Trickster’s Queen, by Tamora Pierce (Random House, 2004)

When we last saw our heroine, Aly, better known as Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop, daughter of the legendary Alanna the Lioness of Tortall, she’d agreed to stay in the Copper Isles, to see through the completion of a wager made … Continue reading

Trickster’s Choice, by Tamora Pierce (Random House, 2003)

Though Trickster’s Choice is actually the thirteenth book in Tamora Pierce’s popular Tortall setting, all you really need to know is this: Alianne (Aly) is the daughter of Tortall’s most famous hero, the female knight and King’s Champion, Alanna, but … Continue reading

Thirsty, by M.T. Anderson, (Candlewick Press, 2003)

In a world much like our own, vampires are real and skulk in the forests at night, while every year the town of Clayton holds the Sad Festival, which will keep Tch’mugar, the Vampire Lord, imprisoned in another dimension. However, … Continue reading

Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clement (Puffin, 2004)

When Bobby Phillips, average fifteen-year-old boy, wakes up one morning to discover he’s become invisible, his life is thrown into turmoil. Unable to interact with the outside world, and forced to contend with parents more apt to treat his condition … Continue reading

The Wizard of Washington Square, by Jane Yolen, (Starscape, 2005)

David’s new to the city, so he’s quite pleased when he makes a new friend, Leilah. She in turn introduces him to the existence of magic in their midst, in the form of the absent-minded, second-class wizard who lives in … Continue reading

The Wereling Trilogy, by Stephen Cole (Razorbill, 2005)

Book One: Wounded When sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson runs afoul of an accident while on a vacation in the wilderness, he’s initially relieved to be rescued, until he realizes that the strange, reclusive family has something other than his best interests … Continue reading

The Wish List, by Eoin Colfer (Miramax Books, 2003)

After a robbery goes horribly wrong, 14 year old bad girl Meg Finn is killed before her time. Thanks to a last minute change of heart (literally), she ends up balanced exactly between Heaven and Hell; one major effort either … Continue reading

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke (Scholastic, 2003)

Venice private investigator Victor Getz thinks it’s just business as usual when he takes on a case, to find a pair of runaway children who’ve come to Venice, expecting it to be the magical city of the stories their dead … Continue reading

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, (Candlewick Press, 2003)

The Tale of Despereaux is the story of a mouse, a rat, a princess, a serving girl, a spool of thread, and some soup. Recounted by an unnamed observer, it’s a modern fairy tale that evokes an older style of … Continue reading

The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion Miramax, 2004)

In the future, in a place called Satellite City, it’s a very bad time and place to be an unwanted orphan. Cosmo Hill finds this out the hard way, when he’s sent to live at the Clarissa Frayne Institute, an … Continue reading