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Preteen Books


"The Marvellers"
by Dhonielle Clayton
"Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts. Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn't easy--some Marvellers mistrust her magic."


"Skandar and the Unicorn Thief"
by A F Steadman
"Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has always wanted to be a Unicorn rider, but when the mysterious Weaver steals the most powerful unicorn in the world, Skandar must face sky battles, ancient secrets, and bloodthirsty unicorns in order to save his island."

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"The Golden Swift (The Silver Arrow)"
by Lev Grossman
"Kate and Tom are now full-fledged conductors of the steam-powered, animal-saving Great Secret Intercontinental Railway, but when Kate takes the Silver Arrow out on an unsanctioned mission to find Uncle Herbert she discovers a mysterious train called the Golden Swift with an agenda of its own."


by Caryl Lewis
"Marty doesn't have much--unlike his mom, who seems to hold on to everything. Life at home is tough, but Marty finds sanctuary down at the community garden with his eccentric grandad.                                                                                                                 


On Marty's birthday, Grandad gifts him a seed. There's magic in seeds, you know. You can never tell what wonders are in them. As it turns out, Grandad has a rather wonderful plan up his sleeve. It involves wishes, a pumpkin, and a trip all the way from England to Paris.

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"Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor"
by Xiran Jay Zhao
"After his augmented reality gaming headset is possessed by the spirit of the First Emperor of China, twelve-year-old Chinese American Zack Ying is compelled to travel across China to steal an ancient artifact, fight figures from Chinese history and myth, and seal a portal to prevent malicious spirits from destroying the human realm."

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"Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit"
by Jesse Q. Setanto
"After inheriting a grieving fox spirit, a Chinese-American boy must learn to embrace his heritage to solve the mystery of his brother's death in this magical, action-packed middle grade fantasy."