What’s New in Fantasy Books for Ages 8 – 12
The Wonderling by Mira Bartók
Podkin One-Ear The Legend Begins by Kieran Larwood
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
Lush graphic illustrations invite you into this marvelous second adventure of Jack’s. Jack and Lilly enter the portal to another realm to rescue Jack’s kidnapped little sister, Maddie. Somehow they must rescue Maddie from the giants before she’s sacrificed. Surprisingly, help comes from an unexpected group of creatures, the goblins. Truly an action-packed adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat, frantically turning the pages to see what will happen next. A superb, don’t-miss-this sequel.
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Arianwyn can’t believe she’s failed her witch exam nor that she’s sent to a small town to be their witch anyway. There she faces unexpected dark spirits, meets new friends, and conquers the worrisome glyph she keeps seeing. This is an entertaining fantasy book for anyone who loves magic and underdog heroines.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
If you’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan, you’re probably more knowledgeable about Norse mythology than most. Now, discover the major stories of this Northern culture from Neil Gaiman’s perspective. Gaiman shares stories of the beginning of the Gods, how the Nine Worlds were formed, how Odin lost one eye, the children of Loki, and so much more, all the way to Ragnarok. These stories are more bloody than the Greek pantheon but they are quite entertaining none the less and hard to put down once you get reading. See more Norse Mythology books for kids here.
Snow Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
This isn’t the same Snow White and Red Rose story from Disney, it’s something closer to the original Grimm story, and it’s marvelous. Snow and Rose are two sisters who with their mother live in the woods after their father disappeared in those same woods and they lost their fancy house and way of life. The girls explore, befriending a young boy from a mushrooming family named Ivo and a large bear who they nurse back to health during the winter. But they fear the woodsman will find and kill their bear. Then they stumble upon a sinister Little Man who seeks to enchant them or kill them. Surprisingly, this is one Grimm story with a happy ending . . . which I won’t spoil. You’ll find out when you read it. 🙂
The Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw by Todd Cage Gallicano
Sam is just an ordinary boy until a Gryphon reveals himself to Sam, something that has rarely ever happened in thousands of years. Sam learns that fantasy creatures like the Gryphon do exist, they live in our national parks, and need protection. In fact, Sam learns that the Gryphon only appears when there is an urgent danger. Now it’s up to Sam to figure out what’s happened to the park ranger and why the gryphon appeared, taking him on an adventure all over the world. Filled with the coolest fantasy creatures, this is a great beginning to the Sam London adventures with more books to come.
The Eye of the North by Sinead O’Heart
Emmaline’s parents have raised her to be a surviver. Now it’s time to be one. Her parents have been kidnapped so Emmaline embarks on a heart-pounding race to save parents in the icy North where a great evil (the Kraken) is about to be unleashed with her parents reluctant help. Filled with cool mythological creatures from northern mythologies (Irish, for one), this is an interesting adventure of bravery and friendship.
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