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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror for Youth
From the traditional (haunted castles, UFOs) to the unconventional (alternate histories, evil toys), these novels, all reviewed in Booklist between May 15, 2015, and July 2016, will satisfy fans of sf, fantasy, and horror.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. By Janet Fox. 2016. Viking, $16.99 (9780451476333). Gr. 5–8.
At the height of the London Blitz, practical Katherine and her siblings are sent away to school in a Scottish castle. A historical war story quickly becomes a chilling gothic fantasy as the children discover the truth about a malevolent headmistress and fight for their lives—and souls.
Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through Story. By Jessica Ahlberg. Illus. by the author. 2016. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763681241). PreS–Gr. 1.
Lucy chases her dog right through the middle of a collection of fairy tales. Detailed, distinctive settings are made interactive by the cutout window or door that appears on every page.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon. By Kelly Barnhill. 2016. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616205676). Gr. 5–8.
Every year, a baby is apparently sacrificed to an evil witch, though the witch in question actually rescues each child. One year, however, she accidentally feeds moonlight to a baby, filling her with a powerful, sometimes dangerous magic.
The Haunting of Falcon House. By Eugene Yelchin. Illus. by the author. 2016. Holt, $15.99 (9780805098457). Gr. 3–6.
Young Prince Lev Lvov receives an invitation to a decrepit manor where strange things are afoot. Lev is lonesome until befriending a servant boy, but even this new friendship doesn’t keep the dark secrets of the house at bay. Included ink sketches make this tale all the creepier.
Julia Vanishes. By Catherine Egan. 2016. Knopf, $17.99 (9780553524840). Gr. 9–12.
Magic and folklore are illegal. Nonetheless, it is partly due to a magical ability that 16-year-old Julia is the best thief and spy in the city. It’s dangerous work, and feisty Julia’s job grows more perilous as a serial killer stalks the city.
Mr. Fahrenheit. By T. Michael Martin. 2016. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062201836). Gr. 8–11.
A normal post-football-game hangout goes sideways with the crash-landing of a UFO. High-school magician Benji convinces his three best friends to keep this close encounter a secret as they investigate.
My Lady Jane. By Cynthia Hand and others. 2016. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062391742). Gr. 7–11.
The Tudor-era Catholic-Protestant conflict is reimagined as a feud between shape-shifters and non-shape-shifters. Bookish Jane Grey, less than thrilled with an arranged marriage, is soon caught up in a hilarious web of court intrigue and high adventure.
Ollie’s Odyssey. By William Joyce. Illus. by the author. 2016. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781442473553). Gr. 3–6.
Billy has a special bond with stuffed-toy Ollie. But in the remains of an abandoned carnival lives an embittered toy clown, who kidnaps children’s favorite toys—and his sights are set on Ollie. Beautiful color illustrations capture both the sweet and the scary.
Steeplejack. By A. J. Hartley. 2016. Tor Teen, $17.99 (9780765383426). Gr. 8–12.
Anglet Sutonga is the best—and only female—steeplejack in her tense, steampunkish South African city. When a murder coincides with a theft, Anglet is secretly hired to find evidence that the two events are connected.
This Savage Song. By Victoria Schwab. 2016. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062380852). Gr. 9–12.
Verity is overrun with monsters, including the soul-stealing Sunai. When Sunai August meets Kate, daughter of one of the city’s most powerful men, they find themselves thrown together despite existing on opposite sides of Verity’s underground war.
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