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Reading Level: Grades 4-6
Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf. Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call. When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium. He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself. A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.
Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.
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Other books by Holly Black
Other books by Cassandra Clare
Stories set in schools of magic include:
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Reading Level: Grades 5-8
Attention Ranger's Apprentice fans! Adventures in the Kingdom of Araluen are back with this first volume of the Early Years prequel series which trace the adventures of two young rangers, Halt and Crowley, during one of the most dangerous times in the Kingdom of Araluen. Brilliant, lethal Baron Morgarath has isolated King Oswald and discredited the crown prince. As part of his plan Morgarath has corrupted the King's staunchest allies, the Ranger corps. Determined to save the kingdom Crowley and Halt embark on a desperate race to find and recruit the scattered loyal Rangers before it is too late.
Other books by John Flanagan
Other books for action-lovers include:
The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and
Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
Reading Level: Grades 2-5
Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi. The trip will take 199 years. But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home. Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary." Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod. When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes. Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up. Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??
Other books by Philip Reeve
If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:
Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel
Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass
Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and
Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service
Reading Level: Grades 6-9
The author of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series strikes gold again in this first episode of his new series "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard."
Magnus Chase has been living on the streets ever since the wolves burst into the apartment and killed his mother. With her last breath she told him to hide and never go to his uncle for help. On his sixteenth birthday he can hide no more. Fate, in the form of his uncle, has found him. In moments Magnus recovers (and loses) a powerful, magical sword, fights a ferocious fire giant, dies and is taken to Valhalla, a paradise for warriors, where he discovers he is the son of the god of spring and summer.
More books by Rick Riordan
If you enjoyed this Norse mythological adventure try:
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12
In 1859 an orphaned eleven-year-old girl arrives in Chicago hoping to stay with her only living relative, Aunt Kitty. Her aunt prefers that Nell reside at the Chicago Home for the Friendless. And no wonder. There's bad blood between Kitty and Nell's family and Aunt Kitty is busy being the first woman detective for the Pinkerton Agency. Her aunt uses elaborate disguises in her undercover work as she solves murders and thefts and attempts to thwart an assassination. If Nell proves to be an able assistant perhaps her aunt will let her stay. Hannigan's fast paced novel combines adventure, humor, and history along with codes for readers to solve.
Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.