|Ogre enchanted by Gail Carson LevineA companion to the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted finds a young healer, Evie, transformed into an ogre by meddling fairy Lucinda, who establishes that Evie must accept a sincere proposal of marriage in order to break the curse.
A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis; illustrated by Jo WeaverWhat it is: a delicately illustrated book about a group of refugees who comfort each other with stories while their boat drifts in the Mediterranean Sea.
Starring: fourteen-year-old Rami, who plays his violin while he spins a tale about a free-spirited stallion resisting a Dark Lord.
Who it's for: older readers who appreciate real-world issues mixed with fantasy, and heartbreak mixed with hope.
The Prince Problem by Vivian Vande VeldeWhat it's about: In one fantasy kingdom, book-loving Prince Telmund is cursed to transform into an animal every time he sleeps. In another, strong-willed Princess Amelia is kidnapped by a rival kingdom's prince. When Telmund and Amelia cross paths, they might be able to help each other...if only they can stop misunderstanding each other.
For fans of: exciting adventures, fractured fairy tales, and short chapter books.
Nightlights by Lorena AlvarezFeaturing: imaginative schoolgirl Sandy, whose dreams of wild, otherworldly creatures inspire her artwork; and Morfie, the odd, lavender-haired girl who appears to be Sandy's biggest fan…but might be something more sinister.
Art alert: You won't be able to look away from the jewel-bright colors and animation-style art in this graphic novel fantasy.
For fans of: Luke Pearson's Hilda series (the books or the TV show).
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben ClantonIntroducing: cheerful, waffle-loving Narwhal and his new best friend Jelly, a practical, nervous jellyfish.
Is it for you? If you're new to graphic novels or just looking for a chapter book you can read all the way through, Narwhal and Jelly might be your new best friends.
Series alert: Follow this unlikely undersea friendship in Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt and Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus EmersonWhat it's about: After mutant cooties turn the students of Armstrong School into zombies, kid superhero Scrap and his friends must face pirates, cowboys, hot lava, and more in order to save the day.
Why you might like it: Scrap's battles might be an epic game of pretend, but with all the action of a superhero movie, this series-starter is hard to put down!
Try this next: Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom.
One Trick Pony by Nathan HaleIn a world... where aliens have taken over Earth and devoured all of its electric devices, three nomad kids discover a hidden cave filled with robots, including an amazing mechanical horse.
What happens: While trying to bring the horse back to their caravan, the kids must run from outlaws and alien parasites alike.
Read it for: page-turning suspense, detailed illustrations, and a frightening (yet fascinating) future setting.
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola; illustrated by Emily CarrollWhat it's about: After clever, unappreciated Masha responds to a "help wanted" ad placed by the notorious witch Baba Yaga, she relies on her grandmother's folktales to help her complete the wily witch's challenges.
Why you might like it: Modern characters, supernatural thrills, and spooky artwork combine in this graphic novel fantasy.
You might also like: Katherine Marsh's The Door by the Staircase.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 8-11!