Fantasy


Angels among us

Jennifer Minicus | 14 August 2014
Vero discovers he is not really human.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 11 August 2014
A story of quest and fantasy.

Popular series has this reviewer yawning

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2014
For cat lovers only.

Tunnel fever

Tim Golden | 20 July 2014
A 300 year old journey through a tunnel.

The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 07 July 2014
How did Peter get to Neverland?

Newbery runner-up bewitches readers

Jennifer Minicus | 13 May 2014
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.

Adventure and allegory

Tim Golden | 09 May 2014
Aidan finds mysterious scrolls in his grandfather's basement.

It’s a dog’s life

Tim Golden | 18 April 2014
A curious mixture of fantasy and human reality.

Britain bans use of technology

Tim Golden | 11 April 2014
Will they survive?

Toads, ghosts and dead knights

Jennifer Minicus | 11 March 2014
The only way to fight a ghost is with another ghost.

Award winning author churns out one that lacks passion

Jane Fagan | 14 February 2014
I expect more from a Carnegie/Newbery winner.

Royal family disappears

Jennifer Minicus | 01 February 2014
Only a magical castle can find them.

Family feud

Tim Golden | 04 January 2014
Copper has never met her family.

Is a car more than the sum of its parts?

Tim Golden | 05 November 2013
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

What is your favorite book from the twentieth century?

Jane Fagan | 27 October 2013
Margaret Mahy recommended one by Eden Phillpott.

A fountain in the desert

Clare Cannon | 08 October 2013
An engaging and cultured story for young teens that actually makes them think.

Mythology still appeals to young readers

Tim Golden | 16 August 2013
Percy Jackson and his friends pursue new quests.

IVF makes superheroes possible

Clare Cannon | 16 July 2013
Forget magic; IVF blends fantasy with reality in today's superhero tales.

Djinni, magic and revenge

Tim Golden | 11 July 2013
A witty and well-paced fantasy adventure.

Not quite Harry

Clare Cannon | 09 July 2013
I had thought this series might have the broad appeal of the Potter books...

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