Teen Boys: Fantasy and Magical Realism

Cyn Balog. Touched. (Delacorte, 2012)
Nick Cross remembers getting married, having kids and grandkids, and growing old. He also
remembers becoming a crack addict in a loveless marriage to a Vegas stripper and being murdered
in a drug deal in his early twenties. Nick remembers many lives, none of which have happened... yet.
Nick is just 18 years old.

John Claude Bemis. "The Clockwork Dark" (Series):
The Nine Pound Hammer. Random House, 2009.
A troop of young adepts hide their extraordinary skills behind their performances as traveling circus
performers. They are pitted against the greatest of foes, with an army of hired mercenaries and an
array of devilish machines. The young heroes are hopelessly out-gunned until one of their number, a
giant of a boy, takes up the legendary John Henry's weapon, the Nine Pound Hammer. Folklore
clashes with science fiction in this first title in an exciting new fantasy series.
The Wolf Tree.  Random House, 2010.

Philip Caveney. “Sebastian Darke” (Series):
Sebastian Darke, Prince of Fools. (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008)
Sebastian Darke, Prince of Pirates. (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Kathleen Duey. “A Resurrection of Magic” (Series):
Skin Hunger. (Atheneum, 2007)
Sacred Scars. (Atheneum, 2009)

David Eddings. “The Elenium” (Series):
The Diamond Throne. (Del Ray, 1989)
The Ruby Knight. (Del Ray, 1990)
The Sapphire Rose. (Del Ray, 1991)

David Eddings. "The Tamuli" (Series):
Domes of Fire. (Del Rey, 1993)
The Shining Ones. (Del Rey, 1993)
Hidden City. (Del Rey, 1994)

David Elliott. Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights.
(Knopf, 2008)

Nancy Farmer. The House of the Scorpion. (Atheneum, 2002)

Catherine Fisher.
The Dark City. [Relic Master, Book 1] Dial, 2011)
A sci-fi/fantasy mash-up of a world in fear of ancient and misunderstood relics of incredible
technological power from a powerful lost civilization. A mystical order seekd to preserve and
understand them, while a represive power structure seeks to bury these relics of another age. Is it
more dangerous to suppress this power, or to use it?

John Flanagan. The Outcasts. [The Brotherhood Chronicles, Book 1] (Philomel, 2011)
The Ranger's Apprentice series is dead, long live The Brotherhood Chronicles! Flanagan doesn't
wander far from the formula that made his earlier series such a joy: heroism, courage, character, and
fast-paced action. There are new characters and new challenges in the same world, and the new
hero Hal will gain loyal followers from the outset.

Mark Frost. The Paladin Prophecy. (Random House, 2012)
A wild genre mash-up with enough Tolkien references for any fantasy fan, enough gadgetry for Men in
Black sci-fi nuts, and enough creepy darkness for those gothic horror/Darren Shan aficionados.

Alison Goodman. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. (Viking Juvenile, 2008)
There has been a recent trend towards fantasy based on the martial arts, from Jeff Stone's The Five
Ancestors to Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori. Alison Goodman has the latest entrant, with Eon:
Dragoneye Reborn. The power of twelve dragons stands behind the empire, and each dragon works
through his appointed emmissary and an apprentice. But the most powerful dragon of all has
deserted the world for centuries until the most unlikely of apprentices is called. Plenty of swordplay
and powerful magic in this epic fantasy based on karate and Chinese mythology.

