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September 2005 Issue

Young At Heart

Spotlight on Young Adult Fantasy and Paranormal

Featuring:  Interviews with Shawn P. Cormier, Sheri L. McGathy, Selena Robins
                                               
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It is ageless, and captures our imagination;

Who says young adult fiction is just for kids?

Welcome to Young at Heart

Are You Wild About Harry?
Harry Potter that is. Take a poll at paranormalromance


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Scholastic Trade
July 16, 2005
ISBN: 0439784549
672 pages
Hardcover

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
by J. K. Rowling

In the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the last chapter, titled "The Second War Begins," started:

    'In a brief statement Friday night, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has returned to this country and is active once more.

    "It is with great regret that I must confirm that the wizard styling himself Lord—well, you know who I mean—is alive among us again," said Fudge.'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point in the midst of the storm of this battle of good and evil.

The author has already said that the Half-Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort. And most importantly, the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been brewing in J.K. Rowling's mind for 13 years.


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Knopf
August 1, 2005
ISBN: 037582670X
668 pages
Hardcover


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ELDEST

by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance Trilogy #2

Darkness falls...despair abounds...evil reigns...

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle--one that might put Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .


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Knopf
August 26, 2003
ISBN: 0375826688
528 pages
Hardcover

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ERAGON

by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance Trilogy #1

Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a marvelous blue stone in a mystical mountain place. Before he can trade it for food to get his family through the hard winter, it hatches a beautiful sapphire-blue dragon, a race thought to be extinct. Eragon bonds with the dragon, and when his family is killed by the marauding Ra'zac, he discovers that he is the last of the Dragon Riders, fated to play a decisive part in the coming war between the human but hidden Varden, dwarves, elves, the diabolical Shades and their neanderthal Urgalls, all pitted against and allied with each other and the evil King Galbatorix. Eragon and his dragon Saphira set out to find their role, growing in magic power and understanding of the complex political situation as they endure perilous travels and sudden battles, dire wounds, capture and escape.


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Viking Press
July 21, 2005
ISBN: 0670060003
276 pages

Hardcover

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THE TRUTH-TELLERS TALE

by Sharon Shinn

"What would you say if I told you there was a time a Safe- Keeper told a secret, a Truth-Teller told a lie, and a Dream-Maker did everything in her power to make sure a wish went astray? Believe what I tell you, for I am a Truth-Teller, and every word I say is true."

Innkeeper's daughters Adele and Eleda are "mirror twins" - identical twins whose looks are reflections of each other's - and their special talents are like mirrors, too. Adele is a Safe-Keeper, entrusted with hearing and never revealing others' secrets; Eleda is a Truth-Teller, who cannot tell a lie when asked a direct question. The residents of Merendon often turn to the twins - especially their best friend Roelynn Karro, whose strict, wealthy father is determined to marry her off to the prince. When the twins and Roelynn are seventeen, a handsome dancing- master and his apprentice come to stay at the inn, and thus begins a chain of romance, mistaken identity, and some very surprising truths and falsehoods. This sequel to Sharon Shinn's acclaimed The Safe-Keeper's Secret will have readers utterly beguiled.


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Double Dragon
June 15, 2005
ISBN: 1554042631
256 pages
e-Book

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THE SEASON OF SILVER

by Sheri L. McGathy

 

THE SEASON OF SILVER, Elfen Gold Book Two ~ The adventure continues.... "Come, come. Do not dally. My old bones creak and moan their protests, begging me to finish what I have already begun. "A tale awaits us, its ending yet to be told," the Storyteller proclaimed. "'Tis a tale of legend, of magic and elves, of sorrow, and of hope. "Come, gather near, and we will discover what mysteries abound within the mists of enchantment, and learn together, what fate holds for our young heroes." The Storyteller waved his wrinkled hand before him as he nodded to a spot near his feet. "Come, sit, and listen, and I will continue the tale Ra-May and Michall began when first they set out to save the Elfen kingdom of Ra-Jee. "And so," whispered the old Storyteller. "The tale begins...."


