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Good And Evil: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about good and evil?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to good and evil. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about good and evil.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about good and evil, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Perelandra to popular sellers like Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback (Revised) to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Wishmakers.

We hope this list of kids books about good and evil can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Good And Evil

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The Wishmakers
Written by Tyler Whitesides & illustrated by Jessica Warrick
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Looking for a fantastically fast-paced and funny read? Your wish is granted!” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Twelve-year-old Ace’s life is about to change in the most unexpected and magical ways—all because of a peanut butter jar.

When he opens it, he inadvertently releases a genie named Ridge. Now a Wishmaker, Ace is given a week to complete a seemingly impossible quest, and if he fails the world will end in the most tragic (but cuddly) way imaginable.

Luckily, Ridge can help by granting Ace an unlimited number of wishes…as long as Ace is willing to accept the consequences. The bigger the wish, the greater the consequence. So, if Ace wants to avoid having pogo sticks for legs or his clothes turn invisible, he’ll have to be careful what he wishes for and get a little creative.

Perfect for fans of Dan Gutman and Max Brallier, this new middle grade series by Tyler Whitesides (author of the Janitors series) is a wonderful mix of unpredictable magic, zany humor, and daring adventure. You’ll wish it never ends!

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Epic Zero 6: Tales of a Major Meta Disaster
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 6 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness is always (kind of) ready to answer the call for justice. That is, until a new law is passed where all Meta heroes are required to surrender themselves to the government. But when the Freedom Force resists and gets captured by the military, Elliott is the Metas' only hope!

Elliott visits the White House to get the law reversed and discovers a sinister secret that changes everything. The shape-shifting Skelton have been on Earth for years, and they've infiltrated the highest ranks of the government! But they aren't the only ones trying to take over the planet. The dreaded Krule the Conqueror has captured the Skelton Homeworld, and now he's headed straight for Earth!

With the fate of the human race at stake, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 6 is the sixth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 6 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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PopularMMOs Presents: Enter the Mine
Written by PopularMMOs & illustrated by Dani Jones
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

New York Times bestselling authors and YouTube sensations Pat and Jen from the Minecraft-inspired channel PopularMMOs fall into a “hole” new world of adventure in their exhilarating second graphic novel. Fans of DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal and Minecraft: The Crash will love the second graphic novel from PopularMMOs, full of hilarious jokes, thrilling action, and all of your favorite characters in an exciting new setting.

After Pat and Jen saved Bomby, their cat Cloud, and one hundred friendly zombies from the clutches of Evil Jen and brought them home from the underworld, they thought their adventuring days were over. But ever since their return, more mysterious new holes have started appearing—and more and more of their friends have started disappearing! After Jen stumbles into one and Pat rushes after her, they find themselves trapped in a dark, dank boomium mine. Now Pat and Jen need to free their friends, figure out who’s behind this evil plot, and find a way to get back home—before it’s too late. In this sequel to their New York Times bestselling graphic novel, go on a brand-new adventure with PopularMMOs, one of the most popular YouTubers in the world with over 19 million subscribers and 12 billion views!

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The Funny Little Woman
Written by Arlene Mosel & illustrated by Blair Lent
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

In this Caldecott Medal-winning tale set in Old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling—and must outwit the wicked three-eyed oni when she lands in their clutches.

“The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story. . . . It’s all done with a commendable amount of taste, imagination, and style.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

“A beautifully convincing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Using elements of traditional Japanese art, the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures.”—The Horn Book

“Lent’s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed, delicate drawings and rip-roaring good humor.”—The Boston Globe

“A good read-aloud with lots of suspense.”—Learning

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book Child Study Association Book of the Year The Horn Book Fanfare

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Epic Zero 4: Tales of a Total Waste of Time
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 4 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness thinks he has it all figured out. He's (sort of) in control of his powers and finally living the superhero life. But after a not-so-heroic encounter with a time-traveling crook, Elliott wakes up one morning to discover everyone in his life is gone... and he might be next!

Elliott realizes the time-trotting trouble-maker has traveled into the past and changed everything! In order to fix his reality, Elliott must follow him. However, he can't mess with history or reveal his true identity, otherwise he might set off a chain reaction that alters his present forever! But his own existence is up for grabs when he meets his parents as young adults, and they hate each other! And that's not all! A mysterious villain is searching for a powerful cosmic object that threatens the universe, and it may be buried in the past!

