Books,  2004.

As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of London's Old Quarter of the terrible creatures that infest them, their lives become entwined with that of a woman who may be either mad or possessed.

EMC  Fiction


 

Heroes / Superheroes

 

Anderson, M.T.   Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen,  Harcourt Publishing,  2006.

Katie, Lily, and Jasper mingle with other child heroes found in books to solve a mystery involving lederhosen-clothed quintuplets and a screaming ventriloquist.

EMC  Fiction

 

Buehner, Caralyn.   Superdog: The Heart of a Hero,   HarperCollins, 2004.

Tired of being overlooked because he is small, Dexter, a dog with big dreams, transforms himself into a superhero.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Eaton, Maxwell.   Superheroes,  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2007.

When Max and Pinky decide to play Superheroes, Pinky gets stuck with all of the unappealing sidekick duties, until Max finds himself in real trouble.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Flanagan, John Anthony.   The Burning Bridge, Book 2;   Random House Australia,  2005.

Will is forced to overcome his fear of Wargals, the foot soldiers of rebel warlord Morgarath, as Araluen's army prepares to battle Mogarath's forces.

EMC  Fiction

 

Flanagan, John Anthony.   The Ruins of Gorlan,  Philomel Books, 2005.

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle-school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and ends up protecting the kingdom from danger.

EMC  Fiction

 

Gaiman, Neil.   Odd and the Frost Giants,  Harper Publishing, 2009.

An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit the evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

EMC  Fiction

 

Garza, Xavier.   Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask, a Bilingual CuentoCinco Puntos Press,  2005.

When Carlitos attends a wrestling match in Mexico City with his father, he notices that his favorite masked wrestler has eyes that are strangely familiar.

EMC  Fiction


Holm, Jennifer L.; and Matthew Holm   Babymouse: Our Hero,  Random House,  2005.

An imaginative young mouse is terrified to face her enemy in dodgeball, but with the help of her best friend and support from her mother, she plays the game and proves herself a hero.

EMC  Fiction

 

Reynolds, Aaron.   Superhero School,  Bloomsbury Publishing,  2009.

When Leonard starts attending Superhero School, he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math.  But when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.

EMC  Picture Books


Tauss, Marc.   Superhero,  Scholastic Press,  2005.

Maleek and his robot Marvyn travel to the past to find trees and plants to restore the city that tall buildings have taken over.

EMC  Picture Books


 

Human - Animal Relationships

 

Broach, Elise.   Masterpiece,  Henry Holt and Company,  2008.

After Marvin the beetle makes a tiny drawing as an eleventh-birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

EMC  Fiction

 

Brown, Peter.   Children Make Terrible Pets,  Little, Brown and Company,  2010.

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.

EMC  Picture Books


Frost, Helen.   Diamond WillowFarrar, Straus and Giroux,  2008.

In a remote area of Alaska, part-Athabascan Indian girl Willow helps with her father's sled dogs, unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.

EMC  Fiction

 

Pennac, Daniel,   Eye of the Wolf,   Candlewick Press,  2003.

A caged Alaskan wolf and a displaced African boy find that they can communicate with just their eyes, telling each other their stories and learning about their disparate worlds.

EMC  Fiction

 

Richter, Jutta.   Cat, or, How I Lost Eternity,  Milkweed Editions,  2007.

Eight-year-old Christine is late for school every day because a talking alley cat demands her attention, giving her much to consider as he tries to teach her to be spiteful and pitiless.

EMC  Fiction

 

Silberberg, Alan.   Pond Scum,   Hyperion Books for Children,  2005.

Eleven-year-old Oliver has never felt any empathy for animals, but when he and his family move into an old house in the country, he finds himself befriending the salamander Mooch in a war between humans and militant crows over the territory.

EMC  Fiction

 

Stiefvater, Maggie.   The Scorpio Races,  Scholastic Press,  2011.

Kate ("Puck") Connolly plans to be the first girl ever to ride in the Scorpio Races, an annual event that will require her to face the savage water horses, despite knowing that the horses killed her parents.  But she has also made a friend of Sean, the boy who has mastered the races due to his skills and his special bond with one of the horses.

EMC  Fiction


 

Magic

 

Bray, Libba.   Rebel Angels,  Delacorte Press,  2005.

Gemma and her friends from the Spence Academy return to the realms to defeat her foe, Circe, and to bind the magic that has been released.

