A young woman from the woods arrives in an affluent kingdom with no knowledge of who she is or why she is there, only to realize she is at the center of a global struggle. She joins Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights learn to fight witches and dragons. She was given the moniker “Evie,” and forced to navigate a new world of friends and foes while undergoing rigorous training from her Fairy Drill sergeant. As Evie learns what it means to be a princess, she comes to surprising conclusions about herself, her family, and the human capacity for compassion and brutality.
As the witch troops approach, she realizes the fight between princesses and wizards is more personal than she believed. Pennyroyal Academy combines adventure, humor, and magical mayhem. Set in Grimm’s fairytales, it is suitable for princess fans and non-fans alike. Harry, very soon came to know that his parents have not died in a car accident but were killed by a wizard named Voldemort. Voldemort plans to return to power, unbeknownst to Harry and the wizarding world. Voldemort makes attempts on Harry’s life beginning in the first book and continuing throughout the series.
Voldemort regains his body and power in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), and his army grows. Harry and his allies are compelled to face Voldemort and his disciples, notably the Malfoys. Harry accepts his role as the renowned “boy who lived” and faces nearly certain death fighting the wicked wizard. With love and support, he can win. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in 2016. Based on a Rowling narrative, Harry is married to Ginny Weasley and has three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Harry still struggles with his history, while Albus must deal with his father’s legacy.
A 7-year-old boy washes ashore in Wales half-drowned with head trauma and no memory of his history. His mother washes ashore and raises him. Because she will not tell him about his background or her own, he does not think she is his mother, Branwen, or that his name is Emrys. Despite having to cure wounds and burns for a career, a skill many fear and loathe as “of the devil,” she takes good care of him. Emrys, 12, discovers he has remarkable powers and begins to wonder if he is “of the devil.” Emrys vows never to use his powers again if God will let him sight again after a dreadful demonstration.
Though blind, he gains a “second sight” Emrys determines he is recovered enough and leaves Branwen to continue his mission. He seeks his past, identity, and place. He only carries medicinal herbs and a miraculous stone. Emrys visits Fincayra, a bridge between our world and “the other world.” He seeks himself there. The danger that threatens Fincayra and his new pals is just as crucial. An evil spirit has blighted the realm and crushed its people’s souls, and a merciless monarch is taking all its magical abilities to himself, like Sauron from Lord of the Rings and Arawn from The Prydain Chronicles.
The darkness is spreading, destroying much of the country’s beauty. Emrys does not want to become involved, but he must save a girl he loves. Emrys’ allies, the dwarf giant Shim and the merlin hawk Trouble will need courage, luck, and sacrifice. This wide-ranging, well-rounded tale has an engaging hero, breathtaking beauties, terrifying dangers, and enticing allies. The plot echoes Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, especially The Black Cauldron. Both undoubtedly draw influence from comparable mythology; “brilliant minds think alike.” This richly researched, well-paced book provides a taster of the next series.
Brian Jacques wrote the middle-grade fantasy Redwall. It is the first in a 22-volume series. The first novel was published in 1986, but Rogue Crew was not released until 2011, after the author’s death. Redwall is one of Time’s 100 best fantasy books. Jacques also wrote the Tribes of Redwall trilogy and five solo novels set in the Redwall realm. He is well recognized for the Castaways series. Netflix will make a Redwall movie in 2021. Redwall is for 10-13-year-olds. It is teen/YA fantasy action/adventure and science fiction.
This study guide and page references are from the Kindle edition. The novel is set in a non-human-populated medieval English countryside. Redwall Abbey and St. Ninian’s Church are mouse-sized. The novel’s last chapter takes place one year after the events in June of an indeterminate year. The third-person narration is limited. Matthias the mouse warrior and Cluny the rat warlord narrate most of the story, while several minor characters share their ideas and experiences.
The narrative begins at Redwall Abbey, where the residents are preparing a feast to commemorate Abbot Mortimer’s golden jubilee. Mortimer’s favorite novice is a clumsy mouse named Matthias. Matthias wants to be like Martin the Warrior, who once guarded the woodlanders. The abbot tells Matthias that the mice no longer require a protector. Cluny the Scourge and his rats quickly break the tranquility. Cluny desires Redwall Abbey. In the ensuing war, the narrative examines heroism, villainy, and competitiveness vs. cooperation.