With the fate of the present riding on fixing the past, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 4 is the fourth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 4 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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Epic Zero 5: Tales of an Unlikely Kid Outlaw
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 5 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness still has lots to learn. After all, not everyone loves superheroes. And when Elliott accidentally damages Keystone City's subway system while stopping a pair of dangerous villains, he's suddenly labeled as a menace to society!

Elliott is scheduled to appear on national television to explain what happened, but before he can defend himself, he's arrested by a squad of Intergalactic Paladins and brought before a council of aliens who believe Elliott is responsible for the escape of the dreaded Krule the Conqueror! If Elliott can't prove his innocence, he'll be banished into the 13th Dimension forever! And if that's not frightening enough, Elliott learns his friend Wind Walker is trapped inside the 13th Dimension, and only Elliott can save him!

With his freedom hanging in the balance, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 5 is the fifth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 5 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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Aru Shah and the City of Gold
Written by Roshani Chokshi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the penultimate book in the Pandava series by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi.
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PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World
Written by PopularMMOs & illustrated by Dani Jones
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Minecraft-inspired YouTube star PopularMMOs brings everyone’s favorite characters to life in a thrilling adventure to save their friend, battle the undead, and escape the hole new world they’ve crashed into with one unfortunate misstep. Fans of DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal and Zach King: My Magical Life will love this PopularMMOs graphic novel adventure, filled with hilarious jokes, thrill-a-minute action, and beloved characters. When Pat and Jen stumble into a hidden hole while playing hide-and-seek, they find that they’re trapped in a dangerous underworld and that their good friend, Bomby, has been kidnapped! Now it’s up to our daring duo and their “friend” Carter to battle the zombies, find the castle, and get back home before it’s too late. Can Pat and Jen find Bomby and flee the underworld before they get zombified by the evilest villain of them all—Evil Jen? One of the most popular YouTubers in the world, with over 13 million subscribers and 10 billion views, PopularMMOs brings together one magical unicorn, one talking cloud, an enormous golem, a dimwitted ship captain, and one oblivious cat in this heart-stopping adventure, as Pat and Jen try to rescue their friends from the zombie-filled new world they’ve fallen into with a single regrettable stumble.

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The Lost Continent
Written by Tui T. Sutherland
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Blue the SilkWing is content. Life in his Hive is safe; he loves his family; he has enough to eat. And Pantala has been at peace for as long as he can remember – SilkWings and HiveWings live and work together in harmony, and because they stay vigilant, no one has seen a dangerous LeafWing in years. <p/>Now that Blue’s sister, Luna, is undergoing her Metamorphosis, Blue knows things are going to change. Luna will have her wings and her silk, be assigned a partner and a work order, and move to another Hive. A few days later, Blue’s own wings and silk will come in. <p/>But nothing could prepare Blue for what happens when Luna’s wings start to grow. Suddenly his world is turned upside down, throwing him into dangers he never knew existed. Pantala isn’t as peaceful as it seems, and Blue isn’t safe. Whether he’s ready or not, it’s time to adapt – and fight for his life.

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The Hive Queen
Written by Tui T. Sutherland
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation – three brand-new tribes of dragons!<br></br>Growing up in the hives, Cricket has always had a million questions. Why are trees forbidden, even in art? Why do her parents seem to hate her? And the biggest, most dangerous and secret question of all: Why is Cricket immune to Queen Wasp’s powers? Whenever the queen takes control of all the HiveWings, speaking through their mouths and seeing through their eyes, Cricket has to hide, terrified of being discovered. <p/>Now she’s hiding again, wanted for stealing the Book of Clearsight along with her new SilkWing friends, Blue and Swordtail, and the fierce LeafWing, Sundew. The fugitives need answers, and fast, in order to prevent a LeafWing attack. But Cricket has more questions than ever. How can she stay hidden and discover the queen’s deadliest secret? And if she does succeed – can a powerless dragonet really do anything to topple a regime and stop a war?

