Our top picks of Mighty Girl fantasy adventure series for tweens and teens who loved the Harry Potter books.
It's no wonder that so many kids — and adults — love the Harry Potter series: an epic struggle between good and evil, a world full of magic, fantasy, and adventure, and a powerful coming of age story make a captivating combination! However, while Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, and other strong female characters populate the Harry Potter universe, many girls would love to read a similarly thrilling book or series with a girl at the heart of the story.
Fortunately, there are many great fantasy adventure books starring Mighty Girls out there to choose from! These books include the same elements that make Harry Potter so fascinating and fun to read but bring female characters to the forefront, where their courage, intelligence, and strength can really shine. Whether they're solving mysteries, defeating the minions of evil, or saving the people they love, these daring Mighty Girls are sure to inspire readers of all ages!
Fantasy Adventure Series Starring Mighty Girls
Princess Magnolia is perfectly princessy in every way, but when the monster alarm rings, she ducks into her closet and changes into the mysterious Princess In Black! The Princess In Black is ready to tackle any monster problem but while she's doing that, she has to make sure that she protects her secret identity... from the public, from nosy duchesses, and even from her closest princess friends. Of course, sometimes it's easier to fight your monster battles with a little help! This fun early chapter book series, packed with full-color illustrations, is full of excitement and adventure for emerging readers. For more of Magnolia's adventures, visit our The Princess in Black Collection.
Young Clover believes in luck... because hers is all bad. Misfortunes seem to strike her over and over — which bothers her most when it interferes with her desire for a pet. When her pet canary escapes through a hole in her window, what seems like another stroke of bad luck may turn out to be good: she stumbles across a cottage, which turns out to be home to the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, run by the mysterious Mr. Jams. To Clover's delight, Mr. Jams offers to let her volunteer — but when a witch comes after the creatures while Clover is working alone, can she keep them all safe? This charming illustrated chapter book opener is the first in a trilogy of books full of magic, whimsy, and reminders that courage and compassion are more powerful than luck.
Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are all very different — but they all dream of meeting a real fairy. And then suddenly they find themselves whisked of to Pixie Hollow, the home of Tinker Bell! At first they're delighted, but in Pixie Hollow, the four girls are just Clumsies who don't belong. And when Kate jealously steals a handful of pixie dust, the girls wonder if they'll ever make it home. Even if they do, can they really forget the magic of the fairies, or do they dare continue their adventures between the worlds? This box set includes the first four volumes of this magical early chapter book series: In a Blink, The Space Between, A Dandelion Wish, and From the Mist.
In Poppy's world, witches work for good and are treated with respect and honor so when Poppy, whose parents are not witches, develops powers, they are thrilled. Poppy, on the other hand, is not: all she wants to do is become a great baker. Her parents push her into magic despite her protests, and soon Poppy is exploring some dark paths out of frustration and resentment. Fortunately, friendship and good food win out in the end! Poppy is a sympathetic characters and readers will empathize with a tween who expresses her anger in inappropriate ways (and enjoy the included recipes!) Fans of this story can find more stand-alone stories set in Poppy's magical world in our Poppy Pendle Collection.
Princess Celie loves living in Castle Glower, and she especially loves Tuesdays, the day that a new room, turret, or wing magically appears! No one can guess what the castle will do next, and Celie is the only one who ever takes the time to map the new additions. And, when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and foreign interlopers appear to try to claim the kingdom, Celie's intimate knowledge of the castle will be key to protecting herself, her family, and her people. Celie's unique friendship with the magical castle provides fodder for all sorts of fun adventures in this charming story! You can continue Celie's adventures in Wednesdays in the Tower, Thursdays with the Crown, Fridays with the Wizards, and Saturdays at Sea.
Leonora's mother, aunt, and older sisters run the best bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, and Leonora wants to help prepare for Dia de los Muertos — but once again, they tell her she's too young. One day, when Leo sneaks down to the bakery, she learns why: they are all brujas, witches of Mexican ancestry, and they bake a little delicious magic into every bite! Leo's sure she's old enough to learn magic too, so when her best friend has a problem, she decides to dig into the family recipe book. But Leo doesn't read Spanish, so deciphering the recipes isn't easy... and when things go awry, Leo learns that her family will support her but she has to fix her own mistakes! This charming story effortlessly weaves together Mexican, Texan, and American cultures and adds a dash of mystery and magic to delightful effect. The story continues in this three-part series in A Sprinkle of Spirits.
14-year-old Brystal Evergreen lives in the Southern Kingdom, where women are forbidden from reading and all magic is outlawed. But the book-loving girl defies the first law, and then, to her shock, discovers that she's also breaking the second: she is a fairy with magic abilities! Disowned by her family and sent to the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for her "crimes," Brystal is rescued by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry, who runs an Academy of Magic. But when Madame Weatherberry disappears, Brystal and her classmates will have to decide if they dare to go searching for her — and if they have the power to stop a plot that threatens to end all magic forever! The first book in a new series by the author of the Land of Stories, this magical adventure celebrates found family and being true to yourself.
Meet Roz, a most unusual robot, and her animal friends in this bestselling series about what happens when technology and nature collide! In The Wild Robot, when robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is — but she knows she needs to survive. Then, in The Wild Robot Escapes, Roz has been reprogrammed to follow the orders of humans, but desperately misses her animal friends and island home. Fortunately, she has a few human allies who may be able to help her get back to her island home! This gorgeous box set includes hardcover editions of The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes.
Harriet Hamsterbone finds life as a princess terribly boring... until the day her parents tell her that she's been cursed to prick her finger on a hamster wheel on her twelfth birthday and fall into a deep sleep. Harriet is surprisingly delighted: after all, if the curse is going to play out, that means she's invincible against every other threat! But when the curse backfires, leaving everyone else in the kingdom asleep, Harriet has to figure out how to break the curse — even if that means finding a prince. Kids will laugh at Harriet's glee, and at her befuddlement when the consequences of the curse turn out to be more complicated than she expected. Harriet's adventures continue in the rest of the Hamster Princess series.
11-year-old Tilly Pages' mother disappeared shortly after she was born, and she found solace in the thousands of books at her grandparents' bookshop, and her one friend, Oskar. But when some of the avid reader's favorite characters — including Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland — make an appearance, Tilly learns she can travel into any story she chooses. Tilly's bookwandering is more powerful than most, though, and when a creepy employee of the shop follows her into the books, she and Oskar must dig into the mystery... which might even reveal what really happened to Tilly's mother. This imaginative ode to the magic of books is sure to make young readers wish they could bookwander with Tilly. For more of Tilly's adventures, check out our Pages & Co. Collection.
At the top of a mountain surrounded by a deep wood stands Miss Cackle's Academy, where young witches train in all the witchy arts. Mildred Hubble is the worst witch in the school, struggling with everything, but she's getting by until she accidentally makes an enemy of Ethel, the teacher's pet. But when she decides to run away and overhears people plotting against the school, Mildred is faced with a choice: leave the Academy to its fate or see if the worst witch might actually save the day. Fans this series, originally published in the 1970s, can find seven of her adventures in The Worst Witch: Complete Adventures box set.
Meggie's father, Mo, has refused to read to her since she was a baby, and she's never known why until the day a man called Dustfinger appears and calls her father Silvertongue. It turns out that Mo has a wonderful but terrible ability: if he reads a book aloud, the characters literally come to life — and the last time he did, he not only freed a wicked villain named Capricorn from the book Inkheart, he also accidentally read Meggie's mother into the book. Now, though, Capricorn wants to put Mo's abilities to evil use, and he's planning to use Meggie to make him do it. In order to stop Capricorn, Meggie and her family will have to find the author of Inkheart... in hopes that they can write a new ending. This unique story-within-a-story will fascinate young fantasy fans! The story continues in Inkspell and Inkdeath.
Emily Windsnap is half-human, half-mermaid, and the moment she discovers her true heritage, she's off on a series of underwater adventures! But there are dangers that Emily, who was raised as a human, isn't prepared for in the world of the merpeople — and when she makes mistakes, the consequences can be enormous. Fortunately, she has good friends to help her find her way. This beautiful collection includes the first six books from the Emily Windsnap series in paperback editions. For more books in the series, visit our Emily Windsnap Collection.
Venture into Oz, the mysterious and magical world of witches and wizards, scarecrows and mechanical men, and much more! The cherished American fairy tale series is now available in a complete set of paperbacks From the moment Dorothy set foot on the Yellow Brick Road, readers were hooked. Fifteen books later, there was a whole world full of unique characters to explore — and many of them are Mighty Girls. This set compiles all fifteen books into five paperback volumes, so fans of Oz can read the whole thing from beginning to end.
Rory Landon's parents are celebrities, so when she arrives at a new after-school program and nobody knows who she is, she realizes that there's something strange about the people here. When the fire-breathing dragon shows up, she knows she's in for a real adventure! It turns out that Ever After School could care less about famous people from our world: they're more interested in fairy tale heroes like Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumplestiltskin, who sometimes even show up to teach a class or two. Now Rory is in a fairy tale of her own...so hopefully she's up to the challenge! The first volume of the Ever Afters series is full of fun, magic, and adventure. Fans of the first book can continue the series with the second, Of Witches and Wind.
