All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Fantasy

Sometimes an alternate reality is just what a kid needs. Stories involving magic or supernatural forces send teens' imagination soaring.

Book of a Thousand Days

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

For Ages: 12-14

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors, the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.


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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

For Ages: 14-16

From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.


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Princess Academy

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

For Ages: 9-12

For as long as she can remember, Miri has dreamed of working alongside the other villagers in the quarries of her beloved mountainside. But Miri has never been allowed to work there, perhaps, she thinks, because she is so small. Then word comes from the valley that the king's priests have divined Mount Eskel to be the home of the prince's bride-to-be and all eligible girls must attend a makeshift mountain academy to prepare themselves for royal lowlander life.


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Hugo Pepper

Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

After his adventure-seeking, storytelling parents are eaten by polar bears in the Frozen North when he is just a baby, Hugo Pepper is found and raised by reindeer herders. One day he discovers a flying sled with a very special compass — one that can be set to "Home."


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Corby Flood

Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on a rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Onboard,there is a strange group of men in bowler hats who call themselves the Brotherhood of Clowns. There's also a melancholy wailing sound coming from the hold. It's strictly out of bounds, but Corby can't help investigating.


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Fergus Crane

Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Fergus Crane discovers that his teachers from the school ship Betty Jeanne are not quite what they seem — they're actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?


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The Winter Knights

The Winter Knights by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

As the floating city of Sanctaphrax becomes gripped by a harsh and relentless winter, Quint begins his training in the Knights Academy, the venerable school charged with training the elite band of Knights Academic. When the city's hierarchy and power structure is threatened by internal forces and bitter rivalries. It's up to Quint, and his band of Winter Knights, to save Sanctaphrax from a coup that will surely end life in Sanctaphrax as he knows it.


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Freeglader

Freeglader by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

After the great battle and destruction of Undertown, its surviving inhabitants must seek out a new life in the Free Glades, but to do so will require a mass exodus across the treacherous Mire and the seductive Twilight Woods.


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Vox

Vox by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Rook Barkwater's skycraft crashes in the deadly area of the Edge known as Screetown. Rook is rescued, only to be captured on the way back to the sewers that house the Great Library. Mindwashed and forced to work for a sinister goblin whose life work is to concoct potions that cause instead of cure sickness, Rook must survive only on his wits.


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The Last of the Sky Pirates

The Last of the Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Fifty years after Captain Twig severed the anchor chain securing the floating rock of Sanctaphrax to Undertown, all is not well in the great floating city or the urban sprawl of Undertown. Rook Barkwater is selected as a Librarian Knight elect, and seeks to train in the Freeglades. Along the way, Rook encounters personal failure, betrayal, and near death.


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The Curse of the Gloamglozer

The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

In this prequel , readers meet young Quint long before his sky pirating days, as he becomes the apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax. Quint, along with Linius's daughter Maris, discovers a secret laboratory that conceals an experiment that threatens to destroy the Most High Academe and the stability of Sanctaphrax.


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Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

Midnight over Sanctaphrax by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Captain Twig learns that the Mother Storm is headed toward the Edge to re-seed the sacred waters of Riverrise, and thus rejuvenate all life forms throughout the land. This rare and natural occurrence would come as great news but for one dire problem: the floating city of Sanctaphrax stands in the path of the Mother Storm.


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Stormchaser

Stormchaser by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Twig lives as a sky pirate alongside his famous father, Cloud Wolf, until the Stormchaser is damaged due to Twig's inexperience. A furious Cloud Wolf leaves Twig behind on their next quest for the sacred material stormphrax, unaware that Twig has stowed away.


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Beyond the Deepwoods

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

For Ages: 9-12

Young Twig is different. Raised by a woodtroll family, he's never fit in at home or at school. As he approaches his 14th birthday, he learns the circumstances of his beginnings: how he was abandoned by his natural parents and taken in and raised as a woodtroll.


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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

For Ages: 14-16

Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium. When El Patrón dies at the age of 146, 14-year-old Matt escapes Opium and begins to rid the country of its evils.


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The Sea of Trolls

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

For Ages: 12-14

In A.D. 793, 11-year-old Jack leaves his family farm to become an apprentice to the Bard, a druid from Ireland, who is assigned to his Saxon village. Jack and his little sister, Lucy, are snatched by the berserkers and enslaved by Olaf One-Brow and his shipmate, Thorgil. Accompanied by a crow called Bold Heart, the two children encounter a sea of characters: humans and animals, trolls and half-trolls.


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