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Books About Good And Evil and Superheroes

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Epic Zero 6: Tales of a Major Meta Disaster
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 6 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness is always (kind of) ready to answer the call for justice. That is, until a new law is passed where all Meta heroes are required to surrender themselves to the government. But when the Freedom Force resists and gets captured by the military, Elliott is the Metas' only hope!

Elliott visits the White House to get the law reversed and discovers a sinister secret that changes everything. The shape-shifting Skelton have been on Earth for years, and they've infiltrated the highest ranks of the government! But they aren't the only ones trying to take over the planet. The dreaded Krule the Conqueror has captured the Skelton Homeworld, and now he's headed straight for Earth!

With the fate of the human race at stake, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 6 is the sixth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 6 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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Epic Zero 4: Tales of a Total Waste of Time
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 4 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness thinks he has it all figured out. He's (sort of) in control of his powers and finally living the superhero life. But after a not-so-heroic encounter with a time-traveling crook, Elliott wakes up one morning to discover everyone in his life is gone... and he might be next!

Elliott realizes the time-trotting trouble-maker has traveled into the past and changed everything! In order to fix his reality, Elliott must follow him. However, he can't mess with history or reveal his true identity, otherwise he might set off a chain reaction that alters his present forever! But his own existence is up for grabs when he meets his parents as young adults, and they hate each other! And that's not all! A mysterious villain is searching for a powerful cosmic object that threatens the universe, and it may be buried in the past!

With the fate of the present riding on fixing the past, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 4 is the fourth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 4 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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Epic Zero 5: Tales of an Unlikely Kid Outlaw
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Book 5 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!
*Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Elliott Harkness still has lots to learn. After all, not everyone loves superheroes. And when Elliott accidentally damages Keystone City's subway system while stopping a pair of dangerous villains, he's suddenly labeled as a menace to society!

Elliott is scheduled to appear on national television to explain what happened, but before he can defend himself, he's arrested by a squad of Intergalactic Paladins and brought before a council of aliens who believe Elliott is responsible for the escape of the dreaded Krule the Conqueror! If Elliott can't prove his innocence, he'll be banished into the 13th Dimension forever! And if that's not frightening enough, Elliott learns his friend Wind Walker is trapped inside the 13th Dimension, and only Elliott can save him!

With his freedom hanging in the balance, will Elliott become the epic hero he's always wanted to be-or will he always be just an Epic Zero?

Epic Zero 5 is the fifth book in the hilarious, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle school students, and adults. Epic Zero 5 includes 16 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.

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  1. Nine Marvel Super Hero Tales - Nine Little Golden Books starring everyone's favorite Marvel super heroes in one hardcover collection!

  2. Captain Awesome Meets Super Dude! - Captain Awesome gets to meet his idol in this super special seventeenth adventure of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad! In this super special, Captain Awesome encounters his biggest villain yet! But just when all might be lost, someone lends a hand. And not just a regular hand. A super hand. Because it’s Super Dude! This super special is 160 pages packed with action! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

  3. Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian - A super-secret operative saves the world from a diabolical threat through her ability to brandish just the right book at just the right time in this delightfully silly superhero tale illustated by Eisner Award-winner and Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol. When an evil genius has a diabolical plan to destroy every book on the planet, who has the tome-toting page power to thwart his dastardly scheme? Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian! She’s got the gadgets. She’s got the disguises. And she’s always got the right book at the right time. It’s a good thing, too, because Lyric McKerrigan is the world’s last hope! Jacob Sager Weinstein and Vera Brosgol introduce a smart and crafty heroine who is part comic-book hero, part reader extraordinaire, and wholly awesome.

  4. Mysticons: Quest for the Codex - An action-packed chapter book novelization based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated series about four girls who transform into legendary warriors. To save their realm from an evil, undead queen, the girls embark upon a search for a magical item known as the Codex.

Books About Good And Evil and Adventure And Adventurers

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PopularMMOs Presents: Enter the Mine
Written by PopularMMOs & illustrated by Dani Jones
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

New York Times bestselling authors and YouTube sensations Pat and Jen from the Minecraft-inspired channel PopularMMOs fall into a “hole” new world of adventure in their exhilarating second graphic novel. Fans of DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal and Minecraft: The Crash will love the second graphic novel from PopularMMOs, full of hilarious jokes, thrilling action, and all of your favorite characters in an exciting new setting.

