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Reading lists compiled by Rye Free Reading Room Teen Librarian Bettyjane Surabian

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Featured Reading List  –  Fantasy Reads

Faeman Quest by Herbie Brennan, 2011
Gr. 7-10- Herbie Brennan’s popular and critically acclaimed Faerie Wars series is well known for its cast of magical characters, hilarious dialogue, and wildly inventive flights of fantasy. Now, with The Faeman Quest, Brennan returns to the world of Faerie to introduce a new character — Mella, the daughter of King Consort Henry and Queen Holly Blue. When Mella accidentally travels to the country of Haleklind, she discovers rebel forces preparing an invasion using a terrifying new magical weapon. YA BRENNAN


Flip by Martyn Bedford, 2011
Gr. 7 Up-One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to bed. He wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it’s the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers.
And when he looks in the mirror, another boy’s face stares back at him. A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what’s happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else. YA BEDFORD

The Pledge
by Kimberly Derting, 2011
Gr. 9 Up- In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. She meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed.


Steampunk! An anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories, 2011
Gr. 8 Up-Most readers have become familiar with the essential steampunk elements: clockwork automatons, brass goggles, mad scientists, brave adventurers, and Victorian imagery. However, this collection of short stories by some of the best YA authors today, including Libba Bray, Garth Nix, and Cory Doctorow, offers something different and takes the steampunk ethos to a new level. YA SHORT STORIES/STEAMPUNK




My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert Jeschonek
Gr. 8 Up-Idea Deity is convinced he is a character in a novel, due to be killed off in chapter 64. He’s also created a fictional band called Youforia, complete with a website listing fake tour dates, band member bios, and reviews of nonexistent albums. Except try telling that to the members of the supersecret underground band Youforia, who can’t figure out who keeps publicizing all the information they work so hard to keep under wraps, scheduled for July 32 in Pennsyltucky? YA FICTION JESCHONEK



The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater, 2011
Gr 8 Up-When the carnivorous capaill uisce, or water horses, rise from the sea each year, the island men prepare to prove their brawn and courage by outrunning the deadly beasts. And now, Kate, the first girl to enter the race, is determined to win it, facing fierce competition from Sean, to whom she is strangely attracted. Intense action, riveting suspense, and two determined protagonists make this a competition to remember. YA STIEFVATER




Wildwood by Colin Meloy, 2011
Gr. 3-7 .  Meloy, the lead singer of the band the Decemberists, delves into middle-grade fiction . The book opens as 12-year-old Prue McKeel loses her baby brother to a murder of crows, and sets off to rescue him from the Impassable Wilderness, a strange country alongside Portland, Ore.  YA MELOY





The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, 2011
Gr. 4-7. When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. YA MCMANN





Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley, 2011
Gr. 5-8-Peasant girl Molly sometimes sees things before they happen, a fine enough reason for her . At age seven, she is abandoned at the door of Dethemere Castle, where she finds work in the kitchen. After years of hard labor, she is promoted to silver polisher, where she is tasked with shining the most beautiful, intricately designed bowl she has ever seen. The minute she touches it, she is filled with intense warmth and sees visions of the demise of the royal family. The rumors of a curse are true. It’s becoming more and more powerful, and only she can stop it from destroying the royals. YA STANLEY




Beyonders by Brandon Mull, 2011
Gr 4-7-One day, while volunteering at the local zoo, 13-year-old Jason Walker is swallowed by a hippo and transported to Lyrian, a world threatened by Maldor, an evil emperor. After wandering to the Repository of Learning, Jason meets the Loremaster, a keeper of knowledge who informs him that he is a Beyonder, a person from another world who will be killed by the emperor if found. While exploring the repository, he discovers a syllable inside a magic book which, when combined with five other well-hidden syllables, will form a word that can destroy Maldor. YA MULL




Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner,  2010
Gr 4-8-Eleven years after the cruel Killdeer took over the Catacombs far beneath the human’s Trillium City, Juniper Belancourt, assisted by Vincent and Victor Nightshade, leads a maverick band of rats to escape and establish their own city. YA WAGNER





Captured by Maggie L. Wood, 2011
Gr 6-9-Willow has been listening to Nana’s stories of a realm that involves magic, castles, and the crystal on her nightstand for as long as she can remember, but always thought they were just meant to entertain her. In Captured, when Nana dies, Willow sees the crystal glowing, grabs it, and wakes up in another world. In Mistolear, she’s a princess. A spell has been cast over the citizens, forcing them to play in a human chess game. Willow’s parents have been captured, and it’s up to her to save them. YA WOOD




Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry, 2010
Evie Pomeroy has always possessed a healer’s touch, but she never realized the extent of her innate talent nor its source. When she gets the opportunity to leave the forest village in which she was raised by her grandfather and travel at the king’s invitation to study medicine for real at university, she jumps at the chance to fulfill her dream. Along the way, she is robbed at gunpoint by a highway robber, survives a shipwreck, watches her potential love interest die and then be resurrected, and befriends the princess of a mysterious water kingdom. YA BERRY