EMC  Fiction

 

Brennan, Sarah Rees.   Demon's CovenantMargaret K. McElderry Books,  2010.

Seventeen-year-old Mae feels that although her world is out of control, she must find a way to protect the demon Nick from his brother Alan's betrayal.

EMC  Fiction

 

Brennan.   Demon's Lexicon, Margaret K. McElderry Books,  2009.

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother Alan is marked for death, Nick's determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

EMC  Fiction

 

Cate, Annette LeBlanc.   The Magic Rabbit,  Candlewick Press,  2007.

Bunny is separated from his magician friend and follows a crowd to a park, where he becomes lonely after dark until he finds a glittering trail.

EMC  Fiction

 

Constable, Kate.   Singer of All Songs,  Arthur A. Levine Books,  2004.

Calwyn, a young priestess, joins with others who have different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all powers for his own.

EMC  Fiction

 

Coombs, Kate.   Runaway Princess, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,  2006.

Fifteen-year-old Princess Meg uses magic and her wits to rescue a baby dragon and escape the unwanted attentions of princes hoping to gain her hand in marriage.

EMC  Fiction

 

Cooper, Susan.   Magician's Boy, Margaret K. McElderry Books,  2005.

A boy who works for a magician meets familiar fairy-tale characters when he is transported to the Land of Story in search of a missing puppet.

EMC  Fiction

 

Funke, Cornelia Caroline.   Inkspell,  Scholastic Press,  2005.

In this sequel to the same author's novel "Inkheart," some Readers have the power to bring characters out of books, and send them back.  Meggie, one of these characters, wants to change her story.

EMC  Fiction

 

Gandolfi, Silvana.   The Tortoise Who Loved Shakespeare, Arthur A. Levine Books,  2004.

Ten-year-old Elisa must deal with her beloved eccentric grandmother's transformation into a giant Aldabra tortoise, native to a small group of coral islands in the Seychelles.

EMC  Fiction

 

Kladstrup, Kristin.   The Book of Story Beginnings,  Candlewick Press,  2006.

After moving with her parents to Iowa, twelve-year-old Lucy discovers a mysterious notebook that can bring stories to life, and which has a link to the 1914 disappearance of her great-uncle.

EMC  Fiction

 

Landy, Derek.   Skulduggery Pleasant,  HarperCollins,  2007.

When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with a skeleton mage named Skulduggery Pleasant in order to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

EMC  Fiction

 

Larbalestier, Justine.   Magic's Child,  Razorbill Press,  2007.

In the third book of the "Magic and Madness" triology, pregnant fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino must uncover the secret of the dangerous magic in her family's history to save the lives of her friends.

EMC  Fiction

 

Larbalestier, Justine.   Magic or Madness,  Razorbill Press,  2005.

From the Australian home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish.

EMC  Fiction

 

Law, Ingrid.   Savvy,   Dial Books for Young Readers,  2008.

Mibs Beaumont's thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

EMC  Fiction


Meddaugh, Susan.   The Witch's Walking Stick,  Houghton Mifflin Company,  2005.

When a witch loses her magic walking stick, which has been used to grand hundreds of miserable wishes, she tricks a young girl into finding and returning it, with unexpected results.

EMC  Picture Books


Nyeu, Tao.   Wonder Bear,   Dial Books for Young Readers,  2008.

Two children plant mysterious seeds which in one night yield a strange plant and a magical bear.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Peirce, Tamora.   Terrier,   Random House Children's Books,  2006.

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby.

EMC  Fiction

 

Rowling, J.K.   Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone,  Arthur A. Levine Books,  1997.

Eleven-year-old Harry Potter is rescued from ill treatment by his aunt and uncle and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he learns about magic and his destiny.

EMC  Fiction

 

Rowling, J.K.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,  Arthur A. Levine Books, 2005.

Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains insight into the boy Voldemort once was, while his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

EMC  Fiction

 

Skelton, Matthew.   Endymion Spring,  Delacorte Press,  2006.

Having reluctantly accompanied his mother and younger sister to Oxford, twelve-year-old Blake Winters is bored until he stumbles across an ancient, magical book that was secretly brought to England in 1453 to save it from evil forces.

EMC  Fiction

 

Stroud, Jonathan.   The Golem's Eye,  Hyperion Books for Children,  2004.

14-year-old Nathaniel and his djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to find the source of a golem's power before it destroys London.