Rachel Caine, the author of books that have been best sellers on the New York Times bestseller list, rewrites history in her latest novel, inventing a perilous universe in which the Great Library of Alexandria has been preserved. The Great Library is ruthless and possesses unrivaled power; it has established a presence in all of the major cities and controls the dissemination of information to the general populace.
The substance of the greatest works of history can be quickly delivered thanks to alchemy, but individual possession of books is strictly prohibited because of this. Although Jess Brightwell places a high value on libraries, the vast majority of his education came from books that were stolen or otherwise obtained illegally by his family. Jess has been dispatched to serve as a spy for his family, but his allegiances will be put to the test during the last few months of his training to enter the Library’s employ.
When Jess’s friend accidentally commits heresy by creating a device that has the potential to change the world, he learns that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life and that they intend to put an end to both heretics and books soon.
As a child of orphans, Denizen Hardwick’s life is rather typical of others in that situation. Orphans in fairy tales are often spared from a life of misery by discovering their actual identities as a magician, warriors, or kings. Orphans are just children who have no parents in the real world. At the very least, it is what Denizen thought was happening… Even though it was pitch-black out, the Crosscaper Orphanage’s gates parted to admit an automobile with its engine grumbling in.
It is not long until Denizen gets picked up by a car with a man inside who promises to bring him back to his long-lost aunt. However, they are ambushed on their way into the city. Denizen discovers that monsters can rise from the abyss on their own accord. In addition, a venerable order of knights guards the land against their intrusions.
Denizen has a special bond with these knights, but he has a sneaking suspicion that they are just telling him half the story they mean. Would Denizen be fulfilling his destiny if he joined the order, or would he be turning his back on his family and the sacrifices they made to secure his survival?
The Rangers, with their gloomy cloaks and mysterious behavior, have always been a source of anxiety for him in the past. The villagers believe that the Rangers engage in magical practices that render them invisible to the populace at large. Will, who is now 15 years old and has always been on the younger side for his age, has been selected to become a Ranger’s apprentice. The fact that the Rangers are the ones who defend the kingdom is something that he is not yet aware of.
They are highly trained in the abilities to fight as well as the skills of surveillance, and they fight the battles before they reach the people. And Will is going to find out that there is a significant conflict on the horizon. Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, who was cast out of the kingdom, is currently rallying his troops in preparation for an assault on it. This time, he will not be turned down for the job…
This is the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, an epic tale of heroes and villains that has become a phenomenon on a global scale, and this fantasy adventure is the book that started it all. Fans of the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Sword in the Stone series by T.H. White, the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini, and the Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin will adore this book.
In 1945, The Hundred Dresses was awarded a Newbury Medal. This book is primarily about the type of racism that children in American schools had to deal with. It focuses on the immigrants who were bullied by the bullies. One hundred dresses are based on the personal experiences of the authors, who wrote it. Wanda Petronski is the story’s main character. As a young Polish immigrant to the United States, she gets accepted into an American school where the majority of kids are descended from the country of origin.
Because of her uncommon name and fashion sense, Wanda is frequently tormented by her peers. Her classmates find it hard to believe that she has a hundred gowns and sixty pairs of shoes at home because she always wears a blue dress. Part one of The Hundred Outfits ends with her entering a school contest and submitting 100 drawings of her dresses, but her father has already dragged her out of school.
When Wanda’s students learn the truth about the 100 dresses, they feel guilty and regretful for what they have done. Wanda’s sketches of a hundred gowns were superb, displaying her ability to sketch. Estes atones for the times she was bullied by her peers by producing a book about bullying and racism in the United States.
When Kate Klimo’s three sons were young, she found a geode in one of their sock drawers and it inspired her to write this book. During her spare time, Kate works as a children’s book author and publisher. She and her family, which includes her husband Harry, three horses, and a grandcat, reside in the hills of upstate New York. The Dragon Keepers series is the appropriate length and reading level for Magic Tree House readers who are ready for something longer, combined with the fast-paced narrative, excitement, and sense of teamwork that kids like reading.
Jesse and Daisy, two ten-year-old cousins, have always dreamed of a miraculous event occurring in their lives. This is a dream come true for Jesse when his freshly discovered thunder egg hatches and a tiny, but incredibly noisy, baby dragon emerges. Once they have figured out what to feed the dragon, the two kids find themselves at her command.
