Solid fantasy of the classic variety, heavy on both action and politics.
Recommended grade level: 6 and up
Pages: 355 (for ISBN 9781250067128)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy
Topics: race relations, women’s rights, class struggle, war, demons, magic, magic schools
Themes: inequality, social justice, perseverance, friendship
Summary: Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Continue reading
A fantasy adventure set in the ancient Roman Empire.
Recommended grade level: 5 and up
Pages: 352 (for ISBN 9780545561549)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, adventure
Tone/Style: conversational, personal
Topics: magical objects, magical powers, slaves, gods, ancient Rome
Themes: family, loyalty, freedom, power
Summary: When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for. Continue reading
This modern classic embraces its epic roots along with a dash of humor and a down-to-earth sensibility in the tale of a young Merlin and a captivating magical island.
Recommended grade level: 4-7
Pages: 326 (for ISBN 9780399230189)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, high fantasy, myth, Kylie’s favorites
Fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian elements combine in this thick, tantalizing adventure with a kick-butt heroine.
Recommended grade level: 6-10
Pages: 497 (for ISBN 9780545652209)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, dystopian, mystery
A spooky, thoughtful, and atmospheric Newbery Medal winner.
Recommended grade level: 4 and up
Pages: 312 (for ISBN 9780060530921)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, (light) horror, award winner, Kylie’s favorites