After Pat and Jen saved Bomby, their cat Cloud, and one hundred friendly zombies from the clutches of Evil Jen and brought them home from the underworld, they thought their adventuring days were over. But ever since their return, more mysterious new holes have started appearing—and more and more of their friends have started disappearing! After Jen stumbles into one and Pat rushes after her, they find themselves trapped in a dark, dank boomium mine. Now Pat and Jen need to free their friends, figure out who’s behind this evil plot, and find a way to get back home—before it’s too late. In this sequel to their New York Times bestselling graphic novel, go on a brand-new adventure with PopularMMOs, one of the most popular YouTubers in the world with over 19 million subscribers and 12 billion views!

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PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World
Written by PopularMMOs & illustrated by Dani Jones
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Minecraft-inspired YouTube star PopularMMOs brings everyone’s favorite characters to life in a thrilling adventure to save their friend, battle the undead, and escape the hole new world they’ve crashed into with one unfortunate misstep. Fans of DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal and Zach King: My Magical Life will love this PopularMMOs graphic novel adventure, filled with hilarious jokes, thrill-a-minute action, and beloved characters. When Pat and Jen stumble into a hidden hole while playing hide-and-seek, they find that they’re trapped in a dangerous underworld and that their good friend, Bomby, has been kidnapped! Now it’s up to our daring duo and their “friend” Carter to battle the zombies, find the castle, and get back home before it’s too late. Can Pat and Jen find Bomby and flee the underworld before they get zombified by the evilest villain of them all—Evil Jen? One of the most popular YouTubers in the world, with over 13 million subscribers and 10 billion views, PopularMMOs brings together one magical unicorn, one talking cloud, an enormous golem, a dimwitted ship captain, and one oblivious cat in this heart-stopping adventure, as Pat and Jen try to rescue their friends from the zombie-filled new world they’ve fallen into with a single regrettable stumble.

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The Wishbreaker
Written by Tyler Whitesides
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ace and Ridge are back to save their friend—and the world—in this sequel to The Wishmakers. Being a Wishmaker may be more trouble than it’s worth. Sure, you get a genie who can grant an unlimited number of wishes, but for each one you make you have to accept an awful consequence in return. Not to mention that you’re also given an impossible quest and only seven days to fulfill it! Despite all that, Ace and his genie, Ridge, managed to complete their last mission—but they couldn’t save their friend Tina from being abducted by a rogue genie who’s bent on using his limitless power to rule the world. To rescue her, Ace must reunite with Ridge to become a Wishmaker once more, and they’ll need to team up with the unlikeliest of new allies. It’s not every day you get a second chance to save the world, so Ace is determined to learn from his past mistakes and wish for the best, literally. Perfect for fans of Max Brailler, Adam Gidwitz, and Dan Gutman, this middle grade series is a wonderful mix of unpredictable magic, zany humor, and daring adventure. “An ingenious premise” raved Kirkus in a starred review!

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  1. The Amber Anthem - Think Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender! Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET) says this graphic novel adventure is a magical journey, as fun as it is beautiful! In book 4, Oona Lee arrives on Salassandra determined to light the yellow beacon and continue her quest to save the Five Worlds from the evil Mimic’s influence. But the beacon is encased in amber! An ancient clue says that Oona and her friends must seek out the Amber Anthem to succeed. Meanwhile, Stan Moon sends an evil Jax robot to assassinate Oona and hunts down An Tzu himself. Turns out, as An Tzu fades away from his Vanishing Illness, he’s becoming someone else–someone who could tip the scales in the battle for the Five Worlds!

  2. Jack Frost - The Guardians’ powers are put to the ultimate test in their final battle in this conclusion to the epic chapter book series from William Joyce. When we last saw the Guardians, they were celebrating their victory during Bright Night, the final great Battle of the Moon, where they defeated Pitch once and for all. Or so they thought. Now, many years later, the Guardians have settled into their final selves, embracing their public images and the Earth Holidays. But the world has not been without evil since Pitch’s imprisonment. First there was the World War, then The Crash which has led to what the humans call a Great Depression. All the Guardians feel the weight of these events, but Jack Frost—now half human, half of his former self Nightlight—feels it the most. Jack’s transition from Nightlight to Guardian was not an easy one. Always inclined to keep to himself, Jack has become especially isolated from the other Guardians since his transformation. Yet it is Jack who Ombric Shalazar (once a great wizard, now known as Father Time) trusts with a tremendous secret. But for Jack to fully understand this secret, he must revisit his past—and finally tell his story. Jack’s story, however, isn’t the only one to be reopened; an old enemy whose chapter we thought closed will reappear and with him bring a darkness and destruction that will test the Guardians like never before. It’s a battle of superlatives—the worse fighting the greatest, but where, oh where, is Jack?

