On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Nine years ago, the free land of Skree was conquered by the Fangs of Gnag the Nameless. The people of Skree were still free – as long as they were in their homes by midnight, didn’t have weapons, didn’t complain when neighbors disappeared …

Then little Leeli kicks a Fang to protect her dog Nugget. One event leads to another, Fangs are in turmoil and the whole family is on the run.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness


Rinkitink in Oz

Marauders have swept across the island kingdom of Pingaree, destroying, pillaging and capturing all the people for slaves. Except Prince Inga and the visiting King Rinkitink. Determined to rescue his parents and the people of Pingaree from slavery, Prince Inga sets off, with his visitor in tow.

Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum


The Little Gentleman

Mole considers the idea of being kept in a vivarium to be vicious and ignoble. He has endured much for his freedom, and wishes to keep it. As their friendship grows, Bet learns more of Mole’s story.

The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce


The Extra-Ordinary Princess

The people of the kingdom of Reede forgot what it felt like to be free. Is that what has happened in Gossling, or will the people fight for their freedom from Count Raven?

The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt


The Shadow of Fomor

The Fomoiri are poised to enslave the Middle Kingdom despite the best efforts of the Danaan. Confronted with a conflict and beings from Irish legends, Rick and Moira struggle through challenges as they try to help each other.

The Shadow of Fomor by Tom McGowen


Perloo the Bold

Before Jolaine dies, she chooses Perloo the Unwilling to follow her as leader. She requires Perloo to “promise to maintain and enlarge the freedoms of all Montmers.” Before this can be announced, Berwig takes control, declares an emergency, and suspends all freedoms and liberties. What can Perloo do?

Perloo the Bold by Avi



Menolly has a gift for music, but women are not Harpers on Pern and her father has forbidden that she pursue her melodies. When Menolly discovers she can survive outside the Sea Hold during threadfall, she decides living on her own with her music (and fire lizards) is better than living safe in the Sea Hold without her music.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


A Cat of a Different Color

Mr. Hoytie used to be a tax collector. Then he saw the potential for power and riches as a politician and won election for mayor of Felicity-by-the-Lake with smiles and free sweets. The villagers have been cowed into submission when Ulwazzer returns from his wanderings and lends a paw to set things right.

A Cat of a Different Color by Steven Bauer


Healer’s Keep

Sliviia is a land ground down by slavery and oppression. Bellandra is being destroyed from within by a charming traitor. Two young people from each country combine their capabilities to prevent catastrophe for both countries.

Healer’s Keep by Victoria Hanley


Igraine the Brave

With Pimpernel Castle under siege by Osmund the Greedy, the Sorrowing Knight declaims:
“The rules of honor are these: Protect the weak. Never covet what belongs to someone else. Use your strength and skill in arms only in honorable competition. Never, never break the word you have given. And do not strive for power for power’s sake.”

How do our politicians rate by this standard? They endeavor to make the weak defenseless, foment envy and covetousness, deceitfully distort and manipulate discourse, lie and break promises, and seek power for power’s sake. It is clear in stories that characters wanting unlimited power are a danger. Yet in real life, so many are willing to give unlimited power to government.

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke


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