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Storyteller by Edward Myers "Jack, a seventeen-year-old storyteller, goes to the royal city seeking his fortune and soon attracts the attention of the grief-stricken king, his beautiful eldest daughter, and his cruel young son, and he attempts to help them--and the entire kingdom--through his stories. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli "The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli "Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters. East by Edith Pattou "A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve "When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur.
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman "New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.
Tithe and Ironside sequel by Holly Black "Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore "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, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan "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 alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier "In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers--a parking fairy--and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy.
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathon Stroud "When young Halli Sveinsson plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny, forcing him to leave home and go on a hero's quest where he encounters highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. Impossible by Nancy Werlin When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the yard butterfly the hardest stroke known to God or man as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman "Mitch, a shy and awkward high school junior, negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern "When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie's would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit "the wild nerd yonder" and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.
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I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb "In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he's extremely stupid and lazy, but he's actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way. Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar "While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.
Pirates of the Retail Wasteland by Adam Selzer "When eighth-grader Leon decides what to do for his project in the gifted program, it involves coffee houses, pirates, and filmmaking. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance "Having left her geek status behind after earning a spot on the varsity cheerleading team, Bethany realizes that popularity has its own problems and so must use her mind to handle the rituals and rules imposed upon her by her new friends.
Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner "Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend. The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti "Scarlet, an introverted high school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection.
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook "In eighth grade, Lauren publicly betrayed her best friend Helen and humiliated her so badly that Helen moved away, but as Lauren starts her senior year of high school, Helen returns with a new appearance and a plot to get revenge. My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day "In a British alternative high school, fifteen-year-old Heidi stands out in many ways, but when she invents a boyfriend--complete with online profile--her friends turn to him for advice and she must decide how far she is willing to go to find acceptance.
Things I Know about Love by Kate Le Vann "Seventeen-year-old Livia Stowe travels from England to Princeton, New Jersey, to visit her brother who is studying there and to celebrate her recovery from a year-long struggle with leukemia, and while she is there she writes a blog about her experiences, which include falling in love. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver "After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales "Sixteen-year-olds Violet and Katie, best friends since seventh grade despite differences in their family backgrounds and abilities, are pulled apart during their junior year at Massachusetts' exclusive Westfield School. Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford "Upon learning on Christmas Day that their rich and imperious grandmother may soon die and disown the family unless the one who offended her deeply will confess, each of the three Sullivan sisters sets down her offenses on paper.
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr "After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd "The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky "In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole "Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.
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Geography Club by Brent Hartinger "A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the 'Geography Club' at their high school. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner "As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher "With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan "When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more. Wide Awake by David Levithan "In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world. The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina "When out-and-proud Jonathan sleeps with a girl at a party after getting drunk, the rumor mill is abuzz at school and now every girl wants to get their hands on him, but when the most popular girl in school approaches with a strange proposition, Jonathan has to consider her real motives.
Hero by Perry Moore "Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust. Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle "Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
Freak Show by James St. James "Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen extraordinaire, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The God Box by Alex Sanchez "When openly gay Manuel transfers to Paul's high school, Paul, a born-again Christian, begins to question his own sexuality and reexamine his whole life.
Avalon High Coronation series by Meg Cabot "Ellie and Will are trying to have a normal life now that they know Will is probably King Arthur reincarnated, but according to an ancient prophecy, Will may still be in danger. Nightschool series by Svetlana Chmakova "Schools may lock up for the night, but class is in session for an entirely different set of students. In the Nightschool, vampires, werewolves, and weirns a particular breed of witches learn the fundamentals of everything from calculus to spell casting. Alex is a young weirn whose education has always been handled through homeschooling, but circumstances seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool.
Will Alex manage to weather the dark forces gathering? Then, Hiro Sakurai shows up, with a secret that Miki desperately wants to know. Then she starts to fall for him and nothing, even Hiro himself, can stop her. Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino "Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the day class and the night class.
Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the guardians of the school, protecting the day class from the Academy's dark secret: the night class is full of vampires!
Naruto series by Masashi Kishimoto "In another world, ninja are the ultimate power--and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat--a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy.
His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force Kitchen Princess series by Miyuki Kobayashi "Najika left the rural orphanage she knows as home to attend Seika Academy in Tokyo in the hopes of finding a boy who touched her heart years earlier.
Nobody in her class thinks she should be there except two brothers, Daichi and Sora, who recognize Najika's magical talent for cooking.
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Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
PhD : Phantasy Degree series by Son Hee-Joon "Sang enrolls in the monsters-only class at the Demon School Hades in order to acquire a mysterious, magical ring from the chief commander's fiancee. Angel series by Yukiru Sugisaki "Daisuke Niwa is an ordinary middle school student with an extraordinary genetic 'condition'. Whenever he starts longing for the girl of his dreams, he transforms into the legendary Phantom Thief, Dark! The only way to lift the curse?
To have his love returned, of course. But how can Daisuke win the heart of a girl he can't even romance? Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family's secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal! Absolute Boyfriend series by Yuu Watase "Shy Riiko has been rejected too many times by cute guys, so when she's offered a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover, she takes it.
A package appears at her door with a naked guy who wants to be her boyfriend. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher "When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
You by Charles Benoit "Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future. Deadline by Chris Crutcher "Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as 'Hey-Soos.
Happyface by Stephen Emond "After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself. The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon "Yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his father and his father's boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice that something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to do something about it.
Slam by Nick Hornby "At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically. The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson "After receiving the letter that says he will be dead within twenty-four hours, fifteen-year-old Ollie and his two best friends, Shane and would-be girlfriend Ronnie, set out to fulfill as many of Ollie's hopes as they can.
Juvie Three by Gordon Korman "Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention when their group leader winds up in the hospital with a case of amnesia. As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins "A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli "Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends. Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft "As Seattle sixteen-year-old Jonathan helps a dying man come to terms with a tragic event he experienced during World War II, Jonathan begins facing his own demons, especially the death of his twin brother, helped by an assortment of friends, old and new.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne "Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in , Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum "In England's New Forest on the second day of August, , eighteen-year-old Simon Foldre, delighted to be allowed to participate in a royal hunt as squire to the Anglo-Norman nobleman Walter Tirel, finds his future irrevocably altered when, during the hunt, he witnesses the possible murder of King William II.
Annexed by Sharon Dogar "A retelling of the story of Anne Frank imagines life in the secret annex from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions. Once by Morris Gleitzman " After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.
Heart of a Samurai : Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus "In , rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. Sovay by Celia Rees "In England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father's arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.
I had seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant "Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in World War II, a decision which forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli "A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Full color cartoon illustrations and informative dialog between Ronnie and Ms. Lernin present the facts with humor in this scientifically accurate graphic novel. Modern dialog adds humor to this classic tale without detracting from the original story. Astrid is enchanted by the sport and signs up for derby camp, but Nicole choses dance camp instead. A new friendship helps Astrid prepare for her first roller derby and become a true roller girl. This coming-of-age graphic novel is written by a real-life roller-derby girl. Her parents work at a Florida Renaissance fair, and Impy has been immersed in world of jousting and archaic language.
She is eager to begin her own training as a squire, and decides that her first quest will be conquering middle school. But its a challenge to act like a noble knight-in-training when confronted by girls who make fun of her thrift shop clothing, small apartment, and unusual life style. This graphic novel humorously captures the challenges of middle school life. When the Nazis arrive, the parents send the four children in pairs to separate locations, warning them to never reveal they are Jews.
