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Voices Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Well-wrought fantasy explores pacifism, violence.
By Ursula K. Le Guin
(2006)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Return of the King Book Poster Image
age 12+
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
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The Two Towers Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Brilliant story; more fast-paced, violent than first book.
By Philip Pullman
(1997)
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The White Mountains Book Poster Image
age 12+
Appealing plot, powerful writing offset slow pace.
By John Christopher
(1967)
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Tattoo Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Girl-powered sci-fi with fairies; fun but average.
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
(2007)
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Sabriel: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Necromancer's teen daughter fights the dead.
By Garth Nix
(2005)
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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War: The Abarat Trilogy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
More adventures in bizarre world. Darker than first book.
By Clive Barker
(2004)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Poster Image
age 12+
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2007)
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Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Dark but engrossing story of wizard education.
By Kathleen Duey
(2007)
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Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Overlong but exciting; gorier than the first two.
By Christopher Paolini
(2008)
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Tunnels: Tunnels Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Slow-starting, dark, violent, exciting adventure.
By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
(2007)
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Deeper: Tunnels Series, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Grim, gritty, and violent, but undeniably exciting.
By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
(2009)
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Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.
By Tamora Pierce
(2009)
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Wings Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Romantic fairy fantasy, milder than Twilight.
By Aprilynne Pike
(2009)
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Once Dead, Twice Shy: Madison Avery, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Supernatural story without too much violence.
By Kim Harrison
(2009)
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Fairy Tale Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Occasionally amusing but flat supernatural romance.
By Cyn Balog
(2009)
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Tiger Moon Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue in colonial India.
By Antonia Michaelis
(2008)
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