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      Ember and the Ice Dragons

      by Heather Fawcett

      Dec 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Ember St. George is a dragon. At least, she was, before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember’s growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt’s research station in frigid Antarctica.

      Though eccentric Aunt Myra takes getting used to, Ember quickly feels at home in a land of ice storms, mischievous penguins, and twenty-four-hour nights. She even finds herself making friends—with a girl genius called Nisha and a mysterious orphan named Moss. Then she discovers that Antarctica is home to the Winterglass Hunt, a yearly tradition in which rare ice dragons are hunted for their jeweled scales. Furious, Ember decides to join the hunt to sabotage it from the inside. But being an undercover dragon isn’t easy—especially among dragon hunters. Can a twelve-year-old fire dragon survive the many dangers that come her way in the Antarctic wilderness and protect the ice dragons from extinction?

      “A Note on the World.”

      Frostfire

      by Jamie Smith

      Nov 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      On Choosing Day, children of Adranna who reach the age of fourteen are finally eligible to undergo the tests to determine if they are worthy of bonding a Frostsliver. Only one in a hundred are destined to succeed. If chosen, they will have to climb to the top of the glacier and cut a piece off for themselves, so that they may be granted the powers they've always dreamed of.

      When Sabira is chosen, an entire world of possibilities opens up to her. But in order to see it through, she'll have to embark on a dangerous pilgrimage to the top of the glacier. When a huge avalanche traps her on the glacier and destroys the pass, she must face up to the merciless mountain—but there are dark and fiery secrets hiding in its depths…

      Rise of the Dragon Moon

      by Gabrielle K. Byrne

      Oct 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Cinematic pacing, gorgeous worldbuilding, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart.
       
      The Queendom of Gall stands alone in a frozen world, paying an annual tithe to the ancient Dragons that offer the land its only heat. When dragons kidnap the Queen, Princess Toli decides to brave the frozen landscape to rescue her mother. But it will be more treacherous than Toli could have imagined—snow leopards are on her trail, and dragons stalk her. For they cannot allow Toli to reach Dragon Mountain, where long held secrets await.
       
      Toli will need the help of her sister, her best friend, and the unexpected kinship of a baby dragon to save her mother and determine the future of Gall.

      The Bone Garden

      by Heather Kassner

      Oct 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Irréelle fears she’s not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life—and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones.
       
      When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Desperate, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. With echoes of The Graveyard Book, Heather Kassner crafts a spooky story humming with magic and mystery.


      Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Twelve

      by Cindy Lin

      Sep 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Usagi can hear a squirrel’s heartbeat from a mile away and soar over treetops in onegiant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it’s given her extraordinary zodiac gifts. But ever since the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunted down her parents and all those with zodiac powers, Usagi has been very careful to keep hers—and those of her rambunctious little sister, Uma—a secret.

      But when Uma grows too bold with her powers, she is captured by the Dragonguard. Usagi barely escapes, and does so only with the help of the mysterious Heirs of the Twelve, a mystical group of skilled warriors who once protected the land. As new mysteries unfold, Usagi must decide who she stands with and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself.

      Maximillian Fly

      by Angie Sage

      Sep 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him. He is a gentle creature that looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide. Instantly, Maximillian’s quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible? 

      The Giant from the Fire Sea

      by John Himmelman

      Aug 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Jat is a boy who wants more from life than collecting coal from the Fire Sea. Newton is a misfit giant, cast out of his homeland for his love of science and reading. Brought together by chance, the two become the best of friends. But when enemy giants threaten to ruin everything, it's up to Jat and Newton to defend Jat’s village, leading to the journey of a lifetime.

      Order of the Majestic

      by Matt Myklusch

      Jul 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Twelve-year-old daydreamer Joey Kopecky’s life has been turned upside down. After acing a series of tests, he’s declared a genius and awarded a full scholarship at a special (year-round!) school. He’s understandably devastated, until he takes one last test, and the room around him disappears, replaced by the interior of an old theater. There, Joey meets the washed-up magician, Redondo the Magnificent, and makes a shocking discovery…magic is real, but sadly, there isn’t much left in the world. It may be too late to save what little remains, but for the first time in his life Joey wants to try—really try—to do something big. Soon he’s swept up into a centuries-old conflict between two rival societies of magicians—the Order of the Majestic, who fights to keep magic alive and free for all, and the dark magicians of the Invisible Hand, who hoard magic for their own evil ends. Will he prove himself worthy, or will the Invisible Hand strike him down? The answer will depend on Joey’s ability to believe, not just in magic, but in himself.

      Elementals: Scorch Dragons

      by Amie Kaufman

      Jun 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and the scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there’s no time for celebrating. In the mountains of Drekhelm, Anders and his wolf friend Lisabet are perceived as threats, and only the leader of the dragons can keep them safe. When the temperature starts to drop all over Vallen, they learn the wolves have stolen a weather-altering artifact called the Snowstone, and every dragon, including Rayna, is now in deathly danger. Together, these former rivals must go on a dangerous quest to find the scattered pieces of the Sun Scepter, the only artifact that can counteract the Snowstone. Because if either device goes unchecked, all hope for a truce will be lost.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Rambling

      by Jimmy Cajoleas

      May 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Buddy Pennington is headed to river country. He’s determined to find his daddy, a wandering soul and a legend for his skills at Parsnit, a mysterious card game of magic, chance, and storytelling. Buddy hopes his pop might teach him the game, or at least that he can catch some of his pop’s famous good luck. But no sooner are Buddy and Pop reunited than some of Pop’s old enemies arrive to snatch him up. Boss Authority, the magical crime lord who has held the rivers in his grasp for years, has come to collect on a debt.

      Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon

      by John August

      Apr 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company are headed to Camp Redfeather for two weeks of archery, canoeing, and investigating the ancient monster who lurks in the lake's icy waters. But before they've even gotten on the bus, a major discovery puts Arlo, Indra, and Wu in jeopardy. Forces from beyond the Long Woods are after a mysterious item that only Arlo can recover. Meanwhile, the normally gentle forest spirits seem aligned against him. Once Arlo uncovers the secret history Uncle Wade has been protecting, nothing will ever be the same.
      Maps. Discussion questions.

      TURBO Racers: Trailblazer

      by Austin Aslan

      Mar 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Mace dreams of piloting a trimorpher—a vehicle that transforms from roadster to jet plane to submarine. He gets his chance when a retired racer chooses him to try out for the TURBOnauts, but Mace soon realizes that there’s a bigger game in play.
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