In the library, they discover a bizarre website named foundadragon.org, which directs them back to the Internet. This is where the cousins learn that they have been dubbed “Dragon Keepers” after the dragon’s hatching. To make matters worse, they must protect Emmy from a centuries-old evil dubbed Saint George, who has survived for years by consuming dragon blood
Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon are the central characters of Phillip Pullman’s epic trilogy His Dark Materials, which begins with the first book. A child’s Dmons are animal-like expressions of the child’s inner self, and the two of them dwell in a magical universe where they exist. Dmons can also take on any form, real or fictitious until they “settle” into a final form that represents the character of the kid in its final form at some point during the child’s maturation.
The story takes place in Lyra’s house, where her uncle Lord Asriel, a scholar at Jordan College, is now absent. When Lyra’s best friend is kidnapped by someone in the Magistrate who she suspects is performing experiments on children and their demons, she finds herself sucked into a world of danger. During her journey, she discovers Lord Asriel’s scientific investigation into “dust,” a mysterious substance.
Any scientific findings that deviated from religious teachings were suppressed by the Magistrate, which was a theocratic authority. The Magistrate, afraid of “dust,” used force to thwart the further investigation into its qualities. With the help of a few companions, Lyra and her friends set out on a trip to rescue the kidnapped children, fighting both family and foes along the way.
The books in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series follow the story of young Jacob Portman, a typical kid who lives in Florida. The tales are set in the titular home for peculiar children. At the very least, he believed it to be the case. Jacob is desperate to find out what had happened after the mysterious death of his grandfather, Abraham Portman. This determination led him to the discovery of some very unusual people who were involved in the events leading up to his grandfather’s death. They band together and beat the foe, only to discover that more foes are on their way.
Jacob and his newly acquired allies face numerous perilous beasts, both in the physical and figurative sense, as well as deceitful persons who are not what they appear to be. Furthermore, along their trip, they are forced to save each other from the edge of death consistently. Jacob has already made a lot of decisions that have altered the course of his life, but the one he is about to make is the most significant one of all: should he remain with the only true friends he has ever had or return home?
Welcome you to a universe in which nothing is exactly as it seems… Ivy Sparrow and her bothersome older brother Seb had no idea what kind of excitement is in store for them once their grandmother Sylvie is taken to the hospital in an emergency. Soon after, their home will be broken into by unknown intruders, and a very peculiar law enforcement officer will show up at the scene, intent on capturing them with a toilet brush.
Ivy and Seb managed to get away, but once they do, they find themselves in a world that is utterly foreign to them: a mysterious underground metropolis known as Lundinor, in which simple items have extraordinary capabilities. Some belts give their wearers the ability to fly, yo-yos that can be transformed into weapons, buttons that have healing capabilities, and a variety of other charming things that are capable of performing quite bizarre tasks.
But the forces of evil are drawing closer, and when Ivy and Seb find out that their family has a connection to one of the greatest unusual riches of all time, they have a race against the clock to find the treasure and find out the truth about a family secret before it is too late. In her first novel, debut author Jennifer Bell introduces readers to a richly unique series that kicks out with an enchanting and whimsical setting.
Risk-averse Greg Belmont is happy with his life despite its lack of excitement. At the posh preparatory school he attends, he has one and only one friend, although his father is quite awesome. The trouble is that Greg is not typical; in reality, he is a real-life, fantasy dwarf! The day his father brings home a strange new tea, the day he finds out the truth about himself is also the day that Greg’s strange skills begin to emerge.
Then, a savage Bro-Troll kidnaps Greg’s father, and the two of them are carried away to the Underground, which is located just beneath the streets of Chicago and is home to Dwarves who have lived there for ages. Greg learns everything about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the beginning of time, with the assistance of some great new pals and a talking ax.
The Dwarves’ sworn adversary, the Elves, are becoming increasingly tense as a result of the restoration of the magic they once possessed, which indicates that significant changes are on the horizon. The Legend of Greg, written by Chris Rylander, flips the traditional narrative of dwarfs and delivers an exciting journey that readers will not be able to resist. The book is full of humor and action.
Sam London plunges headfirst into his second case involving a selkie, a mysterious girl, and an ominous new threat to the mythical and human worlds in this exciting sequel to Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw, an epic adventure novel that “is sure to keep lovers of Rick Riordan running to the shelves”!
