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Sheroes!


Fantasy featuring strong young women






Tamora Pierce
FICTION PIERC

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. (middle school, high school)
Robin McKinley
FICTION FANTASY MCKIN

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers. (middle school, high school)
Laini Taylor
FICTION TAYLO

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. (high school)
Juliet Marillier
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION MARIL (Readers Services)

Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with six sons. But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, too young to have known her mother, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For her father has been bewitched, and her brothers bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift. (high school, adult)
Patricia Wrede
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION WREDE

Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom. (middle school)
Robin McKinley
FICTION FANTASY MCKIN

When her growing beauty begins to resemble her mother's too closely, Princess Lissar must flee her father's wrath, accompanied by her loyal dog Ash, and, in doing so, she unlocks a door into a world of magic. (high school, adult)
Rae Carson
FICTION CARSO

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. (middle school, high school)
Kristin Cashore
FICTION FANTASY CASHO

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. (high school)
Robin LaFevers
FICTION LAFEV

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny. (high school)
Kristen Britain
FICTION FANTASY BRITA

After being expelled from school, spoilt Karigan G'ladheon meets a rider dying from an arrow wound who gives her a magic brooch and a message for his king. (high school, adult)
Erika Johansen
FICTION FANTASY JOHAN (Readers Services)

Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tearling sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Queen. (high school, adult)
Maggie Stiefvater
FICTION FANTASY STIEF

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix. (high school)
Victoria Aveyard
FICTION FANTASY AVEYA

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood -- those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. (high school)
Garth Nix
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION NIX

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. (middle school, high school)
Rachel Hartman
FICTION FANTASY HARTM

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents. (middle school, high school)
Sarah Maas
FICTION FANTASY MAAS

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. (high school)
Holly Black
FICTION BLACK

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny. (high school)