Lian Hearn. "Tales of the Otori" (Series):
Heaven’s Net is Wide. (Riverhead, 2007) [Prequel]
The Sword of the Warrior: Across the Nightingale Floor, Episode 1. (Puffin, 2004)
Journey to Inuyama: Across the Nightingale Floor, Episode 2. (Puffin, 2005)
Lord Fujiwara's Treasures: Grass for His Pillow, Episode 1. (Puffin, 2005)
The Way Through the Snow: Grass for His Pillow, Episode 2. (Puffin, 2005)
Battle for Maruyama: Brilliance of the Moon, Episode 1. (Puffin, 2006)
Scars of Victory: Brilliance of the Moon, Episode 2. (Puffin, 2006)
The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori. (Riverhead, 2007)

Chris Humphreys. "The Runestone Saga" (Series):
The Fetch. (Knopf, 2006)
Vendetta. (Knopf, 2007)
Possession. (Knopf, 2008)

Christopher Moore.
Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings. (Morrow, 2003)

Jennifer A. Nielsen. “The Ascendance Trilogy” (Series)
The False Prince. [Book One] (Scholastic, 2012)
The Runaway King. [Book Two] (Scholastic, 2012)
A kingdom on the brink of civil war, facing enemies within and without its borders, torn by the
ambitions of great men. The kingdom needs its lost prince, and one nobleman aims to give the
kingdom what it needs, even if he has to make the prince from nothing. Enter Sage, an orphan boy and
a thief, who lives for himself, destitute but free. Will he be his own man, the puppet of a powerful
schemer, or the prince his kingdom needs him to be? And must he be just one?

Christopher Paolini. “Inheritance” (Series):
Eragon. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003)
Eldest. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005)
Brisingr. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008)

Terry Pratchett. “Discworld” Series:
The Color of Magic. (HarperTorch, 2000)
The Light Fantastic. (HarperTorch, 2000)
Equal Rites. (Harper Paperbacks, 2005)
Mort. (HarperTorch, 2001)
Sourcery. (HarperTorch, 2001)
Wyrd Sisters. (HarperTorch, 2001)
Pyramids. (HarperTorch, 2001)
Guards! Guards! (HarperTorch, 2001)
Eric. (HarperTorch, 2002)
Moving Pictures. (HarperTorch, 2002)
Reaper Man. (HarperTorch, 2002)
Witches Abroad. (HarperTorch, 2002)
Small Gods. (HarperTorch, 1994)
Lords and Ladies. (HarperTorch, 1996)
Men at Arms. (HarperTorch, 1997)
Soul Music. (HarperTorch, 2005)
Feet of Clay. (HarperTorch, 2007)
Interesting Times. (HarperTorch, 1998)
Maskerade. (HarperTorch, 1998)
Hogfather. (Harper, 1999)
Jingo. (HarperTorch, 1999)
The Last Continent. (HarperTorch, 2004)
Carpe Jugulum. (HarperTorch, 2000)
The Fifth Elephant. (HarperTorch, 2001)
The Truth. (HarperTorch, 2001)
Thief of Time. (HarperTorch, 2002)
Last Hero. (Eos, 2002)
Night Watch. (HarperTorch, 2003)
The Wee Free Men. (HarperTeen, 2003)
A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. (HarperTeen,
Monstrous Regiment. (HarperTorch, 2004)
Going Postal. (HarperTorch, 2005)
Wintersmith. (HarperTeen, 2006)
Thud. (HarperTorch, 2006)
Making Money. (Harper, 2007)
Unseen Academicals. (Harper, 2009)

Philip Pullman. “His Dark Materials” (Series):
The Golden Compass. (Knopf, 1996)
The Subtle Knife. (Knopf, 1997)
The Amber Spyglass. (Knopf, 2000)

Rick Riordan. "The Heroes of Olympus" (Series)
The Lost Hero. [Book One] (Hyperion, 2010)
Riordan returns to his world of classical mythology meets modern times, and all the magic is still
there. Percy Jackson is gone (one of the central plot elements) making room for new heroes and a
new look at Camp Half Blood, a new way of seeing the gods, and all new terrors from the netherworld.

Rick Riordan. "The Kane Chronicles" (Series):
The Red Pyramid. (Disney Hyperion, 2010)
Hold onto your butts. The ancient gods and goddesses are REAL! No, not the Greek gods and
goddesses, that was Rick Riordan's other series. And two kids are descended from the gods. No,
they aren't the direct children of gods, that's Rick Riordan's other series. There's a war brewing, and
the descendants of the gods must play their part. Yeah, I know, that was in the other series too, but if
the kids loved Percy Jackson (and what kid didn't?) they will line up for The Kane Chronicles.

