The Dragon Bone Chair. This is one of the first fantasy books I ever read and still one of my favorite books I to go to when I need a little writing inspiration. As a teenage boy, I loved how much I felt like the main character and that this was my adventure.

From Library Journal
As war threatens to rip apart a once peaceful land, a young kitchen boy turned magician’s apprentice embarks on a journey that could save his world from the dark machinations of a king gone mad. The author of Tailchaser’s Song draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic, creating a solid story spiced with political intrigue and strong, appealing heroes. Highly recommended. JC
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The Dragons of Ordinary Farm. This is Tad Williams’s most recent book and it is co-written with his wife Deborah Beale. Be sure to pick this one up. It will catch you up instantly and is great modern setting fantasy that you could almost believe were true. Be careful or you might begin to see dragons swooping down from the clouds as you ride the train!

When siblings Tyler and Lucinda are sent to spend their summer with distant relatives at Ordinary Farm, they soon find that the farm is anything but ordinary. The animals include a variety of mythical beasts, and even though the siblings have been sworn to secrecy, no one wants to explain to them how these unusual creatures and a variety of unusual human residents have come there. A magical library and its ghosts provide hints to the answers, but it’s up to the children to put the clues together and continue their family tradition as the caregivers of Ordinary Farm. While they work to understand its secrets, Tyler and Lucinda also have action-packed roles to play in thwarting a rich businessman who’s planning on taking over the property. Williams and Beale have created a gripping fantasy with realistic but appealing characters as well as scientific magic that explains the appearance of legendary creatures. Boy-girl protagonists and nonstop adventure make this a good choice for fantasy fans and reluctant readers of both genders, who will be left, like Tyler and Lucinda, looking forward to their next visit to Ordinary Farm.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
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