fantasy & science

Grades 7+



By Neal Shusterman

2016- Simon & Schuster

This is the 1st book in the Arc of a Scythe Series.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the ‘art’ of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Keywords: Apprentices, Death, Dystopia, Futuristic, Genetics, Social Engineering, Science Fiction


Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo

2015- Henry Holt and Co.

This book is apart of The Six of Crows Duology.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… He assembles a team: a convict with a thirst for revenge; a gambling sharpshooter; a privileged runaway; a wraith-like spy; a magician fighting to survive the slums; and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. This crew is the only thing that stands between the world and destruction—if they don’t destroy each other first.

Keywords: Adventure, Brigands and Robbers, Fantasy, Friendship, Heists, Magic, Teamwork



By Rachel Hartman

2012- Doubleday

This book is apart of the Seraphina Duology.

Forty years of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd--especially when dragons can disguise themselves in human form. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both humans and dragons. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation and as a sinister plot to destroy the peace unfolds, she struggles to protect her own secret; the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could cost her life.

Keywords: Adventure, Dragons, Fantasy, Logic, Medieval, Music, Mystery, Romance, War and Peace.