Thornspell

Author: Helen Lowe

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375891501

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 312

View: 2766

Helen Lowe reimagines the Sleeping Beauty story from the point of view of the prince who is destined to wake the enchanted princess in this lush, romantic fantasy-adventure. Prince Sigismund has grown up hearing fantastical stories about enchantments and faie spells, basilisks and dragons, knights-errant and heroic quests. He'd love for them to be true—he's been sheltered in a country castle for most of his life and longs for adventure—but they are just stories. Or are they? From the day that a mysterious lady in a fine carriage speaks to him through the castle gates, Sigismund's world starts to shift. He begins to dream of a girl wrapped, trapped, in thorns. He dreams of a palace, utterly still, waiting. He dreams of a man in red armor, riding a red horse—and then suddenly that man arrives at the castle! Sigismund is about to learn that sometimes dreams are true, that the world is both more magical and more dangerous than he imagined, and that the heroic quest he imagined for himself as a boy . . . begins now. From the Hardcover edition.

The Gathering of the Lost

The Wall of Night Book Two

Author: Helen Lowe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062096443

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 5270

“Strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world.” —Robin Hobb, author of Dragon Haven “[Lowe] reinvigorates the epic fantasy with appealing characters and a richly detailed world.” —Library Journal Sure to become an epic fantasy classic, Helen Lowe’s magnificent Wall of Night series is big, ambitious, and gorgeously drawn—a story of bravery, treachery, and cataclysm in a richly imagined world. The Gathering of the Lost is the second of four books set in a fantastic imperiled realm garrisoned by nine great Houses and protected from the terrible Darkswarm by the towering mountain range that gives the series its name. Supremely literate, brilliantly imagined and executed fantasy in the vein of Brandon Sanderson, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Barbara Hambly, The Gathering of the Lost is populated by a grand cast of unforgettable characters, some still holding to the beleaguered Wall, others scattered in their quest for the fabled Heir of Night, who vanished from their midst five years earlier.

The Heir of Night

The Wall of Night Book One

Author: Helen Lowe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062013920

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8621

“A richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery, and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world.” —Robin Hobb, author of Dragon Keeper An award-winning poet and acclaimed author of Young Adult fiction, Helen Lowe now brings us The Heir of Night—the first book in her four-volume Wall of Night series, a brilliant new epic fantasy saga of war, prophecy, betrayal, history, and destiny. A thrilling excursion into a richly imagined realm of strife and sacrifice, where the fate of a dangerously divided world rests in the hands of one young woman, The Heir of Night is a fantasy classic in the making, sure to stand alongside the much beloved works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin McKinley, and Guy Gavriel Kay.

Daughter of Blood

The Wall of Night Book Three

Author: Helen Lowe

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062198122

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

View: 8386

A Gemmell Award-Winning Series Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night—but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . . Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family's ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride's honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out—for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth . . .

The Girl Behind the Glass

Author: Jane Kelley

Publisher: Yearling Books

ISBN: 0375862196

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 183

View: 2434

Moving from Brooklyn to a house in the country strains the relationship between twins Hannah and Anna, a situation made worse by the ghost of a girl who is trapped in the house because of problems with her own sister years before.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Author: Linda Beech,Mildred D. Taylor

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590389273

Category: Education

Page: 16

View: 9166

Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. * " A] vivid story.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." Booklist, starred review"

Bella at Midnight

Author: Diane Stanley

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062044176

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4126

In the little village of Castle Down, in a kingdom plagued by war, lives a peasant girl called Bella. Blessed with a kind family and a loving friend, she manages to create her own small patch of sunlight in a dark and dangerous world. Bella is a blacksmith's daughter; her friend Julian is a prince -- yet neither seems to notice the great gulf that divides his world from hers. Suddenly Bella's world collapses. First Julian betrays her. Then it is revealed that she is not the peasant she believed herself to be: She is Isabel, the daughter of a knight who abandoned her in infancy. Now he wants her back, so Bella is torn from her beloved foster family and sent to live with her deranged father and his resentful new wife. Soon Bella is caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life -- and the kingdom -- forever. With the help of her godmother and three enchanted gifts, she sets out on a journey in disguise that will lead her to a destiny far greater than any she could have imagined.

Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell

Author: Jen Barton

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781483964942

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 206

View: 9466

When Fiona Thorn, an ornery orphan with an expertise in explosives, sets out to rescue her imprisoned friend, Jaydin Rowan, she wants nothing more than a few sleeping guards and a satchel full of Blast. What she gets is a run-in with three bickering princesses that puts all four girls on the wrong side of a locked dungeon door.Now, accidentally involved in a plot to assassinate the King and accused of kidnapping the princesses, Fiona must find a way to free them all, save the King, and rescue Jaydin, all while struggling to pay the magical debt that's slowly killing her. Unless, of course, the princesses' annoying sibling rivalry kills her first.Packed with powerful magic, fun-loving fairies and a vicious ogre turned pet, Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a fantasy kids' book sure to become a top ten favorite in middle grade fiction.

