Mythopoeic Awards

This is one of the 268 lists we use to generate our main The Greatest Books list.

  • The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

    "The Crystal Cave" is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Merlin, the legendary wizard of King Arthur's court. The book follows Merlin's early life, from his birth as the illegitimate son of a Welsh princess to his discovery of his magical powers and his journey to become a wise and powerful advisor to the future King Arthur. Set against the backdrop of early medieval Britain, the novel explores themes of destiny, power, and the struggle between pagan and Christian beliefs.

  • Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant

    "Red Moon and Black Mountain" is a fantasy novel that follows the journey of a group of young people who are sent on a quest to find a magical crystal that could save their kingdom from an evil sorcerer. Along the way, they encounter various challenges and obstacles, including treacherous mountains and dangerous creatures, as they work together to fulfill their mission. The story is filled with magic, adventure, and themes of loyalty, friendship, and courage.

  • The Song of Rhiannon by Evangeline Walton

    "The Song of Rhiannon" is a re-telling of the Welsh mythological tale of the Mabinogion. The story follows the beautiful and mysterious Rhiannon, who is accused of murdering her own child and is forced to endure punishment and humiliation. However, with the help of her loyal husband and the powerful magic of the Otherworld, Rhiannon is able to clear her name and reclaim her rightful place as a queen. The novel explores themes of love, betrayal, and the power of the supernatural, all set against the backdrop of ancient Wales.

  • The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

    "The Hollow Hills" is the second book in Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga. The story follows Merlin, the wizard, as he helps Arthur claim his rightful place as King of Britain. Merlin must navigate treacherous political alliances and supernatural forces as he guides Arthur towards his destiny. Along the way, Merlin discovers secrets about his own past and must confront his own fears and doubts. The novel is a thrilling adventure full of magic, romance, and intrigue set against the backdrop of ancient Britain.

  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson

    "A Midsummer Tempest" is a historical fantasy novel set in an alternate 17th century England where magic is real and the faeries are a powerful force. The story follows Prince Rupert and his loyal companion, the faerie girl Miranda, as they navigate political intrigue, war, and romance. Along the way, they encounter famous historical figures such as William Shakespeare and Oliver Cromwell, as well as mythical creatures like dragons and unicorns. The novel is a blend of adventure, romance, and political commentary, and explores themes of power, love, and the consequences of ambition.

  • Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher John Reuel Tolkien

    "Unfinished Tales" is a collection of stories and essays by J.R.R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. The book includes tales from Middle-earth that were left incomplete or unpublished during the author's lifetime, as well as background information and notes on the creation of his fictional world. The stories range from the early days of Middle-earth to the events leading up to "The Lord of the Rings," providing fans with a deeper understanding of Tolkien's complex and intricate mythology.

  • Little, Big by John Crowley

    "Little, Big" is a complex tale that weaves together elements of magical realism, fantasy, and family saga. The story follows the Drinkwater family who live in an eccentric house known as Edgewood, which is somehow bigger on the inside than the outside. The family is connected to the realm of Faerie, and the narrative explores their interactions with this magical world. The book spans multiple generations and intertwines the lives of its characters with the cycles of history and myth, creating a multi-layered narrative about love, family, destiny, and the nature of storytelling itself.

  • The Firelings by Carol Kendall

    "The Firelings" by Carol Kendall is a fantasy novel about a group of small, flame-colored creatures called Firelings who live in a hidden valley. When their home is threatened by an evil sorcerer, the Firelings must venture out into the world to find a way to save their valley. Along the way, they encounter a variety of creatures and obstacles, including a group of humans who are skeptical of their existence. With courage and determination, the Firelings work together to overcome challenges and ultimately save their home.

  • When Voiha Wakes by Joy Chant

    "When Voiha Wakes" by Joy Chant is a fantasy novel set in a world where magic and technology coexist. The story follows Voiha, a young woman who discovers she has magical abilities and is sent to a school to learn how to control them. Along the way, she uncovers a dark conspiracy involving the ruling government and a powerful sorcerer. With the help of her friends and mentors, Voiha must navigate dangerous political intrigue and confront her own fears to save her world from destruction.

  • Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen

    "Cards of Grief" is a science fiction novel by Jane Yolen that explores the aftermath of a catastrophic event that destroys Earth's moon. The story follows a group of colonists who are forced to leave their homes on Earth and settle on a new planet. As they struggle to adapt to their new environment, they also grapple with grief and loss as they mourn the destruction of their former world. The novel explores themes of grief, identity, and the human condition in the face of tragedy.

  • Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

    "Bridge of Birds" is a fantasy novel set in ancient China, where a young man named Number Ten Ox sets out to find a cure for a mysterious illness that has befallen the children of his village. Along the way, he enlists the help of a wise and eccentric scholar named Master Li, and together they embark on a series of adventures that take them across the land. Along the way, they encounter gods, demons, and other supernatural beings, all while trying to uncover the truth behind the illness and save the children of the village.

  • The Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle

    "The Folk of the Air" is a collection of short stories by Peter S. Beagle that explores the world of faerie and its inhabitants. From the mischievous Puck to the seductive Queen of Air and Darkness, Beagle weaves tales of love, betrayal, and magic that transport readers to a realm beyond the mundane. These stories are both enchanting and haunting, showcasing Beagle's mastery of the fantasy genre and his ability to imbue his characters with depth and complexity. Fans of faerie tales and mythology will find much to appreciate in this collection.

  • Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card, Patrick Couton

    "Seventh Son" is a fantasy novel set in an alternate version of America where magic and folk beliefs are real. The story follows Alvin, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is believed to possess great magical powers. However, Alvin's abilities are not what people expect, and he must navigate a world of prejudice and danger to find his true purpose. Along the way, he meets a cast of intriguing characters, including a shape-shifting girl and a powerful wizard, and must confront his own inner demons to become the hero he was meant to be.

  • Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop

    "Unicorn Mountain" by Michael Bishop is a science fiction novel set in a future where humanity has discovered a way to travel to other planets and interact with alien life forms. The story follows a team of scientists and explorers as they journey to a distant planet in search of a mythical creature known as a unicorn. Along the way, they encounter a variety of strange and dangerous creatures, as well as unexpected challenges that test their skills and their resolve. As they delve deeper into the mysteries of the planet, they begin to uncover secrets that threaten to change their understanding of the universe forever.

  • The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

    "The Stress of Her Regard" by Tim Powers is a supernatural thriller that follows the life of a young doctor, Michael Crawford, who becomes entangled with a group of poets haunted by a mysterious force that feeds off their creativity. As Michael delves deeper into the lives of these poets, he discovers that they are all connected by a common thread: they have all been visited by a seductive, vampiric creature known as a Lamia. As he struggles to uncover the truth behind the Lamia's power and its connection to the poets, Michael must confront his own demons and fight for his own survival.

  • Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner

    "Thomas the Rhymer" is a novel by Ellen Kushner that tells the story of a young man named Thomas who is taken to the fairy realm by the Queen of Elfland. There, he is gifted with the power of prophecy and returns to the mortal world to become a renowned poet and seer. However, his supernatural abilities come with a price, and Thomas must navigate the dangerous politics of both the fairy and human realms while trying to fulfill his destiny. The novel is a blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and romance, and explores themes of love, power, and the consequences of making deals with the supernatural.

  • A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason

    "A Woman of the Iron People" is a science fiction novel that follows the journey of a human anthropologist named Elizabeth who is sent to study a race of aliens known as the Iron People. Through her interactions with the Iron People, Elizabeth learns about their culture and way of life, as well as their struggles with their own internal conflicts and the impact of human colonization on their society. As she becomes more connected with the Iron People, Elizabeth must navigate her own identity and allegiances while trying to bridge the gap between two vastly different civilizations.

  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

    "Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, set against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The story follows Rebecca, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor named Gemma, as she tries to uncover the truth behind her grandmother's mysterious past. Through Gemma's haunting story of survival and love, Rebecca learns about the power of family, history, and storytelling. The novel is a poignant exploration of the ways in which the past continues to shape the present, and the importance of remembering and honoring those who came before us.

  • The Porcelain Dove by Delia Sherman

    "The Porcelain Dove" by Delia Sherman tells the story of Natasha, a young girl who discovers a magical porcelain dove that transports her to a world of adventure and danger. Along with her new friend, a talking rat named Jasper, Natasha must navigate through a world of witches and wizards, all while trying to find her way back home. As she learns more about the porcelain dove's powers, Natasha realizes that the fate of both worlds rests in her hands. With beautiful prose and a captivating plot, "The Porcelain Dove" is a must-read for fans of fantasy and adventure.

  • Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip

    "Something Rich and Strange" is a collection of fourteen fantastical stories by Patricia A. McKillip, a master of the genre. The tales are filled with magic, mystery, and wonder, taking readers on journeys to strange and enchanting worlds. From a mermaid who falls in love with a human to a woman who discovers a hidden city in her own backyard, each story is a captivating exploration of the human experience through the lens of the fantastic. With lyrical prose and imaginative storytelling, McKillip invites readers to lose themselves in the pages of this enchanting collection.

  • Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand, Elisabeth Hand

    "Waking the Moon" is a dark fantasy novel that follows the story of Sweeney Cassidy, a college student who becomes involved in a secret society dedicated to the worship of the Moon Goddess. As Sweeney delves deeper into the society's rituals and beliefs, she uncovers a sinister plot to awaken the goddess and unleash her power upon the world. With the help of her friends and a mysterious stranger, Sweeney must stop the society's plans before it's too late. The novel explores themes of power, feminism, and the dangers of blindly following tradition.

  • The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

    "The Wood Wife" by Terri Windling is a fantasy novel that follows the story of a young writer named Maggie Black who inherits a house in the remote Arizona desert after her mentor dies. As she explores the surrounding wilderness, Maggie discovers a hidden community of artists and musicians who are connected to the magical spirits of the land. When a local gallery owner is murdered and the community is threatened by outsiders, Maggie must use her newfound knowledge to protect her new friends and the natural beauty of the desert. The novel explores themes of creativity, nature, and the power of myth and folklore.

  • The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by A. S. Byatt

    "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye" is a collection of five fairy tales written by A. S. Byatt. Each story explores themes of desire, power, and the consequences of making deals with supernatural beings. The title story follows a young woman named Gillian who discovers a djinn trapped in a bottle and must navigate the consequences of setting him free. The other tales include a retelling of "Cinderella" and a story about a woman who becomes obsessed with a painting of a bird. Byatt's writing is rich in detail and explores the complexities of human nature through the lens of fantastical storytelling.

