The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New Teen Fantasy - December 2006

Selected and annotated by Joella Peterson


Benz, Derek. Revenge of the Shadow King. Orchard, 2006. (373 p.) Gr. 5-8
Max, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia form the Grey Griffins, a secret club that plays a card game called Round Table. Pretty soon the friends notice the creatures from the card game are beginning to show up in Max’s backyard. Things go from bad to worse when not only the good creatures show up, but the evil creatures such as the Shadow King try to destroy this small Minnesota town.

Chima, Cinda Williams. The Warrior Heir. Hyperion, 2006. (426 p.) Gr. 7-10
As long as he can remember Jack has taken medicine related to his life-saving heart surgery (that he had when he was a baby); however, when Jack forgets to take his medicine, his life turns upside-down. It turns out that Jack is a Weirland warrior and now he must fight for his people, for their magic, and to stay alive.

Croggon, Alison.The Naming. Candlewick, 2005. (492 p.) Gr. 7-12
Maerad’s life is dreary—after her family is killed she becomes a slave who works in a dairy. When one of the great Bards of Lirigon (Cadvan) comes, Maerad first hides him from her owners, and then flees with him while dark forces come from the otherworld.

Dickinson, John. The Cup of the World. Fickling, 2004. (432 p.) Gr. 8-12
In order to escape the marriage of a good but boring knight, Phaedra enlists the help of a knight whom she only knows through a series of dreams. When she elopes with the knight of her dreams, she unknowingly starts a war that leads to her learning the dark secrets of her new husband.

Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls. Jackson/Atheneum, 2004. (459 p.) Gr. 5-8
Jack, the apprentice to a bard, and his sister are kidnapped by Viking raiders. Jack must use his new skills of stories and enchantments in order to help the enemy Vikings (which would in turn save his village and free his sister).

Flanagan, John. The Ruins of Gorlan. (The Ranger’s Apprentice Series) Philomel, 2005. (249 p.) Gr. 5-9
Rather than being chosen by the Battleschool Craftmaster, Will is chosen as the new apprentice for the Ranger Halt. He must learn about horses, archery, cooking, fighting, and most importantly—stealth. Will’s training comes none too soon as an evil traitor is looking to destroy the kingdom and seek revenge.

Funke, Cornelia. Inkspell. (Sequel to Inkheart) Chicken House/Scholastic, 2006. (635 p.) Gr. 5-8
In order to follow Dustfinger into the book Inkheart, Meggie reads herself and Farid into the same story. Things aren’t as they should be in the book, and even Fenoglio, the author, is afraid of what might happen. To make matters more complicated, Mo reads himself (along with his wife and a host of enemies) into the book in order to save his life and hopefully his daughter’s. Things keep getting mixed up as the new “characters” try to outsmart (and out live) their dangerous enemies.

Gideon, Melanie. Pucker. Razorbill, 2006. (288 p.) Gr. 7-12
Just before Thomas and his mother flee from their home world of Isaura, Thomas is badly burned. Now on Earth eight years later, Thomas’ mother is dying. Her only hope is if Thomas will return to Isaura and find her Seerskin.

Hart, J.V. Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth. Geringer/HarperCollins, 2005. (337 p.) Gr. 6-10
While at school at Eton, James Matthew (the young Captain Hook) shows his taste of the questionable and mischievous. As the bastard son of an English Lord, Hook butts heads with the upperclassmen, makes friends with the poorer classmen, and falls for Sultana Ananova, a royal young lady. This swashbuckling story is a perfect introduction to the notorious villain.

Jones, Diana Wynne.The Pinhoe Egg. Greenwillow, 2006. (515 p.) Gr. 5-8
In the latest Chrestomanci Book things are going wrong all over the place: a powerful bad luck charm pesters the Pinhoes, numerous plagues from frogs to sickness hit all of Marianne’s family, and things at the castle get tricky for Cat when mysterious barriers and a griffin turn up. Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe are the only two who can set things straight (in their own magical way).

