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The Arkadians The Arkadians
Alexander, Lloyd.
To escape the wrath of the king and his wicked soothsayers, an honest young man joins with a poet-turned-jackass and a young girl with mystical powers on a series of epic adventures.



The book of three The book of three
Alexander, Lloyd.
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.



Peter and the Starcatchers Peter and the Starcatchers
Barry, Dave.
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.



The nine pound hammer The nine pound hammer
Bemis, John Claude.
Drawn by the lodestone his father gave him years before, twelve-year-old orphan Ray travels south, meeting along the way various characters from folklore who are battling against an evil industry baron known as the Gog.



Atherton : the house of power Atherton : the house of power
Carman, Patrick.
Edgar, an eleven-year-old orphan, finds a book that reveals significant secrets about Atherton, the strictly divided world on which he lives, even as geological changes threaten to shift the power structure that allows an elite few to live off the labor of others.



Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl
Colfer, Eoin.
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.



Medusa Jones Medusa Jones
Collins, Ross.
In ancient Greece, Medusa Jones, a gorgon, and her friends, a minotaur and a centaur, are mocked and sneered at by the other Acropolis Academy children whose parents are kings and gods, but when they go on a school camping trip together, the "freaks" become true heroes.



Gregor the Overlander Gregor the Overlander
Collins, Suzanne.
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.



Iris, messenger Iris, messenger
Deming, Sarah.
After discovering that the immortals of Greek mythology reside in her hometown of Middleville, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Iris listens to their life stories, gaining wisdom, beauty, and startling revelations about her past.



Corydon & the island of monsters Corydon & the island of monsters
Druitt, Tobias.
Corydon, an outcast Greek boy with the leg of a goat, learns that he is part of an old prophecy and joins forces with Medusa and other "monsters" known in Greek mythology in a confrontation with mortal heroes fighting for the Olympian gods.



The Sea of Trolls The Sea of Trolls
Farmer, Nancy, 1941-
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.



Inkheart Inkheart
Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.



Odd and the Frost Giants Odd and the Frost Giants
Gaiman, Neil.
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.



The secret of the sirens The secret of the sirens
Golding, Julia.
Upon moving to her aunt's seaside home in the British Isles, Connie becomes part of a secret society that shelters mythical creatures, and must use her ability to communicate with these beings to protect them from evil and the incursions of humans.



Well witched Well witched
Hardinge, Frances.
Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins.



The call The call
Grant, Michael, 1954-
A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years.



Pandora gets jealous Pandora gets jealous
Hennesy, Carolyn.
Thirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.



Island of the aunts Island of the aunts
Ibbotson, Eva.
As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.



The secret country The secret country
Johnson, Jane, 1951-
Having learned from a talking cat that he and his sisters are the half-elfin royalty of a parallel world called Eidolon, twelve-year old Ben Arnold attempts to stop his evil uncle from smuggling magical creatures between the two worlds to sell on the black market.



Year of the griffin Year of the griffin
Jones, Diana Wynne.
When Elda, the griffin daughter of the great Wizard Derk, arrives for schooling at the Wizards' University, she encounters new friends, pirates, assassins, worry, sabotage, bloodshed, and magic misused.



The Akhenaten adventure The Akhenaten adventure
Kerr, Philip.
In the first book of The Children of the Lamp trilogy, twelve-year-old twins discover they are descended from a long line of djinn and spend the summer with their uncle Nimrod, a djinn who teaches them how to harness their new powers.



Skulduggery Pleasant Skulduggery Pleasant
Landy, Derek.
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.



Have a hot time, Hades! Have a hot time, Hades!
McMullan, Kate.
Hades, king of the underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths. When he and his siblings were born, their father Cronus swallowed them whole because of a prophecy that said one of his children would be mightier than he. Can Hades and his brothers and sisters overthrow their big, bad dad?



Savvy Savvy
Law, Ingrid, 1970-
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.



Fablehaven Fablehaven
Mull, Brandon, 1974-
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.



The one-eyed giant The one-eyed giant
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Retells a part of the Odyssey in which King Odysseus fights the cyclops.



The lost hero The lost hero
Riordan, Rick.
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.



The red pyramid The red pyramid
Riordan, Rick.
After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.



Jake Ransom and the Skull King's shadow Jake Ransom and the Skull King's shadow
Rollins, James, 1961-
Connecticut middle-schooler Jake and his older sister Kady are transported by a Mayan artifact to a strange world inhabited by a mix of people from long-lost civilizations who are threatened by prehistoric creatures and an evil alchemist, the Skull King.



Magyk Magyk
Sage, Angie.
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.



The mysterious Benedict Society The mysterious Benedict Society
Stewart, Trenton Lee.
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.



The shadow thieves The shadow thieves
Ursu, Anne.
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.



The golden hour The golden hour
Williams, Maiya.
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.



The tiger's apprentice The tiger's apprentice
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
A tiger, a monkey, a dragon, and a twelve-year-old Chinese American boy fight to keep a magic talisman out of the hands of an enemy who would use its power to destroy the world.



Odysseus in the serpent maze Odysseus in the serpent maze
Yolen, Jane.
Thirteen-year-old Odysseus, who longs to be a hero, has many opportunities to prove himself during an adventure which involves pirates and satyrs, a trip to Crete's Labyrinth, and the two young girls, Penelope and Helen, who play a major role in his future life.



The shadow thieves The shadow thieves
Ursu, Anne.
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.



The golden hour The golden hour
Williams, Maiya.
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.



Tiger magic Tiger magic
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
A Chinese American boy and his band of friends must protect the magical phoenix and fight a war to prevent the evil Vatten from taking over the world.



Odysseus in the serpent maze Odysseus in the serpent maze
Yolen, Jane.
Thirteen-year-old Odysseus, who longs to be a hero, has many opportunities to prove himself during an adventure which involves pirates and satyrs, a trip to Crete's Labyrinth, and the two young girls, Penelope and Helen, who play a major role in his future life.



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