  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman is a fairy tale adventure set in the land of Faerie. The story follows the journey of a young man named Tristran Thorn, who sets out to capture a fallen star in order to win the heart of his true love. Along the way, he encounters a variety of magical creatures and characters, including witches, unicorns, and a ruthless prince. As Tristran navigates the dangers and wonders of Faerie, he learns valuable lessons about love, sacrifice, and the power of destiny.

  • Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle

    "Tamsin" is a young adult fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle. The story follows a teenage girl named Jenny who moves with her family to an old English farmhouse. There, she meets Tamsin, a ghost who died during the English Civil War and is trapped in the human world. Together, they embark on a journey to uncover the mystery of Tamsin's past and help her find peace. Along the way, Jenny learns about the rich history and folklore of the English countryside and discovers her own connection to the supernatural world.

  • The Innamorati by Midori Snyder

    "The Innamorati" by Midori Snyder is a historical fantasy novel set in 16th century Italy. The story follows the adventures of a young woman named Giulia who is determined to become a great artist despite the limitations placed on women during that time. She becomes caught up in a world of magic and intrigue when she falls in love with a mysterious man named Carnevale, who is actually a member of a secret society of artists known as the Innamorati. Together, they must navigate the dangers of this world and fight against those who seek to control or destroy it.

  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

    "The Curse of Chalion" is a fantasy novel that follows the story of Cazaril, a broken soldier and courtier, who returns to his homeland seeking refuge and a fresh start. He is hired as a tutor to the Royesse Iselle and her brother, the heir to the throne of Chalion. However, Cazaril soon finds himself embroiled in political intrigue and a curse that has plagued the royal family for generations. With the help of the gods, Cazaril must navigate the treacherous court and break the curse before it destroys the kingdom.

  • Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip

    "Ombria in Shadow" by Patricia A. McKillip is a fantasy novel set in the mysterious city of Ombria, where magic and politics intertwine. After the death of the Duke of Ombria, his mistress, Domina Pearl, takes control of the city and begins to unravel the secrets of its past. As the story unfolds, we follow the lives of several characters, including a changeling prince, a young girl with a mysterious connection to the city's shadows, and a sorceress seeking revenge. The novel is a complex and atmospheric tale of power struggles, love, and the search for identity in a world where nothing is as it seems.

  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley

    "Sunshine" is a dark fantasy novel by Robin McKinley that follows the story of a young woman named Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, who works as a baker in a small town. One night, she is kidnapped by a group of vampires and taken to an abandoned mansion where she is held captive with a vampire named Constantine. As they work together to escape, Sunshine discovers her own hidden powers and becomes entangled in a dangerous world of magic and supernatural beings. The novel explores themes of identity, acceptance, and the power of love and friendship.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

    "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" is a historical fantasy novel set in 19th century England where magic has been lost for centuries. Two magicians, Mr Norrell and Jonathan Strange, emerge and attempt to bring magic back to England. However, their different approaches to magic and their own personal ambitions lead to a dangerous rivalry that threatens to destroy them both. The novel explores themes of power, ambition, love, and the consequences of meddling with forces beyond human control.

  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry, Mónica Faerna

    "Anansi Boys" is a fantastical novel that follows the life of Fat Charlie Nancy, a mild-mannered man who is shocked to discover that his estranged father was the African spider god, Anansi. After his father's death, Fat Charlie's life is turned upside down when he meets his charming and charismatic brother, Spider, who has inherited their father's powers. As Spider begins to wreak havoc on Fat Charlie's life, the two brothers embark on a wild adventure through the spirit world, encountering gods, ghosts, and other supernatural beings along the way. With humor, heart, and a touch of magic, "Anansi Boys" is a thrilling and imaginative tale about family, identity, and the power of storytelling.

  • Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

    "Solstice Wood" by Patricia A. McKillip is a fantasy novel that follows Sylvia Lynn, a woman who returns to her childhood home in the small town of Bannen, where her grandmother owns a bookstore. Sylvia becomes entangled in the town's mysterious past and the secrets of her family as she discovers that the bookstore is a portal to a magical realm. As she navigates the world of faeries and magic, Sylvia must confront her own fears and desires to save her loved ones and the town from a dangerous force that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

  • In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

    "In the Night Garden" is a fantasy novel that follows the journey of a young girl named September, who is whisked away to the magical world of Fairyland. There, she meets a cast of eccentric characters, including a wyvern, a marid, and a changeling boy, as she embarks on a quest to retrieve a magical sword and save Fairyland from the evil Marquess. Along the way, September learns valuable lessons about friendship, bravery, and the power of storytelling. With its whimsical prose and imaginative world-building, "In the Night Garden" is a delightful read for both children and adults alike.

  • In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente

    "In the Cities of Coin and Spice" is a fantasy novel that follows the adventures of a young girl named September as she travels through various magical cities. Along the way, she meets a variety of fascinating characters and faces numerous challenges, including a war between two powerful queens and a journey to the underworld. Through it all, September learns important lessons about love, loss, and the power of imagination. Valente's vivid prose and imaginative world-building make this a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales.

  • Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone by Carol Berg

    "Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone" is a fantasy novel by Carol Berg. The story follows Valen, a young man who has been trained since birth to become a "lector," a person who can read and manipulate the minds of others. However, when Valen discovers a dark secret about his past, he is forced to flee his home and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about his identity. Along the way, he must confront powerful enemies and grapple with his own inner demons in order to save himself and those he loves.

  • Lifelode by Jo Walton

    "Lifelode" is a fantasy novel set in a magical world where humans and non-humans coexist. The story follows the lives of a group of people living in a rural community called Applekirk, where they share a deep connection with each other and the land they inhabit. The narrative explores themes of love, loyalty, family, and the complexities of relationships. As the community faces various challenges, including a threat from outside forces, the characters must come together to protect their way of life.

  • Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

    "Redemption in Indigo" is a fantastical tale that follows the story of Paama, a woman who possesses the ability to control chaos. After leaving her husband, Paama is gifted with the Chaos Stick by the djombi, a group of spirits, which leads to a series of events that challenge her beliefs and values. As she navigates through her newfound power, she must also confront the consequences of her actions and find a way to bring balance to the world. With vibrant characters, rich storytelling, and a unique blend of African folklore and magical realism, "Redemption in Indigo" is a captivating read that explores themes of power, responsibility, and redemption.

  • The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein

    "The Uncertain Places" follows the story of two sisters, Willa and Livy, who are sent to live with their eccentric grandmother in a mysterious house filled with secrets and magic. As they explore the enchanted woods surrounding the house, they discover a world of fairies, curses, and dark family history. But when Livy falls under the spell of a dangerous fairy prince, Willa must use all her wit and courage to save her sister and uncover the truth about their family's past.

  • Digger, Vols.1-6 by Ursula Vernon

    "Digger" is a graphic novel series by Ursula Vernon that follows the adventures of a no-nonsense wombat named Digger as she becomes embroiled in a war between gods and mortals. Along the way, she meets an eclectic cast of characters, including a hyena, a statue, and a shadow child, all while uncovering ancient secrets and learning about the true nature of the world she inhabits. With its unique blend of humor, mythology, and fantasy, "Digger" is a must-read for fans of graphic novels and epic storytelling.

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    "The Golem and the Jinni" is a novel that explores the lives of two mythical creatures, a golem and a jinni, who find themselves in New York City in the late 19th century. The golem is created by a Jewish rabbi to be a companion for a man who dies on the voyage to America, while the jinni is released from a copper flask by a Syrian tinsmith. As they navigate their new lives, they encounter other immigrants and face challenges that force them to confront their own identities and desires. The novel is a rich and complex exploration of identity, culture, and the human experience.

  • Tales from Rugosa Coven by Sarah Avery

    "Tales from Rugosa Coven" is a collection of interconnected stories that follow the lives of a group of witches living in a small coastal town. The coven must navigate personal and magical challenges, including a mysterious illness that affects their community and the arrival of an outsider who threatens their way of life. Through their trials, the witches learn the importance of trust, loyalty, and the power of their collective magic. The book explores themes of community, identity, and the complexities of human relationships.

  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

    The book is a captivating fantasy novel that weaves a tale of a young woman from a quiet village, chosen by a mysterious and powerful wizard to live with him in his tower, away from her home. As she learns about her own latent magical abilities and the malevolent force of the corrupted Wood that threatens her world, she must navigate a complex relationship with her enigmatic mentor and ally herself with the kingdom's prince to save her people. Drawing on Eastern European folklore, the story is a rich tapestry of magic, politics, and the struggle between tradition and change, ultimately exploring themes of identity, friendship, and the courage to fight for one's home.

  • Kingfisher by Bernadette Dunne, Patricia A. McKillip

    "Kingfisher" is a fantasy novel that follows the story of Pierce Oliver, a young man who is the son of a powerful sorcerer. Pierce is sent on a quest to find his missing father and in the process discovers a hidden world of magic and intrigue. Along the way, he meets a cast of unique characters, including a talking bird and a shape-shifting princess. As Pierce delves deeper into the mystery of his father's disappearance, he must also confront his own destiny and the power he possesses. The book is a thrilling adventure full of magic, mystery, and self-discovery.

  • Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley

    "Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr" is a novel that follows the journey of a crow named Dar Oakley as he travels through time and space, encountering various cultures and civilizations. Along the way, Dar Oakley gains a deep understanding of life, death, and the nature of existence. The novel explores themes of mortality, memory, and the interconnectedness of all things, weaving together elements of fantasy, mythology, and philosophy in a unique and thought-provoking narrative.

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

    "Spinning Silver" by Naomi Novik is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin. The story follows three women: Miryem, a moneylender's daughter who turns silver into gold; Wanda, a peasant girl who becomes Miryem's servant; and Irina, a duke's daughter who is forced into marriage with the powerful and dangerous tsar. As their lives become intertwined, they must use their wits and strength to overcome the challenges they face, including the wrath of the magical beings who lurk in the shadows.

  • Snow White Learns Witchcraft by Theodora Goss

    "Snow White Learns Witchcraft" is a collection of short stories and poems that reimagine the classic fairy tale character as a powerful witch. The stories explore Snow White's journey as she learns to harness her magical abilities and navigate the challenges of living in a world that fears and misunderstands witches. Along the way, she encounters other fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the Seven Dwarfs, and learns valuable lessons about love, power, and the importance of self-discovery. The book is a captivating and empowering read that celebrates the strength and resilience of women.

