The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasguptaWhat it's about: Kiran's a typical 6th grader -- until her 12th birthday, when her parents disappear and she's attacked by a rakkhosh demon. Soon, Kiran joins two princes (and their flying horses) on a quest to save her parents and discover her true identity as an interdimensional demon slayer.
Who it's for: Inspired by Bengali folktales and filled with action and laugh-out-loud humor, Kiran's adventures are a perfect fit for Rick Riordan fans.
Series alert: 1st in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series.
The Problim Children by Natalie LloydWhat it's about: All seven of the Problim siblings have a "grace," an unusual ability unique to the day of the week when they were born. Altogether, they're a charmingly odd bunch, and they've just moved into their grandfather's old mansion -- right next door to mean, scheming Desdemona O’pinion.
Series alert: 1st in a new trilogy from the author of A Snicker of Magic, The Problim Children has a similar mix of warmth, whimsy, and low-key fantasy.
For fans of A Wrinkle in Time
Pi in the Sky by Wendy MassWhat it's about: Joss lives in the Realms -- the headquarters of the universe -- and he's the youngest of the Overlord's sons, which is why he's stuck with a job like delivering pies for the Powers That Be. But after the Powers That Be delete the Earth and swap Joss' best friend with the only remaining Earthling, Joss faces the much more challenging job of rebuilding the entire solar system...from scratch.
Why fans of A Wrinkle in Time might like it: mind-bending science, a vivid space setting, and quirky characters.
Once Was a Time by Leila SalesWhat it's about: In World War II England, while 10-year-old Lottie's father does top-secret research on time travel, Lottie spends most of her time with her best friend Kitty. Then a terrifying incident forces Lottie to leap into 2013 Wisconsin, leaving her alone and stranded, yet determined to find home and Kitty again.
Why fans of A Wrinkle in Time might like it: time travel, a brave heroine, and science fiction paired with heartfelt emotion.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca SteadWhat it's about: Not long after her best friend suddenly stops speaking to her, 12-year-old Miranda starts receiving unsettling notes from someone who seems to know her future. Can they possibly be true? And can Miranda figure it out while still helping her mom practice for a big game show appearance?
Why fans of A Wrinkle in Time might like it: memorable friendships, an intriguing plot, and an affectionate shout-out (A Wrinkle in Time is Miranda's favorite book).
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