SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING BOOKS: FANTASY
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Graceling is the story of the vulnerable yet brave Katsa, an intelligent, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where chosen people are given a Grace, a special ability that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing.
Summerland by Michael Chabon. Summerland, conditions are always ideal for playing baseball. But the small beings who keep things that way are in peril, and they need a hero -- a baseball star, in fact -- to vanquish their foe.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father's death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he's foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King's ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.
Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz. Matt is being punished for a crime he saw, but didn't commit. Instead of being locked up, he is being sent to the middle of nowhere to live with a new foster mom, as part of a government scheme called The Leaf Project. But Matt's new home provides anything but peace and quiet. His new guardian is involved in very sinister things . . . and the whole town seems to be on her side. Everybody who tries to help Matt winds up disappearing . . . or dead. The truth is much bigger than Matt or the town -- but Matt is the only person who can stop the ultimate evil from being unleashed.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. The Oregonian Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra : a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want. But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other. . . .
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It happens at the beginning of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders try to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
Savvy by Ingrid Law. Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who starts hurricanes and another who makes electricity, Mibs Beaumont is ready to see what she gets. But right before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs desires is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so certain that she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this incredible adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.