The Crimson Thread

A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"

Author: Suzanne Weyn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442407404

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4581

"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold." Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns -- with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious....

Zac and the Dream Stealers

Author: Ross MacKenzie

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545508894

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7930

It's up to one boy to take back the night! Zac can't sleep. And neither can anyone else. A bunch of bad dreams keeps robbing the whole wide-awake world of rest, and one night as the clock strikes twelve, Zac is torn from his own not-so-sweet slumber to be tossed-and-turned into a strange, surreal realm. Nocturne, this land is called, and its frightening nightmares are a sign that a nasty band of dream stealers is seizing control. Zac won't rest -- he CAN'T rest -- until he finds a way to stop these silver-skulled "insomaniacs" and take back the night! If he doesn't, you might never sleep again. A big idea made beautifully simple, about the purest, most universal form of magic: dreams.

William and the Witch's Riddle

Author: Shutta Crum

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 1101932716

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 1462

A charming reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that “will appeal to younger middle grade readers who like fantasy, fractured fairy tales, and adventure” (School Library Journal)! William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone at their home atop the mountain. When a witch named Morga shows up, William is forced to embark on a terrifying journey, the worst part of which is Morga herself. She has three riddles for William to solve, with only the help of an odd fellow who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny yellow dragon who can dream storms into reality. Three riddles. Three chances to lift an ancient curse. Three chances to save his family. Part fantasy and part fairy tale, and sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, William and the Witch’s Riddle is a loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty and an adventure that’s just right for middle graders. Praise for Shutta Crum’s Thomas and the Dragon Queen: “Both heartwarming and full of surprises. . . . A must-read.” —School Library Journal, Starred review “The quick pace, thrilling escapes, and subtly detailed medieval setting will all be appealing to early fantasy readers.” —The Bulletin “A sure-fire hit as a read-aloud, this is an engaging book featuring a hero filled with bravery, quick wits, and heart.” —The Horn Book

Chomp

Author: Carl Hiaasen

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 0375868275

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 290

View: 493

Spending his days in a zoo beside his volatile animal wrangler father, Wahoo Cray struggles to control his father's temper when the latter takes a job with an egocentric reality nature show host.

Bitterblue

Author: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0142426016

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 563

View: 1522

The companion to the "New York Times" bestsellers "Graceling" and "Fire." Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the 35-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.

The Swan Maiden

Author: Heather Tomlinson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805082751

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 292

View: 7161

Raised as a chatelaine-in-training unlike her sisters who are learning the arts of sorcery, Doucette discovers when she is sixteen years old that she too has magic in her blood, and she must brave her mother's wrath--and the loss of the man she loves--in order to follow her birthright.

Wildwood Dancing

Author: Juliet Marillier

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375849440

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 312

View: 9436

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm. But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom--an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop. When Cezar's grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can't imagine--tests of trust, strength, and true love. From the Hardcover edition.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Author: Chris Colfer

Publisher: Little Brown Bks Young Readers

ISBN: 1405517913

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 5791

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change. When the twins' grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they're about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven't ended in this magical land - Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure.

Frontier Wolf

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448173000

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3371

'We are the scum and the scrapings of the Empire. They tipped out the garbage-bin of the Eagles to make us what we are.' In disgrace after a mistake that cost the lives of half his men, Alexios arrives in Castellum. It's his first command, but it isn't really a promotion. The Frontier Wolves who man this outpost in the far north of Roman Britain are a fierce and savage bunch, a far cry from the regular legions he'd served in before. Alexios will only survive if he learns to understand them and win their respect - and he's determined to try.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Author: Gail Carson Levine

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062253549

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 2952

A kingdom beset by monsters . . . A disease that weakens and destroys . . . An epic poem and a hero of long ago . . . A story of danger and desperation. The two princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie—terrified and unprepared—sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sisters' lives—and Barmarre's fate—hang in the balance. Gail Carson Levine left her mark on fantasy with her well-loved 1998 Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted. Now she has created another shimmering and tapestried landscape of fantasy and fairies. Bamarre and the journeys of its two princesses will burn themselves into the minds of readers, and all will relish this moving saga about two sisters groping their way toward heroism.

Wolfsbane

Author: Patricia Briggs

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110144522X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 3701

The second Sianim novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Masques. For the last ten years, shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn has led a dangerous existence—a far cry from her noble upbringing. Now she must return home under the most unfortunate circumstances. Her father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, the combination of their magic uncovers something wonderful yet alarming—he’s not actually dead, but only appears so. Yet a dark mist is also very much alive within him... The Lyon of Lambshold has been ensorcelled by the ae’Magi, who’s using him as a conduit to finally destroy Aralorn and Wolf. With her father as the pawn, can Aralorn overcome this mysterious mist with her magic? Or will she finally fall to the blackest of magic, losing not only her one true companion, but also her life...

The Black Cauldron

Author: Lloyd Alexander

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1429961929

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 8570

The Black Cauldron, the Newbery Medal-winning second book in Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has special meaning. For Taran, it is a glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined. . . . Includes a new pronunciation guide. This title has Common Core connections.