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Double Dragon
March 31, 2005
ISBN: 1554042356
170 pages
Trade Size (reprint)
March 30, 2005
ISBN: 1554042364
e-Book (reprint)

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THE SEASON OF GOLD

by Sheri L. McGathy

 

"Gather round. Aye, gather near, and I will spin you a tale of magic from a time long since lost to lore. Come and I will tell of elves and the kingdom of Ra-Jee, a kingdom now forgotten in the mists of enchantment. "This tale is one of sacrifice and sorrow, yet one of hope offered to a future not yet written." The Storyteller curled his gnarled fingers over the worn top of his cane and smiled. "And it is a tale of a young elfen maiden named Ra-May and the human male, Michall, she is destined to meet. "Come, join me as I tell of these two very different and unique individuals, brought together by fate, and guided by ancient magic as they venture forward to save Ra-Jee—or die trying. "And so," whispered the old Storyteller. "The tale begins...."

 

 


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Double Dragon
May 1, 2005
ISBN: 1554042461
46 pages
e-Book

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THE ANCIENT ONE

by Sheri L. McGathy

 

When Talwyn followed her people, the Golden, from the mist, she found herself reborn into a wondrous world of greens and blues and light and warmth. When she heard the spirits within the trees call out to her, she found again the oneness she thought lost to her forever. When the spirits showed her a future that would see her beloved trees destroyed, Talwyn vowed to protect them, even if it meant never returning to the mist again. Within the swirling mists of time, fanciful whispers give birth to wonders beyond any known reality and shape a single moment into legend. This is one such tale... The Ancient One.


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Double Dragon
April 1, 2005
ISBN: 1554042402
79 pages
e-Book

ISBN: 0000000262
Audio CD

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THIEF OF DREAMS

by Sheri L. McGathy  

 

Nerys Devi has met the man she could love with all her heart, the one she would share her dreams with. Yet, fate has other plans. Instead of sharing her dreams, will he now be doomed to haunt them? On the edge of sunset, hidden within the blue-gray hues of the coming night, dwell the realms of twilight places where dreams become realities and reality is nothing but a dream. Within this quiet nothingness, nestled just on this side of starlight, the realm of Faery exists, safely tucked between the never was and the evermores. At least, this is what I believe. I hope you enjoy Thief of Dreams. Sheri L. McGathy


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Pine View Press
September 30, 2005
ISBN: 0974015113
272 pages
Trade Size

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NIDEMON

by Shawn P. Cormier

 

Sequel to Nomadin

Ilien survived the ordeal at Greattower. He defeated the NiDemon, destroyed the Groll, and rescued Princess Windy. But the shadow remains.

Fleeing the Nomadin, Ilien seeks aid from the last person he ever thought would give it. For his father, Gallund, is held prisoner by an enemy immune to Nomadin magic, an enemy who would use him to release an unthinkable evil upon the world. To rescue him, Ilien must forsake all he knows to be true. He must learn a forbidden magic. He must discover who he truly is, or become ... NiDemon.


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Pine View Press
July 25, 2003
ISBN: 0974015105
Trade Size

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NOMADIN

by Shawn P. Cormier

 

Young Ilien knows nothing of the dark tales told around late-night fires, or of the legendary Nomadin Wizards and the prophesy that haunts them. But all that is soon to change. For a shadow touches the peaceful land of Nadae. An ancient evil is stirring. Already a NiDemon has crossed from the land of the dead. And now Ilien must run - from a monster of unimaginable cunning and power, toward a fate more frightening than that which hunts him. But he cannot run forever. Eventually he will have to make a stand. Sooner or later he will have to face what even the legendary Nomadin cannot ... himself.


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Self Published
September 6, 2004
47 pages
e-Book

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PIPPY'S WISH

by Selena Robins

 

Angel-in-Training, Pippy, is just trying to earn her wings and graduate junior high, but there is one problem. She keeps messing up. Although she means well, things just do not turn out the way she had planned. All Pippy wants to do is go to school. Pippy is a typical teenager, just in heavenly form. She suffers all the same problems as any teenager would.

