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The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil

Page Count: 512

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Two girls, Agatha and Sophie, are the best of friends. In a small village of Gavaldon, two children will get selected to attend the school of good or the school of evil. Sophie, hoping to get selected for the school of good actually got put into the school of evil and her friend Agatha got put into the school of good. As they try to switch places, things happen to prove they were put into the right schools.

Everyone will enjoy this novel because it talks about the importance of friendship. Whether you are good or evil, true friendship conquers all.

– Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Soman Chainani, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 2010s

Magician: Apprentice

Magician: Apprentice

Raymond E. Feist

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Page Count: 512

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1993

Genre: Fantasy

While this book is the beginning of the fairly long ʺRiftwar Sagaʺ, it is the first two books which truly stand on their own. Magician: Apprentice, and its second half, Magician: Master, are Raymond E. Feist’s classic fantasy novels and deal with the idea of magic in a unique and interesting way. The main character, Pug, is also a relatable and fun companion throughout the story.

Anyone who loves fantasy should have a go at these ones. They are classics of the genre.

Mr. Coleman

 

 

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Raymond E. Feist, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 1980s

The Book Thief

book thiefThe Book Thief
Markus Zusak

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Page Count: 576
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Historical, Realistic

This story is narrated by Death himself and takes place in Germany during WWII. It is the story of a young girl named Liesel who despite having her world shattered finds joy in the simple act of readings. Her love of books helps her through and encourages relationships with others while everything seems to be at its worst.

I would recommend this book for any one who likes historical fiction. Also as a warning this book gets intense!

-Mrs. Davis

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The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan

Try as I might, I can't think of a pun about their names.

Try as I might, I can’t think of a pun about their names.

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Page Count: 544
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Series: 1st of 3, The Kane Chronicles

Sadie and Carter Kane have been separated sense the death of their mother. Sadie has lived with their grandparents and Carter has traveled with his father Julius. On a visit with Sadie the trio goes to a museum. The father seems fascinated with the Rosetta Stone, and to Sadie and Carter’s surprise he somehow blows it up. A mysterious man named Amos comes in to takes them to safety, bringing them to what he calls their family home. Soon enough Sadie and Carter find out that they are descendants of Egyptian Gods and that their father has been captured by Set the Egyptian God of chaos who was released when the Rosetta Stone blew up, along with many others. Now Sadie and Carter must rescue their father and stop Set from creating chaos.

I recommend this book to any one who has an interest in Egyptian Gods, action and adventure.

-Ms. Z

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The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan

If he's Jason the Argonaut, then he's been lost for quite some time!

If he’s Jason the Argonaut, then he’s been lost for quite some time!

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 576
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Series: 1st of 5, The Heroes of Olympus

Jason wakes up on a school bus with no idea who he is or how he got there. His two companions fill him in on who they are (his girlfriend and best friend) and tell him they are on a field trip to the Grand Canyon. After arriving at the Grand Canyon one of his classmates turns into a storm spirit and attacks him. To everyone’s surprise Jason turns a coin into a sword and fights off the storm spirit but not before it takes Coach Hedge. Then a flying chariot shows up and brings the trio to Camp Half-Blood where they find out that they are all Demi-Gods, and that they must find Hera and rescue her, the fate of the world is at risk!

I recommend this book for anyone who likes action and adventure, and maybe a little love.

-Ms. Z

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Inkheart

Inkheart
Cornelia Funke

Who's that clawing out of the book cover?

Who’s that clawing out of the book cover?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 534
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2003
Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st of 3

Although Maggie dearly misses her mother, she enjoys her quiet life with her father who works as a book binder. Yet there always seemed to be so many unanswered questions about her mother’s disappearance and why her father has never read aloud to her since that happened. Soon these questions will begin to be answered when some mysterious strangers begin showing up at her house and literally make her reading come to life!

Inkheart is a unique story that any reader who enjoys exciting fantasy stories would enjoy. It’s especially great for strong readers because of its length and also references to many other books.

-Atalie

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Cornelia Funke, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s