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  • 1. Teen Fantasy Series Looking for new series with faeries, vampires, monsters, fairy tales, and more? Check out the following novels with sequels still waiting to be published. . ] 1 6 # / City of Bones. By Cassandra Clare. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007. Clary Fray’s worldview shatters when she learns that her reality is not what she thought it was. She eavesdrops on a Shadowhunter, one who is trained to kill demons, and witnesses a murder she should not be able to see. How she received this gift of the Sight and what that has to do with the Shadowhunters she does not know, but she will be forced to find out if she wants to rescue her kidnapped mother. Sequels: City of Ashes (2008); City of Glass (coming March 2009) Blue Bloods. By Melissa de la Cruz. New York: Hyperion, 2006. Schuyler Van Alen is the daughter of one of New York’s oldest families and privileged to the lavishness of life in Manhattan, but she doesn’t fit the part at all. Though an outcast, she learns that some of the students at the prestigious Duchesne School are part of a clandestine social circle, one of reincarnated vampires, a secret she somehow shares. Sequels: Masquerade (2007); Revelations (coming October 2008) The Goose Girl. By Shannon Hale. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. Grimm’s classic fairy tale is retold in this story of Princess Anidori, who is the goose girl. Exiled from her land through a mistaken identity, the princess cannot claim her throne rights and must work with the common people tending to the geese while she tries to find a way back home. But she is a likeable princess with humility and a kind spirit, a spirit she can use in mysterious ways. Sequels: Enna Burning (2004); River Secrets (2006); Forest Born (coming October 2009) Wicked Lovely. By Melissa Marr. New York: HarperTeen, 2007. Aislinn can see faeries, grotesque and dreadful creatures out for a laugh at a human’s expense, but she can’t let them know she can see or else they will torture her. Her gift of sight has been well hidden for seventeen years, but this is tested once the Summer King of the faeries develops an interest for her. He must choose a Summer Queen to appease his mother the Winter Queen, and Aislinn is his prime candidate--but will she agree? Sequels: Ink Exchange (2008); Fragile Eternity (coming May 2009) The Hunter’s Moon. By O.R. Melling. New York: Amulet Books, 2005. When Gwen visits her cousin Findabhair in Ireland for the summer, the two sixteen-year old girls set off on a bus tour of the country. Together, the cousins seek out the truth of Irish folklore-- they are determined to encounter a real faerie. Will the faeries of their imagination mirror the reality? Sequels: The Summer King (2006); The Light-Bearer’s Daughter (2007); The Book of Dreams (coming Spring 2009) Don’t like reading incomplete series? Flip the page over for some bestselling teen fantasy series and new-ish trilogies. Natalie Sapkarov 10/08
  • 2. Tried and True : Bestselling Series We can’t deny it--these series fly off the shelves. Get in on what everyone’s reading and talking about! Uglies. By Scott Westerfeld. New York: Simon Pulse, 2005. Tally Youngblood can’t wait for her sixteenth birthday when she can finally have the surgery that will transform her from an ugly to a pretty. In this technologically-advanced, futuristic society, physical appearance, popularity, and having a “bubbly” time are the keys to survival, and Tally is looking forward to being a survivor. This plan is thwarted, however, when she becomes entangled in a spy case and is sent out to the Smoke, where outsiders who choose not to participate in this shallow society dwell. Sequels: Pretties (2005); Specials (2006); Extras (2007) A Great and Terrible Beauty. By Libba Bray. New York: Delacorte, 2004. Sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle lived in late nineteenth-century India until her mother suddenly died. Gemma was then shipped off to Spence Academy in London, a finishing school for ladies of society. While learning to be a lady, Gemma discovers powers within herself that may help her solve her mother’s strange death. Sequels: Rebel Angels (2005); The Sweet Far Thing (2007) Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. By James Patterson. New York: Little, Brown, 2005. Max and her adopted brothers and sisters have wings--yes, they can fly. After escaping from the School where they were “raised” by evil scientists and living on their own for awhile, Max and the gang accidentally lose one of their own. Angel, the youngest of the bunch, has been kidnapped, and it’s up to the rest of her mutant family to save her. Sequels: School’s Out--Forever (2005); Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (2008); The Final Warning (2008) Twilight. By Stephenie Meyer. New York: Little, Brown, 2005. Bella Swan has left her home and moved to Forks, WA, where the sun rarely shines and it rains incessantly. At her new school, Bella meets an intriguing family of drop-dead gorgeous teens, one of whom she falls hopelessly for. Bella’s attraction to Edward, the sibling of her choice, is wild and intense, but Edward seems reserved and secretive, as if he’s hiding… Sequels: New Moon (2006); Eclipse (2007); Breaking Dawn (2008) . ] 1 6 # / Goodies You May Have Missed : New-ish & Completed Series Don’t want to wait for upcoming books in the series to be published? Check out these trilogies! The Hollow Kingdom. By Clare B. Dunkle. New York: Henry Holt, 2003. Kate and her sister Emily are newly orphaned and sent to live with their great aunts at Hallow Hill, an estate worthy of its eerie name. The girls unfortunately learn of the curse of this ancient place firsthand whilst intruding upon goblin territory. Kate must make a deal with the Goblin King, one that may cost her greatly. Sequels: In the Coils of the Snake (2004); Close Kin (2005) The Amulet of Samarkand. By Jonathan Stroud. New York: Hyperion, 2003. Nathaniel, a young apprentice, lives in a London where magicians rule Parliament. His master teaches him magic by the books, but Nathaniel has a hunger for the magical arts and a desire to do more, so much more that he summons a djinni he is unable to control well and commits a crime he is likely to pay for. Sequels: The Golem’s Eye (2004); Ptolemy’s Gate (2006) The Warrior Heir. By Cinda Williams Chima. New York: Hyperion, 2006. After forgetting to take his daily heart medicine, Jack almost kills a classmate on the soccer field. He soon discovers that he was born a Warrior of the Weir, destined to fight in the Game, an ancient legacy passed down through the generations. Jack must learn what this means and what role he will play in this bizarre, magical world. Sequels: The Wizard Heir (2007); The Dragon Heir (2008) Natalie Sapkarov 10/08

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