Aventurine the dragon is tired of being treated like she's a helpless fledgling, so she decides to sneak out of her home and prove her mettle with a hunt. It all goes awry, though, when Aventurine is lured by the delicious aroma of a cup of enchanted hot chocolate and gets transformed into a weak, vulnerable 12-year-old girl! The trade off is that she has a new passion — and the chance to learn to make the confection herself. But can Aventurine figure out the human world well enough to reconcile her human and dragon identities...and can a mere chocolate apprentice save the kingdom? It turns out that combining magic, chocolate, and dragons makes a recipe for a delicious story! The adventure continues in The Girl with the Dragon Heart and The Princess Who Flew With Dragons.
From the moment that Sabrina and Daphne Grimm learn that Everafters — creatures from fairy tales and fantasy — are real, they have a new responsibility: keeping the Scarlet Hand, a group of evil Everafters, from destroying the barrier and taking over the real world. As the sisters struggle to balance their ordinary life with the magical threats they face, they'll also discover unexpected truths about their family — including what happened to their missing parents. All nine of the Sisters Grimm books, from The Fairy-Tale Detectives to the thrilling conclusion The Council of Mirrors, are included in this set of nine paperbacks with new cover art.
12-year-old Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy, Peter Nimble, and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into a real-life adventure beyond anything she has ever read! Soon Sophie is on an adventure to find four magical tomes that can help Peter solve a riddle and save the world. This companion to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes introduces an intriguing Mighty Girl character to Jonathan Auxier's fascinating world of magic and mystery.
Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of the jumbies — they're just stories made up by parents! Except that one night, she sees a pair of yellow eyes near the forbidden forest. The next day, a beautiful but strange woman named Severine shows up at Corinne's house. She's going to claim the entire island for the jumbies — unless Corinne can stop her. Corinne has courage aplenty and friends to stand by her sides — but how can an ordinary girl save her island against this magical force? Unless, of course, she has magic of her own... An action-packed story and vibrant Caribbean setting will delight middle grade readers. Readers can follow Corinne's adventures in Rise of the Jumbies and The Jumbie God's Revenge.
When 11-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling mansion, she makes a startling discovery: she can travel into the house's eerie paintings! But the world of Elsewhere has its own dangers, and when Olive accidentally frees the dangerous witch Annabelle, she'll have to muster all her courage to learn more about this world's magical origins, keep the real world safe from its denizens, and face her fears and limitations in a final confrontation where Olive realizes that the price of protecting her home might mean the destruction of Elsewhere... forever. This set includes all five of the Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows, Spellbound, The Second Spy, The Strangers, and Still Life.
Best friends best friends Sophie and Agatha are excited to start at the School for Good and Evil, where they'll learn to be fairy-tale heroes or villains. Sophie is sure her pink ruffles and glass slippers make her a natural choice for Good, while Agatha assumes her taste for black and her wicked cat means she belongs in Evil... but when they're assigned, they are shocked to discover that their fortunes are reversed. The change means re-evaluating who they imagined themselves to be, making new alliances and traveling unexpected paths. Four paperback volumes of this best-selling series with all new covers are collected in this set, and readers will love watching Sophie and Agatha find new definitions of Happily Ever After.
Kiranmala's parents have always told her that she's a real Indian princess, and she's always rolled her eyes... until the morning of her twelfth birthday, when her parents disappear and a rakkhosh demon smashes into the kitchen of her New Jersey home! Then, two handsome princes show up at her door, insisting they are here to rescue her. As Kiran gets whisked away to a dimension of magic, wonder, and creatures she thought were Indian fairy tales, she'll have to learn fast to avoid the Serpent King and the Rakkhoshi Queen, find her parents, and save the world. Full of action, mythology, and magic, this book is a thrilling and fast-paced introduction to Kiran's world; she returns in the rest of the four-part Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series.
Orphan Anthea Cross-Thornley desperate for a home when she receives an invitation to safety from a long-lost uncle. To her horror, she discovers that her uncle breeds horses, which have been forbidden from her kingdom after they spread a plague centuries ago. Worse, Anthea finds she can sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, and while her uncle considers The Way a gift, it terrifies her. As Anthea learns more about her family and her country's history, though, she starts to question all the truths she thinks she knows... and when she learns that her mother is alive and threatens everything she holds dear, Anthea will have to choose which path to follow. This thought-provoking fantasy will delight young animal lovers and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Anthea's story continues in the second volume, The Queen's Secret and concludes in The Rider's Reign.
Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit in, and she's always had to conceal a big secret: she's a Telepath. When she meets a mysterious boy named Fitz, she learns that she literally doesn't belong where she is, because she's actually an elf living in the human world. But while returning to the elf world answers some of her questions, others linger...including where she really came from and why she can't remember her past. This box set collects paperbacks of the first five volumes of the series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Neverseen, and Lodestar. For the remaining books in the series, check out Nightfall, Flashback, and Legacy, plus the extra special installment Unlocked which alternates between Sophie and Keefe’s perspectives and includes plenty of fun bonus information!