  3. E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! - E. Aster Bunnymund uses his martial arts skills, his network of tunnels, and the help of MiM, Sand Mansnoozy, and Nicholas St. North to battle the Nightmare King, Pitch, who has sent a venomous serpent to attack Bunnymund’s royal guard of warrior eggs.

  4. Shell Game - As the Disney <em>Fantasy</em> joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the <em>Fantasy</em> crew. <p/>Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The <em>Fantasy</em> is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world. <p/>But all is not right belowdecks. Strange things are happening. Unexplained phenomena. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation: nearly every Disney villain is represented onboard the new ship: whether on its decks or in its theaters. It’s believed the Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and are “stowaways.” Worse: it is believed they have stolen an important journal that once belonged to Walt Disney himself–Finn has been having dreams about this–and that some kind of mission is planned. <p/>The ship sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew, and the battle is on in new and exotic arenas: the beaches of Castaway Cay, the caves of Aruba, the locks of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica’s rain forest zip line . . . But the end game is far more complicated and intense than anything the Kingdom Keepers had planned on. If the Overtakers get their way, a power will be unleashed that no one will have the ability to vanquish: Chernabog, dormant for years, is about to have his full powers restored. . . .

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The Lost Continent
Written by Tui T. Sutherland
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Blue the SilkWing is content. Life in his Hive is safe; he loves his family; he has enough to eat. And Pantala has been at peace for as long as he can remember – SilkWings and HiveWings live and work together in harmony, and because they stay vigilant, no one has seen a dangerous LeafWing in years. <p/>Now that Blue’s sister, Luna, is undergoing her Metamorphosis, Blue knows things are going to change. Luna will have her wings and her silk, be assigned a partner and a work order, and move to another Hive. A few days later, Blue’s own wings and silk will come in. <p/>But nothing could prepare Blue for what happens when Luna’s wings start to grow. Suddenly his world is turned upside down, throwing him into dangers he never knew existed. Pantala isn’t as peaceful as it seems, and Blue isn’t safe. Whether he’s ready or not, it’s time to adapt – and fight for his life.

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The Hive Queen
Written by Tui T. Sutherland
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation – three brand-new tribes of dragons!<br></br>Growing up in the hives, Cricket has always had a million questions. Why are trees forbidden, even in art? Why do her parents seem to hate her? And the biggest, most dangerous and secret question of all: Why is Cricket immune to Queen Wasp’s powers? Whenever the queen takes control of all the HiveWings, speaking through their mouths and seeing through their eyes, Cricket has to hide, terrified of being discovered. <p/>Now she’s hiding again, wanted for stealing the Book of Clearsight along with her new SilkWing friends, Blue and Swordtail, and the fierce LeafWing, Sundew. The fugitives need answers, and fast, in order to prevent a LeafWing attack. But Cricket has more questions than ever. How can she stay hidden and discover the queen’s deadliest secret? And if she does succeed – can a powerless dragonet really do anything to topple a regime and stop a war?

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Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings
Written & illustrated by Abi Elphinstone
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

From bestselling author Abi Elphinstone comes a wondrous new series about four secret unmapped kingdoms hidden in our own world!

Casper Tock hates risks and is allergic to adventures. So it comes as a nasty shock to him one day when he hides from bullies in an ancient grandfather clock—and ends up finding an entire world inside.

Casper discovers that this sky kingdom of Rumblestar is one of the four Unmapped Kingdoms in charge of controlling the weather in Casper’s own world. What’s more, Casper is now stuck in Rumblestar, and the only person there who doesn’t think he’s a demon spy is a strange girl named Utterly, who hates rules and is allergic to behaving.

All Casper wants is to find his way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble. An evil harpy called Morg is trying to steal the magic of the Unmapped Kingdoms. And if these kingdoms fall, Casper’s world will be destroyed as well.