Langrish, Katherine. Troll Mill. Eos/HarperCollins, 2006. (276 p.) Gr. 5-8
Peer’s adventures continue in this sequel to Troll Fell. The family mill is running itself and Peer must try to regain control from the creatures who have taken over. On top of everything else, Peer must figure out what happened to Kersten (who disappeared in the ocean after giving Peer her baby), confront trolls, and stand up to his intimidating uncles.

Larbalestier, Justine. Magic Lesson. Razorbill, 2006. (275 p.) Gr. 7-12
The second book in the “Magic of Madness” trilogy reiterates the plight of those with magic—use your magic and die young or don’t use your magic and go mad. With a new force in the area (a strange old man) trying to take over Reason, she struggles to figure out if this old man is good or evil and if he will help her and her friends or destroy them all.

Martin, Rafe. Birdwing. Levine/Scholastic, 2005. (359 p.) Gr. 7-10
As the sixth brother—the one left with a swan’s wing—from the fairytale “The Six Swans,” Ardwin struggles to fit in while still having a “cursed” wing. Frustrated that his family doesn’t understand (and the fact that his father is planning to cut off his winged-arem), Ardwin takes off to seek peace with his life.

Nicholson, William. Seeker. Harcourt, 2006. (413 p.) Gr. 7-9
When three teens are rejected from becoming part of the Nomana (warriors who protect the All and Only—the god who makes all things), they band together to prove that they should be given a second chance. Seeker, Morning Star, and Wildman become fast friends as they fight to save the culture they wish to join.

Pierce, Tamora. The Will of the Empress. Scholastic, 2005. (550 p.) Gr. 9-12
Sandry stayed at home while the other three mages from the Circle of Magic and the Circle Opens quartets went out to seek their fortunes. As a result of the Empress of Namorn requesting a visit from Sandry, she and her three comrades journey to a land where wealthy heiress Sandry is a likely target for kidnapping and forced marriage. The four must overcome old differences in order to save Sandry and escape the Empress.

Pratchett, Terry. Wintersmith. HarperTempest, 2006. (323 p.) Gr. 6-8
In this third adventure for Tiffany Aching, Tiffany accidentally attracts the interest of Winter. Now Winter will stop at nothing to get Tiffany to return his affections—including keeping her and everything in the frozen season forever. In order to save herself and everyone else, Tiffany will once again need the help of the Wee Free Men.

Stroud, Jonathan. Ptolemy’s Gate. Miramax/Hyperion, 2003. (501 p.) Gr. 7-10
In this third book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty are once again thrown (literally) in the midst of a magical crisis. This time the djinn are taking over the bodies of their masters and thus freeing themselves to do (mostly destroy) whatever they want. The three, who aren’t always fond of each other, must band together to try to save the world.

Vande Velde, Vivian.The Book of Mordred. Houghton, 2005. (342 p.) Gr. 7-12
Mordred is seen through the eyes of three women who love and respect him. Although once a knight of Camelot, these women watch Mordred become the man who is able to destroy his father—the legendary King Arthur. Seen through the eyes of love and magic, Mordred is not always who the legends say he is.

Winterson, Jeanette. Tanglewreck. Bloomsbury, 2006. (415 p.) Gr. 5-7
Silver must protect the Timekeeper, an old family heirloom hidden in her home, from Abel Darkwater and Regalia Mason who want the Timekeeper in order to increase their power. There is only one problem: Silver doesn’t know what the Timekeeper is.

Yancey, Rick. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Bloomsbury, 2005. (339 p.) Gr. 5-8
When Alfred Kropp steals a sword from a wealthy businessman, he has no idea that he just lost the legendary Excalibur. Things go from bad to worse as more and more modern Knights of the Round Table are killed. Now Alfred must try to save the world (and himself) from Mogart and the other dark knights.

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