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Top Ten Books that would be on your Syllabus if you taught Magic in YA:

Top Tuesday bannerTop Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is books that I would add on my syllabus if I taught Magic in YA. My love for magic began with Harry Potter when my sixth grade teacher read to my class The Philosopher’s Stone and immediately I was hooked, not just to the series but also to all things magical, and this was way before I read Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. I crave stories with magic in them because there are so many different kinds that you can play around with that the possibilities are endless! From wands to runes, and potions to spells, there are many ways to turn a fantasy story into something more imaginative.

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling 

I will be crazy not to add this series on the list. JK Rowling delighted everyone of all ages into reading Harry’s epic journey into Hogwarts. From midnight releases to box office movies, Harry Potter is one of the most magical stories in history!

2. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberley Karalius 

A town famously known for charms and potions of all kinds, and a love charm maker that can predict your love fortune leads to an imaginative and cute story about love and fate.

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

An orphaned girl with sun magic that she learns to wield after taken under the wing of the Darkling. Unbeknownst to her, he becomes the scariest villain in the trilogy. We also see appearances of a sunbird, a sea dragon, and a magical stag!

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Besides the battle between angels and demons we also meet Karou, a girl who seems to be normal but turns out she can fly and resurrect the dead! 

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Faeries and magic! Except these aren’t your Tinker Bell faeries, these are faeries with sharp canine teeth and can shape shift.

6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 

Four kingdoms names after each season and carried a magical instrument used to harness their power. Now that power lies with Meira, a Winterian soldier who uses it to save her kingdom and regain its former glory again. 

7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Not one of my favorite trilogies after the sequel disappointed me. But after whisked away to Oz, Kansas girl Amy Gunn must save the land from the evil tyrant, Dorothy after discovering she has magical abilities of her own; until she uncovers the darker side of her magic.

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

A story set in Victorian England but with demon hunters, shape shifters, and all kinds of supernatural creatures crawling around underground London.

9. Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

So there’s no witchcraft or sorcery in these books, but you do get a sense of magic as we’re introduced to a lot of peculiar children with peculiar abilities. We also see a lot of time travelling and loop holes too!

10. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

First imagine a dragon. Then imagine a dragon that turns into a human and speaks the human tongue. Now imagine that same human being turning back into a full-blown dragon and can telepathically communicate with other dragons and semi-dragons. Tell me that isn’t magical!

If there were a course for magic in YA, I would recommend these books to the class. Most of these books can be categorized under the fantasy genre, but it’s the magic that makes these stories a pleasure to read!


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