Ken Scholes. Lamentation. (Tor, 2009)
In a post-apocalyptic world, centuries after the folly of man has pushed civilization to the brink, the
world has been reordered and brought together again, until an ancient evil is recalled to destroy the
center of this emerging civilization. Now all powers strive, in ways both forthright and subtle, to fill the
void and dominate what is left over. At the center of the storm is a warrior of great destiny, a boy
caught in the whirlwind, a woman who is being played like a piece on a board, and a long-dead leader
who has returned to this turbulant world in hopes of saving it. Passion, power, ambition, and
enlightment mix in a fast-paced tale of a world that yet may be.

Michael Scott. "The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel" (Series):
The Alchemyst. (Delacorte, 2007)
The Magician. (Delacorte, 2008)
The Sorceress. (Delacorte, 2009)

Darren Shan.
The Thin Executioner. (Little, Brown, 2010)
From the author of The Cirque Du Freak and Demonata series comes a... what? Gothic horror? Dark
fantasy? Or a religious allegory in the mold of Pilgrim's Progress? Forget the labels and get lost in the
quest of Jebel Rum to find the firy mountain home of a terrible God, all in search of the honor and glory
that is due a hero. What he finds instead is the kind of strength of which heroes are made.

Neal Shusterman. Bruiser. (HarperTeen, 2010)
Gift? Or curse? To be able to take the pain from those you love; to be unable not to take the pain of
those you love. Pain is part of what makes us human, what does it make us if someone takes our pain
away? And what does it make them?

Rebecca Stead. First Light. (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007)

Jonathan Stroud. "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" (Series):
The Amulet of Samarkand. (Miramax, 2003)
The Golem's Eye. (Miramax, 2004)
Ptolemy's Gate. (Miramax, 2005)

Jonathan Stroud.
The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel. (Hyperion, 2010)
Everyone's favorite sarcastic djinni is back and in fine form, if he does say so himself. Powerful magic
will be summoned, and powerful magicians will be eaten, in this fantasy followup to the Bartimaeus

J. R. R. Tolkien. “The Lord of the Rings” (Series):
The Fellowship of the Ring. (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
The Two Towers. (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
The Return of the King. (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)

J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion. (Mariner Books, 2001)

J. R. R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien. “The History of Middle Earth” (Series):
The Book of Lost Tales. (Del Rey, 1992)
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two. (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)
The Lays of Beleriand. (Houghton Mifflin, 1985)
The Shaping of Middle Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals. (Houghton Mifflin, 1986)
The Lost Road and Other Writings. (Houghton Mifflin, 1987)
The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part One. (Houghton Mifflin, 1989)
Treason of Isengard: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Two. (Houghton Mifflin, 1989)
The War of the Ring: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Three. (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)
Sauron Defeated: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Four. (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
Morgoth’s Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One. (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, Part Two. (Houghton Mifflin, 1994)
The Peoples of Middle Earth. (Houghton Mifflin, 1996)

Nahoko Uehashi.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. (Scholastic, 2008)
Here is a Japanese fantasy that reads like Manga it is so descriptive. A powerful piece of mythology
with plenty of swordplay and heroic fantasy elements.

David Ward. “The Grassland Trilogy” (Series)
Escape the Mask. (Amulet Books, 2008)
Beneath the Mask. (Amulet Books, 2008)
Beyong the Mask. (Amulat Books, 2009)

Zombies vs. Unicorns. Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. (Margaret K. McElderry Books,
Don't be fooled into thinking these stories fall into predictable lines, girly unicorns and blood-thirsty
zombies. Garth Nix and Kathleen Duey bat for Team Unicorn. Libra Bray is on Team Zombie. Unicorns
are sometimes viscious killers, and zombies fall in love. For the three people who ever, before this,
dreamed of a zombie/unicorn book, you never dreamed it would be like this. Three words: Rainbow...
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