Sometimes real life can feel a little blah. Even with spring making everything green all around you, the doldrums of winter are sometimes hard to let go. The summer seems like a million years away. Or maybe you’re fed up with all the news, and talk of dystopias, and you’d rather explore something a little more farfetched, and a lot more fun. When the world is feeling just a little too real, that’s the perfect time to pull out a lush fantasy novel to help you escape all that reality for a bit. Here are some of our favorite new fantasy fiction titles for youth to help put some spring into your step!
Magic in the City by Heather Dyer
If you liked Bedknobs and Broomsticks, you’ll love Magic in the City, a wild caper of a ride with siblings and cousins who travel across London and through time, using three objects they received from a strange magician at a rest stop: a carpet, a camera, and a stop watch.
The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne
Amelia Howling, age 10, is not impressed with the new house her family is moving into – even if it is an oddity called a “calendar house” with 12 rooms, 365 trees, a floor for each season, and a fireplace for every day of the week. But then she discovers the time-travelling true owner of the house, who wants to take her on as his apprentice. Humor and intrigue abound!
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
If you're a fan of the Phantom Tollbooth and the Wizard of Oz, with a little Charlie and the Chocolate Factory thrown in, then you'll love Tahereh Mafi's latest creation about an imaginative world where magic travels through colors, and where colorless 12 year old Alice, must overcome her lack of magical ability, and her hatred of a boy she once called "friend," -- to save her father who's been missing for three years.
Bull by David Elliott
A retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur, told in verse, Bull takes a modern slant on the story of the imprisoned teen half-bull Asterion and his 15 year old sister who’s trying to rescue him from his prison maze. The story is full of bawdy humor, seduction, and delightful personalities that shine through.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Of course we love this book – it stars a 17-year old apprentice librarian who, against all odds, sets off on an epic quest in search of the answers to his life’s research into a mythical lost City.
Links to all these titles are in the carousel below!