And so, together with Utterly and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks on a quest full of cloud giants, storm ogres, and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly, and Arlo—the unlikeliest of heroes—save both their worlds from the clutches of Morg?

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  1. The Poison Jungle - The New York Times bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation – brand-new tribes of dragons! Some secrets are deadly. It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala. Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives. There are dark secrets in the jungle, though-some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.

  2. Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot - Once upon a time, on the Old Tumbledown Farm, in the Middle of Nowhere, in the Forgotten Corner of the Kingdom, deep in the realm of Squerb, two young girls dream of their destinies. Lavender knows that her destiny is to become a fairy-tale princess and is almost certainly going to feature a handsome prince. Eliza is having none of that-her destiny involves battling dragons and giants, vanquishing monsters, and solving mysteries.

  3. Dragon's Green - “The first book in a middle grade series about three young heroes who go on a quest to save a collection of magical books from an evil villain who plans to dominate the world”–

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Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #7), Volume 7
Written & illustrated by Thomas Flintham
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Recommend Ages: 5-7
When hero Super Rabbit Boy disappears, it's up to Robo-Rabbit Boy to power up and save the day!
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Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (the Bad Guys #10), Volume 10
Written by Aaron Blabey
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
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Bad Guys in the Furball Strikes Back (the Bad Guys #3), Volume 3
Written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey
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  1. Bad Guys in the One?! (the Bad Guys #12), Volume 12 - SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

  2. Serafina and the Twisted Staff (the Serafina Series Book 2) - Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin. </p>When a mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, she finds herself torn from the side of her best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt. Heartbroken, she flees.</p>Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore-and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.</p><br>

  3. Redwall: The Graphic Novel - It was meant to be: The classic fantasy adventure that began the Redwall phenomenon is finally available in a cool graphic format. Illustrated by renowned comics artist Bret Blevins, Redwall: The Graphic Novel brings to life all the battles, all the heroes, and all the villains in a fun new format perfect for reluctant readers, those just entering the Redwall world, or the countless existing fans of the series.

  4. Bad Guys in Dawn of the Underlord - SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

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Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes
Written by Chris Smith and Greg James
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Since becoming Kid Normal, Murph Cooper and the Super Zeroes – fellow students with arguably less-than-useful talents like the ability to conjure tiny horses from thin air – have been catching bad guys all over the place. But being a hero isn’t easy, especially when you can’t tell anyone about your epic adventures and your classmates still don’t believe you’ve got what it takes. And then, far away in a top-secret prison, the world’s most feared supervillain breaks his thirty-year silence. His first words? “Bring Kid Normal to me!” This supervillain was responsible for stealing the powers from some of the greatest Heroes Alliance members of all time. Does Murph have what it takes to bring him down? With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud story proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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Root Magic
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

"A poignant, necessary entry into the children's literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans. Add in a fun, magical adventure and you get everything I want in a book!"--Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation

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Goldilocks Breaks in
Written by Suzanne Williams and Joan Holub
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia . . . <br></br><br></br>Goldilocks is so eager to make friends at Grimm Academy, she’s even tempted to accept an invitation to join E.V.I.L. – it’s just nice to be included! But she doesn’t want to be a villain. Can Goldie get inside the secret society and do some good?<br></br>

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  1. The Last Ever After - Soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix!

  2. Misfits - A brand-new series from Jen Calonita, set in the world of Fairy Tale Reform School! Not everyone born royal is meant to rule...

  3. Tricked - The third installment in the beloved Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains

  4. Switched - The fourth installment in the beloved Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains

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The Funny Little Woman
Written by Arlene Mosel & illustrated by Blair Lent
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

In this Caldecott Medal-winning tale set in Old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling—and must outwit the wicked three-eyed oni when she lands in their clutches.

