Nobody’s Prize, by Esther Friesner (Random House, 2008)

Helen of Sparta is determined to see the world before she settles down at home. To that end, she disguises herself as a boy, and joins her brothers and a host of heroes (and other notable personalities) aboard the famed … Continue reading

A Curse Dark As Gold, by Elizabeth J. Bunce (Arthur A Levine, 2008)

When her father dies, Charlotte Miller takes on the burden and responsibility of running the family mill. However, in trying to keep the business solvent, she becomes entangled in the machinations of a rival mill and the threads of a … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3: The Titan’s Curse, by Rick Riordan (Miramax Books, 2007)

It’s Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, to the rescue again, along with his friends Annabeth and Thalia (the daughters of Athena and Zeus, respectively) when two more demigods are located. This rescue mission, however, sets off a series of events … Continue reading

Nobody’s Princess, by Esther Friesner (Random House, 2007)

Helen, Princess of Troy, may be beautiful, but she is fiercely determined to forge her own path, as an independent, strong woman, regardless of what anyone else says. Unfortunately, as a child, barely even a teen, she has to get … Continue reading

Iris, Messenger, by Sarah Deming (Harcourt, 2007)

When Iris Greenwold receives a mysterious book of Greek myths for her birthday, it begins a series of quests in which she discovers the Greek gods, alive if somewhat diminished and existing in secret all around her – performing in … Continue reading

Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst (Razorbill, 2007)

Julie Marchen doesn’t lead a normal life. Her mother is Rapunzel, her adopted brother is Puss in Boots, her grandmother is a witch, and the enigmatic force known as the Wild, which was the dominating force behind the fairy tales … Continue reading

Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 2007)

When Dashti swore to serve the Lady Saren in all ways, she never expected that she and her new mistress would almost immediately be shut away in a tower for the next seven years, all because Saren refused to marry … Continue reading

Troll Bridge, by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple (Starscape, 2006)

What do the three members of a popular boy band, twelve teenage “Dairy Princesses,” a family of hungry trolls, a cunning fox, and a magic fiddle have in common? They’re all elements in Troll Bridge, the second in Yolen and … Continue reading

The Cronus Chronicles #1: The Shadow Thieves, by Anne Ursu (Atheneum, 2006)

As teenagers fall ill around them, it’s up to Charlotte and her English cousin Zee to embark upon a quest to the Underworld, where they’ll battle harpies, resist dark temptations, and confront Hades himself. Can they prevent a horrible rebellion … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2: The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan (Miramax Books, 2006)

In this sequel to The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson, demi-god son of Poseidon is back. With his friends, including a daughter of Athena and a teenage Cyclops, he must once again go on a perilous journey to defy the gods … Continue reading