Fantasy

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Dragons in a bag

Zetta Elliott

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Fantasy, Adventure

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

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Dragon's in a Bag is truly magical--don't miss out! -Casey

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Dragons in a bag

Zetta Elliott

eAUDIO
Read Woke, Fantasy, Adventure, Diverse Characters

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

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I love this book! We have yet to read The Dragon Thief as a family and I'm feeling a little behind. Time to reread the first installment so we can catch up! -Casey

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The mouse and the motorcycle

Beverly Cleary

eBOOK
Classics, Adventure, Fantasy, Animals

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

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This is the first Beverly Cleary novel I remember reading as a child, and I'm beyond excited to share it aloud at bedtime again! -Casey

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Three tales of my father's dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

eBOOK
Fantasy, Adventure, Classics

A compilation of three tales which relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris.

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My Father's Dragon is a delight! A story as delectable as fresh tangerines, whimsical illustrations, and digestible chapters make this perfect family reading. -Casey

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Toil & trouble : 15 tales of women & witchcraft

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Toil
Young Adult, Read Woke, Short Story, LGBTQ+, Fantasy

"History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure--and to kill...This collection reveals a universal truth: there's nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself"--Publisher.

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This collection of short stories , some by YA superstars, casts a charm firm and good. Look for culturally, and LGBTQIA+ diverse characters, strong women, and some worlds you won't want to leave. -Casey

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The water dancer : a novel

Ta-Nehisi Coates

FICTION Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Fiction, Fantasy, Black Lives Matter

"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--

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Embassytown

China Miéville

SCIENCE FICTION Mieville, China
Fantasy

Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist on a distant planet populated by the Ariekei, sentient beings famed for their unique language, returns to Embassytown after many years of deep space exploration to find she has become a living simile in the Ariekei language even though she cannot speak it, and she is torn by competing loyalties when hostilities erupt between humans and aliens.

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The city & the city

China Miéville

eBOOK
Fantasy

Urban fantasy.

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Going postal : a novel of Discworld

Terry Pratchett

eBOOK
Fantasy

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We discussed a TV adaptation of this book the participant accessed through a streaming service. -Stacey

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Spinning silver

Naomi Novik

eBOOK
Fantasy

"A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued"--

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