Sam London did not intend to unearth an old secret, but after he discovered that mythological animals are real and live in our national parks, he became the newest member of the Department of Mythical Wildlife and was given the title of “Mythical Wildlife Recruit.” Since that time, the young man in middle school has been eagerly anticipating the call for his next case, which finally comes with the bold appearance of a selkie in San Francisco Bay.
Sam, together with Dr. Vance Vantana and the guardian Tashi, is on the trail of the selkie, which has developed an odd fascination with Pearl Eklund, the newest “it” girl in fashion and a social media celebrity. However, the closer he gets, the more doubts arise concerning Pearl’s mysterious link to the fantastical realm. Is she the last-ditch effort to save a whole civilization, or the herald of its impending destruction? It is up to Sam to find out the truth as quickly as possible… The future of humankind is riding on his shoulders.
Sophie and Josh Newman, 15-year-old American twins, had their summer occupations flipped upside down by Dr. John Dee. Dr. Dee battles bookshop owner Nick Fleming where Josh is an employee, to steal The Book of Abraham the Mage (aka the Codex). Dr. John Dee grabs the book from Josh’s hand, but he keeps two pages from it. Nick’s wife Perry Fleming is also imprisoned by Dr. John Dee.
After the struggle, Nick Fleming tells Josh and Sophie that he is the French alchemist Nicholas Flamel, that he is immortal, and that the twins, himself, and Perry (his immortal wife Perenelle Flamel) are in danger. Nicholas tells the twins he believes they are named in a Codex prophesy and that the fate of the world could depend on him awakening their dormant magical skills. Without the Codex, he and Perry will perish in a month since their immortality, youth, and longevity depend on a particular elixir. Monthly, this elixir changes.
Dr. John Dee realizes he is missing two Codex pages. The pages are the Final Summoning, needed by Dee to return his masters, the Dark Elders, to earth… and so begins a fast-paced race as Dee pursues the twins and Nicholas for the Codex pages, while Nicholas, aided by Scáthach and others, race to awaken the twins’ latent magical auras, to teach them elemental magic, and to rescue his wife, Perry.
The stories feature San Francisco, London, the Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. History and mythological characters help both sides. Scáthach, Hekate, Prometheus, the Witch of Endor, Gilgamesh, Niccol Machiavelli, Bastet, Odin, William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid, Virginia Dare, the Count of St. Germain, and Mars Ultor appear in the first four novels.
The grace year is never brought up. It’s not allowed. Girls in Garner County are told they have the ability to entice grown men out of their beds and drive jealous wives crazy. They think that the potent spirit of youth, of a girl on the cusp of womanhood, emanates from their own skin, acting as a tremendous aphrodisiac. They are exiled for their sixteenth year in order to let their magic loose in nature and come back purified and prepared for marriage. However, not every one of them will return home alive.
Tierney James, 16, longs for a society where women and friends are not pitted against one another, but as her own grace year approaches, she rapidly understands that there are other dangers that people must be afraid of as well. It isn’t even the males lurking in the woods who are poaching women in order to sell them for a high price on the black market. It’s possible that they are each other’s greatest threat.
The Grace Year explores the complicated and occasionally twisted connections between girls, the women they eventually grow into, and the difficult choices they have to make in between with razor-sharp prose and grim realism.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“You eyes are wide open, but you see nothing.”
“My father always told me that a person is made up of all the little choices they make in life. The choices no one ever sees.”
“Sometimes I feel like we might burn down the world to cindery bits, with our love, our rage, and everything in between.”
“I’m trying to hold back my emotions, but I can feel my face contorting. That strange heat moving to my cheeks. I always thought it was magic moving through me, but now I know it to be rage.”
“But a flower is never just a flower.”
A divided world, a monarchy without a successor, and an old foe reawakens. Inys has been governed by the House of Berethnet for a millennium. Queen Sabran the Ninth, who is still single, needs to give birth to a daughter in order to save her country from annihilation, but assassins are closing in on her house.
At court, Ead Duryan is an outsider. She is devoted to a secret organisation of wizards even though she has attained the rank of lady-in-waiting. Ead keeps a close eye on Sabran and uses forbidden magic to covertly defend her. Tané, who has been training to be a dragonrider across the dark sea, is compelled to make a decision that could cause her life to fall apart.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“No woman should be made to fear that she was not enough.”
“We may be small, and we may be young, but we will shake the world for our beliefs.”
