The Glass Gauntlet by Carter Roy

The Glass Gauntlet is filled with non-stop fun and action that would take the energy of a pre-teen or magically enhanced grown up to keep up with. Your child’s heart rate may increase but it shouldn’t be too dangerous. Don’t forget though; you have to accept danger to be a member of the Blood Guard.

The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

As the Percy Jackson books are based upon Greek mythology, The Blood Guard series is based upon Jewish mysticism. In both series’ there is a component of magic. If you are comfortable with those two issues then this is a great book for your child. The message is positive in that it’s protagonists seek to overcome evil. They are kind to strangers and odd-balls, incorporating them into their sphere without question. Good things happen and it is a truly fun story to read.

InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus illustrated by Dušan Petričić

As a mother, I believe InvisiBill is a great story to read with your children and to spend a few moments discussing. We all feel invisible sometimes and this story is a good reminder to parents to set aside family time without allowing distractions. It is also good for a child to hear that other kids feel the same way and that they truly are loved even when they don’t feel like it.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is a creative writer who has a great gift for helping you understand exactly what her fantastical Othersiders look like; well that is if you are well-read or are willing to do a bit of research. Her descriptions will expand your imagination as she uses well-known mythological or other fictional characters from a variety of media to help you with visualization.