EMC  Fiction

 

Stroud, Jonathan.   Ptolemy's Gate,  Miramax Books,  2006.

Nathaniel, now seventeen, has become a powerful magician and is serving as England's Minister of Information.

EMC  Fiction

 

Stroud,  Jonathan.   The Ring of Solomon,  Disney/ Hyperion Books,  2010.

Wise-cracking djinni Bartimaeus finds himself at the court of King Solomon with a new unpleasant master, a sinister servant, and King Solomon's magic ring.

EMC  Fiction

 

Thompson, Lauren.   The Christmas Magic,  Scholastic Press,  2009.

As Santa prepares for his big night, it is the Christmas magic that truly makes everything happen.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Werlin, Nancy.   Impossible: A Novel,  Dial Books,  2008.

Seventeen-year-old Nancy learns that her family is under an ancient curse from an evil Elfin Knight, and to break the curse and she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born.

EMC  Fiction

 

Yoo, Taeeun.   The Little Red Fish,  Dial Books for Young Readers,  2007.
A little boy named JeJe explores a magical library with his friend, a little red fish.

EMC  Picture Books

 


Supernatural

 

Almond, David.   Clay,  Delacorte Press,  2006.

The developing friendship between teenage Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker when Davie learns of the boy's supernatural powers.

EMC  Fiction

 

Johnson, Maureen.   Devilish,  Razorbill Press,  2006.

Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl's school in Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon-- in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.

EMC  Fiction

 

Lanagan, Margo.   Red Spikes,  Alfred A. Knopf Publishers,  2007.

Ten stories take place in worlds not quite our own, but each one illuminates what it is to be human.

EMC  Fiction

 

Meyer, Stephanie.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse Novella,  Little, Brown, and Company, 2010.

Bree, introduced in the novel Eclipse, is drafted into an army of newborn vampires that's closing in on Bella Swan.

EMC  Fiction

 

Naifeh, Ted.   Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom,  Oni Press,  2004.

Courtney has changed schools again, and now is in the Coven's special class for magical studies.  But a student's spell goes wrong, and now Courtney must lead others into the Goblin Town to find a cure.

EMC  Fiction

 

Shusterman, Neal.   Bruiser,  HarperTeen Publishing,  2010.

Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled outcast named Bruiser and his little brother Cody.  The twins learn that Bruiser has some extraordinary abilities that make his life difficult.

EMC  Fiction

 

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.   Unseen,   Delacorte Press,  2004.

Feeling angry and out-of-place in her large family, twelve-year-old Xandra finds a magical key to a world of ghostly, sometimes frightening, phantoms that help her see herself and her siblings more clearly.

EMC  Fiction


Stahler, David.   Doppelganger,  HarperCollins Publishing,  2006.

When a member of a race of shape-shifting killers called doppelgangers assumes the identity of a troubled teen, he becomes unexpectedly embroiled in human life--and it is nothing like what he has seen on television.

EMC  Fiction

 

Taylor, Laini.   Lips Touch: Times Three,  Arthur A. Levine Books,  2009.

Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural.

EMC  Fiction


Youmans, Marly.   The Curse of the Raven Mocker,  Firebird Publishing,  2006.

After her parents disappear from their isolated home in the Great Smoky Mountains, Adanta discovers the truth of the Cherokee stories her father told her and embarks on a journey to thwart the sorcery that has claimed her parents.

EMC  Fiction


 

Time Travel


Haddix, Margaret Peterson.   Found,   Aladdin Paperbacks,  2009.

Thirteen-year-old Jonah and Chip knew they were adopted, but now learned that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, filled with babies, and find that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces that are trying to capture them.

EMC  Fiction

 

Hoffman, Mary.   Stravaganza: City of Stars,   Bloomsbury Children's Books,  2003.

Fifteen-year-old Georgia, who loves horses, buys a figurine of a winged horse and finds it has magical powers that transport her from present-day London to the sixteenth-century world of Talia.

EMC  Fiction


Klass, David.   Firestorm,  Frances Foster Books,  2006.

After his adoptive parents are killed, seventeen-year-old Jack learns that he has been sent from the future for a special purpose,  Now Jack will have to trust in help from Gisco, a telepathic dog, and  and Eko, a shape-shifting female fighter, in order to save the planet.

EMC  Fiction

 

Moonshower, Candie.   The Legend of Zoey,   Delacorte Press,  2006.

