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Find more Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror for Youth
Afterworlds. By Scott Westerfeld. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $19.99 (9781481422345). Gr. 9–12.
In alternating chapters, Westerfeld tells the story of a teenage novelist’s life in New York and her fictional protagonist’s adventures, creating a masterfully metafictional tale of romance, fantasy, and horror.
The Alex Crow. By Andrew Smith. 2015. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525426530). Gr. 9–12.
In this sf novel marked by wit, violence, and hope, war refugee Ariel is sent to a camp affiliated with the Alex division, an arm of his adoptive father’s company focused on resurrection science and biodrone development.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. By Maggie Stiefvater. 2014. Scholastic, $18.99 (9780545424967). Gr. 8–12.
Marvelously inventive, this third installment in the Raven Boys cycle sees the boys and beautiful Blue continue their search for the sleeping king, as well as Blue’s missing mother, while avoiding an evil couple’s awful designs.
Bone Gap. By Laura Ruby. 2015. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062317605). Gr. 9–12.
Though Finn sees a girl get abducted from the state fair, no one believes she didn’t leave of her own volition. With a unique blend of magic realism, Ruby creates a bewitching novel that interweaves pain, love, cruelty, and beauty.
Cuckoo Song. By Frances Hardinge. 2015. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419714801). Gr. 8–12.
After a perilous dunk in the river Grimmer, Triss’ world grows unaccountably strange, and she fears she’s losing her mind. When she uncovers a magical (and malevolent) community, pieces begin to fall chillingly into place. Vivid, frightening, and inventive.
The Infinite Sea. By Rick Yancey. 2014. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399162428). Gr. 9–12.
In this sequel to The 5th Wave (2013), “the Others” employ ruthless means to eradicate humankind, who must lay low in order to survive. Grueling and horrifying, Yancey’s thought-provoking latest is delivered with maximum impact.
The Map to Everywhere. By Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis. 2014. Little, Brown, $17 (9780316240772). Gr. 4–7.
Stuck aboard a wizard’s ship, Marrill enlists the crew and a boy named Fin to help her get home. First, though, they must thwart an evil wizard by embarking on a swashbuckling quest to collect the pieces of a map to everywhere.
The Princess in Black. By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2014. Candlewick, $14.99 (9780763665104). K–Gr. 2.
Pink and proper Princess Magnolia has a secret: she is also the monster-fighting Princess in Black! Can the spunky princess maintain her secret identity when the monster alarm sounds while a nosy duchess is over for tea?
The Thickety: The Whispering Trees. By J. A. White. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. 2015. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062257291). Gr. 5–8.
Rich in magic and horrors, this sequel to A Path Begins (2014) finds Kara and her brother caught in the demon-controlled Thickety, with their only hope of rescue resting in an infamous witch.
Through the Woods. By Emily Carroll. Illus. by the author. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $21.99 (9781442465954). Gr. 7–12.
This graphic novel of short stories is filled with ghosts, murder, monsters, and grotesque, squeal-inducing illustrations that are guaranteed to give readers a shivery thrill.
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