Children - Fantasy & Sci-Fi

In a Fix

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In a Fix (Ciel Halligan #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765368553
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Published: Tor Fantasy - June 4th, 2013

Ciel has a unique talent: as a “human chameleon” she can make herself look exactly like someone else. Because of this, she decides to start a business where she can help wealthy clients take care of those “pesky” jobs of life (reconnecting with a dying loved one; dealing with the in-laws at the holidays and getting that marriage proposal from your boyfriend). But when that last job turns into something a little more dangerous (a phone call informing her to get of the house before it blows up) starts the ball rolling, Ciel's craziest assignment yet has just started! To get that proposal for her client she has to find out who kidnapped the potential fiancé, find out why he was kidnapped and figure out how her “sort of” cousin is involved. Piece of cake! Now if only her over protective family, her brothers (hot) best friend and modern day (possible terrorist) Vikings would stay out of her way, things will be perfect……! Seriously funny, this modern day Jane Bond meets fantastical situations will have you laughing and wondering how Ciel will get out each wonderful situation. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Year of Shadows

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By Claire Legrand, Karl Kwasny (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442442955
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Olivia is made to move to the run down music hall that also houses the beloved orchestra of her father, a cat named Igor and ghosts! But not all are the friendly kind! With help from friends (some new, some old, some living and some dead!) Olivia’s journey to healing, forgiving and understanding is a marvelous spooky time! Ages 10 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Must read list

There are so many books out there.  And, I, like you have a list of books I can’t wait to read. In no order, I’d like to share a few of them with you. Some have been patiently waiting for awhile, some have just out and some are future presentations!

First, book three of The Secrets of Wintercraft; Winterveil due in July of this year. Shadowcry and Blackwatch start Kate Winters adventures. Finding out that you can walk between the world of the living and the world of the dead has many dangers. Especially when even your friends want to use you for their own gains! (Ages 12 up). (READ MORE)

 
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ISBN: 9780062026460
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 25th, 2013

You’re an Unnatural Creature

From spots, to phoenixes, to werewolves and even Death, Neil Gaiman has collected sixteen short stories exploring the unnatural creatures of myth, magic and darkness.

Unnatural Creatures are experiences told in fun, thrilling and explosive text. Each will unnerve you, open your eyes to the unusual and even occasionally make you laugh!

Authors such as GaimanDiana Wynne JonesE. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle and other great young adult authors, let you see that what you think you know about the unknown might not be all that truthful. There are worlds out there that we only think we know, and most are much more dangerous, fantastic and beautiful then one could ever imagine. What is the ultimate thrill in culinary delights? Can a beautiful boy found by the side of a river be all that bad? When you go back in time, what is the worst thing that could happen? These and other themes give you as many questions as answers. Nothing is guaranteed!

But I can guarantee you that you can find this and other books by Gaiman, the other authors and other story collections at the Northshire Bookstore.

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ISBN: 9780062236302
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Published: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2013

May Short Stories fill Your Month

While May is half over, there is still time to enjoy Short Story Month. Two amazing young adult collections (that cross over very nicely into the adult realm) are Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh (illustrated by Jane Laurie) and Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Twisted Fairy Tales include 20 sinister fairy tales that are retold with fantastical detailed, beautiful and macabre illustrations. Told in the traditional Gothic format of their Brothers Grimm origins, Little Red Riding Hood; Snow White; Pinocchio and other less familiar tales are told in splendid, graphic details. Those fans of today’s fairy-tale themed shows and movies will gobble them up. The illustrations of Jane Laurie are as haunting as the text and this collection is a perfect additional to the adult reader or collector of fairy tales; or for someone who enjoys different art. (READ MORE)

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By Maura McHugh, Jane Laurie (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780764165887
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Published: B.E.S. Publishing - February 1st, 2013

Under My Hat

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ISBN: 9780375868047
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Published: Bluefire - August 6th, 2013

Eighteen short stories told by some of today’s note-worthy young adult authors brew up tales of witches and magic. Mature supernatural themes explore the world of bewitchment with characters where some know of their abilities and others learn along the way.  Strahan’s introduction provides background for witches and also touches on the origins of the pointy hat.  Author biographies are included. Ages 13 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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