“The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story. . . . It’s all done with a commendable amount of taste, imagination, and style.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

“A beautifully convincing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Using elements of traditional Japanese art, the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures.”—The Horn Book

“Lent’s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed, delicate drawings and rip-roaring good humor.”—The Boston Globe

“A good read-aloud with lots of suspense.”—Learning

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book Child Study Association Book of the Year The Horn Book Fanfare

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Dark Passage
Written by Ridley Pearson
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The five Kingdom Keepers and their core friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. <p/>Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed. The five Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.<br>

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The Grey King
Written by Susan Cooper
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There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy and a white dog with silver eyes – a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this when he came to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, a strange boy who owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark. And it is Will’s task to wake-with the golden harp – the six who must be roused from their long slumber in the Welsh hills to prepare for the last battle between the Dark and the Light.

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  1. So This Is Love: A Twisted Tale - What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she’s the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king’s visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother. Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it’s too late.

  2. Greenwitch - Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil – Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton – nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest. Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of distubing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.

  3. Dragon Egg Princess - Perfect for fans of Wing & Claw, this must-have middle grade novel is from We Need Diverse Books cofounder Ellen Oh!

  4. Disney After Dark - Award-winning author, Ridley Pearson delivers his 1st installment in the famed Kingdom Keepers series!

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Fablehaven
Written by Brandon Mull & illustrated by Brandon Dorman
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

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 greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

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Live and Let Swim: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
Written by Mo O'Hara & illustrated by Marek Jagucki
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

The name’s Goldfish. Zombie Goldfish. Fishy mayhem abounds with two more fin-tastic stories featuring our favorite (New York Times-bestselling!) zombie goldfish.

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Maximillian Villainous
Written by Margaret Chiu Greanias & illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

For anyone who loved Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, this is a humorous and important book about learning to follow your heart and proving that kindness can outweigh villainy any day.

Maximillian Villainous is a monster who doesn’t have the heart to be a villain. His famous family pulls pranks on the likes of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and Max spends his time undoing them. So when he brings home a bunny to be his sidekick, Max’s disapproving mother hatches a plan. She challenges Max and the bunny to become a devious duo; otherwise . . . the bunny hops. If they want to stay together, Max and the bunny have no choice but to go against their nature. They blunder into villainy with comical effect until Max discovers that embracing his good heart may just be the key to pulling off the most devious deed of all and winning his family’s acceptance.

Delightfully fun and irreverent, Maximillian Villainous is an empowering story about embracing one’s true self and finding acceptance. Up and coming illustrator Lesley Breen Withrow brings the characters to life with bold and colorful illustrations in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry.

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  2. My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet - This epic spin-off of Mo O’Hara’s New York Times bestselling My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series features an aspiring evil scientist, paranormal pets, and plenty of hilarious summer camp shenanigans. Welcome to Camp Mwhaaa-haa-ha-a-watha! This summer is going to be epic. Epically evil, that is. ‘Cause I’m going to Evil Scientist Summer Camp! No annoying little brothers. No annoying zombie goldfish. Just me, my best friend Sanj, our notebook of evil plans, and my truly evil (and totally forbidden) vampire kitten Fang. We’ve got it all planned out. Okay, so maybe I didn’t expect for the totally not-evil Geeky Girl to show up, or for Sanj to find a new partner to work with, but there’s no way I’m going to let them ruin my summer. Evil Emperor of the Camp, here I come! Signed, The Great and Powerful Mark

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One True King
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Recommend Ages: 10-13

Soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix!

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The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings
Written by Sarah Prineas
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

“A page-turner of a fantasy with elements of humor as well as intrigue, swordplay, and librarian-versus-hostile-book combat.” —Booklist From Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series, comes a stunning new tween fantasy where books literally come to life! The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power. If they can’t, the entire kingdom could be at risk. Sarah Prineas returns to her classic middle grade roots with this imaginative, fast-paced adventure for book lovers everywhere.

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A World Without Princes
Written by & illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
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  1. Little Robot - When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it’s all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day! #1 New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

  2. School for Good and Evil - Soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix!

  3. The Chosen Ones - Effie and her gifted friends—Raven, Maximillian, Lexy, and Wolf—embark on another adventure to save the world from the evil Diberi. The second book in the magical Worldquake trilogy, that’s “tailor-made for Harry Potter’s fans” (Kirkus Reviews), will leave you utterly entranced.

  4. The Apprentice Witch - A special middle grade debut of magic and courage in a world of witches, written with the charm and enchantment of Circus Mirandus and The Apothecary. Arianwyn has flunked her witch’s assessment: She’s doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch– much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma. But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch–even if she’s only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.