All proceeds from the sale of Pippy's Wish benefit Children at Risk,
a community charity helping Autistic children and their families.

 http://www.childrenatrisk.ca/


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Booklocker.com
March 12, 2004
ISBN :1591134579
132 pages
Trade Size

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PAX

by Meg Davis

Where is the missing princess? That is the question that weighs upon Lady Diadelle's mind. Where did King Thine hide his heir? It began with a prophecy that broke the unity of the circled lands and covered the world in shadow. Overrun with evil, the people drew back to their strongholds. No people trusted another; hatreds kindled like flames. The peace and unity of the Golden Circle Alliance was but a distant memory. Consumed with thoughts of war, the rulers of the other countries - Malenia, Talanen, and Renalion - cannot spare a thought to a missing princess or to lost unity. Despite Lady Diadelle's urgings, they insist that each race can defeat the enemy alone. Yet after the dwarf capital is attacked, they realize that they must do something before that are annihilated from the world. Yet what good would a council with the dwarves do? As the evil grows stronger, taking in more of the land, the only hope that the people have is a second prophecy. The one foretelling that the human heir would come and unite the four lands, reforging the alliance of the Golden Circle. But few believe in the old prophecy anymore and fewer still think the princess is even still alive. And just who is Pax?

Coming soon, the sequel: Sira


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PublishAmerica, Inc.
June 17, 2005
ISBN: 1413781934
Trade Size

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SHADOWS AROUND US

by Sarah V. Richard

 

Current Time;The main character, Chad, falls in love with Amy, who is in an abusive relationship. Chad's sudden death brings him into another world that teaches him a whole new way to communicate with the people he left behind. Chad feels cheated by his untimely death, and he becomes frustrated as he helplessly watches Amy's life spin out of control.

 


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Disney Editions
September 1, 2005
ISBN: 0786854448
336 pages
Hardcover

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THE KINGDOM KEEPERS

by Ridley Pearson

 

The Kingdom Keepers: a suspense thriller about five teenagers who end up inside Disney World after dark, and must solve a riddle in order to save the park from the dark side of Walt Disney's imagination.

 

 


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HarperCollins
Katherine Tegen Books
March 1, 2005
ISBN: 0060577312
576 pages
Hardcover


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MAGYK

by Angie Sage

 

Septimus Heap Series, #1

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this myster ious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.


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HarperCollins
Katherine Tegen Books
March 28, 2006
ISBN: 0060577347
528 pages
Hardcover

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FLYTE

by Angie Sage

 

Coming Soon

 

Septimus Heap Series, #2

It's been a year since septimus heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle.

But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?


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Wings e-Press
November 17, 2005
ISBN #1590885643
e-Book

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COMING SOON

TATO

by Kathe Gogolewski

Children entertain a natural thirst for recognition and dream of their own heroism. TATO, a fantasy/adventure for upper elementary readers, captures their imaginations by recognizing a child's desire to earn the admiration of the adults closest to him or her. The story casts Michael Tate, an inventive and willful boy, and his bossy older sister, Nicole, into a strange world filled with unnatural beings and incredible events in order to rescue their parents, held hostage by the evil power that rules the realm.

Set in scenic Mr. Shasta, California, Michael's trouble begins with the passing of his grandfather and best friend, Gankum. Rebuffed by his family when he insists that Gankum now lives in his closet, he confides in his grandfather's spirit that he wants someone new to love him. When he learns the secrets for creating a baby brother by soaking a potato in a magic formula, he jumps at the chance.

He botches the formula, however, and instead of a brother, two creatures are spawned: One, soulless and desperate, kidnaps Michael's parents. The other, Tato, part human, part potato yet irrepressibly warm and affectionate, accompanies Michael and Nicole in their quest to find and free their parents. Danger and treachery greet them every step of the way. Children will be enchanted by this tale of a young boy struggling to reconcile the loss of his grandfather.


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Wings e-Press
August 1, 2004
ISBN: 1590884272
e-Book

 

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MASHU AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING IMAGE

by Michael J. Davies

"Mashu, Cassi and the fantastic world of the tulies fight weird and extraordinary foes to protect the imagination of children everywhere. Battling forces who want to destroy "wonder" in the world, they struggle to understand the clues and race against time and the dimensions of dreams.