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by Tj Klune

    "The House in the Cerulean Sea" is a heartwarming and enchanting tale about Linus Baker, a caseworker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, who is sent on a special assignment to a remote island orphanage. There, he meets a group of extraordinary children, including a gnome, a sprite, and a were-Pomeranian, and their charming caretaker, Arthur Parnassus. As Linus gets to know the children and Arthur, he begins to question the strict rules and regulations he has always followed and learns the true meaning of love, acceptance, and family. This book is a celebration of diversity, kindness, and the power of friendship.

  • Or What You Will by Jo Walton

    "Or What You Will" by Jo Walton is a whimsical and philosophical novel about an aging writer named Sylvia who is facing her own mortality. As she wanders through the streets of Florence, she is accompanied by her fictional creation, a trickster named Will. Together, they explore the nature of reality, creativity, and the power of imagination. Along the way, they encounter a diverse cast of characters, including a ghost, a mermaid, and a dragon. Through their adventures, Sylvia comes to terms with her own life and legacy, while Will learns what it means to be truly alive.

  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

    The book is a fantastical children's novel that explores the importance of storytelling. It follows the journey of a young boy named Haroun who sets out on a magical adventure to restore his father's ability to tell stories. Along the way, he encounters a vast array of colorful characters and strange lands, including a Sea of Stories. The narrative addresses themes of censorship, the power of storytelling, and the struggle between light and darkness.

  • Knight's Wyrd by Debra Doyle

    "Knight's Wyrd" by Debra Doyle is a fantasy novel that follows the story of Randal, a young squire who becomes embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy. When his knight is murdered, Randal is accused of the crime and must flee for his life. Along the way, he meets a mysterious woman named Lady Brenna who helps him uncover the truth behind the murder and the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom. With magic, sword fights, and political intrigue, "Knight's Wyrd" is an exciting adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

  • The Kingdom of Kevin Malone by Suzy McKee Charnas

    "The Kingdom of Kevin Malone" by Suzy McKee Charnas is a young adult novel that tells the story of a boy named Kevin Malone who discovers a magical kingdom hidden in the woods near his home. In this kingdom, he meets a group of talking animals who are seeking a new ruler. Kevin is chosen to be their king, but he soon realizes that ruling a kingdom is not as easy as it seems. With the help of his new friends, Kevin must navigate the challenges of leadership and learn what it truly means to be a good king.

  • Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl

    "Owl in Love" is a young adult novel about a teenage girl named Owl who is half-human and half-owl. She lives a lonely life in a small town, but things start to change when she becomes infatuated with her science teacher, Mr. Lindstrom. As she struggles to navigate her feelings and her unique identity, Owl also discovers a mysterious creature lurking in the woods and must confront the danger it poses to her and her community. The novel explores themes of identity, love, and acceptance in a whimsical and charming way.

  • The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones

    "The Crown of Dalemark" is the fourth and final book in the Dalemark Quartet series by Diana Wynne Jones. The story follows Maewen, a young girl who is transported from her own time to the land of Dalemark where she becomes involved in a dangerous struggle for the throne. With the help of her friends, Maewen embarks on a journey to find the missing crown of Dalemark and restore the rightful ruler to the throne. Along the way, she discovers the truth about her own past and the role she must play in the future of Dalemark. The book is a thrilling conclusion to the series, filled with magic, adventure, and unexpected twists.

  • Passager by Jane Yolen

    "Passager" by Jane Yolen is a historical fiction novel set in 18th century France. The story follows a young boy named Pierre, who is taken from his family and forced to become a cabin boy on a ship bound for the New World. Along the way, he meets a mysterious woman named Louise, who helps him navigate the treacherous waters of the Atlantic and teaches him the ways of the Passager, a secret society of travelers who possess magical powers. As Pierre learns more about his own abilities and the history of the Passagers, he must also confront the harsh realities of life on a ship and the dangers that await him in the New World.

  • Hobby by Jane Yolen

    "Hobby" by Jane Yolen is a heartwarming story about a young girl named Sarah who is struggling to find her place in the world. When she discovers a neglected horse named Hobby, Sarah is determined to save him and give him the love and attention he deserves. Through her dedication to Hobby, Sarah learns important lessons about responsibility, friendship, and the power of love. With beautiful illustrations and a touching narrative, "Hobby" is a must-read for animal lovers of all ages.

  • Merlin by Jane Yolen

    "Merlin" by Jane Yolen is a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the perspective of Merlin, the powerful wizard who guides Arthur to become the greatest king of Britain. The book explores Merlin's childhood and his relationship with his mother, a powerful sorceress, as well as his role in shaping Arthur's destiny. Along the way, Merlin must confront his own demons and make difficult choices in order to protect the kingdom he loves. Yolen's lyrical prose and vivid descriptions bring the magical world of Camelot to life in this captivating tale of love, loyalty, and the power of destiny.

  • Dark Lord of Derkholm by Magali Mangin, Diana Wynne Jones

    "Dark Lord of Derkholm" follows the story of a world where magical creatures are real and tourists from other worlds come to visit. The story centers around a family of wizards who are forced to act as the "Dark Lord" for the tourists, causing chaos and destruction in their land. However, when a group of rebellious tourists and locals band together to overthrow the Dark Lord, the wizards must decide where their loyalties lie and fight for their home and people. Full of humor, adventure, and magic, "Dark Lord of Derkholm" is a thrilling and imaginative tale.