The diaries of thirteen-year-old Zoey, who lives in modern-day Tennessee, and Prudence, who lives in 1811 Missouri, tell how the two girls survive the New Madrid earthquakes and the subsequent floods after Zoey travels back in time.

EMC  Fiction

 

Rogers, Gregory.   The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, and the Bard.   Roaring Brook Press,  2004.

A boy in London wanders into an abandoned theatre, and finds an enchanted cape that transports him back to the time of William Shakespeare.

EMC  Fiction

 

Tauss, Marc.   Superhero,  Scholastic Press,  2005.

Maleek and his robot Marvyn travel to the past to find trees and plants to restore the city that tall buildings have taken over.

EMC  Picture Books


Williams, Maiya.   The Golden Hour,   Amulet Books,  2004.

Two siblings who recently lost their mother discover a way to travel back in time to France on the eve of the French Revolution.

EMC  Fiction

 

Williams, Maiya.   The Hour of the Cobra,  Amulet Books,  2006.

When Rowan, Nina, Xanthe and Xavier are reunited in a time-travel mission to ancient Egypt in the time of Cleopatra, a jealous Xanthe makes decisions that put them all in jeopardy.

EMC  Fiction

 

 

Toys

 

Crews, Nina.   Below,   Henry Holt Company,  2006.

Jack sets out on adventures with his action-figure, Guy.

EMC  Picture Books

 

De Seve, Randall.   Toy Boat,   Philomel Books,  2007.

A toy boat gets separated from its owner and finds excitement on the high seas.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Di Camillo, Kate.   The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,   Candlewick Press,  2006.

Edward Tulane, a proud toy rabbit loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country.

EMC  Fiction

 

Grey, Mini.   Traction Man is Here! Alfred A. Knopf Publishers,  2005.

Traction Man, a boy's courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Grey, Mini.   Traction Man Meets Turbodog,   Alfred A. Knopf Publishers,  2008.

Traction Man teams up with the high-tech but not-too-bright Turbodog to rescue his friend Scrubbing Brush from the terrible underworld of the Bin.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Ichikawa, Satomi.   La La Rose,   Philomel Books,  2004.

La La Rose, a young girl's toy rabbit, gets lost in Luxembourg Gardens.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Jenkins, Emily.   Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic.   Schwartz and Wade Books,  2008.

Six stories relate the further adventures of three toy friends as they encounter a fearsome shark, enjoy a dance party, and deal with rejection by The Girl, who is growing up.

EMC  Fiction

 

Jenkins, Emily.   Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic.   Schwartz and Wade Books,  2006.

Six stories introduce three friends who happen to be toys.

EMC  Fiction

 

Korchek, Lori.   The Adventures of Cow, Too.   Tricycle Press,  2007.

A very excited toy cow takes an eventful trip to a grocery store.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Yum, Hyewon.   Last Night,   Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

In a story without words, a little girl is sent to her room for refusing to eat her dinner.  The girl falls asleep, and together with her bear friend begins a fantastic venture into the forest.

EMC  Picture Books

 

 

Witches

 

Delaney, Joseph.   Curse of the Bane / Spook's Curse.   Greenwillow Books,  2006.

Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship (begun in Revenge of the Witch), confronting a dangerous Bane who can control people's thoughts.

EMC  Fiction

 

Delaney, Joseph.   Revenge of the Witch,   Greenwillow Books,  2005.

Young Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

EMC  Fiction

 

Gruber, Michael.   The Witch's Boy,   HarperTempest Publishing,  2005.

A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for riches and revenge against those who have hurt him, but eventually finds his true heart's desire.

EMC  Fiction

 

Hardinge, Frances.   Well Witched,  HarperCollins Publishers,  2007.

Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins.

EMC  Fiction


Pratchett, Terry.   A Hat Full of Sky,   HarperCollins,  2004.

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster, with the assistance of the Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.

EMC  Fiction

 

Pratchett, Terry.   I Shall Wear Midnight,  Harper,  2010.

Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the Witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved six-inch-high Wee Free Men, who follow her as she faces an ancient evil that agitates against witches.  Possible conclusion to the Discworld series.

EMC  Fiction

 

Vande Velde, Vivian.   Three Good Deeds,  Harcourt Publishing,  2005.

Caught stealing some goose eggs from a witch, Howard is cursed and turned into a goose himself.  He can only become human again by performing three good deeds.