After 11-year-old Claire and her older sister Sophie move to Windermere Manor, they discover a secret ladder in the fireplace leads to the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in constant turmoil: the four magic guilds no longer trust each other after the disappearance of their beloved unicorns, and terrible wraiths freely roam the land. Scared, the girls return home, but when Sophie disappears, Claire will have to push through her fear to return to Arden and bring her sister safely home. A magical world where nothing is ruled by pure good or evil and a protagonist who challenges herself to find her own power make this an exciting introduction to the world of Arden. The sisters' adventures continue in the sequel, Secret in the Stone and concludes with Fire in the Star.
Aru Shah tells fibs to fit in with her jet-setting classmates, but it backfires when several of them show up at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture and demand she prove her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed. Lighting the lamp releases the Sleeper, an ancient demon who wants to wake the God of Destruction. With her classmates and mother frozen in time, Aru will need to seek legendary heroes from the Mahabharata — and discover unexpected gifts of her own — but will it be enough to save the day? This exciting adventure rooted in Indian mythology is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan. Aru's adventures continue in the rest of this three-part series, Aru Shah and the Song of Death and Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes.
For Josie O'Malley, a recent immigrant from Ireland, World War II Philadelphia is a grim place: her father is overseas fighting the Nazis, and the caped superheroes she loves have mysteriously disappeared. Eager to help the war effort, the mathematics whiz is quick to apply to a government call for puzzle-solving kids — except that an official tosses her test because she's a girl. But a top-secret organization has its eyes on Josie, and two other applicants, Japanese-American Akiko and African-American Mae. And when the three get together, they're shocked to discover they're transforming into the newest superheroes in town — with a critical mission to fulfill. Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this exciting first volume in a trilogy inspired by comic books and the earliest computer programmers.
When their small mining village is deemed to be the location of the future princess, Miri and the other teenaged girls are sent to an academy where they will learn how to be “proper” princesses before the prince comes to choose one of them as his wife. At first, Miri only has to face the strict, condescending academy mistress and the bitter competition among the girls, but when bandits determined to kidnap the future princess find the academy, Miri has to rally the girls to work together and use her newly discovered power to communicate silently to save herself and all her classmates. This multilayered story in a rich historical fantasy world will captivate readers! Miri's story continues in Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters.
When her aunt uses the orphan girl Creel as bait for a dragon — and therefore a prince — as a way to drag the family out of poverty, Creel befriends the dragons instead! With encouragement from her new friends, and a gift of a mysterious pair of slippers, Creel moves to the city and opens a dress shop, only to find herself drawn into a conflict that could spell the end of both the kingdom and the dragons. With an epic world, exciting action, and vivid description, this book is sure to captivate young readers. Creel (and the dragons’) story also continues in the sequels, Dragon Flight and Dragon Spear.
Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most... Brandon Mull's debut novel — and the series that follows — crackles with magic and adventure. You can also find the full series in the Fablehaven Boxed Set.
Eva Nine was raised in an underground sanctuary by the robotic Muthr, but when her home is destroyed, the 12-year-old returns to the surface to search for other humans — who she knows must exist because of a strange piece of cardboard depicting a girl, an adult, a robot, and the letters "WondLa." But not all humans will be friends, and soon Eva finds herself making tough choices on her journey to a place she can call home. This unique story includes Augmented Reality maps so readers can follow Eva's journey in 3D. Fans of Eva can follow the rest of her story in A Hero for WondLa and The Battle for WondLa; the trilogy is also available in a box set.
Terry Pratchett brings his Discworld witches to younger readers with his series about budding witch Tiffany Aching. In The Wee Free Men, nine-year-old would-be witch Tiffany finds herself desperately seeking witch magic to defend her home — and her pesky little brother — from the denizens of Fairyland. It turns out that Tiffany, who's intelligent, determined, and has a talent for cheese, also has a gift for being a witch. Tiffany's story continues in A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, and Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown — in which Tiffany comes into her own as a fully independent witch. With plenty of adventure, humor, and heart, this action-packed and thought-provoking series will bewitch readers young and old alike!
People in town think Meg is a loose cannon, her brother Charles Wallace is dumb, and her father ran off and left their scientist mother — but Meg doesn’t believe a word of any of it. So when an unexpected stranger appears in their kitchen and tells Meg about a tesseract — the “wrinkle in time” which her father was researching for the government — Meg decides to set off through space and time to find him, with Charles Wallace and her next-door neighbor Calvin. It turns out her mission will require all of their strengths to accomplish! A Wrinkle in Time is the first of a quintet of science fiction classics, which are also available in a box set. Fans of the book can also check out the graphic novel adaptation by Hope Larson.
After tragedy strikes their family, Emily and Navin’s mother Karen decides to move the family to their great-grandfather’s house in the little town of Norlen. The locals believe the house is haunted, but the family discounts the rumors — until Karen is kidnapped by a monster! Emily and Navin discover they will have to follow her into another world if they want to reunite their family. Along the way, Emily discovers a stone amulet and learns that she has powers she didn’t know she possessed. This box set collects the first eight volumes of this popular and critically-acclaimed graphic novel series.
Princess Cimorene has no interest in being a proper princess, so instead of waiting to be kidnapped by a dragon, she runs away and makes a bargain with one — and not just any dragon, but Kazul, one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons! Soon, to the great confusion of the princes who come to rescue her, she sends them all packing and settles into her new life among the dragons. Fortunately for Kazul, Cimorene also manages to help unearth the wizards’ plot against the dragons in time to stop it... for now. Fantasy fans will love reading about how Cimorene finds life, love, and family, all on her own terms. Readers can also check out the Enchanted Forest Chronicles box set, which includes all four books in the series.
The woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten, and keep her safe from the taunts of children at school who don't understand her. But one day, when she falls in the lake, she emerges into an unexpected new world — one that's far from warm and fuzzy. The Ever After is full of ghosts — including kindly ghosts like Pumpkin, who has watched May Bird since she was a child, but also nightmarish and bizarre creatures that have been haunting her for years. And if she doesn't get out fast, horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing. This offbeat fantasy, the first of a trilogy is scary, fanciful, and truly suspenseful. Fans of this story can find the whole series in The May Bird Trilogy box set.
Kelly Ferguson was going to a Halloween party; instead, she's babysitting. Boring! Well, until Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman. It turns out that monsters are real, there's a secret society of babysitters that defend children from them, and Kelly is the newest recruit. Thanks to the society's ancient handbook, Kelly knows she has to destroy the Boogeyman... but when her pursuit leads to the school's big Halloween dance, she'll have to figure out a way to do it without attracting unwanted attention. This hilarious and action-packed series opener is full of adventure and appealing characters; you can find more of Kelly's story in the rest of the three-part Babysitter's Guide to Monsters series!
13-year-old Betty Widdershins dreams of leaving the dreary island of Crowstone, where she lives in the care of her grandmother Bunny... even if it means leaving her sisters Fliss and Charlie behind. But when Bunny catches her trying to escape, she reveals a shocking secret: the family is cursed, and if a Widdershins daughter leaves the island, she'll die by the following sunset. She gives them three magical objects to help keep them safe, but when the sisters accidentally trigger the curse while trying to help a mysterious prisoner, Betty finds herself in a race against time to unravel a mystery, break the curse, and save the sisters she adores. A hint of magic and a heap of suspense make this story of secrets and sisterly love feel like a modern classic. The adventures of the Widdershins sisters continue in the rest of the A Pinch of Magic series.
From the moment that children at her home on the Biltmore Estate start disappearing, Serafina begins to realize that she is different than she thought. She forms a friendship with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners, and slowly grows into — and claims — her role as the protector of Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This New York Times bestselling series is now available in a box set that collects hardcover editions of Serafina and the Black Cloak, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, and Serafina and the Seven Stars.
Nita Callahan is using the library as a refuge from the bullies who torment her when she stumbles across an unexpected title: right next to career books about being a pilot, a scientist, and a writer, she finds So You Want To Be A Wizard! At first, she figures it's a joke, but when she takes the Wizard's Oath, she finds her name magically appears on the list of wizards. Soon, she and another new wizard, Kit Rodriguez, find themselves caught up in a battle to stop the dark Lone Power. But perhaps clever Nita and Kit can find a way to turn even the Lone Power towards the light. Fans of this exciting and entertaining fantasy novel can follow Nita's further adventures in the rest of the Young Wizards series.
After their mother's tragic death, siblings Sadie and Carter became strangers to one another: Sadie lived with her grandparents in London, while Carter followed their Egyptologist father on excavations and research missions. But when Carter is 14 and Sadie is 12, their father brings them together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum — one which goes horribly wrong, unleashing the Egyptian god Set and forcing the children to run for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that they are inheritors of unexpected powers and the only people who can stop Set from claiming the world. Rick Riordan's signature blending of ancient mythology and modern setting gets a unique twist in this series, which features a dual narration by both Sadie and Carter. Fans of the series can get all three books in The Kane Chronicles: The Complete Series box set.
