Imagine Your Story!

Imagine Your Story!

 

Our theme for this year's Summer Reading program is Imagine Your Story, where we hope to revisit classic fairy tales, nursery rhymes, legends, myths, and folktales or imaginative retellings of them! If you like adventurous, magical, fairy tale worlds similar to Ella Enchanted, The Tale of Despereaux, The Land of Stories, or Percy Jackson, you’ll find something to love on this list!


Compiled by:
Ginny H.
Aesop's Forgotten Fables

Fiona Waters
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Aesop's Fables Wat)

This anthology revitalizes 40 of Aesop's lesser-known fables, such as The Fisherman and His Music and The vain crow.


Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi
(Juvenile Fiction - J Chokshi)

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.


Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

Ryan Calejo
(Juvenile Fiction - J Calejo)

*This item also available on Cloud Library and Libby. Steeped in Hispanic folklore since childhood, middle schooler Charlie Hernández learns the stories are true when, shortly after his parents disappearance, he grows horns and feathers and finds himself at the heart of a battle to save the world.


Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide

Kelly Milner Halls
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 001.944 Hal)

Cryptozoology is the study of mysterious creatures that fall between the realm of real and imaginary on the scientific spectrum. Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide offers a closer look at fifty of these amazing creatures. The fifty cryptids are arranged in order alphabetically, and in addition to speculative illustrations, include details like when they were first reported, whether they are terrestrial, aerial, or aquatic, and each have a reality rating of 1 to 6, in which 1 means that the cryptid has been confirmed as a hoax, and 6 means the cryptid has been proven as real.

 


Flunked

Jen Calonita
(Juvenile Fiction - J Calonit)
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School Series

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. When petty thief Gilly, who lives with five younger brothers and sisters in a run-down boot, gets caught stealing, she is sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School, where all of the teachers are former villains, including the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother.


Ghosts and Goblins : Scary Stories From Around the World

Maggie Pearson
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Pea)

* This item also available on Hoopla. A lone traveler battles a ghost in a haunted house. A werewolf's bride is on the hunt to feed her husband dinner. A vampire waits outside a girl's window for the perfect moment to pounce...This collection of traditional tales and myths from cultures around the world looks at all things spooky. From magical to ridiculous, mysterious to terrifying, watch out for things that go boo in the night!


The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill
(Juvenile Fiction - J Barnhil)

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences.


Girls and Goddesses: Stories of Heroines From Around the World

Lari Don
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Don)

*This item also available on Hoopla. Twelve myths and legends celebrate the courage of heroines from around the world as they confront and defeat dragons, monsters, wolves, demons, and even the sun.


Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World

Korwin Briggs
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 201.3 Bri)

*This item also available on Cloud Library. Before there was Batman, Wonder Woman, or Black Panther...there was Indra, Hindu king of gods, who battled a fearsome snake to save the world from drought. Athena, the powerful Greek goddess of wisdom who could decide the fate of battles before they even began. Okuninushi, the Japanese hero who defeated eighty brothers to become king and then traded it all for a chance at immortality. This A-to-Z encyclopedia of mythology is a who's who of powerful gods and goddesses, warriors and kings, enchanted creatures and earthshaking giants whose stories have been passed down since the beginning of time


Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Liesl Shurtliff
(Juvenile Fiction - J Shurtli)

*This item also available on Cloud Library. Relates the tale of Jack who, after trading his mother's milk cow for magic beans, climbs a beanstalk to seek his missing father in the land of giants.


Juniper Berry

M. P. Kozlowsky
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kozlows)

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. When eleven-year-old Juniper begins to suspect something is wrong with her mother and father, she and her friend Giles discover they have been selling their souls, pieces at a time, to a silver-tongued creature in a terrifying fairy-tale underworld.


The Legend of Greg

Chris Rylander
(Juvenile Fiction - J Rylande)

*This item also available on Cloud Library. Greg isn't ordinary . . . he's actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf! He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea--one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the streets of Chicago. With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves' sworn enemy: the Elves.


The Lost Frost Girl

Amy Wilson
(Juvenile Fiction - J Wilson)

With a name like hers, Owl never expected her life to be normal, at home or at school. But when Owl finds out that she is Jack Frost’s daughter, her world shifts beyond what she could ever imagine. Determined to meet him, Owl delves into Jack’s wonderful world of winter and magic—the kind of place she thought only existed in fairy tales. And as she notices frost patterns appearing on her skin and her tears turning to ice, Owl starts to wonder if being Jack Frost’s daughter means that she has powers of her very own.