It's a bewitching tale with thought provoking ideas and characters the reader will never forget "


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Double Dragon
March 15, 2005
ISBN: 1554042348
e-Book

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A DRAGON'S TAIL

by Carrie S. Masek, William B. Masek

 

Centra, a foundling child grown to manhood, longs to learn his true identity. With no memory of his parents, no knowledge of his past, he is certain of only one thing -- he is not a wizard. Taught to fear and distrust wizards by his foster father, Centra knows he's not one of "those spineless cowards."

He's wrong.

Driven by a compulsion placed on him in infancy, Centra embarks on a quest to discover who and what he really is. He finds many friends on his journey -- including a baby dragon, a cynical bard, and a lonely demon -- and makes one powerful enemy, the malevolent Lord Guardian of Umbra. Willing to destroy anything that threatens his plans for glory, the Guardian forces Centra into a terrible decision - - embrace the power he despises or lose all he holds dear.


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Scholastic
(The Chicken House)
October 1, 2005
ISBN: 0439554004
Hard Cover

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INKSPELL

by Cornelia Funke

 

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life - and changed her life forever.

But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the original tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.

Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would have ever imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?


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Scholastic Press
July 1, 2005
ISBN: 0439656230
Hard Cover

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GREGOR AND THE CURSE OF THE WARMBLOODS

by Suzanne Collins

 

In the third installment of The Underland Chronicles, Gregor must stop a plague from spreading through the Underland and threatening his family.

Book two left off with Gregor reading the Prophecy of Blood: a prophecy that calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a plague. But this time, Gregor's mother refuses to let Gregor return to the Underland... until the rat Ripred assures the family that Gregor and Boots are needed only for a short meeting, which the crawlers will attend only if their "princess" Boots is present. Gregor's mom finally relents, but on the condition that she go with them so they aren't out of her sight.


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Scholastic
(The Chicken House)
September 1, 2005
ISBN: 0439724554
Hard Cover

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JINX ON THE DIVIDE

by Elizabeth Kay

After his daring adventures in THE DIVIDE and BACK TO THE DIVIDE, Felix is safely back at school in the real world and looking forward to a visit from his best friend, Betony.

But when Rhino, the school bully, knocks over Felix's bag in the corridor, all his plans are shattered.

In Felix's bag, forgotten until this moment, is the magical lamp he kept last summer. From its spout escapes a furious brandee (genie) who takes Rhino hostage, demanding that Felix and Betony return him home.

Together they make the journey across the Divide, but little do they know that inside the lamp, Rhino has discovered a dangerous new toy: an enchanted jinx box that will give him everything his heart desires...

Together with their old friends, Felix and Betony must cross frozen northlands, fight terrifying wolf-like snagglefangs and outwit devious japegrins, to stop Rhino and the trickster jinx box that could wreck both their worlds for ever.


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Dorchester (Smooch)
November 1, 2005
ISBN: 0843956194
Paperback

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THE MOON KEY

by J. R. Stampfl

Coming Soon

The abandoned baby was wrapped in a hotel towel with a Wendy’s napkin attached. “Please take care of her. We’ll be back,” the napkin said. Thus she was christened Wendy Hilton. Thirteen years she’s spent waiting for her parents to return. Today, Wendy’s done waiting. She’s about to become her own heroine. For around her neck is…THE MOON KEY.

Small and silver, Wendy’s only memento of her parents is a crescent-shaped pendant that opens the door to a new world—a magical world. But Wendy’s powers come with a cost. She’s being tested for some reason, and she doesn’t know why. Are her parents involved? Wendy wants to be a heroine, but first she must learn the true meaning of courage…and the sacrifices we make to protect the people we love.

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AGELESS CLASSICS
Middle Earth tales by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

The Myth series by Robert Asprin with Jody Lynn Nye

Robot series by Isaac Asimov

The Shadow Children series
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Robert A. Heinlein

The Time series by Madeleine L'Engle

The Tower, and The Kingdom series by Garth Nix

The Bromeliad series by Terry Pratchett

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda
by Roald Dahl

Tuck Everlasting by by Natalie Babbitt

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane

Kiesha'ra series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson,

The Unicorn Chronicles (series) by Bruce Coleville

Unicorns of Balinor series by Mary Stanton

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Oz series by L. Frank Baum

Wonderland adventures Lewis Carroll

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Rats of NIMH series by by Robert C. O'Brien

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Martian Chronicles
Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

and the list goes on........


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