  • The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

    "The Folk Keeper" by Franny Billingsley is a young adult fantasy novel about a girl named Corinna who is a Folk Keeper, responsible for maintaining the balance between humans and the Folk, a group of supernatural beings who live in the sea. Corinna has a mysterious past and is haunted by her memories, but she is determined to do her duty and protect the people of her island. When a new Lord arrives and threatens to upset the delicate balance between humans and Folk, Corinna must use her skills and knowledge to save her home and the creatures she has come to love. Along the way, she discovers the truth about her own identity and learns to embrace her unique abilities.

  • Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun

    "Aria of the Sea" by Dia Calhoun is a coming-of-age story about a young mermaid named Aria who dreams of becoming a singer. Aria lives in a world where mermaids are forbidden to sing, so she must keep her passion a secret. When she meets a human boy named Philip, she is torn between her love for him and her duty to her underwater kingdom. As Aria navigates the challenges of growing up and following her dreams, she learns the importance of staying true to herself and standing up for what she believes in.

  • The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson

    "The Ropemaker" by Peter Dickinson is a fantasy novel set in a world where magic is dying and the land is threatened by a dark force known as the Shadow. When a young girl named Tilja is sent on a quest to find the Ropemaker, the only person who can save their world, she must navigate through treacherous landscapes and face dangerous obstacles. Along the way, she meets a group of unlikely allies who join her on her journey and help her to uncover the truth about the Ropemaker and the Shadow. As they race against time to save their world, they realize that the true power of magic lies within themselves.

  • Summerland by Michael Chabon

    "Summerland" is a young adult fantasy novel by Michael Chabon that follows the story of Ethan Feld, a young boy living in Clam Island who is recruited by a group of magical creatures to save their world from destruction. Along the way, Ethan teams up with a motley crew of characters, including a Sasquatch, a mermaid, and a baseball-playing angel, as they embark on a wild adventure across the mystical lands of Summerland. As they race against time to prevent the evil Coyote from destroying Summerland and Earth, Ethan learns valuable lessons about friendship, courage, and the power of imagination.

  • The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle

    "The Hollow Kingdom" is a young adult novel about a teenage girl named Kate who is sent to live with her distant cousin Sir Hobb in an isolated castle in the Scottish Highlands. There, she discovers that Sir Hobb is not the benevolent guardian she thought he was, but rather a faerie lord who has taken her as his bride. Kate must navigate the dangerous and seductive world of the faeries as she tries to find a way to escape and return home. Along the way, she meets Marak, the cruel and powerful ruler of the Hollow Kingdom, who becomes both her greatest ally and her most dangerous adversary.

  • A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

    "A Hat Full of Sky" is a young adult fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. The story follows Tiffany Aching, a young witch who leaves her home in the Chalk to become an apprentice to Miss Level in the big city. Tiffany quickly learns that being a witch is not just about casting spells, but also about understanding people and the world around her. She must also confront a dangerous creature known as a hiver, which seeks to take over her mind and use her powers for its own purposes. With the help of her friends and fellow witches, Tiffany must learn to control her magic and defeat the hiver before it's too late.

  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

    "The Amulet of Samarkand" by Jonathan Stroud is a young adult fantasy novel set in an alternate version of London where magic is real and controlled by a government agency. The story follows a young magician's apprentice named Nathaniel who seeks revenge on a powerful magician named Simon Lovelace after he humiliates Nathaniel in front of his peers. Nathaniel summons the djinni Bartimaeus to help him steal the powerful amulet of Samarkand from Lovelace, but their plan goes awry and they become embroiled in a dangerous game of politics and power.

  • The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud

    "The Golem's Eye" is the second book in the "Bartimaeus Trilogy" by Jonathan Stroud. The story continues with Nathaniel, now a member of the government's ruling class, as he tries to solve a series of mysterious attacks on the city by powerful magical creatures. Alongside his djinni, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel discovers a conspiracy that threatens the government and the stability of the magical world. The book explores themes of power, corruption, and the consequences of one's actions.

  • Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud

    "Ptolemy's Gate" is the final book in the "Bartimaeus Trilogy" by Jonathan Stroud. The story follows the adventures of Nathaniel, a young magician, and his sarcastic djinni, Bartimaeus, as they navigate a world of magic, politics, and betrayal. In this book, Nathaniel is now a powerful magician and is tasked with saving London from a powerful demon. However, he must also confront his own inner demons and the consequences of his actions. Meanwhile, Bartimaeus is forced to confront his own mortality and the limitations of his powers. The book is a thrilling conclusion to the series, full of action, humor, and heart.

  • Corbenic by Catherine Fisher

    "Corbenic" by Catherine Fisher is a modern retelling of the Arthurian legend that follows the story of Cal, a troubled teenager who discovers a hidden world of magic and chivalry. Cal is drawn to the mysterious Corbenic, a castle that is said to hold the Holy Grail, and becomes entangled in a quest to find it. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters including a knight, a princess, and a sorceress, and must confront his own inner demons as he searches for the Grail. The novel explores themes of love, redemption, and the power of myth and legend.

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J. K Rowling

    The story follows a young boy, Harry Potter, who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths, the dark wizard who wants to kill him, and the magical stone that holds immense power.