The Magic Mirror

Anna Staniszewski
(Juvenile First Chapter -J Stanisz)

*This item also available on Libby. The Ice Princess's magic mirror is broken, one piece is missing, and without it the Enchanted Kingdom is locked in a terrible, unseasonable, heat wave (even the palace is melting); two children, Kara and Zed, are determined to help, but first they must figure out whether the break is the result of the sibling rivalry between the Ice Princess and her sister the Sun Princess--or did the monkey do it?


Mañanaland

Pam Muñoz Ryan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Ryan)

*This item also available on Cloud Library and Libby. Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides.


Midsummer's Mayhem

Rajani LaRocca
(Juvenile Fiction - J Larocca)

*This item also available on Hoopla. Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad's a renowned food writer, Mom's a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It's easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi's dream of proving she's not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. But as things start going wrong in her town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she found are somehow the cause of it all.


Pharaoh's Secret

Marissa Moss
(Juvenile Fiction - J Moss)

*This item also available on Cloud Library and Hoopla. When fourteen-year-old Talibah and her ten-year-old brother, Adom, visit modern-day Egypt with their historian-father, they become involved in a mystery surrounding Hatshepsut, a woman pharaoh, and Senenmut, architect of her mortuary tomb, as well as their own deceased mother.


The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes

Duncan Tonatiuh
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Two Mountains Ton)

*This item also available on Cloud Library and Hoopla. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.


Race to the Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse
(Juvenile Fiction - J Roanhor)

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of Navajo terms.


School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani
(Juvenile Fiction - J Chainan)
Series: School for Good and Evil

*This item also available on Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Libby. Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.


The Serendipity of Flightless Things

Fiadhnait Moser
(Juvenile Fiction - J Moser)

During the 1971 troubles in Ireland, twelve-year-old Finn is sent to live with her estranged mother and half-sister in Virginia, where she finds life disturbingly similar to one of her grandmother's stories.


Seven Wild Sisters

Charles de Lint
(Juvenile Fiction - J Delint)

*This item also available on Cloud Library. Sarah Jane Dillard discovers and helps an injured 'sangman fairy in the Tanglewood Forest, putting herself, her six sisters, and friends Aunt Lillian and the Apple Tree Man in the middle of a fairy feud.


Shadow Weaver

MarcyKate Connolly
(Juvenile Fiction - J Connoll)

*This item also available on Hoopla and Libby. Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows. When her magical powers are threatened by a noble family, she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy.


Star stories : Constellation Tales From Around the World

Anita Ganeri
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Gan)

For thousands of years people have looked up to the night sky and told stories about the stars. These epic tales tell of vengeful gods and goddesses, of monsters and heroes. Others try to make sense of the natural world, or unravel the mysterious forces of the universe. This stunning book brings together 23 of these legends from all over the world: from Ancient Greece to North America, Egypt, China, India, and the South Pacific.


Straw Into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun

Hilary McKay
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mckay)

A collection of ten classic fairy tales, reimagined with fresh perspectives and unexpected twists, giving glimpses into happily, and not as happily, ever afters.


A Tale Dark and Grimm

Adam Gidwitz
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gidwitz)
Series: Grimm Series

*This item also available on Cloud Library and Libby. Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.


The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom

Temre Beltz
(Juvenile Fiction - J Beltz)

*This item also available on Libby. In the fairy-tale kingdom of Wanderly, everyone has a role. Birdie Bloom is a Tragical, an orphan doomed to an unhappy ending. Agnes Prunella Crunch is a witch. The wicked kind. In Wanderly, a meeting between a witch and a Tragical can only end one way: tragically. But with the help of some mysterious Winds, a few wayward letters, and a very unusual book, the two might just form the kingdom's unlikeliest friendship; and together, rewrite their story into one that is not very Tragical at all.


Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom

Joan Holub
(Juvenile First Chapter - J Holub)
Series: Heroes In Training

*This item is also available on Libby. When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.


Zeus, King of the Gods

George O’Connor
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN 292.211 Oco)
Series: Olympians Series

Terrified of being killed by one of his children, Kronos devours each of his offspring in turn. Only Zeus, the youngest, is saved. Though raised to enjoy a life of leisure, Zeus must fulfill his destiny and lead a new race of gods--and he must begin by destroying his own father.