EMC  Fiction

 

 

Wizards

 

Barron, T.A.   The Seven Songs of Merlin,  Ace Books,  2000.

The teenage Merlin learns that his mother has been poisoned, and to save her, he must master the seven wizard's songs within a lunar month.

EMC  Fiction

 

Falwell, Cathryn.   Word Wizard,   Clarion Books,  1998.

Anna discovers that she can do magic by forming words with the letters in her bowl of alphabet cereal, and uses her new power to help a little lost boy.

EMC  Picture Books

 

Jones, Diana Wynne.   The Merlin Conspiracy,   Greenwillow Books,  2003.

Roddy and Nick, two teenagers with magical powers they are just learning to use, find that they must work together to save Roddy's home world of Blest from destruction by power-hungry wizards.

EMC  Fiction

 

Jones, Diana Wynne.   Mixed Magics,   Greenwillow Books,  2001.

Four separate incidents test the power of the Chrestomanci, a powerful enchanter with nine lives, to control misuses of magic on various worlds.

EMC  Fiction


Rowling, J.K.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.   Arthur A. Levine Books,  2005.

Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

EMC  Fiction


Rowling, J.K.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.   Arthur A. Levine Books,  1999.

In the third book of the Harry Potter series, Harry begins to feel at home in the wizarding world, but is warned about the escape of a dangerous criminal, Sirius Black.

EMC  Fiction

 

Willard, Nancy.   The Sorceror's Apprentice,   Scholastic Books, 1993.

In this rhyming tale, a little girl becomes the apprentice of the great old magician Tottibo.  To complete an impossible task, she steals one of his spells and accidentally creates chaos.

EMC  Picture Books

 

What is Modern Fantasy?

 

In their book Children's Literature, Briefly  (2004, 3rd edition), James S. Jacobs and Michael O. Tunnell characterize modern fantasy this way:

 

As with traditional fantasy, modern fantasy is distinguished from other genres by story elements that violate the natural, physical laws of our known world-- events akin to magic.  However, modern fantasy has known authors.

The application of these miraculous elements varies greatly in modern fantasy stories:  including talking animals, imaginary worlds, fanciful characters (hobbits, dwarves, giants), magical beings (witches, sorcerors, genies), and so on.  However, quality fantasy stories do not employ fantastic elements casually.  In fact, fantasy is probably the most difficult genre to write because an author must create a new set of physical laws and then conform unerringly to them. (p. 88)

 

 

Online sources about modern fantasy:

 

Choosing High Quality Children's Literature/ Modern Fantasy

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Choosing_High_Quality_Children's_Literature/Modern_Fantasy

 

Children's and YA Fantasy Novels

http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/favorites/by_genre/fantasy.html

 

 

Searching for modern fantasy books in the library catalog

 

Here are step-by-step instructions:

1.  Access the Polk Library home page, at:   www.uwosh.edu/library/

2.  In the center of the page, click on the  Books and Videos tab.

3.  Below the "Find Books..." line, click  Catalog.

4.  In the first search box, type any of the subjects at the beginning of this bibliography (i.e., Magic, Ghosts, Time Travel, etc.).

5.  To the right of the search box, look for the third box on that line, reading "Keyword Anywhere."  Click the arrow to the right.

6.  From the pull-down menu of choices, click  Subject Keyword.

7.  Look further down the screen for a line reading  Location.  To the right, it will say  All Locations.

8.  Click the pull-down arrow to the right of "All Locations," and change it to either   EMC-Fiction or  EMC-Non-Fiction.

(You will probably need to do separate searches for the "Fiction" and "Picture Books" collections.)

9.  Click the  Search button.

 

Following are a number of subject words and phrases you can use to search the library catalog for Modern Fantasy books:

Animals                                        Ants                                        Bears

Birds fiction                                  Brooms                                   Cats

Chickens                                      Cows                                       Dolls

Ducks                                           Dragons                                  Dreams

Elephants                                     Fairies                                     Fantasy

Fathers fiction                              Friends                                    Ghosts

Haunted                                       Hats                                         Heroes

Horses                                         Imagination                              Lions

Magic                                           Magicians                                Monsters

Pigs                                              Planets                                    Rabbits

Spiders                                         Stars                                       Superheroes

Swine                                            Toys fiction                              Travel

Wishes                                          Witches                                   Wolves

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