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Fantasy and Science Fiction, Grades 5-8 (SPARK)

  • Details about The shadow thieves

    The shadow thieves

    Anne Ursu.

    Something extraordinary is about to happen to Charlotte Mielswetzski. It's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere. It's not the arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedos who follow Charlotte everywhere. What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things. It's all of them. When Charlotte's friends start to get sick, Charlotte and Zee set out……more

  • Details about Have a hot time, Hades!

    Have a hot time, Hades!

    by Kate McMullan.

    Think you know the real story behind the Greek myths? Think again. Most people only know what Zeus wants them to. But the truth is, Zeus is a total myth-o-maniac. Hades, King of the Underworld, is here to set the record straight on how he ended up as Ruler of the Underworld and Zeus became King of the Gods.…more

  • Details about The fire thief

    The fire thief

    Terry Deary.

    Now available in paperback, The Fire Thief hilariously reimagines the myth of Prometheus, the Greek demigod who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race. To escape the gods' revenge, Prometheus travels through time to Eden City in 1858. There, he befriends a young orphan, actor, and petty criminal named Jim. When Jim runs into trouble with the law, Prometheus is torn -- if he uses his powers to get his friend out of trouble, he will betray his hiding place to the gods. Terry Deary ……more

  • Details about Aphrodite the diva

    Aphrodite the diva

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams.

    In Athena the Brain , Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn't realize that she was a goddess! When she's whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad (Zeus). Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she's ever had.…more

  • Details about The Lightning Thief

    The Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan

    Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that t……more

  • Details about The Magic Thief

    The Magic Thief

    by Sarah Prineas; illustrations by Dominic Harman

    In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and……more

  • Details about Savvy

    Savvy

    by Ingrid Law

    A vibrant new voice . . . a modern classic. For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"-a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singu……more

  • Details about The Amulet of Samarkand : a Bartimaeus graphic novel

    The Amulet of Samarkand : a Bartimaeus graphic novel

    adapted by Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin ; art by Lee Sullivan ; color by Nicolas Chapuis ; lettering by Chris Dickey.

    A modern-day London run by magicians. A stolen amulet. A tale of intrigue, murder, and revenge. Nathaniel, an eleven-year-old magician-in-training, thinks he's ready to take on more challenging spells. With revenge against the proud and ambitious Simon Lovelace on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a 5000-year-old djinni, to assist him. But summoning a djinni and controlling him are two different things entirely. When Nathaniel sends Bartimaeus to stea……more

  • Details about The call

    The call

    Michael Grant.

    Sometimes One Hero Isnâ#128;#153;t Enough Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. And with a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life. And then one day a three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears and delivers some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent 12. An evil force is on its way and itâ#128;#153;s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-……more

  • Details about Gregor the Overlander

    Gregor the Overlander

    Suzanne Collins.

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerou……more

  • Details about Boom! : (or 70,000 light years)

    Boom! : (or 70,000 light years)

    by Mark Haddon

    An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way. But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd a……more

  • Details about Amulet

    Amulet

    by Kazu Kibuishi

    Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission. After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground……more

  • Details about Sidekicks

    Sidekicks

    by Dan Santat

    Look up in the sky! It's a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS! Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK! Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling riv……more

  • Details about Cardboard.

    Cardboard.

    Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, the 'man' comes magically to life. But the neighbourhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!…more

  • Details about The City of Ember

    The City of Ember

    by Jeanne DuPrau

    The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters. From the Hardcover edition.…more

  • Details about Fablehaven

    Fablehaven

    Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

    Fablehaven, a sanctuary for mystical creatures, survives as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Kendra and her brother Seth do not know their grandfather is the current caretaker, but they soon face the challenge of their lives when powerful forces of evil are unleashed.…more