Morrigan Crow knows she's cursed: she was born on the unluckiest day, she gets blamed for every misfortune, and everyone reminds her that she's doomed to die on midnight of her next birthday. Then a mysterious man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor. But her residence isn't permanent: Morrigan is Jupiter's selection to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society... and if she fails, she'll have to face her deadly fate. Exciting, whimsical, and colorful, this book will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and adventure; Morrigan's adventures continue in Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow and Hollowpox: the Hunt for Morrigan Crow.
Ani is the Crown Princess of Kildenree, but she feels most comfortable speaking to animals; she has the gift of speaking in their own languages. As she grows, she never becomes confident speaking with people — which leaves her helpless when a quick-talking lady in waiting leads a mutiny on Ani's journey to get married in a foreign land. Alone and seemingly helpless, Ani becomes a goose girl for the king...and finds a way to turn her special talents to reclaiming her position and stopping war between the kingdoms. This book opens author Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series; the story continues with the sequels, Enna Burning and Forest Born.
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle -- a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. The first book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy tackles deep philosophical issues, as well as questions about love, loyalty, and loss. The trilogy has also been reissued with new cover art in the His Dark Materials Boxed Set. There is also a new prequel featuring Lyra as a baby, The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and had an ordinary life until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September meets a Green Wind who invites her on an adventure to Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. With the help of new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday, September is the only one who can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods. But will September be able to return home, or will she find herself bound to Fairyland forever? Catherynne M. Valente's unique and original Fairyland books, featuring illustrations by Ana Juan, have the same timeless quality as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. To follow the rest of September's adventures, visit our Fairyland Collection.
Sophie is the eldest of three daughters, and believes she is destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking the spell lies in the Wizard Howl's ever-moving castle in the hills. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the seemingly heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl — and herself — than first meets the eye. Diana Wynne-Jones' magical book, which inspired the Academy Award nominated Studio Ghibli film, is inventive and full of wonder. Fans of this book should also check out the sequel, House of Many Ways.
Princess Madelyn chafes against the restrictions of royal life, while Ranger Will Treaty has fallen into grief and depression after the loss of a friend. Will's former master Halt knows a solution for both problems: Will should train Maddie as an apprentice ranger. Maggie constantly questions her master and wrestles with finding her place if she's not a princess. But when she and Will discover a dangerous plot, Maddie will not only learn to work with her teacher; she'll also learn where she really belongs. Simultaneously an ending to the best-selling Ranger's Apprentice series and the beginning to the Royal Ranger series, this exciting action adventure introduces readers to the first female Ranger in the world of Araluen. To continue Maddie's story, the series continues in The Red Fox Clan, Duel at Araluen, The Missing Prince, and Escape from Falaise.
When Prue McKeel's brother is abducted by a murder of crows, her life goes from ordinary to fantastical in a hurry. The crows have taken her brother into a vast forest the locals call the Impassable Wilderness. When Prue and her friend Curtis dare to enter the wood, they discover another world, full of warring creatures, peaceful mystics, and a chaotic crisis being prompted by mysterious but powerful denizens. Together, they must do more than rescue Prue's brother; they must fight for the freedom and safety of the Wildwood. This exciting story, told in dual narration, is perfect for fans of epic fantasy; the box set includes a gorgeous package and over eighty illustrations, including maps and full-color plates.
Anne McCaffrey's beloved Harper Hall trilogy introduces readers to Menolly — and her nine fire lizards, miniature versions of the dragons that sear Pern's skies of deadly Thread! 15-year-old Menolly's family believes that her love of music — and dreams of becoming a Harper, one of the musicians and teachers of Pern — is disgraceful in a girl, and they forbid her even to hum a tune. When she runs away, finding shelter in a seaside cave, she finds herself bonded to nine of fire lizard hatchlings — an event that could both save her world and change her life forever! This stunning box set includes paperback editions of Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums. For the original Pern trilogy, which we recommend for ages 14 and up, check out The Dragonriders of Pern.
Alanna has always dreamed of heroic deeds as a knight, something denied to girls in Tortall, while her brother Thom yearns to learn magical arts. So when they’re sent off to learn their trades, the pair decide to trade places: Thom goes to the convent, while Alanna sets off to become a page — and eventually, she hopes, a knight. “Alan” finds it easier than expected to conceal who she really is, and quickly impresses those around her with her determination. But she’s haunted by visions of an evil city, and she wonders whether she can keep her gender a secret and whether she will falter or finally achieve her destiny. The Song of the Lioness quartet continues with In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like A Man, and Lioness Rampant; there is also a beautiful Song of the Lioness Quartet box set.
Thirteen-year-old Daine has always had a knack with animals, but it's not until she's forced to leave home that she realizes it's actually magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but she can also make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen's Riders, where she studies with the master mage Numair. But soon she begins to sense other beings too: Immortals, bloodthirsty monsters have been imprisoned for four hundred years. Now someone has broken the barrier, and it's up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an immortal attack. The Immortals series continues with Wolf Speaker, Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods; fans can also get this The Immortals Quartet box set with stunning new cover art.