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Legacy of Secrets
Written by Ridley Pearson
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Recommend Ages: 10-13

Disneyland, Opening Day, 1955. When five present-day teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers find themselves thrown into a past that would make anyone envious, things don’t exactly work out the way they’d hoped. Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa, and Philby open a door into a place and a time when the legend of the Disney parks is just starting. They are there, in 1955, to retrieve Walt Disney’s infamous pen that once saved the parks as we know them. But like all things Disney, nothing is as it seems.The early days of the Tower of Terror, the origin of the Overtakers (Disney villains), and the real power of magic unfold in an unexpected series of events that propel both the Keepers and Disney itself into a darkness no one saw coming. Along the way, the Keepers visit Walt Disney’s hilltop home, Disneyland’s opening day and reception, and find themselves separated from friends sixty years away. The three Fairlies, young women in Disney’s School of Imagineering, girls with astonishing powers of their own, have unmasked a long-buried secret that threatens the lives of their friends as well as everything Walt Disney worked for. <br>

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Grip of the Shadow Plague
Written by Brandon Mull & illustrated by Brandon Dorman
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Danger lurks everywhere at Fablehaven, where someone has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn, now that long trusted allies have been revealed as potential foes. Kendra embarks on a special mission that only she can attempt because of her new abilities as fairykind, while Seth stays behind and discovers an incredible new talent of his own. The siblings are put to the test as the threat grows both abroad and home at the Fablehaven preserve, and Brandon Mull spins his richest and most thrilling fantasy tale yet in this third title of the popular fantasy series.

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The Ghost in the Mirror
Written by John Bellairs
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Mrs. Zimmermann hasn’t regained her powers from her last encounter with dark magic, and Uncle Jonathan and Lewis have left for the summer to travel, leaving her and Rose Rita bored and lonely at home. That is until Mrs. Zimmermann sees visions and shadows of her old magic teacher, Granny Wetherbee, trying to contact her from beyond the grave. Mrs. Zimmermann and Rose Rita set off to Pennsylvania to solve the mystery and in doing so travel back in time to Granny Wetherbee, who tells them that they must save a good wizard who is destined to die for a wrongdoing he didn’t commit.

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  1. Good Curses Evil - Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Countess Jezebel Dracula are students at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. It's like military school for the children of famous villains; it's where you learn to be bad. But Rune is failing at his villainous studies, so when he lands himself in detention (again), Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot. In one week, Rune and his friends must find a henchman, steal a baby, kidnap a princess, and overthrow a kingdom. There's only one problem: Rune's not very evil. In fact, his behavior seems suspiciously heroic. . . . This hilarious adventure stretches across a fairy tale world where the mistakes of famous villains become valuable lessons for our heroes-er, villains. The mix of familiar characters and a wholly original Plot will delight young readers.

  2. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos - Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. When Theo’s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt—a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomb—Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it won’t be easy . . . she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything she’s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her country—and herself!

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Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Shattered Lens
Written by Brandon Sanderson and Hayley Lazo & illustrated by Hayley Lazo
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Recommend Ages: 9-13

The Shattered Lens is the fourth action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. These fast-paced and funny novels are now available in deluxe hardcover editions illustrated by Hayley Lazo.

Alcatraz Smedry is up against a whole army of Evil Librarians with only his friend Bastille, a few pairs of glasses, and an unlimited supply of exploding teddy bears to help him. This time, even Alcatraz's extraordinary talent for breaking things may not be enough to defeat the army of Evil Librarians and their giant librarian robots.

"An excellent choice to read aloud to the whole family. It's funny, exciting, and briskly paced." --Nancy Pearl on NPR'S Morning Edition

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Charmed
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The second installment in the beloved Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains

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Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: Dark Talent
Written by Brandon Sanderson & illustrated by Hayley Lazo
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Recommend Ages: 9-13

The Dark Talent is the fifth action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. This never-before-published, fast-paced, and funny novel is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, illustrated by Hayley Lazo.

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  1. Dog Man: Fetch-22 - Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey’s reevaluated what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever – Li’l Petey (and the world) is counting on them! Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

  2. The Super Life of Ben Braver - An extra ordinary boy ends up at an extraordinary school for children with super powers in the first book in a new series from the author of Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja.

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