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Thor’s Serpents

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The Blackwell Pages

By M. A. Marr and K. A. Armstrong

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy, Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Magic, Personal Development: Friendship

Grade: 3-7


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For fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the thrilling conclusion to The Blackwell Pages, written by New York Times bestselling YA authors, K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr.


Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse.


But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can’t take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another – with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Order of the Unicorn

unicornThe Order of the Unicorn

The Imaginary Veterinary, Book 4

By Suzanne Selfors

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Animals, Adventure: Magic/Fantasy, Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Animals

Grade: 2-5


At Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital, Pearl and Ben are greeted with some bad news. A human has been spotted in the Imaginary World! Dr. Woo suspects it might be Maximus Steele — a poacher with his sights set on prized animal horns. What creature will he attack next? Will it be a unicorn?


Together, Pearl, Ben, and Dr. Woo travel to the Tangled Forest. It’s an amazing, colorful, and wild place. Ultimately, the responsibility falls to Pearl to find the lost unicorn. But in a land of fire-breathing insects and flesh-eating flora, is she up for the challenge?


Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.


This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Order of the Unicorn. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!



★ “Hijinks-filled…Readers will be anxious for future adventures in the Imaginary Veterinary series.” – Library Media Connection, starred review


“Ben and Pearl are every kids that readers will relate to, and the adults of Buttonville are often delightfully weird and clueless….More hijinks-filled adventure than mystery, this is sure to win an audience.” – Kirkus Reviews


“An entertaining story that will pique readers’ interest from the first dragon sighting….Santat’s characteristically dynamic illustrations complement a story that will have readers eager for the next book in the Imaginary Veterinary series.” – Publishers Weekly


“Funny, touching, and sure to please, this title is full of charm. Kids will relate to Ben and his troubles, root for the amazing animals, and enjoy Santat’s zany illustrations.”- School Library Journal

I Am the Mission

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The Unknown Assassin, Book 2

By Allen Zadoff

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Espionage, Teen Life: Personal Development, Adventure: Science Fiction

Grade: 10 & up


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He was the perfect assassin.


Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders — until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability.


Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to show his loyalty.


His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of a military training and indoctrination camp for teenagers. One target. Limited time frame. Public place. It sounds simple, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.


But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, or the truth.


The riveting second book in The Unknown Assassin series by Allen Zadoff delivers heart-pounding action and thought-provoking characters, as well as a new, exotic setting; a new mission; and new secrets to be revealed.



“Zadoff has crafted another highly suspenseful, compulsively readable futuristic thriller with an agreeably intricate plot and a sympathetic-though often coldblooded-protagonist. Readers will be clamoring for the next volume.” – Booklist


“Zadoff packs in plenty of tension-filled moments that will leave readers on the edges of their seats…Just when readers think they’ve made it through one breathless climax, Zadoff adds another twist that tacks on more…Hollywood-esque thrills…A more dangerous Alex Rider for the older set.” – Kirkus Reviews


“With a high body count, interesting plot twists, technology tie-ins, and nonstop action, this thriller should appeal to teenage boys.” – Voices of Youth Advocates

The Walled City

The Walled City

By Ryan Graudin

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: General, Social Studies: Europe/Asia/Africa, Teen Life: Gangs/Substance Abuse/Family/Relationships/Sexuality

Grade: 9-12


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There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.


DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….


JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….


MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window….


In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.



“Readers, rapt, will duck for cover until the very last page.”— Kirkus Reviews 


“Graudin is gifted at employing simile and other literary devices to describe the gritty surroundings and Hak Nam’s criminal inhabitants…The result is three stories deftly entwined into a fast-paced, striking tale….” — Publishers Weekly


“This dark and gritty thriller doesn’t pull any punches, taking readers into a world of fear, danger, and deprivation.”— School Library Journal


The Walled City grabbed me by the throat from page one. From the very first chapter to the last, my heart loved and feared for these characters. Brilliantly and beautifully written — a true triumph.” — Beth Revis, bestselling author of the Across the Universe series


The Walled City is dark and grim and intensely compelling. It is a book you cannot easily forget, a book you will want to read again and again.”— Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy



Sisters Red

Sisters Red

By Jackson Pierce

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy/Mysteries, Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Magic, Teen Life: Family/Relationships/Sexuality

Grade: 10-17


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Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

Praise & Accolades

* “This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go….A satisfying read with a fantastic cover.” –School Library Journal (starred review)

“Unfolds with steadily increasing tension and unexpected twists to a shocking climax…may well appeal to Melissa Marr’s readers and teens who like their fantasy on the gritty side.” –Kirkus

“Lushly romantic … Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references.” –Booklist

If You Find This

If You Find This

By Matthew Baker

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Mysteries, Family Life: Grandparents and Extended Family, Personal Development: Friendship

Grade: 3-7


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Mixing mystery and adventure in the tradition of Louis Sachar, Avi, and E.L. Konigsburg, If You Find This is the story of unlikely friendships, unexpected bravery and eleven-year-old Nicholas Funes’s quest to prove his grandfather’s treasure is real.


Nicholas is a math and music genius with no friends and a huge problem: His father has lost his job, and they’ll have to sell their house, which holds the only memory Nicholas has of his younger brother. Just in time, Nicholas’s senile grandfather arrives, filled with tales of priceless treasure he has hidden somewhere in town–but where?


With the help of misfit classmates, two grandfathers, a ghosthouse, hidden messages, séances, and an uncanny mind for numbers, Nicholas stages a nursing home breakout, tangles with high schoolers in smugglers’ tunnels, and gets swept up in a duel with the biggest bullies in the neighborhood. Will it be enough to find the treasure and save his house?



★ “The vivid setting, complex characters, and original writing style result in a story with lasting impact. Reminiscent of Louis Sachar’s Holes (1998), this is a rich, captivating tale about family and redemption that redefines the meaning of treasure.” – Booklist, starred review


“[T]his intriguing and multilayered novel will provoke interesting discussions.” – School Library Journal

The Map to Everywhere

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By Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy/Pirates, Personal Development: Friendship

Grades: 3-7



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Wherever you need to go — the Map to Everywhere can take you there.


To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere — but they aren’t the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!


In Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’s first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.



★ “Ryan and Davis’ swashbuckling quest features fantastic world building, gnarly creatures, and a villain who is both spooky and formidable…. The unique details, expert plotting, charming characters, and comic interludes combine in a tantalizing read.” — Booklist, starred review


★ “Vividly cast…. Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


★ “Fast-paced and imaginative, this adventure combines action with whimsy, injecting emotion and pathos into an otherwise lighthearted romp. It’s a strong start for what promises to be a highly enjoyable series.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review


★ “Wholly original…. This is an ambitious undertaking, and strong readers who enjoy adventure fiction and fantasy will inhale the first book in what has the potential to be an extraordinary series.” — School Library Journal, starred review



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By Patrick McDonnell

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Animals, Personal Development: Friendship

Grades: P-1

When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story–by the creator of the beloved comic strip Mutts–that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.


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How to Train Your Dragon Series

how to train your dragonHow to Train Your Dragon Series

By Cressida Cowell

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Knights/Dragons, Adventure: Magic/Fantasy

Grades: 3-7


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Meet Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, heir of the Viking chiefdom, but a boy with one very big problem: a hero he is not. How to Train Your Dragon is the riotous story of Hiccup’s quest to hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it into submission, and–hopefully–pass his initiation. Instead, he ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon—it’s even toothless! Thus begins the hijinx of the world’s most lovable, unlikely hero and a most reluctant “beast.” Packed with energetic drawings and plenty of action, this boisterous tale is just right for fantasy fans or anyone with a spirit for adventure.





“This hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans.” –Booklist


“A narrative rich in dragon muck [and] cartoon violence … genuinely fierce, intelligent, and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero’s mix of quick wit, courage, and loyalty.” –Kirkus Reviews


“Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names and goofy, childlike drawings will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages–and chuckling as they go.” –Publishers Weekly


“This is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup’s exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read.” –School Library Journal







Ghost Knight

Ghost Knight

By Cornelia Funke

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/Ghosts, Adventure: Magic/Fantasy

Grades: 3 – 7

From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?


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