It's been a decade since knighthood was opened to women in Tortall, thanks to Alanna of Trebond, but no one has been brave enough to try — until Keladry steps forward. Although she's officially welcome, she faces a more difficult path than the male pages: Lord Wyldon, the training master, is adamantly opposed to female knights and puts her on a probationary period that's never been assigned to any boy. Despite that, she is determined to succeed, and as she makes both human and animal friends, she will prove that she's as deserving as any candidate there — or more so. Keladry's story continues in Page, Squire, and Lady Knight.
In the unUnited Kingdoms, magic used to be the most powerful force there was... but as the dragons have died off, it's been drying up. Today, magic is most often used for mundane tasks, like rewiring a house or delivering pizza via flying carpet. At Kazam Mystical Arts Management, 15-year-old acting director Jennifer Strange is struggling to keep the business afloat when the Seers predict the death of the last dragon — and people think she'll be the Last Dragonslayer. Now, she finds herself fighting off commercial endorsements, driving a Slayermobile... oh, and trying to stop a war between two kingdoms. The result is a magical, sometimes dark, and always hilarious adventure that will delight teen and adult readers alike. You can read more of Jennifer Strange's adventures in the other books of the three-part Chronicles of Kazam series.
16-year-old Maerad has been a slave since childhood, when her family was destroyed by war, and she knows little of her family's path. But when a man named Cadvan takes an interest in her, even freeing her from slavery, she discovers that she has an unexpected heritage and a magical gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor. As she journeys with her mysterious rescuer and teacher, she also discovers that she may be part of an ancient prophecy — and her actions may make the difference in a war against forces of darkness she can barely comprehend. This rich and complex fantasy, the first book in the four-part Pellinor series, is a stunning introduction to Maerad and her legendary world.
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, but unlike her ancestor, she has no mystical power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she has the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary at Verpax University, which admits all manner of people, including many of sworn enemies of the Gardnerians, she quickly learns how difficult it is to escape her family's legacy. As Elloren seeks out other outcasts for company, which forces her to confront the stereotypes and xenophobia she's been taught, she begins to realize that there may be good reasons for their opposition to her government. This complex, rich fantasy conveys powerful messages about prejudice and extremism; Elloren and her friends return in the further books of The Black Witch Chronicles.
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. With the help of new friends, she'll travel deep into the lands of the Dead but every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny. The first book of the Abhorsen Trilogy established Garth Nix as a star of the fantasy world; the story continues in Lirael and Abhorsen.
Lee Westfall has a secret: she can sense when gold is near. She's used her talent frugally, but everything falls apart when her parents are murdered, her best friend — maybe more — leaves for the California gold rush, and her uncle tries to claim her parents' property, including her and her talent, for himself. To escape, Lee disguises herself as a boy and sets out by train for California. With a mix of historic obstacles — everything from hunger and illness to buffalo stampedes — and fantasy ones — keeping her gold-finding abilities a secret — this first volume of the Gold Seer Trilogy features a fast-paced story and an appealing, determined main character. Fans of the first book can check out the other two volumes, Like A River Glorious and Into The Bright Unknown.
12-year-old Sunny was born in America but lives in Nigeria, and her African features and albino skin leave her feeling like an outsider no matter where she goes. The talented athlete can't even play the sports she loves because she can't go out into the sun. But when she discovers that she one of the magical Leopard People, it opens the door to a new world. With the help of her new friends, other students of magic, she faces her biggest challenge yet: catching Black Hat Otokoto, a serial killer and magic user who targets the very playgrounds where Sunny feels left out... This thrilling fantasy combines day-to-day triumphs with magic and mystery to pulse-pounded effect! Fans of this book can follow Sunny's adventures in the second volume, Akata Warrior.
The war-hungry Republic houses both the extreme elite and the lowest of the low. 15-year-old June is at the top: the scion of a wealthy family being groomed for military greatness. 15-year-old Day is at the bottom: born in a slum and now the most wanted criminal in the nation. But when their paths cross, they will learn truths about themselves and their country and face difficult choices about whether it can be saved... or whether it must be torn down. Told in dual narration, this best-selling series is a thrill ride from start to finish; the box set includes all three books, as well as Life Before Legend, original short stories offering a sneak peek at June and Day's lives before they met.