  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J. K Rowling

    In this second installment of a magical series, a young wizard returns to his school of witchcraft and wizardry for his second year, only to find that a mysterious entity is petrifying his classmates. With the help of his friends, he uncovers the dark history of the school, including a secret chamber hidden within the castle. Inside this chamber lurks a creature controlled by a memory from the past, and the young wizard must face it to save his school.

  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J. K Rowling

    In this third installment of the popular fantasy series, the protagonist enters his third year at a magical school, only to find out that a notorious prisoner has escaped from a supposedly inescapable prison and is believed to be after him. As the school year progresses, he learns more about his parents' history, uncovers secrets about his professor, and discovers a magical map. He also learns to summon a powerful defensive spell, confronts the escaped prisoner, and uncovers the truth about his parents' betrayal and death. The book ends with him saving an innocent life and learning a valuable lesson about the complexity of human nature and the importance of true friendship.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K Rowling

    In this fourth installment of a popular fantasy series, a young wizard finds himself unexpectedly entered into a dangerous tournament between rival schools of magic. He must compete in a series of challenging tasks, including a deadly dragon chase and a terrifying underwater rescue mission. Meanwhile, he's dealing with regular teen issues like crushes, jealousy, and school dances. But as he unravels the mystery behind his selection for the tournament, he uncovers a dark plot that puts his life in danger and hints at the return of a powerful dark wizard.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K Rowling

    In the fifth installment of this iconic series, the young wizard Harry Potter returns for his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, only to discover that much of the wizarding world, including the Ministry of Magic, is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry is also beset by disturbing dreams while the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been stationed at Hogwarts to protect the school, and Harry's budding abilities as a wizard are put to the test. Meanwhile, a secret society, the Order of the Phoenix, is working to fight Voldemort and his followers, and Harry's role in the coming conflict is becoming ever more significant.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K Rowling

    In the sixth installment of the series, the protagonist returns for his sixth year at a magical school, where he excels in potions class with the help of an old textbook once belonging to the mysterious "Half-Blood Prince". As he delves deeper into his enemy's past through private lessons with the headmaster, he learns more about the Dark wizard's history and his own destiny. Amidst this, the school is no longer the safe haven it once was, and danger lurks within the castle walls. The year ends with a devastating loss, setting the stage for the final showdown.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling

    In the final installment of this popular series, the protagonist and his friends decide to leave their school to complete the mission left to them by their late headmaster - to destroy the remaining pieces of the antagonist's soul, hidden in various objects. As they journey through the wizarding world, they uncover the truth about the antagonist's past and the legend of the Deathly Hallows. Amidst the escalating war, they are captured and narrowly escape, leading to the ultimate battle at their school where many lives are lost. The protagonist learns he must sacrifice himself to truly defeat the antagonist, but is given a second chance at life and finally triumphs, ending the war. The story concludes with a glimpse into the peaceful future they have all earned.

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore

    "Graceling" is a young adult fantasy novel set in a world where certain individuals are born with special abilities known as "Graces." Katsa, the protagonist, is a Graceling who possesses the ability to kill anyone with her bare hands. She is used as a weapon by her uncle, the king, until she meets Prince Po, another Graceling who challenges everything she knows about herself and her world. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a conspiracy that threatens the kingdoms. Along the way, Katsa learns to embrace her Grace and use it for good, rather than as a tool for violence.

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Janet Song

    "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is a children's fantasy novel about a young girl named Minli who lives in a poor village at the base of a mountain. She sets out on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon, hoping he can answer her family's prayers for a better life. Along the way, she meets a talking goldfish, a dragon who cannot fly, and other magical creatures. Through her adventures, Minli learns valuable lessons about gratitude, kindness, and the power of storytelling.

  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

    "The Thief" is a young adult fantasy novel by Megan Whalen Turner. The story follows Gen, a skilled thief who is imprisoned for stealing from the king's treasury. However, he is offered a chance to earn his freedom by stealing an ancient and powerful artifact for the king. Along with a group of companions, Gen embarks on a dangerous journey to retrieve the artifact, facing obstacles and betrayals along the way. The book is filled with twists and turns, as well as a richly imagined world and complex characters.

  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

    "The Queen of Attolia" is the sequel to "The Thief" and follows the story of Eugenides, the Queen's Thief, as he navigates political intrigue and betrayal in the kingdom of Attolia. After being caught stealing from the Queen, Eugenides is punished severely, but he soon finds himself embroiled in a plot to overthrow the throne. As tensions rise and loyalties are tested, Eugenides must use his cunning and wit to outsmart his enemies and protect the kingdom he loves.

  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

    "The King of Attolia" is the third book in the "Queen's Thief" series by Megan Whalen Turner. The story follows Eugenides, the Queen's Thief, as he navigates the political intrigue and power struggles in the kingdom of Attolia. When the King of Attolia is betrayed and left for dead, Eugenides is tasked with bringing him back to health and restoring his rule. However, the King's mistrust of Eugenides and his own insecurities threaten to derail their efforts and plunge the kingdom into chaos. With twists and turns at every corner, "The King of Attolia" is a thrilling tale of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption.

  • A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

    "A Conspiracy of Kings" is the fourth book in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series. The story follows Sophos, the reluctant heir to the throne of Sounis, as he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. With the help of a fellow slave, Sophos escapes and sets out on a journey to reclaim his rightful place as king. Along the way, he must navigate political intrigue, betrayal, and war, while also confronting his own doubts and fears about his ability to rule. Ultimately, Sophos must decide what kind of king he wants to be and what sacrifices he is willing to make for his people.