“I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door, but also of the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.”
“All the world is a cage in a young girl’s eyes.”
“I would live alone for fifty years to have one day with you.”
Sisters Emilia and Vittoria are streghe, or witches, who live covertly among people to escape detection and persecution. Vittoria once skips the family’s well-known Sicilian restaurant’s dinner service. Emilia quickly discovers her adored twin’s body…completely desecrated. Devastated, Emilia sets out to track down her sister’s killer and get revenge, even if it means employing black magic that has been outlawed for a long time.
Then Emilia encounters Wrath, one of the Wicked—princes of Hell she has heard stories about since she was a young child. Wrath declares to be on Emilia’s side and has been assigned by his lord with figuring out the island’s string of female murders. But nothing about the Wicked is what it seems.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“One day you’ll call me Death.
For now, Wrath will do.”
“A good book was its own brand of magic, one I could safely indulge in without fear of getting caught by those who hunted. I loved escaping from reality, especially during times of trouble. Stories made everything possible.”
“You always have the power of choice, even when those choices seem limited. Never forget that.”
“You always have the power of choice, even when those choices seem limited. Never forget that.”
“Your heart will conquer darkness. Trust in that.”
A young woman makes a Faustian pact to live forever in France in 1714 out of desperation, and as a result, she is doomed to be forgotten by everybody she encounters. Thus starts Addie LaRue’s amazing existence, a glittering adventure that will span decades, countries, history, and art as a young lady discovers how far she is willing to go to make her mark on the world. But all changes when Addie runs into a young man in a secret bookstore after almost 300 years and he recognizes her name.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives–or to find strength in a very long one.”
“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”
“Three words, large enough to tip the world. I remember you.”
“There is a defiance in being a dreamer”
“Blink, and the years fall away like leaves.”
A young woman from the woods arrives in a prosperous kingdom with no memory of who she is or why she is there, only to discover that she is at the epicenter of a conflict that spans the entire planet. She enlists in Pennyroyal Academy, which is a place where the princesses and knights are taught to combat the two greatest threats of the day, which are witches and dragons.
There, she was given the name “Evie,” and in addition to navigating a completely new universe of friends and foes, she had to suffer through a rigorous training routine that was overseen by her Fairy Drill sergeant. Evie comes to some shocking conclusions for herself and her family, as well as both the human capacity for compassion and the inhuman capacity for cruelty, as she gains a deeper understanding of what it means to be a princess.
She also realizes, as the witch forces draw closer, that the conflict between princesses and wizards is much more personal than she could have ever imagined it to be. M.A. Larson’s Pennyroyal Academy is a book that deftly combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief. It is set in the world of Grimm’s fairytales and is perfect for readers who are not fans of princesses as well as those who are.
A remarkable, engrossing read that marks the explosive debut of an amazing new writer, exploring the psychological intricacies of the interaction between a clever yet naive young girl and her alluring and manipulative instructor. 2000. Bright, aspirational, and longing for maturity, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye is involved in an affair with her alluring and cunning 42-year-old English instructor, Jacob Strane.
2017. A reckoning is imminent amid the escalating tide of accusations leveled against strong men. Vanessa receives word that Strane has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former student, who contacts her. At this point, Vanessa is forced to make the impossible decision of whether to keep quiet, steadfast in the conviction that her teenage self willingly entered into this relationship, or to reframe herself and the occurrences of her past. However, how can Vanessa turn down the man who drastically altered her and has remained a constant in her life? Is it conceivable that the man she cherished when she was a teenager—who claimed to revere just her—might be very different from what she has always thought?
My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the thrilling excitement of a teenage girl learning the power her own body may wield by switching back and forth between Vanessa’s present and her past. This is a brilliant representation of difficult adolescence and its effects that is thought-provoking and impossible to put down and asks crucial questions about agency, permission, complicity, and victimhood.
Best Quotes from this Book:
“People will risk everything for a little bit of something beautiful.”
“The excuses we make for them are outrageous, but they’re nothing compared with the ones we make for ourselves.”
“Because even if I sometimes use the word abuse to describe certain things that were done to me, in someone else’s mouth the word turns ugly and absolute. It swallows up everything that happened.”
“It’s strange to know that whenever I remember myself at fifteen, I’ll think of this.”
“I wonder how much victimhood they’d be willing to grant a girl like me.”