In Katsa’s world, the lucky few discover a Grace, a remarkable talent for anything from dancing to swimming to poetry. But in Katsa’s case, her Grace is fighting — and killing. As the King’s niece, she is forced to use her talent on those who oppose him, but she’s not willing to be the King’s thug. Instead, she forms a secret Council to aid those who seek justice. Graces are not always what they appear to be; is it possible that Katsa can turn her seemingly destructive Grace to good use? Fans of this inventive fantasy debut will enjoy checking out the sequels, Fire and Bitterblue.
The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters... and its savior may be Alina Starkov, a refugee who reveals an unexpected power and gets swept to the royal court to be trained as one of the Grisha, the magical elite. But Alina struggles to fit in, and things are not as they seem. As a new threat to Ravka grows, a frightened girl will become a hardened leader. This trilogy, with its innovative fantasy setting, is sure to be a favorite; the box set comes with paperback editions of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
Only a few of the people of Pern still believe the stories of deadly Thread falling from the sky — so the dragonriders, Pern's defense against Thread, have dwindled in number, and the populace is completely unprepared. Lessa, the lone queen dragonrider, is determined to find a solution to save her world, but it will take every bit of her strong will — and the power of her bond with her dragon — to fill the Weyrs again in time for Thread's arrival. All three of Anne McCaffrey's original Pern books are collected in this volume, perfect to introduce new readers to the series. Fans of the Pern stories will also enjoy checking out Dragonsdawn, which explores the colonists' arrival on Pern and the creation of their dragon partners.
A unique mix of fairy tale and futuristic technology have made the Lunar Chronicles a best-selling series! When Prince Kai seeks out the cyborg Linh Cinder, hoping to recruit her for her mechanical skill, she has no idea she'll become central to a movement to topple the tyrannical Queen Levana. Over the course of the series, she'll meet Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White), and they'll race against time to topple the queen before their world tears itself apart. Fans of the series will love getting to read this complex and thrilling story from beginning to end.
Discover Holly Black's blood thirsty and bestselling The Folk of the Air series in this gorgeous gift set! 17-year-old Jude and her two sisters were kidnapped by Faeries ten years ago, and she wants nothing more than to join their Courts. Earning a spot, however, is a dangerous game. As she tries to find her place in their world, she'll uncover a web of intrigue, make unlikely alliances, break a dangerous curse — and discover the true meaning of power. This gift set includes paperback editions of The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and The Queen of Nothing.
When Zélie Adebola was a child, her home of Orïsha was full of magic... until a ruthless king ordered the maji killed, including Zélie's mother, a Reaper who summoned souls. Now, with the help of a rogue princess, Zélie has the chance to bring magic back to Orïsha and rebel against the brutal monarchy. But as she discovers feeling for an enemy and struggles to control her own powers, Zélie will have to learn to embrace who she is — and prepare herself to fight injustice, whatever the cost. This stunning series opener features compelling characters and world-altering choices in a setting inspired by West African mythology. Zélie's story continues in the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
Laia is a slave, eking out an existence in the Martial Empire's backstreets and hoping to stay out of notice of the elite: those who make trouble are brutally punished. But when her brother is arrested for treason, Laia has only one way to save his life: assist the rebels by spying inside the walls of the premier military academy. There, she meets Elias, the school's best soldier, but an unwilling participant, conscripted against his will. Together, their choices may change their own destinies — and that of the Empire itself. The first book in the four-part An Ember in the Ashes series is full of pulse-pounding adventure in a history-inspired world.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena Sardothien is summoned to the castle. The young assassin is there for a rare chance at freedom: if she defeats twenty-three other killers, thieves, and warriors, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass — and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world. Complex world-building and political intrigue make this a fascinating read for teens. You can find the rest of Celaena's story in the Throne of Glass box set.
When Vasya's mother died after giving birth to her, she made her father promise to keep her special child safe. The independent young woman grew up on her nurse's 14th century Russian fairy tales about protective spirits and the blue-eyed winter demon, Frost. As a teenager, Vasya fights back against pressure from her father and stepmother to marry, and worries that the arrogant young priest who has recently arrived in her village is making people give up the rituals that honor the spirits. As a frightening winter storm batters them, Vasya will have to discover — and control — unexpected and dangerous gifts to protect her home. A bold heroine and lyrical language draw readers in to this irresistible story, the first of the Winternight Trilogy.
Years ago, 17-year-old Alice's grandmother wrote Tales from the Hinterland, a short set of dark, feminist fairy tales, and then retreated to her estate, the Hazel Wood. Alice has never met her grandmother, though; she and her mother have spent most of her life on the road, avoiding the bad luck that seems to follow them everywhere. But when Alice's grandmother dies, and her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, Alice needs help her classmate Ellery, a Hinterland superfan, if she's going to go to the rescue — and figure out where her own bad luck began. A ferocious heroine facing an eerie and dangerous world makes this first book in the three-part Hazel Wood series a thrilling story of exploitation, liberation, and love.