Jo and Maurice travel together, barely staying one step ahead of capture. At times they are saved by French citizens, but more often must rely on their own quick wits. Explorer: The Lost Islands by Kazu Kibuishi Ages 9—up Seven talented cartoonists each contribute an illustrated story on the theme of hidden places. The stories range from funny, thoughtful, to terrifying.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney Ages 9—12 Middle-schooler Greg Heffley is back and just as hilarious as ever as he tries to deal with the punishments of his older brother, try out for the Talent Show, join the swim team, and attempt to avoid embarrassment at all costs. This hilarious series will enthrall both reluctant and experienced readers. In this thoughtful and funny memoir, Lucy connects important times in her life with the feed she was eating at the time.
Each chapter in this graphic novel includes an illustrated recipe. Now the fog is getting worse, and Pig, Fox, and Hippo must leave the safety of the town to fight it. Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann Ages 4—up Lindbergh is a German mouse who decides to emigrate to America to escape the new mousetraps that have killed so many of his friends.
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He considers a sea voyage, but the mouse-hunting cats on the ships change his mind. Inspired by his bat cousins, Lindbergh invents an apparatus that will enable him to soar through the air. This captivating adventure story is a blend of picture book and graphic novel. For generations the women in her family have stirred up spells in a big black cauldron, but no one wants to buy her magic any more.
So Grunhilda checks the classified ads, and gets a job as the lunch lady in a school cafeteria. She delights in frightening the children until a shy little girl named Madison becomes her friend. Madison is struggling both at school and at home, and Grunhilda goes against all her witchy instincts to help her. This darkly funny graphic novel is the first in a planned series.
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We Dig Worms! A group of children poses questions to focus attention on details. The illustrations painted on brown paper bags add an additional earthy touch. Toon Book Level 1. While trying to find their way home, the two encounter pet bees, giant rabbits, and a talking stone frog. Along the way, they discover their own independence. Intricate illustrations capture the power of the imagination in this rich graphic novel.
His only friend is the gelatinous Goo, who only Rickety can understand. This funny graphic adventure is the first in a trilogy. Jim Curious: A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea in 3-D Vision by Matthias Picard Ages 6—10 Packaged with two pairs of 3-D glasses, this nearly wordless book follows young Jim, clanking in his diving suit, out the door and into the depths of the ocean. Though a solo adventure, Jim is not alone, but instead surrounded by a wealth of undersea life including schools of fish, a shark, and a gigantic whale. This stunning graphic novel will provide hours of entrancement.
This graphic novel is a follow-up to Hildafolk. When a large black bird is left injured, Hilda helps it remember how to fly, and gradually comes to see the intimidating town as a place where wonderful things can happen. This graphic novel is a sequel to Hildafolk and Hilda and the Midnight Giant. Battling Boy by Paul Pope Ages 10—up This exciting graphic novel finds the city of Acropolis under daily attacks by monsters. When the hero Haggard West falls in battle, the monsters are free to wander the city, swallowing children into the shadowy underworld.
Battling Boy 13 , a pampered warrior god emerges to take on the battle against the monsters, using the magical powers of his set of totemic t-shirts. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel will appeal to new readers as well as those familiar with the story of The Golden Compass. This gripping graphic novel imagines the details that drove the young man from poverty-stricken Bosnia to contemplate murder as the only possible solution.
But when his grandfather is cursed by two lobster-women, Walker knows it is up to him to return a magical skull to the mysterious Mango Islands. Walker stows away on a ship and teams up with a dog named Perrogi, a boy named Shiv, and a tough girl called Genoa. The four encounter pirates and magical machines as they search for clues and escape perilous situations in this engaging graphic adventure novel. The pair are hired by a clueless butterfly to find her missing diamond pencil box. Full of insect humor, puns, and nifty similes, this classic mystery will keep young readers glued to the pages.
A graphic novel with a film noir look, this is the first in the Joey Fly, Private Eye series. Unfortunately he is also the prime suspect in a cosmic theft. Some of the humor and depth of the original are missing, but the illustrations are excellent. There are, after all, no rules for writing like yourself.
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