Well then, you might try enrolling in either Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains or Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. Granted, you must be the child of a notorious evil entity, such as Dracula, The Big Bad Wolf, or a warlock and be lacking in evil to normally qualify for entry into the former school, but heck, you could always give it a shot. "Gifted" has a lot of definitions. The deciding factor for entry into the later school is that you have the ability to invent something the headmaster might want to steal from you, thereby increasing his fame, fortune, and power — but you don't know this of course. Trust me, if you do have the opportunity to attend one of these schools, you will gain a whole new perspective on education.
Villain School : good curses evil by Stephanie S. Sanders — Join Rune, Jez, and Wolf Junior as they try to succeed at a nearly impossible Plot in order to avoid being expelled for not being bad enough.
The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish — Wild rides, literally, are in store for you with Daphna, Harkin, and Cynthia as they embark on an international search for Daphna's missing mother and prepare for the school's upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. Don't miss this action-packed adventure fantasy. If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this for sure.
Fast, fun, reads, both of these weird school books are sure to please!
Here are some great new books if you are a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or supernatural stories, especially those with a touch of romance.
The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Hunger Games [kit] by Suzanne Collins — Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.
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The princess curse by Merrie Haskell — Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling—and downright silly—curse. Ridiculous though the curse may be, whoever breaks it will win a handsome reward. Sharp-witted Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice, has little use for princesses, with their snooty attitudes and impractical clothing. She does, however, have use for the reward money that could buy her a position as a master herbalist.
If you liked Harry Potter, then give these a try:
Stolen by Sarah Prineas; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
The hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
If you liked books like the Warriors series, then try these:
The capture by Kathryn Lasky
Varjak Paw by S.F. Said; illustrated by Dave McKean
Redwall by Brian Jacques; illustrated by Gary Chalk
City of bones by Cassandra Clare
Need by Carrie Jones
A great and terrible beauty by Libba Bray
Poison study by Maria V. Snyder
Here's a list of books for those who like Percy Jackson and are looking for another good series to read:
The ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The merchant of death by D.J. MacHale
Magyk by Angie Sage; illustrations by Mark Zug
If you are a fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, you might enjoy the following authors.
Shades of gray by Amanda Ashley
Dark prince by Christine Feehan
A quick bite by Lynsay Sands
Undead and unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago; illustrated by Peter Sís; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier — is another must-read for all tween/teen fantasy fans. Fourteen-year-old Trei lost his family to a volcanic explosion and seeks refuge with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in the neighboring, airborn kingdom of the Floating Islands. Upon arriving he sees men soaring in the skies with wings and dragon magic and is consumed with the desire to also be a kajurai. Soon after his arrival his aunt and uncle become victims of a horrid epidemic. Now is cousin Araene is also an orphan and must decide what she will do with her life. The constraints on woman in her kingdom are unbearable, but she is clever and soon finds a way to pursue her love of the culinary arts, as well as to use her gifts in the art of magic - as long as no one discovers her sexual disguise that is.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger; illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
You're a special kind of reader. You can't get enough of vampires, wizards and things that go bump in the night. However, you like your books set in a city, preferably a big one like Chicago or New York. You also don't want to stop at just one book — more is more! You're an urban fantasy reader and here are some series for you to explore.
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Marked: a house of night novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast