Enjoy a fantasy this summer

by Karen Walch | Jun 29, 2022

Fantasy book for all kinds of interests.

The Rose Legacy
by Jessica Day George

Anthea is an orphan who is shunted from one family member to another. In this last move, Anthea has been sent to live with her father's brother beyond the wall where the exiles of the kingdom live. She learns that Uncle Andrew raises horses. . .and horses are banned from the kingdom. . .and Anthea can communicate with them!

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Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman

Odd is a Viking boy who was left fatherless when his father died during a sea raid. He is an unlucky boy with a crushed foot. One day he flees to the woods and meets a fox, a bear, and an eagle, Norse gods who have been trapped in animal form by the frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. All Odd needs to do is reclaim Thor's hammer and outwit the frost giants so the gods can reclaim their human form. Audio book is wonderfully narrated by the author.

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Serafina and the Black Cloak
by Robert Beatty

Serafina and her Pa live in the 250-room Biltmore mansion, owned by the rich and famous Vanderbilts. Only no one knows they live there–Serafina and Pa live in the basement, hidden from the world. Her Pa fixes machinery on the place while she is the CRC (chief rat catcher.) But when children on the estate start disappearing, Serafina knows she has to help because she is the only one who knows who the culprit is. She joins forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. She risks everything as she ventures into the forest where her Pa has forbidden her to go.

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The Boy who Grew Dragons
by Andy Shepherd

Tomas and his grandfather have decided to create a garden in Grandma's backyard. There is a strange, cactus-looking plant at the back of the yard, and Tomas takes the funny looking fruit back to his house. Imagine his shock when a dragon hatches! Tomas has found a dragon fruit tree and now owns his own personal dragon, but dragons aren't your ordinary pet. . .

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Forest of Wonders
by Linda Sue Park

This is the first book in the Wing and Claw series. Raffa Santana is a gifted apothecary-in-training. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa creates a cure from a rare vine hidden deep in the forest. The bat not only heals, it gains some extraordinary talents. Other people in the apothecary business notice this amazing new cure–and their motives might not be as noble as Raffa’s.

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Land of Roar
by Jenny McLachlan

Rose and Arthur are twins and they’ve always been close, but now that they’re going into 7th grade Rose thinks Arthur is a baby. She is more interested in lip gloss and earrings than in the games they used to play. They always stay at Grandpas’ house for a week in the summer, and their favorite game used to be going to the Land of Roar, a land they created, map and all. Now, unhappily for Arthur, it seems to be gone. That is until Grandpa disappears into it and Arthur must go there to save him.

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Breadcrumbs
by Anne Ursu

Once upon a time Jack and Hazel were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, and even though it was unusual for a boy and girl to be best friends in 5th grade, they still were. Then one day Jack stopped talking to Hazel, and people told her that those kinds of things happen as kids get older. But Hazel knows better–she knows magic is involved. And sure enough there’s a witch and a magic mirror that has affected Jack, so Hazel needs to save Jack. Which is stronger–magic or friendship? Look for glimpses of Hans Christian Anderson stories: The Red Slippers, The Snow Queen, and the Little Match girl.

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Knights vs Dinosaurs
by Matt Phelan

Whenever King Arthur held a banquet, many stories were told. But how many were really true? Erek the knight said he had slain 40 dragons! But truth be told, knights spent most of their time fighting each other for the fun of it, and because sometimes a dragon simply could not be found. So Merlin the Magician decided to use his magic, and pitted four bragging knights against the terrible lizard Tyrannosaurus rex.

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When the Sea turned to Silver
by Grace Lin

Instead of beginning Once upon a Time, this story from China begins: “When the Sea turned to silver and the cold chilled the light of the sun, Pinmai knew the Black Tortoise of Winter had arrived.” Pinmei and her Amah live in a mountain hut where villagers frequently visit for Amah’s beautiful embroidery, but they stay for her stories. However, now the villagers come with stories of their own, about a new Emperor–The Tiger Emperor. When the Emperor raids Penmei’s village looking for men who will work on the Vast Wall, and for the mysterious Luminous Stone, he takes Amah, the storyteller, with him. And thus begins Pinmei’s quest to find her beloved Amah. Grace Lin has woven a story of traditional folktales with a heroic young girl.

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Crenshaw      
by Katherine Applegate

How old are you when you stop having imaginary, invisible friends? Jackson has a scientific mind, and he doesn’t even believe in that kind of thing. And yet. . .he sees Crenshaw, an imaginary cat, a very large and outspoken cat. Crenshaw has returned to help Jackson and his family who are about to become homeless--again. Is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

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