  • The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

    "The Freedom Maze" by Delia Sherman is a time-travel adventure story about a thirteen-year-old girl named Sophie who is sent back in time to the year 1860. Sophie, who is half African-American and half white, finds herself living on a Louisiana plantation where she is mistaken for a slave. As she struggles to survive in her new environment, she learns about the harsh realities of slavery and the importance of fighting for freedom. With the help of some unexpected allies, Sophie embarks on a dangerous journey to find her way back to her own time while also confronting the injustices of the past.

  • Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

    In "Vessel" by Sarah Beth Durst, Liyana is a vessel, a vessel created by the gods to be inhabited by one of them. But when the gods fail to come and inhabit her, Liyana is left alone in the desert. She sets out on a journey to find the missing gods and discovers that they have been captured by a mysterious force. Liyana must navigate the dangers of the desert and confront her own fears and doubts to save the gods and fulfill her purpose as a vessel.

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black

    "Doll Bones" by Holly Black is a story about three friends, Zach, Poppy, and Alice, who embark on a journey to bury a haunted doll that they believe is controlling their lives. Along the way, they encounter various challenges and obstacles that test their friendship and force them to confront their fears. As they delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the doll, they begin to uncover secrets about themselves and their families. Ultimately, they must face their fears and find the courage to do what is right, even if it means facing the unknown.

  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

    "A Snicker of Magic" is a heartwarming story about a girl named Felicity who has the ability to see words all around her. She and her mother move to a town called Midnight Gulch, where she meets a boy named Jonah and his family who are rumored to have magical powers. Felicity sets out to uncover the town's magical past and help Jonah's family break a curse that has plagued them for generations. Along the way, she discovers the power of friendship, family, and the magic of words.

  • Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

    "Castle Hangnail" follows the story of a young witch named Molly who is determined to become a proper wicked witch and take over the abandoned Castle Hangnail. However, when she arrives, she finds out that the castle's minions are not what she expected and the castle itself is in danger of being sold. Molly must use her wit and magic to prove to the castle's Board of Magic that she is fit to be the new master and save the castle from destruction. Along the way, she befriends the quirky minions and learns the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and bravery.

  • The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

    "The Inquisitor's Tale" is a medieval adventure story about three children with magical powers and their faithful dog, who embark on a dangerous journey across France to save their fellow Jews from persecution. Along the way, they encounter knights, monks, and even the King of France, while facing challenges that test their courage, loyalty, and faith. This book is a blend of history, mythology, and fairy tale, told in a humorous and engaging style that will captivate readers of all ages.

  • Frogkisser by Garth Nix

    "Frogkisser" by Garth Nix is a whimsical fairy tale about a young princess named Anya who is tasked with saving her kingdom from an evil sorcerer. Along the way, she must go on a quest to gather magical items and enlist the help of various creatures, including talking dogs and a transformed prince who has been turned into a frog. With humor and heart, Anya learns the true meaning of bravery, friendship, and what it means to be a hero.

  • Bob by Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass

    "Bob" is a heartwarming story about a girl named Livy who returns to her grandmother's house after 5 years and finds a small, green creature named Bob waiting for her. Bob claims to have been waiting for Livy for 5 years and Livy has no recollection of him. As Livy tries to figure out who Bob is, she embarks on a magical adventure that leads her to uncover the truth about Bob and herself. Through their journey, Livy learns about the power of friendship, imagination, and the importance of being true to oneself.

  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

    "Dragon Pearl" is a science fiction novel that follows the story of Min, a young fox spirit who dreams of leaving her impoverished planet and joining the Space Forces like her older brother Jun. When Jun is accused of deserting his post to search for the mythical Dragon Pearl, Min sets out to clear his name and find the pearl herself. Along the way, she discovers secrets about her family and the universe that threaten to unravel everything she knows. With the help of new friends and her shape-shifting abilities, Min embarks on a thrilling adventure filled with danger and discovery.

  • A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

    "A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking" is a young adult fantasy novel by T. Kingfisher. The story follows fourteen-year-old wizard Mona, who uses her magical abilities to defend her town from dangerous creatures. However, when a mysterious assassin begins targeting the town's wizards, Mona finds herself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. With the help of a talking sourdough starter and a few unlikely allies, Mona must use her baking skills and her magic to save her community and uncover the truth behind the attacks.

  • Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori Lee

    "Pahua and the Soul Stealer" is a thrilling adventure story set in a mystical world where a young girl named Pahua must embark on a dangerous journey to save her village from a soul-stealing monster. With the help of her friends, Pahua sets out to find the monster's lair and put an end to its reign of terror. Along the way, she discovers the true strength of her own spirit and the power of friendship and determination. This captivating tale is filled with magic, suspense, and heart, making it a must-read for young readers who love action-packed fantasy stories.

  • Root Magic by Eden Royce

    "Root Magic" is a middle-grade novel set in the 1960s in the Gullah community of South Carolina. The story follows twins Jezebel and Jay as they navigate their family's legacy of root magic, a form of African American folk magic. When their grandmother, who was the family's root worker, dies, they must learn to harness their own magical abilities to protect their family and community from a dangerous outsider who threatens to destroy their way of life. Along the way, they discover the power of family, friendship, and their ancestral heritage.

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