Buckle up, friends – my teen librarian Ms. D. asked for help coming up with more specific lists for teen speculative fiction. We’ve been brainstorming book titles together and came up with four lists worth. This one has a fair amount of overlap with my last list, which is why it’s coming first. Meanwhile, if you have any ideas of books to fit the themes “Modern Magic” or “Magical History” where I want books set in real earth history but with magic by own voices authors, please let me know!
Avatar: the Last Airbender: the Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – ebook on Hoopla and Libby
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Ebook and audiobook on Libby; ebook on Hoopla, audiobook also for later books in the series.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Read by Euan Morton. 2 book series. Ebook and audiobook on Libby; audiobook on Hoopla.
Ember in the Ashes by Saaba Tahir. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Ebook and audiobook on Libby and Hoopla; later books in trilogy only on Libby.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. Ebook and audiobook on Hoopla; can recommend for Libby.
Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi. First book Children of Blood and Bone. Ebook and audiobook on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (out in August)
Serpentine by Cindy Pon. Ebook on Hoopla.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Ebook on Libby. Audiobook in German on Hoopla (really??)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Ebook on Libby.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Ebook and audiobook on Libby; audiobook on Hoopla.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Adieh. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
great list! So much fun to make lists, too…for modern magic, off the top of my head–Brookline Brujas, by Zoraida Córdova, Shadowshaper Cyper series by Daniel José Older, and Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (have you read this? I bet you’d like it lots!)
Thank you, Charlotte! I do have those first two on my modern magic list. But I haven’t read Summer of the Mariposas!
Brooklyn Brujas and Shadowshaper were also the first that came to my mind, haha. I haven’t read These Witches Don’t Burn but I think it fits your modern magic list. I also haven’t read The Kingdom of Back but it might fit magical history. It’s written by Marie Lu, though it’s not own voices (it’s about Mozart :P).
Thank you, Jenna! These Witches Don’t Burn is a great suggestion! And I can keep The Kingdom of Back in mind, too. I really need a Latinx book or two for that list, and so far can’t find anything.
Oh, maybe Dark and Deepest Red? Anna-Marie McLemore’s latest has parallel magical realism storylines – one modern, one historical.
Oh, that’s awesome! I hadn’t realized!
Great list! The Bone Witch trilogy was fantastic!!! I dont have anything else yo add because Brooklyn Bruja’s was already mentioned. But I really enjoyed this list.
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