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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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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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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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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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Storybound Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Hugely inventive story of kids in peril in fairy-tale world.
By Marissa Burt
(2012)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
age 8+
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(1900)
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Dust Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intricate historical novel contrasts Dust Bowl, fairy world.
By Sarah Zettel
(2012)
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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tribute collection will please Bradbury fans, new readers.
By Sam Weller, Mort Castle
(2012)
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Enchanted Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Complex, unique, and satisfying fairy-tale romance.
By Alethea Kontis
(2012)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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Something Strange and Deadly, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Thrilling fantasy mixes mystery, Victorian romance, zombies.
By Susan Dennard
(2012)
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Rift Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Exciting, suspenseful prequel to Nightshade series.
By Andrea Cremer
(2012)
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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls Book Poster Image
age 10+
Deeply creepy, thought-provoking tale of weird school.
By Claire Legrand
(2012)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Book Poster Image
age 3+
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
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The Raven Boys Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2012)
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The Monsters' Monster Book Poster Image
age 3+
Frankenstein-like monster teaches his creators gratitude.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2012)
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Summer & Bird Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Wildly imaginative quest to find parents in mythic world.
By Katherine Catmull
(2012)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
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