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The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children Book Poster Image
age 9+
Grimm's witch returns to cook again in darkly funny tale.
By Keith McGowan
(2009)
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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
By Kazu Kibuishi
(2008)
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Bewitching: The Kendra Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Clever Cinderella twist picks brains over beauty.
By Alex Flinn
(2012)
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The Catastrophic History of You and Me Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dead teen loads up on pizza and angst in the afterlife.
By Jess Rothenberg
(2012)
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Bloodrose: Nightshade, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Werewolf finale focuses on love triangle and bloody battle.
By Andrea Cremer
(2012)
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Clockwork Prince: Infernal Devices, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Fantasy sequel has strong female characters, more violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
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The Orphan of Awkward Falls Book Poster Image
age 10+
Girl fights to save friend in creepy, comic horror tale.
By Keith Graves
(2011)
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Sense and Sensibility Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel is rich in romance and humor.
By Jane Austen
(1811)
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A Monster Calls Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Haunting tale of a boy coming to terms with mother's cancer.
By Patrick Ness
(2011)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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Blood and Chocolate Book Poster Image
age 15+
Sensual and suspenseful werewolf fantasy for mature teens.
By Annette Curtis Klause
(1997)
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Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel) Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second installment in witchy series is darker but still fun.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
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Hex Hall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Enchanting book about witty teen witch at reform school.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
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Foiled Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Girl fencer fights monsters in clever fantasy graphic novel.
By Jane Yolen
(2010)
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Beastly Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Contemporary Beauty-Beast tale curses shallow rich kid.
By Alex Flinn
(2007)
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Monstrumologist Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Gruesomely good gothic horror too violent for younger teens.
By Rick Yancey
(2009)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Book Poster Image
age 12+
Twain's classic is full of humor and suspense.
By Mark Twain
(1876)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
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The Sledding Hill Book Poster Image
age 12+
Ghost boy tells the story of a book-banning.
By Chris Crutcher
(2005)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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